BANDUNG, presidentpost.com – The Government of West Java is optimistic the number of tourists will increase significantly after the Kertajati West Java Airport (BIJB) operational in 2018. According to West Java Tourism and Culture Office, 50 million of foreign and domestic tourists will visit West Java afterward.
Head of West Java Tourism and Culture Office Ida Hernida said the airport, located in Kertajati District, Majalengka Regency, will provide a new access for the domestic and foreign tourists. “Our target is in the year 2018, we will bring in 48 million domestic tourists, I believe will be more, and more than one million foreign tourists,” said Ida Hernida in Bandung, on Friday (12/15).
Ida further said that the figures were not overestimated, because until November 2017, the number of tourists coming to West Java had reached 46 million. This number has already reached the target for 2017. As for the foreign tourists, unfortunately it is still under one million until early this December. “For foreign tourists, the number only reached 600,000 per November but this must increase in December due to the Christmas and New Year holidays,” she added.
According to Ida, tourism is very important to continue to be developed, considering that this sector can become the locomotive for the economic growth as well as to serve as the main source of state revenue. The data from Bank Indonesia (BI) in 2016 show the tourism contribution to the economy in West Java, especially accommodations and restaurants, reached Rp33 trillion. Even the national tourism contributes the second largest foreign exchange after the oil and gas sector.
“The BIJB will benefit the tourism sector even more. It will surely boost the number of tourists, especially from the overseas with the availability of the direct flights,” said Ida.
She added that the potential of West Java which is blessed with beautiful natural landscapes should be utilized maximally. “Nowadays who does not want to travel to West Java with its so many natural beauties.” (TMP/TPP)