This survey was held in 12 provinces in Indonesia..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The number of home-bound travelers during the Idul Fitri Holiday 2014 is expected to reach 27 million, according to a forecast made by the Indonesian Transportation Ministry.

Based on the results of a survey held by the Transportation Ministrys Research and Development Department regarding the travel demand during the Idul Fitri Holiday 2014, which was revealed at the ministrys office in Jakarta on Monday, there will be around 27,894,914 home-bound travelers this year, or increased averagely 6.99 percent than last year.

"This survey was held in 12 provinces in Indonesia, which are the agglomeration area where most of the home-bound travelers migrated," stated Head of Transportation Ministrys Research and Development Department Elly Andriani Sinaga.

The survey covered areas from the Java Island to Sulawesi Island, including North Sumatra, Lampung, Banten, Jakarta Capital City Region, West Java, Central Java, Special Areas of Yogyakarta, East Java, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, and Bali.

Sinaga explained that the increase in the number of home-bound travelers based on its area were forecast to happen in Jakarta Capital City areas (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi) with an increase of 11.36 percent, Central Java areas (Kendal, Demak, Ungaran, Semarang, Purwodadi) 9.33 percent, Bandar Lampung 8.42 percent, Special Areas of Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta, Sleman, Bantul) 7.99 percent, and Sulawesi areas (Makassar, Maros, Sungguminasa, Takalar) 7.41 percent.

With a population of 72,912,975 in 12 provinces, the average growth of the home-bound traveler was expected to reach 34 percent.

"Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi will still have the highest numbers of home-bound travelers in 2014 and is expected to reach 13,418,659 people," Sinaga pointed out.

East Java (Gresik, Bangkalan, Mojokerto, Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Lamongan) is expected to be second with 4,226,328 travelers, West Java (Bandung City, Bandung District, South Bandung District, Cimahi City) is expected to rank third with 3,434,661 travelers followed by Balikpapan and Samarinda (East Kalimantan) with 586 thousand travelers.

The Central Java will be the most visited destination during Idul Fitri 2014 with 7,991,911 home-bound travelers and will receive 5,508,080 travelers from Jakarta capital areas (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi).

The survey, which was conducted during March 7-31, 2014, employed the household interview method with 15 thousand respondents, of which 12 thousand respondents were from 2013 and three thousand people were new respondents.

Editor: Priyambodo RH
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