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Tourism Growth Slowing Down

National Tourism Target of 9 Million Foreign Visitors to Indonesia in 2013 May be Over-Optimistic

(11/10/2012) Bisnis.com reports that tourism leaders are beginning to see predictions of 9 million tourists to Indonesia in 2013 as overly optimistic and problematic to achieve in the light of the developing global economic situation.

The vice-chairman of the Jakarta chapter of the Indonesian Association of Travel Agents (ASITA), Rudiana, expressed the belief that tourist arrivals for Indonesia as a whole in 2013 may only increase slightly over the projected 8 million foreign tourists expected to by the end of December 2012.

“I see the possibility that it (tourism growth) will be stagnant, becoming 8.1 or 8.2 million visitors. It is indeed challenging to reach 9 million foreign tourists, although the opportunity continues to exist,” explained Rudiana.

He said new tactics and approaches were needed to allow Indonesia’s tourism industry to continue to grow in the midst of global financial uncertainty. One of the solutions, according to Rudiana, is to pursue growth available from Indonesian travelers, both for domestic and international trips.

Reza Novaldy, a Director of PT Tama Putera Wisata, said that Indonesian tourism operators have to be able to maximize the Asia-Pacific market in anticipation of contractions that will occur globally in 2013.

Novaldy cited five countries in the Asia Pacific with potential for growth in 2013 as Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Japan and China.