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Minister Wacik Calls for US$57.3 Million Tourism Promotion Budget

Wacik Bullish that 6 Million Visitors will Visit in Current Year and 7 Million in 2008.

(8/25/2007) Metro TV reports that Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik has called on the government to allocate 6 per targeted foreign visitor in 2008 for tourism promotion or the equivalent of 42 Million (approximately US$57.3 million).

Speaking in Jakarta on Wednesday, August 22, 2007, the Minister proclaimed a target of 7 million foreign visitors to Indonesia for 2008, a year his Department has proclaimed as Visit Indonesia Year.

Encouraged by an overall growth rate of 12% nationwide in tourist visitors, the Minister reported that around 5,000 visitors are arriving each day in Bali, a figure much higher than last year. Because of this, he remains confident that a target of 6 million visitors can be achieved in the current year.