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  • Indonesia Missed its 2015 Foreign Tourist Arrivals Target, or Not?

    Indonesia Missed its 2015 Foreign Tourist Arrivals Target, or Not?

    Based on the latest data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS), Indonesia only managed to welcome 9.73 million foreign tourists in 2015, hence failing to achieve the government target at 10 million foreign tourist arrivals. However, BPS also mentioned that it has developed a new counting system. According to this new system the number of people that are counted as foreign tourists in 2015 is 10.41 million, thus considerably exceeding the target set for 2015. What are the differences between these two systems?

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  • Tourism in Indonesia: Australia Gets the Visa-Free Visit Facility

    Tourism in Indonesia: Australia Gets the Visa-Free Visit Facility

    Indonesia's state news agency Antara reported on Friday (29/01) that the government of Indonesia will sign a regulation next week that allows visa-free visits for 80 additional countries, including Australia. Currently, a total of 90 countries already enjoy this visa-free facility (for trips that last a maximum of 30 days). Antara quoted the words of the country's Deputy Tourism Minister for Overseas Promotion I Gde Pitana. In 2015 the government provided this facility to an additional 45 countries in an effort to boost the tourism industry and generate more foreign exchange earnings.

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  • Indonesia's Movie & Tourism Industries Opened Wider to Foreign Investment

    Indonesia's Movie & Tourism Industries Opened Wider to Foreign Investment

    The government of Indonesia is to allow bigger foreign ownership in a number of sectors. These sectors involve the cinema/film industry, tourism, leisure, trade, as well as the sugar and rubber industries. The move to increase opportunities for foreign investors by revising the country's Negative Investment List (in Indonesian: Daftar Negatif Investasi) is part of the government's ninth economic stimulus package (to be released soon), is designed to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI) into Indonesia.

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  • Sluggish Growth Foreign Tourist Arrivals in Indonesia

    Sluggish Growth Foreign Tourist Arrivals in Indonesia

    Although the Indonesian government scrapped visit visa requirements for another 45 countries in mid-2015 (for a maximum stay period in Indonesia of 30 days) - with the aim of attracting more tourists - there has not been a marked increase in foreign tourist arrivals in 2015. Therefore it is unlikely that Indonesia will achieve its target of welcoming 10 million foreign tourists in 2015. In the first ten months of the year a total of 8.0 million foreign tourist arrivals were reported.

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  • Analysts: Indonesia Should Attract 33 Million Foreign Tourists by 2019

    Analysts: Indonesia Should Attract 33 Million Foreign Tourists by 2019

    Although the Indonesian government's target of welcoming 20 million foreign tourists by 2019 seems highly ambitious given that Indonesia may fail to achieve its target of seeing 10 million foreign visitor arrivals in 2015, several analysts claim that this target is too low. They believe that the target should be raised to 33 million foreign visitors, earning USD $40 billion in foreign exchange, hence replacing crude palm oil as the country's leading foreign exchange earner. However, this new target would only be possible if the government is serious about developing its 10 designated tourist destinations.

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  • Domestic & Foreign Tourism in Indonesia Expected to Rise at Year-End

    Domestic & Foreign Tourism in Indonesia Expected to Rise at Year-End

    Arief Yahya, Indonesia's Minister of Tourism, said domestic tourists in Indonesia have spent more than IDR 140 trillion (approx. USD $10.1 billion) during the first nine months of 2015 and this figure is expected to rise sharply as many locals will use the Christmas and New Year period to take a holiday somewhere in the world's largest Archipelago. It is estimated that in the January-September 2015 period, domestic tourists made 187.3 million trips. This implies that in each trip a local tourist spends about IDR 750,000 (approx. USD $54) for transportation, hotels, food and souvenirs.

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  • Hotel Room Occupancy Rate Bogor to Fall on New Hotel Development

    Hotel Room Occupancy Rate Bogor to Fall on New Hotel Development

    The room occupancy rate for starred hotels in Bogor (West Java) is expected to decline further in 2016 as growth in demand for hotel rooms in Bogor is outpaced by growth in the hotel room supply. Bogor and the surrounding area (which includes mountain resorts) is a key cultural and tourist center in Indonesia. Located approximately 60 kilometers south of Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta, most demand (more than 90 percent) for Bogor hotel rooms comes from Jakarta.

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  • Infrastructure Development Indonesia: Hotel Construction to Grow in 2016

    Infrastructure Development Indonesia: Hotel Construction to Grow in 2016

    In line with rising tourism in Indonesia, the value of hotel construction in Southeast Asia's largest economy is expected to grow 16 percent to IDR 21 trillion (approx. USD $1.6 billion) in 2016. Most of the new projects - roughly 21 percent - are located in the Greater Jakarta area. Besides tapping the tourism potential, hotel developers also want to tap the business potential, meaning that due to expected accelerated economic growth in 2016, there will arrive more foreign businessmen in Indonesia to attend meetings and other activities, particularly as the ASEAN Economic Community comes online.

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  • Sharia Tourism: Indonesia's Kagum Group to Invest in Sharia Hotels

    Sharia Tourism: Indonesia's Kagum Group to Invest in Sharia Hotels

    The Kagum Group, a hospitality management company in Indonesia, is eager to expand into the sharia tourism sector by establishing a chain of sharia hotels across Indonesia. Sharia hotels are hotels that follow Islamic principles such as offering separated indoor (protected from public view) swimming pools for men and women or serving halal food and beverages (excluding pork and alcoholic drinks). Through sharia-compliant hotels, the group targets to welcome more tourists from the Middle East.

