According to the recent Central Statistics Agency (BPS) records, the number of tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2018 grew by 14.87 percent from last year to 3.67 million.
The number of arrivals in March alone had reached 1.36 million, which is 28.76 percent higher than March 2017
BPS head of statistics distribution and services Yunita Rusanti said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the increase in tourist arrivals also reflected in room occupancy rates of star-rated hotels, which averaged 57.10 percent in March, compared to 54.70 percent in the same month of 2017.
Meanwhile, average the length of stay of tourists was 1.95 days, up by 0.06 points from March 2017.
The largest increase of incoming tourists was recorded at Supadio International Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, where arrivals in March exceeded the year-earlier value by 168.74 percent, followed by Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java (up 96.35 percent) and Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado, North Sulawesi.
Overall, the number of tourists arriving by plane increased 13.03 percent in March 2018 from March, 2017, while tourist arrivals through seaports and land borders increased 38.29 percent and 135.8 percent, respectively.
Source: Jakarta Post
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