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Indonesia eyes 20 million tourists by 2019

INDONESIA hopes to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2019, with an annual growth rate predicted at 12 per cent, an official said last week.

Indonesia’s Tourism minister Arief Yahya said Indonesia would seek to boost tourism by participating in world-tourism expositions.

“We are optimistic that the tourism sector can play a significant role in boosting Indonesia’s economy,” he said.

Arief said the country was ready to promote “Wonderful Indonesia” during one of the world's largest travel trade shows, the ITB Berlin in Berlin, Germany, from March 4-8.

He said participation in the 49th edition of the event would help the country meets its tourism target.

According to him, “Wonderful Indonesia”, the tagline for Indonesia's booth, will showcase 100 tourism-related institutions and businesses at a 410-square-meter pavilion.

“Wonderful Indonesia is about this great country of 251 million, with 1,128 ethnic groups, hundreds of dialects spread on 13,000 islands and spanning three time zones,” the tourism ministry’s director for tourism promotion overseas, Nia Niscaya, told Antara news agency in London.

The ministry will focus on developing tourism in the maritime, ecology and adventure sectors, in addition to promoting shopping, sports, body treatment, leisure and culinary activities, among others.

The Central Statistics Agency recorded 9,435,411 million tourists arrived in Indonesia last year, which was a 7.19 per cent increase from 2013.

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