The number of foreign visitors to Indonesia during the first 7 months of the year from January through July 2014 increased by 9.37% to 5.32 million tourists, said Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu at a recent press conference. With these statistics Indonesia is confident that we will achieve the 2014 target to welcome between 9.3 million - 9.5 million foreign visitor arrivals, making a receipt of US$ 11 billion, or a growth of 10.7% compared to 2013.
Visitors from a number of Middle Eastern countries made the highest growth, with those from Bahrain increasing by 69.9%, from the UAE 54.61%. from Egypt improved by 46.9%, and Saudi Arabia was up 42.84%. While tourists from China to Indonesia grew 25.96% during the 7 months of 2014 year on year.
Meantime, Indonesia’s domestic tourists made a total of 107 million trips spending altogether Rp. 76.16 trillion. Whilst this year, the government targets domestic tourists to make 255 million trips. With so many Events organized in the regions in the coming months and with large-scale number of trips expected made for the holidays at the end of the year, this target should be achievable.
Meanwhile, Investments in Tourism in Semester I 2014 reached US$ 255.99 million, comprising US$ 243.035 million in Foreign Investments and US$ 12.956 million in Domestic investments. Jakarta was the star performer registering US$ 53.13 million investments in the period between April through June, followed by Baliat US$ 32.89 million and the Riau Islands in third place with US$ 13.66 million.