Jakarta (VNA) – Potential lossfrom the eruption of Mount Agung in Indonesia’s famous tourist island – Balisince November 2017 is estimated at 9 trillion IDR (665 million USD).
Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya was quotedby local media as saying that before the eruption, Bali welcomed about 15,000 foreigntourists per day, with daily foreign exchange estimated to reach 250 billion IDR.But after the eruption, the number of foreign visitors dropped by around 1million.
According to the minister, due to naturaldisasters, the nation’s target of 15 million foreign arrivals might not beachieved this year.
To meet the new target of 14 millionforeign visitors, Arief Yahya said the government is conducting massivecampaigns to promote other destinations, particularly the Riau Islands. RiauIslands has become one of key tourist destinations in Indonesia, apart from Jakartaand Bali.
Indonesia received 1.15 million foreigntourists in October 2017, a reduction of 4.54 percent, with a major cause namedas the Agung eruption.-VNA