Indonesia targets 15 million visitors in 2017

Tourists on Kuta Beach, Bali
Tourists on Kuta Beach, Bali

Indonesia has set itself the target of attracting 15 million international visitors in 2017.

The official website of the Indonesian Tourism Ministry, Indonesia.travel, quoted Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya as revealing this year’s target. It would mark an increase of 25% over the 12m arrivals expected in 2016.

Indonesian visitor arrivals have risen sharply in recent years, exceeding 10m for the first time in 2015. This has been partially driven by the relaxation of tourist visa regulations.

“These significant achievements have strengthened Indonesia’s resolve to aim even higher by raising our goals and targets for 2017 to 15 million international arrivals… and on to 20 million arrivals in 2019,” the minister stated.

Yahya added that the tourism industry is expected to contribute 11% of the country’s GDP in 2016, creating 11.8m jobs.

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