Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The number of tourists visiting Indonesia in March 2018 rose 13.62 percent to 1.36 million from 1.2 million a month earlier, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
The number of tourist arrivals in March 2018 also increased 28.76 percent compared to the same month last year, BPS Deputy for Distribution and Service Statistics, Yunita Rusanti, stated in a press briefing here on Wednesday.
“The increase is quite significant after the condition in Bali has recovered. Last year, the status of Mount Agung had an impact (on the tourism industry),” she said.
Most of the tourists travelled to Indonesia by plane, accounting for 846.9 thousand, or 62 percent, of the total tourist arrivals, she noted.
The number of tourists traveling to Indonesia by sea reached 304.7 thousand, or 22 percent, of the overall tourist arrivals.
BPS revealed that most of the tourist arrivals in March 2018 were from Malaysia, contributing 250,994 to the overall tourist arrivals. This was followed by China, with 180,454 tourists; Singapore, with 167,516 tourists; Timor Leste, with 138,499 tourists; and Australia, with 100,366 tourists.
“The number of Malaysian tourists has also increased due to the opening of new flight routes by the existing airline companies,” she added.
Cumulatively, the number of tourist arrivals in the January-March 2018 period reached 3.67 million, up 14.87 percent from 3.19 million in the same quarter last year.