Indonesia Meets Target of 8 Million Tourists in 2012
Indonesia surpassed its foreign tourist target of eight million visitors last year, recording a five percent increase from 2011.
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported on Friday that 8.04 million foreign tourists traveled to the archipelago in 2012, from 7.65 million in the previous year.
The figure was in line with the target set by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry.
The BPS also reported a 5.8 percent increase in incomes from the tourism sector to $9.1 billion.
The agency added that star-rated hotels in 20 provinces reported a slight increase in occupancy rates from 55.57 percent to 56.05 percent. However, the average stay for hotel guests dropped slightly from 1.93 days to 1.86 days per guest.
While Bali remains to be Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Balikpapan reported a steady increase in visitors in 2012.