Indonesia's tourism revenue drops sharply in May


Workers wait for customers at a restaurant in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, on Monday, June 22, 2020. More than 180,000 Indonesian workers have been impacted by the plunge in tourism revenue in Indonesia. - Bloomberg

JAKARTA (Xinhua): Indonesia's annualised revenue from the tourism sector plummeted by 97 per cent to US$31 million in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic, officials said on Wednesday (July 22).

Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said over 2,000 hotels were forced to halt operations as the pandemic has made the number of foreign tourist arrivals plunge by over 87 per cent in May.

More than 180,000 workers were impacted by the situation, he said.

However, as the country has gradually reopened tourist destinations, the minister hoped the number of domestic travellers would drift up by 70 per cent in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio was optimistic that the tourism activities would get back to normal when a Covid-19 vaccine is ready.

The government has resumed operations of tourist destinations across the country under tight health protocols, aiming at restoring the tourism sector.

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