Indonesia had record visitor numbers in 2018

In 2018, 15.8 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia, more than any other year prior and a 13 percent increase over 2017.

According to the Indonesian statistics bureau, Malaysians were the most prominent visitors with 2.5 million Malaysians visiting the archipelago. The Chinese were the second largest visitor-base, with 2.14 million Chinese visitors.

The country aimed to draw in 17 million visitors throughout 2018, falling short of its goal. The blame for this can be attributed to the earthquakes and tsunamis that killed over 2,500 people and injured over 4,400 others.

The Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya’s goal for 2020 is to reach 20 million foreign tourists and net about $20 billion from the visitors.