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  • Indonesia October Inflation, Manufacturing PMI & Tourism Update

    Indonesia October Inflation, Manufacturing PMI & Tourism Update

    In line with estimates, Indonesia posted 0.08 percent (m/m) deflation in October 2015. Deflation was primarily caused by lower food prices in Southeast Asia's largest economy. Annual inflation eased to 6.25 percent (y/y) and is expected to ease more markedly in the last two months of the year as the impact of last year November's subsidized fuel price hike will be swept away from inflation figures. Indonesia's core inflation - which excludes volatile food and administered prices - was 5.02 percent (y/y) in October.

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  • Escaping Jakarta's Chaos; Spending a Refreshing Weekend in Bogor

    Escaping Jakarta's Chaos; Spending a Refreshing Weekend in Bogor

    Those who live in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta and find themselves frequently stuck in the middle of the city’s grave traffic congestion, while their horizons are being curtailed by the capital’s tall skyscrapers may want to escape this hectic metropolitan by spending a refreshing weekend in Bogor, a city – located some 50 kilometers south of Jakarta – that is particularly known for its Presidential Palace and the botanical gardens (in Indonesian: Kebun Raya Bogor).

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  • Tourism Industry: How Can Indonesia Tap Its Tourism Potential? Challenges & Opportunities

    Tourism Industry: How Can Indonesia Tap Its Tourism Potential? Challenges & Opportunities

    At the 50th anniversary of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association in mid-February 2019, Indonesian President Joko Widodo emphasized that the tourism industry should become the biggest industry in Indonesia in terms of foreign exchange earnings. Indonesia – a huge Archipelago that consists of more than 17.000 islands – has so much to offer to (foreign) tourists, such as beautiful beaches and countryside, flora & fauna, diving spots, wildlife, culture, culinary, historic relics as well as vibrant city life. However, so far, it fails to tap its full potential.

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  • Airport Infrastructure Development in Indonesia: Bali & Yogyakarta

    Airport Infrastructure Development in Indonesia: Bali & Yogyakarta

    The tourism industry of Indonesia is one of the most important industries in terms of the nation's foreign exchange earnings. However, compared to its neighboring countries - specifically Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand - Indonesia lags behind in terms of foreign visitor arrivals. This "failure" is partly attributed to the weak state of Indonesia's infrastructure. This includes the lack of enough airports or the lack of enough aircraft and passenger handling capacity at existing airports.

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  • Tourism Industry Indonesia: Gov't Seeks $20 Billion of Investment

    Tourism Industry Indonesia: Gov't Seeks $20 Billion of Investment

    The Indonesian government is looking for big direct investment - both domestic and domestic direct investment - in Indonesia's tourism industry in its quest to turn the tourism industry into the nation's top foreign exchange earner, hence strengthening this industry's role toward the national economy. Therefore, the government formulated ten priority tourist destinations that are regarded to have great tourism potential.

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  • Tourism Sector Indonesia: 15 Million Foreign Tourists in 2017?

    Tourism in Indonesia: Gov't Sees 15 Million Foreign Tourists in 2017

    Players in Indonesia's tourism industry are optimistic that more than 15 million foreign tourists will visit Indonesia in full-year 2017. Based on the latest data from Indonesia's Statistics Agency (BPS), a total of 5.36 million foreigners went on holiday in the world's largest Archipelago in the first five months of 2017, up 20.9 percent (y/y) from foreign visitor arrivals in the same period one year earlier.

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  • Visiting Indonesia's Komodo Island: What to Do & What Not to Do!

    Visiting Indonesia's Komodo Island: What to Do & What Not to Do!

    In early May 2017 it was reported in Indonesian media that a tourist from Singapore was bitten by a komodo dragon in the Komodo National Park, a famous park - located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the eastern part of Indonesia - that was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO as well as selected as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. It is a popular tourist destination for both local and foreign tourists as they can observe the komodo dragon, a large lizard that has a dangerous venomous bite and fearsome reputation.

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  • Tourism Sector Indonesia Update: US Tourists, Opportunities & Challenges

    Tourism Sector Indonesia Update: US Tourists, Opportunities & Challenges

    Indonesia's Tourism Ministry is optimistic it can boost the number of American tourists who visit Indonesia by 25 percent to 375,000 individuals in 2017. Last year a total of 300,000 US citizens visited Indonesia for a holiday, up 11 percent year-on-year (y/y) from US visitor arrivals in the preceding year. Arief Yahya, Indonesian Tourism Minister, said the island of Bali is the favorite tourist destination for American tourists in Indonesia.

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  • Tourism in Indonesia: Labuan Bajo (Flores), the 'New Bali'?

    Tourism in Indonesia: Labuan Bajo (Flores), the 'New Bali'?

    Labuan Bajo, a small harbor town on the island of Flores in Indonesia's Nusa Tenggara region, is considered the "new Bali" due to its huge tourism potential. Blessed with beautiful and idyllic natural scenery (including beaches and offshore islands), foreign and domestic tourists will surely have a great experience. Although there are already about a dozen of high-class hotels (4 or 5 stars) and it is fairly well connected to other parts of Indonesia (through its Komodo Airport and port), the small fishing town remains underdeveloped for now.

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