The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Pangestu, believes that until the end of 2014 foreign tourist visits will be able to reach 10 million people.
“It’s even possible to break the 10 million mark,” Pangestu said in Jakarta, Wednesday.
He said the government had made various efforts to achieve the target of visiting 25 million foreign tourists and the movement of 371 million domestic tourists by 2025.
In the same year, his party hopes that the tourism sector can contribute six percent to GDP.
“We hope that foreign exchange earnings from foreign tourists can reach 17 billion US dollars and domestic tourist expenditures of IDR 359.7 trillion per year starting 2025,” he said.
Pangestu is optimistic that if there are no major obstacles in the way, the target can be achieved considering the business climate of the tourism sector has developed quite rapidly in recent years.
He gave an example of foreign tourist arrivals in 2013 being able to reach 8.8 million with an average growth of 8.39 percent in the last five years, far above the world growth of around 5 percent.
Mari emphasized that overall, in 2013 the growth of the tourism sector was 6.72 percent above GDP growth of 5.81 percent so that its contribution to GDP rose 2.92 percent in 2012 to 3.02 percent in 2013.
Contribution to foreign exchange earnings also rose sharply to reach 10.05 billion US dollars in 2013 so that its position as the largest foreign exchange earner rose from fifth position in 2012 to fourth position in 2013, replacing the rubber and processing sector.
“Foreign exchange income from the tourism sector is only inferior to the oil and gas, coal and palm oil sectors,” he said.