Is Indonesia's National Tourism Target Achievable?
At the Half-Year Mark it Appears Increasingly Likely that Indonesia will Fall Short of its 7 Million Tourism Target.
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National tourism arrival numbers through the end of June cast increasing doubt on Indonesia's ability to achieve its targeted 7 million foreign visitors in 2008.
Through the end of June 2008 a total of 2.9 million visitors came to Indonesia, an increase of 11.5% over the same period in 2007 (2.6 million).
Simple extrapolation suggests that if Indonesia maintains its current year-to-date growth rate of 11.5% against the total 5.51 million visitors who came to Indonesia in 2007, then a total of 6.14 million will visit the Republic in 2008. That total falls 12.3% short of the current national target of 7 million.
Bali a Bright Spot
While it remains doubtful that national tourism targets will be met in 2008, Bali's tourism numbers continue to surge. [See: Bali Half Way Through 2008]. January-June arrivals for Bali hit 924,949 – a +23.9% improvement over 2007.
As projected at balidiscovery.com, total foreign tourist arrivals for 2008 should pass the 2 million mark.
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