Kendari, SE Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - The Southeast Sulawesi provincial government is optimistic of the number of tourist visits to the province in 2018 reaching the predetermined target.

Local Tourism Office Chief Syahruddin Nurdin remarked here on Monday that until August 2018, the number of tourists visiting the province for holidaying at Bokori Island in Konawe District had reached 74,015 people.

"Some months are still left until the end of 2018 to meet the target of tourist visits to Southeast Sulawesi, especially to Bokori Island," Nurdin remarked.

Moreover, Nurdin noted that during the year-end holidays in December, several tourists are expected to flock to the island, which can be reached by boat in 15 minutes from the beach.

The trend of tourist visits to Bokori Island during the school holidays experienced a significant jump, for instance, in June 2018, which also coincided with Eid, the number of visitors reached 12,350 people.

In regular months, the number of visitors ranges from two thousand to seven thousand, and in October 2018, the number of tourist visits to Bokori Island also increased since at that time, the Bokori festival was held that had become an annual agenda.

In the meantime, Southeast Sulawesi Tourism Office Chief of Destination Management and Community Empowerment Section M. Amin remarked that the number of tourists visiting in October 2018 was quite high.

The number of tourists visiting until August 2018 reached 74,015, comprising both domestic and foreign tourists from France, Italy, China, and Singapore.

Reporting by Hernawan Wahyudono
Editing by Otniel Tamindael, Rahmad Nasution

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