The number of overseas visitors to Indonesia's archipelago rose by 12.34% in October 2014, compared to the same month last year, official figures have revealed.
Figures from the country's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) show that 808,767 foreign tourists visited destinations across Indonesia in October, up from the figure of 808,767 people recorded in 2013.
In total 7.75 million foreign tourists headed to the South East Asian group of islands between January and October 2014, an 8.71% increase from the 7.13 million tourists recorded in 2013.
Such positive figures mean that Indonesia may be well on its way to reaching its target of 20 million arrivals by 2019, set out by the country's new Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.
Speaking to Travel Daily, Ibu Nia Niscaya, director of international tourism promotion for the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, outlined the ministry's plans to improve connectivity in the country, saying:
“Our Tourism Minister has plans to bring Indonesia up to the same international standards that are worldwide and at the World Economic Forum benchmark.
“Improving out IT means it is easier and quicker for us to reach the consumer. We are already looking to introduce free Wi-Fi to the old city of Jakarta.”
Niscaya also went on to explain how new flights from Garuda Indonesia, Royal Brunei and Oman Air had all helped to provide a boost to the country's tourism figures.
“Connectivity is important and Indonesia offers so much for tourists to experience. The Garuda flight from the UK is great as being a SkyTeam member means travellers can go onto more destinations within Indonesia. The airline recently opened up more flights to the eastern part too,” Niscaya added.
Earlier this year Indonesia was placed among Condé Nast Traveller's list of Destinations to Watch in 2014. The country is summed up in the ranking as "tropical islands to suit all tastes".
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Date Created: 03/12/2014