Indonesia Nov foreign tourist arrivals up 18 pct y/y

JAKARTA Jan 3 Indonesia attracted 855,545
foreign tourists in November, up 18.32 percent from a year
earlier, the statistics bureau said on Tuesday.

That compares with October’s growth pace of 15.62 percent.

The total number of visitors in November, including those
passing through Indonesia’s borders from neighbouring countries
and foreign workers with permits for less than one year, was
about 1 million, up 19.98 percent from a year earlier.

The government wants to expand tourism to help reduce the
economy’s reliance on raw commodities. It aims to attract 20
million visitors a year by 2019, more than double 2015’s number.

In the first 11 months of 2016, the number of foreign
visitors to Indonesia was 10.41 million.

(Reporting by Nilufar Rizki and Bernadette Christina Munthe;
Writing by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Randy Fabi)

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