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Volcanic Eruption Hurts Indonesia Tourism


Last update: 07/12/2017

JAKARTA, Dec 7 (Bernama) -- The eruption of Mount Agung in Bali - the most famous tourist island in Indonesia - has caused the Indonesian tourism industry lost about US$665 million since November 2017, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya was quoted by local media as saying that before the eruption, Bali welcomed about 15,000 foreign tourists per day, with daily foreign exchange estimated to reach 250 billion in Indonesian Rupiah but after the eruption, the number of foreign visitors dropped by around 1 million.

According to the minister, due to natural disasters, the nation's target of 15 million foreign arrivals might not be achieved this year.

To meet the new target of 14 million foreign visitors, Arief Yahya said the government is conducting massive campaigns to promote other destinations, particularly the Riau Islands.

Riau Islands has become one of the key tourist destinations in Indonesia, apart from Jakarta and Bali.

Indonesia received 1.15 million foreign tourists in October 2017, a reduction of 4.54 percent, with a major cause being the Agung eruption.

--BERNAMA