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August 24,2008

Yogyakarta witness 200% rise in tourist arrivals
The number of tourists visiting Yogyakarta through the city`s Adisutjipto Airport in the first half of 2008 almost doubled from the same period last year, Antara quoted a tourism official as saying.

"The number of tourists visiting Yogyakarta in the first half of this year rose almost 200 percent. According to our monitoring at Adisutjipto Airport, the number of foreign tourists from January to March reached more than 2,300 compared to 1,300 in the same period last year," Head of the Yogyakarta Regional Tourism Board (Baparda) Tasbir said on Saturday.

A number of the foreign tourists even came to Yogyakarta by special flights, he said.

"According to our records, five to six private planes carrying five to eight tourists each landed at Adisutjipto Airport in July," he said.

With more and more foreign and domestic tourists visiting Yogyakarta, the province`s foreign tourist arrival target of 150,000 for 2008 was likely to be achieved, he said.

"We are optimistic the target will be achieved, the more so because the travel warnings issued by several countries on Indonesia and the European Union`s ban on Indonesian airline flights in its air space have had no significant impact on the number of tourist arrivals in the country," he said.

The increase in the number of foreign tourists was also to be attributed to fact that two Malaysian airlines were serving the Malaysia-Yogyakarta route, he said.

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