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Increasing number of British tourists choose Indonesia

New official figures from the Republic of Indonesia's ministry of tourism reveal that the country is becoming an even more popular destination for British visitors. The new data shows an impressive year on year rise of 17% in the numbers of tourists and holidaymakers from the UK.

A grand total of 328,882 British tourists entered the country in 2016, confirming the UK as the leading European source market to Indonesia.

17000 islands

The sheer numbers surrounding Indonesia in all respects are impressive. The country is the largest archipelago in the world, made up of more than 17000 islands and 8000 of these are inhabited. More than 300 languages are spoken and the islands are home to hundreds of ethnic groups.

Spectacular beaches, volcanoes and jungles with varied wildlife are all major attractions, as is Indonesia's sprawling capital Jakarta.

Country manager for Indonesia in the United Kingdom Richard Hume said: “We are very pleased to see the continued growth of visitors from the UK to Indonesia.

“The destination has huge potential in the UK market and with continued support from the trade and increasing accessibility we expect this growth to continue for many years to come,” he added.

Air, sea and land

Access to the country is gained via 19 different points of entry taking in routes by air, sea and land. This means that the increase of visitors is wide spread, with the official figures highlighting growth for individual provinces such as Manado in North Sulawesi, Pekanbaru Riau in Sumatra, Denpasar in Bali and Yogyakarta in Central Jakarta.

The increase in tourism from the UK to Indonesia has been helped by the introduction of a visa-free policy in March 2016 and also increased flight capacity from a number of different airline carriers.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise Long-Haul Travel Insurance

in advance.

Date Created: 14 March 2017

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