Foreign visitor arrivals slightly picked up to 163,650 in May, up 3.10% from the previous month after the government decided to reopen several tourist destinations, which was expected to boost their arrival further.
However, the figure remained significantly low compared to the previous year. Annually, the tourist arrival number slumped 86.9% year-on-year.
Increases in arrivals were recorded at only several entry points, such as Batam and Riau Island, which has become a significant entry point for visitors from Malaysia and Singapore.
About 90% of visitors in May came from neighboring Malaysia and East Timor, while 1.2% were from mainland China.
The agency conceded that the tourism sector had been swiped by the COVID-19 pandemic since February, according to Suhariyanto, BPS head.
The government has resumed operations of some tourist destinations across the country under tight health protocols, aiming to recover the tourism sector, due to the partial lockdowns and physical distancing policy.
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