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Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya., Jakarta – Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is optimistic that foreign exchange earnings from the tourism sector this year will meet the government-set target of US$20 billion.

Foreign exchange earnings from tourism stood at $19.29 billion in 2018 so the figure will most likely increase to $20 billion in 2019, he said in Jakarta Monday (9/9/2019). The tourism industry was yet to fully recover from a series of natural disasters that engulfed several parts of the country since 2017 including the eruption of Mount Agung in Bali, earthquakes in Lombok Island and tsunami in Sunda Strait, he acknowledged

They had begun to recover early 2018 after Mount Agung erupted in September 2017. However, a string of incidents including a bomb attack in Surabaya in May 2018 and earthquakes in Rinjani and Lombok in July and August 2018 hit the industry again, he said.

It was again affected after a powerful earthquake and a subsequent tsunami devastated parts of Palu city in Central Sulawesi province in September 2018 and a Lion Air plane crashed into the waters off West Java’s northern coast.

To make matters worse, the East Nusa Tenggara provincial government announced plans to close the Komodo National Park and a tsunami engulfed the coastal areas in Banten and Lampung provinces at the turn of last year.

As a result of the natural disasters, the number of tourist arrivals fell by one million in 2017 and 1.2 million in 2018, he said.

The number of tourist arrivals would drop by two million in 2019, he predicted.

“With the decline in the number of tourist arrivals, we will lose $2 billion in foreign exchange earnings,” he said. (aij)





Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya., Garut – Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, inaugurated the Digital Tourist Market of Lake Cangkuang in Leles Subdistrict, Garut District of West Java, which is expected to lead to an increase in the number of tourists visiting the region.

“Millennials need a tourist destination which is attractive when captured on camera,” Yahya said here on Monday (2/9/2019).

According to the minister, millennials would need a tourist destination, which is well-designed.
Garut District Head, Rudy Gunawan, said Lake Cangkuang is an interesting place to take selfies. It also has a historical site such as the Cangkuang Temple and a customary village, Kampung Pulo.

“Lake Cangkuang is quite a complete tourist destination. In addition to its natural beauty, we can learn about history, take good pictures and eat good food,” he said.

Previously, Garut inaugurated two other digital tourist destinations in Lake Bagendit in Banyuresmi Subdistrict and Dayeuh Manggung in Cilawu Subdistrict. (frp)

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Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya., Pekanbaru, Riau – The Environment and Forestry Ministry has identified individuals who allegedly annexed thousands of hectares of land within the Tesso Nilo National Park (TNTN) area. “We have the map of who has annexed three hectares (of the national park) and who has 3,000 hectares,” Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya told journalists in Pelalawan District Tuesday (13/8/2019).

The minister stated this after monitoring the land and forest fire in Riau, in the company of the Indonesian Military Chief Air Chief Marchall Hadi Tjahjanto, the Indonesian Police Chief, Gen. Tito Karnavian, and head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Lt. Gen Doni Monardo.

The group took off from Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in Pekanbaru and monitored the land and forest fire in Pelalawan and around the Tesso Nilo National Park.

The forest fire in the national park was intentional as she could see some zones drawn by certain groups in the conservation area, Nurbaya said.

Responding to the problem, the government and the police would take stern legal measures. “The main aspect is law enforcement,” she stressed.

The Tesso Nilo National Park is a conservation forest, a home for the Sumatran endemic elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus).

The TNTN area was extended in 2009 to 83,068 hectares, from only 38,576 hectares in 2004, by including limited production forest in its surrounding.

However, massive illegal encroachment of the conservation area has changed its landscape into palm oil plantations. (juw)

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The Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Suharyanto, talked during the press conference in Jakarta, Thursday (1/8/2019)., Jakarta – The most number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia from January to June 2019 were from Malaysia, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) revealed on Thursday (1/8/2019).

During the period, 1.60 million Malaysian tourists or equivalent to 20.47 percent of foreign visitors had arrived in Indonesia.

Following Malaysia, the second country who contributed to foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia was China.

The agency recorded 1.05 million Chinese tourists — or equivalent to 13.43 percent — had visited the country since early to mid-2019.

Beside Malaysia and China, other countries such as Singapore, Timor Leste, and Australia were also listed as five countries with large contributions to Indonesia’s foreign tourist arrivals.

From January to June 2019, 925.8 thousand Singaporean visitors landed in Indonesia, followed by Timor Leste with 608.5 thousand, and Australia with 607.2 thousand.

Per June this year, the agency announced that the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia rose by 9.94 percent, as against June 2018.

Furthermore, the number of foreign tourists in Indonesia also increased from 7.53 million people between January and June 2018, to 7.83 million visitors during the same months this year. (mhs)

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