BPS Assessing Foreign Tourists' Visits to Makassar Down Four Percent

By : Aldi Firhand Alqudri | Wednesday, July 26 2017 - 01:51 IWST

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INDUSTRY.co.id - Makassar - Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) of South Sulawesi to record the number of foreign tourists in May 2017 that entered through the door of Makassar decreased about four percent from the previous month.

"The number of foreign tourists who entered into this special South Sulawesi through the door of Makassar decreased about four percent and the decline is not too large," said Head of BPS Sulsel Nursam Salam in Makassar on Monday (03/07/2017)

Based on data collected by its members in May, the number of tourists through the Makassar entrance was recorded as many as 1103 visits compared with the previous month in April 2017 as many as 1149 people.

Nursam admitted, the decline in the number of foreign tourists is not significant enough because from one month to another month or with a percentage of about four percent.

As for that number, there are five countries that become the biggest contributor of foreign tourists namely, Malaysia, India, France, Singapore and China.

"If you look at the contributing countries of tourists based on the top five countries that there are from the Asian Continent such as Malaysia, Singapore, China and India and then from Europe only France," he said.

Based on the number of foreign tourists recorded from the five countries, Malaysia recorded 553 visits, 41 Singapore visits, 37 Chinese visits, 63 Indian visits and 61 visits French.

"Foreign tourists from these five countries are the major contributors for this month," he said, adding that the percentage was 68 percent, while the other countries were not enough, only a few to a dozen, "he said.

The increase in the number of foreign tourists, he added, also affect the Room Occupants Rate (TPK) in a number of star hotels in Makassar, South Sulawesi in May this.

The occupancy rate of star-rated hotels in South Sulawesi reached 48.01 percent or an increase of 1.15 points compared to April's only 46.86 percent.

While the length of stay to reach 2.05 days or decreased 0.11 days when compared with the average length of guests stay in the previous month.

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