Spending Less While on Holiday
Statistic Bureau Cites Numerous Reasons for Lower Spending Levels Among Tourist Visitors to Indonesia.
Representatives of the Directorate of Tourism Statistics from the National Statistics Center (BPS) are projecting a continuing decline in the average spending levels of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2004.
The average expenditure level for foreign tourists in 2003 averaged US$ 903.74. According to Mr. Adi Lumanksono, the head of the Sub-Directorate for Tourism Statistics at the BPS and quoted in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, he sees a slight continuing decline in spend levels due to the strengthening of a number of major currencies against the Indonesian Rupiah; a more competitive air fare environment making a holiday in Indonesia less expensive than in the past; and a shorter length of stay for tourists visiting the country.
Since 1994 the average spend of tourists visiting Indonesia has declined 24.34% from US$ 1,194.43 to its 2003 level of US$ 903.74.
Average spending figures are tabulated via exit interviews conducted twice a year by the BPS at major gateways, during high and low seasons for tourism arrivals.
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