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Chinese tourists asked to abide by law in Indonesia

Ahad 27 Mar 2016 22:40 WIB

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REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, DENPASAR -- Chinese Consul General in Denpasar Hu Yinquan has urged the country's tourists to abide by the law, respect religion and customs prevailing in Indonesia.

"The Chinese Consulate General in Bali has a good relationship with local government, particularly with provincial office of Tourism Ministry, Bali Police and Immigration Office," according to a press release of the Chinese Consul General received here on Sunday.

The envoy also asked the relevant agencies to improve supporting facilities for the Chinese tourists.

"The local government can provide services in Chinese language," Yinquan pointed out.

In addition, the government should provide road instructions in Mandarin language in an effort to facilitate the arrival of Chinese tourists who are expected to increase.

Earlier, the tourism ministry hoped to receive two million Chinese tourists in 2019, an official said.

"For 2016, we set a target of attracting 1.7 million Chinese tourists, and two million in 2019," Hari Untoro Dradjat, expert staff of the tourism ministry, said here.

Some 12 million Chinese travel to Asia and the Pacific region a year, and Indonesia hopes to lure two million of them, he stated when greeting some 400 Chinese visitors during an "Imlek" (Lunar New Year) Festival in Bali.

"They want to celebrate Imlek in a warm region because it's now winter in their country. Bali and Indonesia in general are among their choices," he added.

The tourism ministry's official presented six thousand special gifts as souvenirs to the Chinese celebrating the Lunar New Year in Bali.

This year, more than one thousand Chinese people, mostly from Beijing and Heilonggijang Province, celebrate their new year, that falls on February 8, in Bali.

During February alone, Indonesia hopes to receive at least 200 thousand Chinese visitors. A Chinese tourist spends an average of US$1,200 per visit.

Thailand manages to attract eight million Chinese tourists a year.

"If they like Thailand, they must like Indonesia, too, particularly Bali. We have to be able to defeat our neighboring country," he said.

Indonesia hopes to lure 12 million foreign tourists, particularly from Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia and Japan, this year.

The number of Chinese tourists who visited Indonesia in 2014 was 959,231. It increased by 18.77 percent to 1,139,281 in 2015.

Bali recorded a total of 4.001 million foreign tourist arrivals during 2015, up 6.24 percent from 3.76 million recorded in the previous year.

For 2016, the Bali Tourism Office has set the target for tourist arrivals at the world-renowned tourist island at 4.2 million, at least.

The Bali tourism office has also set the target of domestic tourists visiting the resort island for 2016 at 7.8 million.

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