In total, more than two million foreign visitors entered Indonesia in calender year 2013 (January-March). This constitutes a six percent rise compared to Q1-2012. According to minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, it is a very good sign for Indonesia's tourism industry that foreign visitor growth reached double digits in February and March. It will increase the sector's contribution towards the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and provide more employment opportunities for the people. The minister believes that the growth in foreign visitors is attributable to last year's government promotion campaign and the opening of new airline routes to foreign destinations.

Tourist arrivals in 2013:

 Total 2013
Total Number of
Foreign Tourists
  614,328   678,415   725,316   2,018,059

Tourists arrivals in recent years:

    2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013¹   2014¹
Foreign Tourists
(in millions)
  5.51   6.23   6.32   7.00   7.65   8.04    9.00   10.00

¹ indicates government target
Source: Statistics Indonesia