From Antara News Agency

Number of Foreign Tourists to Indonesia Drops by 10.28 Percent

Jakarta (Antara News) - The number of foreign tourists to Indonesia who arrived at 13 entry points in 2005 reached 4.07 million, a 10.28 percent decline compared to the 4.54 million who came to the country in 2004, a spokesman said.

The decline in foreign tourist arrivals in the country also lowered Indonesia`s foreign exchange earnings by 8.33 pct to US$4.4 billion, compared to that earned in 2004, Choril Maksum, head of the Central Bureau of Statistics, said here on Wednesday.

Choril, however, said the amount of foreign visitors arrival in December 2005 rose by 19.56 percent to 312.2 thousand, compared with that in November 2005 totaling 261.1 thousand people. The increase was the result of a 19.81 pct raise in foreign tourist arrivals to Bali reaching 81.1 thousand.

According to him, the increase in the number in December was due to the peak season of foreign tourist arrivals.

The increase occurred among others at the Minangkabau international airport, West Sumatra (54.80 pct), Batam, Riau province (32.91 pct), Ngurah Rai, Bali (19.81 pct), Tanjung Pinang, Riau (17.14 pct), Polonia, Medan (12.61 pct), Soekarno-Hatta, Jakarta (12.03 pct) and Tanjung Priok harbour, North Jakarta (6.29 pct).

On the other hand, the decline in foreign tourist arrivals occurred in Entikong, West Kalimantan (48.23 pct), Sam Ratulangi, Manado (3.38 pct) and Juanda, Surabaya, East Java (3.09 pct).

The average length of stay of foreign tourists in the country at star-rated hotels in November 2005 dropped to 0.19 days compared to that in October 2005 from 2.29 days to 2.10 days, he added.(*)
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