Jakarta: The number of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia stood at 1.3 million in April 2019, increasing by 0.11 percent compared to April 2018.
Cumulatively, the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia stood at 5.12 million in January-April 2019. According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), it rose by 3.22 percent compared to the same period in 2018.
"We hope that it could ontinue to increase. So it could boost tourism revenue," BPS chairman Suhariyanto told a press conference on Monday.
BPS named five countries as the highest contributors of tourists to Indonesia last year: Malaysia, with 256 thousand, or 19.66 percent; China, with 171 thousand or 13.16 percent; Singapore, with 150 thousand or 11.5 percent; Timor Leste, with 106 thousand or 8.15 percent; and Australia, with 102 thousand or 7.82 percent.
Indonesia recorded 15.8 million foreign tourist arrivals throughout 2018. The number increased by 12.58 percent compared to the previous year.
Malaysia was the top contributor last year with 2.50 million or 15.83 percent. It was followed by China with with 2.14 million or 13.52 percent. The third spot was held by Singapore with 1.77 million or 11.19 percent.