Indonesia might not reach its 2016 target of 12 million foreign visitors

Indonesia remains steadfast, determined to achieve a total of 12 million foreign tourist visitors for all of 2016. In 2015, the Republic of Indonesia fell short of its stated goal of 10 million tourists.

As reported by The Jakarta Globe, the government estimates that 12 million foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in a single year will yield US$12 billion in much-needed foreign exchange for the nation.

With national foreign tourist totals through the end of May 2016 reaching only 4.43 million, the Tourism Ministry is admitting that more tourism promotion may be needed to successfully end the year with 12 million visitors.

Statistically, the liberalization of visa-on-arrival policies is bearing fruit in the form increased visitor totals to Indonesia. Meanwhile the government is working frantically to promote new tourism destinations, designating the following 10 areas for special infrastructure and promotional attention: Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Mandalika in Lombok, Labuhan Bajo near the Komodo National Park, Bromo Volcano in East Java, the Thousand Islands outside Jakarta, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Wakatobi at Southeast Sulawesi, Tanjung Lesung Resort in Banten, Morotai in Maluku, and Tanjung Kelayan in Belitung.

On a nation-wide basis, according to The Jakarta Globe, the top sources of foreign n tourists to Indonesia are shown below with visitors totals January-May 2016:

  • Singapore – 692,680
  • China – 615,288
  • Malaysia – 563,042
  • Australia – 471,967
  • Japan – 136,666
  • India – 36,882 (sic)
  • South Korea – 33,845 (sic)

By contrast, the top 7 sources of foreign tourists to Bali during the same period of January – May 2016:

  • Australia – 492,017
  • China – 385,360
  • Japan – 91,174
  • United Kingdom – 80,428
  • Malaysia – 75,663
  • India – 73,939
  • U.S.A. – 68,549