The total number of international tourist arrivals to Indonesia in 2014 is at this very moment recorded at 9.3 million, while domestic tourism totals 251 million trips, said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya at the end of the year press conference.
The Minister is positive that when all data are in, the final number as targeted, namely of 9.5 million tourists by the end of the year will be achieved, forming a solid cornerstone to reach next year's target of 10 million international tourists and 254 million domestic tourist trips in 2015.
The number of international tourist arrivals to Indonesia by the end of 2014 will have increased 5.65% compared to 2013. While for the period between January-October, the growth of international tourists reached was 8.71%, from 7,134,052 in 2013 to 7,755,616 in 2014. Growth also occurred in domestic tourists from 250 million trips in 2013 to 251 million trips in 2014.
Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya further explained that, therefore, achievements made by the Tourism sector to the national economy include a 4.01% contribution to national gross domestic product with USid="mce_marker"0.69 billion in foreign exchange revenue, 10.3 million in employment, while , tourism's current competitiveness in the world ranked at no 70 according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
"With such achievements, Tourism should rightfully be a primary industry. Our return level is higher compared those of manufacturing , while in employment the ratio is 6:4. Generally, it can be said that tourism products are ready and available ; we just need to add to facilities. Whereas for manufacturing, they still need to build factories first. Tourism also needs to be given higher priority since it is more renewable compared to mining, for example. Furthermore, there are no other industries that can absorb 10 million employment except for Tourism" stated Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya at the Year End Press Conference in Jakarta, Thursday, 23rd December 2014.
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