Foreign tourist arrivals reach new record high in history

Foreign tourist arrivals rose sharply in June this year thanks to the surge in foreign travelers from the Middle East, according to the latest data issued by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) on Thursday.

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The BPS said that the number of foreign tourist arrivals rose by 13.52 percent to 789,594 visitors in June, the highest monthly figure in history.

The previous highest figure was recorded in December last year when the number of foreign tourist arrivals reached 766,966 visitors.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said that aggressive promotion activities and direct sales in 16 priority countries, including in the Middle East, contributed to the significant growth in foreign tourist arrivals.

“This is the highest monthly figure we have ever recorded. By looking at this figure, it means that at least we can reach our moderate target to bring in 8.6 million tourists by the end of this year,” Mari said on Thursday, adding that the total foreign tourist arrivals could even reach 9 million this year.

Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany and the Middle East are among the government’s focus markets.

According to the ministry’s data, the highest increase was recorded from visitors from the Middle East and East Asia, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

She said that the highest growth was booked by UAE tourists with 122.4 percent, followed by those from China and Saudi Arabia with 54.2 percent and 34.3 percent, respectively.

“The increase in flights provided by the Gulf carriers such as Emirates and Etihad Airways also contributed to the growing number of tourists from the Middle East, “ she said.

In addition, she said that the rising inbound market from the Middle East had encouraged the government to promote sharia tourism in the country in a bid to benefit from the increase in the number of global Muslim travelers.

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Sources: The Jakarta Post Travel | Author: Nurfika Osman

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