Throughout 2022, Tourist Interest in Traveling to Indonesia Increases Rapidly

Foreign Tourists visiting Bali
Foreign Tourists visiting Bali

The Covid-19 pandemic that occurred in the past two years caused very few foreign tourists to travel to Indonesia. After the pandemic has subsided, foreign tourists are starting to arrive. The interest growth in foreign tourists’ travel per day even reached 119.04% on an annual basis (YoY) on January 1 – September 22, 2022.

This data comes from Google Destination Insight data. The increase in foreign tourists’ interest in traveling to Indonesia was based on accommodation and air categories. Then, the types of travel used are domestic and international.

Most foreign tourists choose Denpasar as their destination for their trip to Indonesia. Many foreign tourists are also interested in traveling to Jakarta and Bandung.

Not only foreign tourists, but the interest of local tourists to travel within the country has also increased throughout this year.

The average growth of interest in domestic tourists’ travel per day reached 73.04% (YoY) on January 1 – September 22, 2022.

Meanwhile, Jakarta is the most popular destination for domestic tourists. They are also quite interested in traveling to Bandung and Surabaya.

Meanwhile, based on Google Trends, searches for travel topics containing the word “healing” increased by more than 500% (YoY) on September 1, 2021 – August 21, 2022.

According to Google Indonesia Travel Industry Analyst Vania Anindiar, this condition shows that Indonesian consumers are not just traveling to just go and explore. According to Vania, traveling is also done to relax and relieve stress.

“This is a form of self-care, a calming moment for self-reflection, and a very valuable ‘me time,” said Vania in her official statement, Monday (26/9).

Meanwhile, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) welcomed the revival of the tourism world which had begun to be felt. Jokowi said foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia had doubled compared to last year.

“The number of international tourist arrivals to Indonesia at the beginning of this year has doubled compared to 2021,” said Jokowi in a video broadcast on World Tourism Day 2022, Tuesday (27/9/2022).

Jokowi said the pattern of a revival of the tourism sector is also happening all over the world. According to Jokowi, this signifies the revival of human connectivity.

“However, although the COVID-19 pandemic has begun to subside, there are still many global challenges facing the tourism sector, sharp inflation in various countries, expensive transportation fuel, unresolved geopolitical conflicts, and climate change, which increasingly affects all lines of people’s lives,” he said. Jokowi.

Furthermore, Jokowi invites all parties to mitigate the emergence of changes due to the very fast development of the world. Jokowi ordered the tourism sector to become more resilient and of high quality.