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Indonesia is delighted with record tourism – and maintains ambitious targets

“In 2015 we set ourselves the target of 10 million visitors which we even managed to exceed with 10.4 million“, said a delighted Fauzi Bowo at ITB Berlin 2016. “That represents over 10 per cent growth.“ The ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia is confident that the next targets will be met: 12 million visitors by the end of 2016 and 20 million even by the end of  President Joko Widodo’s tenure in 2019.

In 2015 tourists from around the world stayed an average 8.5 days in Indonesia and spent 1,190 dollars on their holidays. Turnover in the tourism sector reached 11.9 billion dollars. More than 193,000 visitors came from Germany, around seven per cent more than in 2014. Indonesian tourism experts are hoping for some 225,000 German visitors in 2016.

“Indonesia has a lot offer– it is more than just Bali“, said Nia Niscaya of the Indonesian tourism ministry, which is why visitors should take the invitation to “explore further!“ to heart. “The country has over 13,000 islands, a population of around 250 million, about 742 different languages, and some 300 different ethnic groups: there is much to discover.“

Improved visa formalities are aimed at making travelling easier. On arrival, nationals from 90 countries can obtain a free tourist visa for up to 30 days (until now tourists paid 35 dollars for a visa on arrival). There is news for cruise passengers too: up to now only Indonesian ships were allowed to transport passengers in Indonesian waters. International ships are now permitted to do so to and from five ports: Jakarta, Surabaya, Medan, Makassar and Bali.

Antje Lückingsmeier

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