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Government Bullish on Tourist Targets

5 Million Visitors to Indonesia for 2004 Seen as Virtually Certain.

(11/8/2004) The Central Statistic Bureau (BPS) is increasingly confident that the official target of 5 million tourist visitors to Indonesia for 2004 will be achieved.

According to Adi Lumaksono, chief of the sub-directorate for tourism statistics at BPS, partial nation-wide totals for tourism arrivals from 13 gateways compiled through the end of September stand at 3.41 million, up 28% from totals for the same period in 2003. According to Lumaksono, once the complete arrival statistics are compiled, that number will likely increase by another 20%

Thus, with approximately 4 million tourist arrivals already safely in hand through the end of the third quarter, BPS officials now feel almost certain that the official target of 5 million visitors will be reached, generating an estimated US$4.5 billion in foreign exchange earnings.