Indonesia to Achieve 9.5 Million Foreign Tourist Target: Minister

Jakarta (Antara News) - Indonesia will achieve and even surpass its foreign tourist arrival target at 9.5 million this year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

"What we have achieved in the January-May 2014 period has indicated that the target of 9.3-9.5 million foreign tourist arrivals will be achieved and even exceeded," the minister said here on Tuesday.

She said the increase in foreign tourist arrivals over the last five months this year was beyond the target. The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) has revealed that the number of foreign tourists to Indonesia last May had reached 752,363.

So, on the whole, the number of foreign tourists in the last five months (January-May) had reached 3.7 million or up by 9.96 percent compared with that in the same period last year, which was 3.364 million.

"During the first five months of 2014, the increase in foreign tourists had almost reached 10 percent, or above the target of 6-8 percent," the minister said.(*)