"As compared to the previous month, March 2021, the number of foreign tourist visits in April 2021 also decreased by 2.61 percent," BPS Deputy Head Setianto stated during a virtual press conference here on Wednesday.
Of the total number of tourist arrivals, 18,400 came by air, 35,940 by sea, and 73,170 by means of land transportation.
Meanwhile, based on entries at airports, the number of foreign tourist visiting Indonesia in April 2021 rose sharply by 2,250, or 45 percent, as compared to those in April 2020, and was also high as compared to that in March 2021.
“Indeed, the increase is quite high since the percentage is taken from a small amount. Hence, even a small increase will make a big change," Setianto remarked.
Foreign tourist arrivals at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport went up by 52.41 percent from that in March 2021, followed by foreign tourist visits at the Juanda Airport, East Java, that increased by 107.69 percent, and climbed by 6.84 percent at the Sam Ratulangi Airport, North Sulawesi.
On the other hand, the number of foreign tourist arrivals at several smaller airports had decreased with the highest percentage recorded at the Lombok International Airport, West Nusa Tenggara, by 100 percent.
During the January-April 2021, the number of foreign tourist visits reached 511,440, or a sharp decline of 81.78 percent, as compared to 2.81 million foreign tourist visits during the same period in 2020.
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