Approximately 70% of international visitors to Indonesia in 2017 are expected to travel to just two destinations: Bali and Jakarta.
The Indonesian government is targeting a total of 15 million arrivals this year, and Wisnu Bawa Tarunajaya, the country’s assistant deputy of tourism HR development, said that 40% of these visitors are expected to travel to Bali.
“Bali is still number one compared to the other regions in Indonesia,” he was quoted saying.
A further 30% are expected to visit Jakarta, and 20% are likely to travel to Batam, in the Riau Islands. The remaining 10%, accounting for just 1.5m visitors, will be shared between the rest of the country.
But Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism is taking steps to even the spread of visitors across the country; it has already earmarked 10 “new” tourism destinations for development, including Toba Lake in Sumatra, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, and Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi.