Comparing to other ASEAN Countries, Thailand have become the number one in tourism growth for 2016. From data which release by Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism base one the data from ministry and tourism instance from other countries, Thailand have leading from other ASEAN countries with growth about 11,3 percents for this year.
“Malaysia become our emotional competitor but our real professional competitor is Thailand,” said Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya. Arief have reveal the comparison data for abroad tourists who visiting between Thailand and Indonesia from period of January till October 2016.
In this period, there are 9.403.614 abroad tourists who have visit to Indonesia. While Thailand on similar period have received 27.079.308 visits from abroad tourists. Totally, the growth of Indonesia tourism industry for those period is about 9,5 percents when Thailand have reach 11,3 percents.
“Thailand almost reach 30 millions tourists. From foreign exchange, Thailand have receive US$ 42 billions. The income from the tourism have contribute about 22 percents in Thailand GDP or Gross Domestic Product. If it can represent, Bali have represent Indonesia then Thailand have represent whole South East Asia,” said Arief.
According to Arief, the growth of Indonesia tourism have good enough and have right tracks because the growth of global tourism is not 4,4 percents when the regional growth is only reach 5,1 percents.
The neighbor country, Malaysia in period from January to August 2016 have only growth for 3,8 percents with total abroad tourists visit reach 17.611.563. While Singapore have growth about 9,4 percents from period January to September 2016 with total abroad tourists reach 12.423.952. In 2017, Indonesia Ministry of Tourism have targeted the visit about 15 millions abroad tourists.