Foreign tourist arrivals in March 2021 rose by 14.54 percent to reach 132,600, from 115,800 recorded in the previous month, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).
"Indeed, (the figure) is still far (lower) as compared to the corresponding period in 2020 and 2019, but figures for the January-March 2021 period have increased, although (they) are not too many," Deputy for Distribution and Services Statistics of BPS, Setianto, stated at a virtual press conference here on Monday.
Cumulatively, foreign tourist arrivals for the January-March 2021 period had reached 385,590, or a drop of 85.45 percent, from 2,650,000 arrivals during the corresponding period in 2020.
The deputy expounded that 59 percent, or 78,900 foreign tourists, visiting in March 2021 came to Indonesia using means of land transportation, while 31 percent, or 40,900, took boat services to reach, and 10 percent, or 12,900 others, arrived on planes.
Setianto noted that most airports reported a drop in foreign tourist arrivals. A 100-percent drop in foreign tourist arrivals was recorded at several airports, including the Husein Sastranegara Airport in West Java, Adi Sucipto Airport in Yogyakarta, Minangkabau Airport in West Sumatra, Sultan Iskandar Muda Airport in Aceh, Supadio Airport in West Kalimantan, Hasanuddin Airport in South Sulawesi, and Sultan Badaruddin II Airport in South Sumatra.
Meanwhile, the lowest decline in the number of foreign tourist arrivals was registered at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Banten, reaching 80.82 percent. However, Sam Ratulangi Airport in North Sulawesi witnessed a 343.99-percent increase in the number of foreign tourist arrivals.
Based on the nationality, 49.2 percent, or 65,200 foreign tourists, were from Timor Leste; while 31 percent, or 41,100 people, were from Malaysia; 6.4 percent, or 6,500 people, from China; and 13.4 percent, or 17,800 people, from various nations. (Antaranews)