Considering the month of October 2013, Indonesia received 719,900 foreign visitor arrivals, which constitutes a 4.59 percentage growth from October 2012 (688,300 visitors). Most tourists that entered Indonesia in October originated from its neighbouring countries. Of total foreign arrivals in October 2013, 14.7 percent came from Singapore, 13.7 percent from Malaysia, and 11.3 percent from Australia.

Tourist Arrivals in 2013:

Month Tourist Arrivals
January       614,328
February       678,415
March       725,316
April       646,117
May       700,708
June       789,594
July       717,784
August       771,009
September       770,878
October       719,900
Total      7,134,062

Source: Statistics Indonesia (BPS)

The Indonesian government targets to welcome nine million foreign tourists in 2013, and ten million in 2014. The government expects a sharp rise in tourists from the Asia-Pacific region as the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has been engaged in promotional activities to attract tourists from this region (particularly Singapore, China, Japan, and South Korea).

In recent years, Indonesia has shown a steady rise in foreign visitor arrivals. This is an important development as it will increase the sector's contribution towards the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and therefore provide more employment opportunities for the people.

Tourists arrivals in recent years and future forecasts:

    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 (BPS)