Official data from Indonesia Office of Statistics mention a growth of 12.3% of total international arrivals between January and August. In eight months, the country passed the 10-million travellers mark and is heading to a total of 15.5 to 16 million international arrivals in 2018, below a target of 17 million. Bali is however recording a mediocre performance since the start of the year.
Month after month, Indonesia continues to record rising figures in tourist arrivals although the growth is not as strong as originally planned. Earlier this year, the government was targeting a growth of 21% for this year, helping growing arrivals from 14.7 million to 17 million. So far, according to the latest data available from the National Office of Statistics, international tourist arrivals between January and August were up by 12.3%, representing a total of 10.58 million travellers.
Not surprisingly, the good tourism performance is influenced by a strong jump in Chinese travellers’ arrivals. From January to August, total Chinese arrivals were up by 14.7% but other traditional markets have seen also strong growth: Malaysia is up by 13.9%, Singapore by 10.1%, the USA by 9.1% and Australia by 7.6% between January and August.
While Bali has seen a modest growth in total arrivals from January to August with total arrivals up by 1.4% to four million but the biggest increases come from secondary destinations. Arrivals at Manado International Airport are up by 71% to 86,000 for the first eight months of 2018, followed by Pontianak International Airport in West Kalimantan (Borneo) up by 54.2% -although the number remains rather tiny with 14,000 arrivals. Surabaya International Airport recorded also 37% more international arrivals, at 216,000.
Riau Islands across Singapore are back in popularity as well: the port of Tanjung Uban has seen arrivals jumping by 34% and Tanjung Pinang by almost 21%. Both ports are located on Bintan Island. Neighbouring Batam has also enjoyed total arrivals jumping by 20% to 1.2 million.
Disappointing are however the evolution of arrivals to Medan in North Sumatra, down by 7;6% in the first eight months of 2018 while total arrivals at Yogyakarta International Airport are slightly up by 0.6%. Jakarta International Airport recorded also a growth at 3.1% equivalent to 1.88 million arrivals.