TEMPO.CO, Banda Aceh - The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded that the number of foreign tourists in Aceh in the first semester of 2015 had reached 14,000 people. "[The number] increased by 8.84 percent compared to the same period last year," said Aceh BPS chief Hermanto on Thursday, August 6, 2015.
In June 2015, around 2,048 foreign tourists visited Aceh to enjoy its Ramadan-themed tourism. The number was dominated by Malaysian tourists. "In June, there were 1,543 tourists from Malaysia," Hermanto said.
In addition to Malaysia, other tourists from China, the US, Europe, Australia and Africa had also visited Aceh.
Previously, Reza Pahlevi, Chief of the Aceh Culture and Tourism Agency has set a target of 50,000 foreign tourist visits in Aceh.