National Tourism First Quarter Arrival up 21%
Ignoring Election and SARS Fears, Tourists Are Traveling to Indonesia.
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Indonesia's Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) have released figure showing 1.03 million foreign tourists entered Indonesia through its 13 main gateways during the first three months of 2004.
Achieving a 21% improvement over arrivals for the same period in 2003 when arrivals were suffering badly in the aftermath of the Bali bombing, the healthly visitor arrival totals suggest that fears of election unrest did little to deter international travelers from visiting Indonesia.
According to the BPS, Bali's arrivals improved by 41% for the first quarter of 2004, totaling 303,342 visitors.
The Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism has set a target of 5 million foreign visitors for 2004.
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