Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has announced a "moderate" foreign tourist arrival target of 5.5 million for 2006. That total, projected to generate US$5 billion in foreign exchange earnings, would represent a 7.8% improvement over 2005 arrivals expected to end the year at 5.1 million.
In explaining the 2006 target to the press, Minister Wacik labeled 5.5 million as a moderate target indicating that an optimistic scenario could see 6 foreign million visitors pay a call on Indonesia during 2006.
A Cautious Outlook
The just announced 2006 figures are still below actual performance for 2004 when 5.32 foreign arrivals were recorded spending an estimated US$4.7 billion.
The Minister justified the modest targets for 2006 explaining that Indonesia is still working to recover from the negative impact of the October 2005 bombing in Bali and the fears of a bird flu epidemic.
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