Tourists likely to avoid Indonesia over terrorism

Bloomberg JAKARTA (Bloomberg) — Indonesia is facing the prospect of a decline in foreign tourist arrivals after a spate of terror attacks this week prompted travel advisories from about a dozen countries.

Tourist arrivals may drop about 1 million this year as advisories from countries including Australia, Singapore, the United States and Malaysia to their citizens may impact travel plans, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya told reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The series of terror attacks is a blow to Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s efforts to double tourist numbers to 20 million by the end of his five-year term in 2019 and boost the sector’s contribution to the economy. Tourist arrivals to Bali, which account for more than 40 percent of the country’s total, fell during the peak Christmas and New Year period after a volcano eruption near the island prompted similar travel advisories.

A total of 14 million tourists visited Indonesia last year with more than 5 million holidaymakers arriving in Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport alone, data from the nation’s statistics bureau show. Speech

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