Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, estimates that domestic tourists spent US$9 billion dollars nationwide in the first six months of 2012.
During the same six months, Pangestu told the Bali Post, the number of domestic tourist trips increased 3.5% over the same period one year before. The Ministry's growth figures are based on visitor figures at major tourism objects across the nation.
For the entire year of 2012 Pangestu projects a total of 245 million domestic trips will be taken worth US$18 billion to the national economy.
In 2011 the government calculates that 236.8 million domestic trips were taken with a total value of Rp. 156.89 trillion (US$16.9 billion).
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