In 2003, foreign visitors to Indonesia totaled 4.428 million people, a drop of 12.02% compared to the 5.03 million visitors the Country welcomed in 2002. The drop in tourist number resulted an estimated 6.98% decrease in foreign exchange revenues earned from tourism, finally bringing into the Country a total US$ 4 billion in much-needed foreign currency.
Fewer Tourists on Shorter Stays, But Spending A Bit More
According to information provided by the Central Statistics Bureau, visitors in 2003 stayed for a shorter period of time than those who visited Indonesia just one year before. The average-length-of-stay for tourist visitors in 2003 was estimated at 9.69 days, down from 9.79 days from the previous year.
The Nation's statisticians also estimate, however, that the average spend per visit for tourist visitors to Indonesia in 2003 increased slightly, up 1.17%. The average total expenditure per tourist visitor equaled an estimated US$ 903.74 in 2003, increasing from US$ 893.26 one year before. In terms of daily spend in 2003, that's equivalent to US$ 93.27 spent for each day in the Country.
5 Million Visitors in 2004
Indonesia is aiming for ambitious tourist totals in 2004, predicting an increase of 12.9% or 5 million visitors.
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