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Indonesian tourism could lose US$4 million amid coronavirus outbreak

2020/2/6 14:12:47
About 2 million Chinese tourists visit Indonesia per year, says Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama.

Minister Wishnutama has estimated that Indonesia is at risk of losing about US$4 million as a result of flight cancellations to and from mainland China amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

“We still need to further assess [the possible losses]. But as we know, there are 2 million Chinese tourists in the country every year, each of whom spends an average of $1,400. It means we’ll probably lose about $4 million,” Wishnutama said after a private meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday.

To recoup the losses, he said the government would focus on attracting domestic tourists to popular destinations across Indonesia. The ministry planned to lobby a number of airlines to offer flight packages to domestic destinations, he added.