Foreign Travelers' Visits Down 4.59%, BPS Says  

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  • Foreign tourists take pictures of Mount Agung as it erupts in Karangasem, Bali, Nov. 29, 2017. AP

    Foreign tourists take pictures of Mount Agung as it erupts in Karangasem, Bali, Nov. 29, 2017. AP

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded that the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia in April 2018 decreased by 4.59 percent from the previous month.

    "This is because tourism is affected by the season," BPS chief Suhariyanto said on Monday, June 4.

    The number of foreign tourist arrivals in April 2018 was recorded at 1.3 million visits.

    Compared to April 2017, this April's number of visits actually increased by 11.04 percent. Suhariyanto said the increase is due to additional flights in several cities in Indonesia. 

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    Air travels account for the most visits by foreign tourists. In April 2018, 847,150 foreign tourists entered by air. This figure is far above the number of entries by sea, which is 236,830 and land's 216,750 visits.

    Compared to last year, the number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia by air as of April 2018 rose by 4.21 percent. Compared to March 2018, the increase is 0.18 percent. 

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    The highest increase, said Suhariyanto, occurred in four airports—the highest being Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with 6.46 percent.

    Meanwhile, the highest decrease in foreign tourist arrivals was recorded at Supadio Airport in West Kalimantan, with a decline rate of 21.56 percent. 

    CAESAR AKBAR