Indonesian Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik has announced that the total number of foreign tourists that came to Indonesia in 2008 reached 6.43 million.
The deputy chief of the National Statistics Center (BPS), Ali Rosidi, explained that the 6.43 million foreign tourists who visited Indonesia was comprised of 6.23 million who entered the country through the 11 official international gateways with the remainder made up of transit or day passengers.
The 2008 figures represent a 13.24 percent increase in foreign visitors as compared to totals for 2007 which saw 5.51 million foreign visitors.
Foreign exchange contributions from foreign visitors in 2008 are estimated at US$7.5 billion, and increase of 41.5 percent over 2008 (US$5.3 billion).
Minister Wacik is targeting 6.5 million foreign tourist visitors for 2009, only slightly more visitors than the number achieved in 2008.