The length of stay for foreign tourist visiting Indonesia declined 10.33% in May 2010, becoming 1.91 days as compared to 2.13 days in May 2009. Downturns in the length of stay were recorded in Jakarta, Central Java, North Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Riau, Lampung, Jambi and Bali.
The shorter length of visit for foreign tourist was less pronounced in Bali where the rate of decline only 6.37%, down to just 3.23 days in May while the same month one year before recorded 3.45 day average visits.
Bisnis.com quoted the director the financial statistics, information technology and tourism at the National Statistic Bureau, Adi Lumaksono, as citing the world-wide economic downturn as causing the declining length of stay for tourists visiting Indonesia. Travelers are taking shorter trips closer to home. As further proof, Lumaksono pointed to the strong number of visitors from Malaysia and Singapore coming to Indonesia at the moment.
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