Indonesia tops Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand in Tourism Growth

Indonesia tops Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand in Tourism Growth
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Indonesia has recorded an increase in the rate of foreign tourist arrivals between January and April this year compared to its three neighboring countries of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

BPS data shows that the archipelago welcomed 4.2 million foreign tourists in the four-month period, an increase by 19.34 percent from last year. The month of April alone saw a significant jump of 1.14 million visits, a 26.75 percent year-on-year increase from 901,090 foreign tourists in April 2016.

Meanwhile, according to The Business Times, Singapore welcomed 5.79 million foreign tourists in the first four months of 2017, an increase by 4.4 percent from the same period last year, with 1.1 million Chinese and 968,000 Indonesian visitors.

"The strengthening of the Singapore dollar is expected to persist this year, and this could continue to deter some Indonesians from traveling to Singapore," said Cushman & Wakefield research director Christine Li, as quoted in the article.

Tourists in Uluwatu, Bali | The Jakarta Post
Tourists in Uluwatu, Bali | The Jakarta Post


Singapore's hotel sector revenues reportedly decreased by 2 percent to about S$1.06 billion (US$767.34 million), with average room rates (ARR) experiencing a 2.3 percent decrease.

Meanwhile, Xinhua reported that the number of tourist arrivals in Malaysia had dropped by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

Malaysia saw its greatest first-quarter slump in visitors from the United States, which fell by 12.9 percent to 52,237 visitors according to The Star. The slump ranked US tourists 14th of the top 15 nationalities visiting Malaysia during the period, but the number of tourists from China rose 7.5 percent to 551,000 visitors, ranking them third.

Bali, still favourited | There Will be Asia
Bali, still favourited | There Will be Asia


As for Thailand, its Ministry of Tourism and Sports recorded 12.02 million tourists in the first quarter of 2017, a 2.91 percent year-on-year increase.

The Thai ministry also recorded declines in tourist arrivals from several nations, with Chinese visitors showing the biggest drop at 7.5 percent. The highest recorded increase was in Russian tourist arrivals, with a 34.35 percent increase to 595,618 visitors. Meanwhile, arrivals from India rose 14.29 percent to 107,451 visitors, leading tourist visits from South Asia.

Source : The Jakarta Post | The Business Times | Kompas

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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