Jakarta (ANTARA) - The number of domestic tourist trips in January–November 2023 was higher compared to the corresponding periods in 2019–2022, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported.

Acting head of BPS, Amalia Widyasanti, shared the report while delivering the Official Statistical News Release, which was monitored online from here on Tuesday.

According to her, the number of domestic tourist trips in the January–November 2023 period reached 749.11 million.

The figure reflected an increase of 11.99 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, and was 14.4 percent higher compared to the same period before the COVID-19 pandemic, namely in 2019.

The six main destinations of domestic tourists were on Java Island: East Java, which accounted for 24.98 percent of the domestic tourist trips, followed by West Java (18.57 percent), Central Java (14.22 percent), Jakarta (7.49 percent), and Banten (5.29 percent).

Widyasanti further explained that most of the trips in those regions were intra-provincial, or within the province. The province that recorded the largest number of trips on Java Island was East Java.

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Domestic tourist trips to East Java were dominated by intra-provincial trips, which reached 162.51 million as of November 2023. Meanwhile, the number of trips made by tourists from outside the region to East Java stood at 24.6 million.

In November 2023, the hotel room occupancy rate in Indonesia reached 56.72 percent, reflecting a 3.7-percentage point increase compared to the previous month and a 2.31-percentage point increase compared to November 2022.

South Kalimantan recorded the highest star-rated hotel occupancy in November 2023 at 68.7 percent, driven by events such as racing, the Japan Matsuri festival, and the 28th National Student Sports Week, among others.

"The average length of stay at star-rated hotels in November 2023 was 1.63 days, or more or less the same as the previous month. However, it decreased by 0.06 points compared to November of the previous year," she informed.

In general, the occupancy rate of star-rated hotels was higher compared to the occupancy rate of non-star-rated hotels, which stood at just 25.66 percent.

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