Indonesia takes concrete steps to boost foreign tourist visits
The target was higher than they were in the previous years that stood at 9.5 and 8 million ones in 2014 and 2013 respectively.
The current government led by President Joko Widodo has set tourism sector as one of primary development pillars. He believes that tourism has positive multiplier effects towards the nation's economy.
The importance to address tourism sectors has actually been initiated by the previous government by providing several facilities to accommodate the incoming of foreign tourists.
Among those facilities were the constriction of cruise ship ports in Bali and West Nusa Tenggara provinces and simpler mechanism to apply visa on online basis. Besides that, the previous government also favored the construction of hotels and resorts in tourist destinations sites.
Adding those initiatives, the current government granted free visa for more countries with an aim to entice more foreign tourists to come to Indonesia.
Through a presidential decree President Joko Widodo freed people from a total of 45 countries to visit Indonesia from applying visas from their origin countries. ■