International arrivals reach 8.7 million, up 9.1%
Preliminary estimates have pegged tourist arrivals to Indonesia at 8.7 million in 2013, marking a record high and surpassing the target of 8.6 million. The number is at least 9.1% more than the previous year.
Mari Elka Pangestu, minister of tourism and creative economy, said the figure was based on the latest data from Indonesia’s Central Board of Statistics, which showed that arrivals between January and November totalled 7.9 million, up 9.1% over the same period in 2012.
“Assuming that growth in arrivals in December 2013 was similar to that of the same period in 2012 at 0.5%, there would be an additional 771,024 arrivals. Therefore, we are confident that total arrivals will hit a new record of 8.7 million,” Mari said.
The final figure will be available in early February. According to the minister, visitor expenditure last year was US$1,142 per visit and revenue from tourism is estimated to reach $9.9 billion, or 8.2% higher than in 2012.
“Year 2014 is looking good. We are targeting an increase of 7% to 7.5% to reach 9.2 million international arrivals,” the minister said.
[pictured: Manado, Indonesia]