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Indonesia welcomed 15.8m foreign tourists last year: BPS

A total of 15.81 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia throughout 2018, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), falling short of the government’s target of attracting 17 million tourists.

However, the figure reflects a 12.58 percent growth in tourist arrivals from 2017 because of a significant surge in vacationers in December, BPS head Suharyanto said on Friday.

 “We saw a significant increase in December, particularly during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday, when the number of visitors jumped to 1.41 million, or up by 21.43 percent month-to-month,” he told reporters at the BPS headquarter in Jakarta.

This year, the government targets to welcome 20 million tourists.

Suharyanto pointed out Indonesian tourism took a severe blow last year because of a string of devastating natural disasters across the country, such as Mount Agung’s eruption in Bali, earthquakes in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, the earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Central Sulawesi and another tsunami in Tangung Lesung, Banten.

“Those disasters sparked questions among foreign tourists about whether it’s safe to travel to Indonesia,” he said.

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AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






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