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Indonesia sets ambitious tourism goals for 2024 with Bali as the leading attraction

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Indonesia sets a lofty 2024 tourism target of 14 million visitors, with Bali as the centerpiece, emphasizing green tourism and culinary attractions to boost its global travel appeal.

As 2023 draws to a close, Indonesia is preparing for a landmark year in 2024, with tourism at the forefront of its economic agenda. The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, led by Minister Sandiaga Uno, is setting ambitious targets to elevate Indonesia’s status as a premier global destination, particularly emphasizing Bali’s role.

Bali: The Crown Jewel of Indonesian Tourism

Bali, Indonesia’s most popular vacation spot, continues to surpass tourism expectations. In 2023, Bali aimed to welcome 4.5 million international tourists, a goal nearly achieved by October, signaling a robust recovery post-COVID-19. The island’s impressive performance, including welcoming over one million tourists during the 2022 Christmas and New Year period, positions it as a pivotal player in Indonesia’s 2024 tourism strategy.

National Targets and Global Appeal

Building on this success, Minister Uno has announced a national target of 14 million foreign tourist visits in 2024, an optimistic forecast supported by the country’s current upward trajectory. In 2023, Indonesia saw 11 million foreign visits, surpassing its initial target of 8.5 million. Australia remains a significant source of tourists for Bali, with over 122,000 Australian visitors recorded in October alone.

A Focus on Green Tourism

Looking ahead to 2024, Minister Uno’s strategy includes a substantial focus on green tourism, promoting sustainable travel that balances environmental protection with economic growth. This initiative will spotlight destinations like Nirup Island Batam, Boyotomo Bintan, and Lagoi Resort Bintan in the Riau Islands.

The Riau Islands: A Key Gateway

The Riau Islands, particularly Batam City, have emerged as a crucial entry point for international tourists. In 2023, 1.5 million of the total 11 million international arrivals entered Indonesia through the Riau Islands, underscoring their strategic importance. Minister Uno aims to attract 3 million foreign tourists to the Riau Islands in 2024, matching pre-pandemic levels.

Culinary Tourism: A Unique Selling Point

The culinary sector, particularly in Batam, is a significant draw for international visitors, with a growth of nearly five percent and transactions exceeding Rp600 billion (around US$38.7 million). The minister’s vision for 2024 includes leveraging Indonesia’s diverse culinary heritage to boost tourist numbers.

Indonesia’s Broader Tourism Vision

As Indonesia gears up for a general election in February 2024, the tourism sector is poised to play a vital role in the nation’s economic development. With a holistic approach encompassing enhanced infrastructure, diverse experiences, and a commitment to sustainable tourism, Indonesia is set to solidify its position as a top global destination. The goal of 16 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2024 reflects the country’s confidence in its appeal and readiness to welcome travelers from around the world.

Indonesia, with Bali leading the charge, is on a steadfast path to redefine its tourism landscape in 2024. The focus on sustainable practices, along with the development of key regions like the Riau Islands and an emphasis on culinary attractions, positions Indonesia as a dynamic and responsible travel destination. As the world continues to open up post-pandemic, Indonesia’s blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and innovative tourism strategies make it a must-visit location for global travelers in 2024.

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