Indonesia seeks to boost tourism

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Indonesia promoted tourism in eastern region by launching a tour festival in Maluku province aiming at attracting more tourists to visit the far-flung region that would eventually boost the economy in the region and the nation as well.

The launching of Bupolo tour festival in Mauluku’s Buru regency was highly expected to contribute to the nation’s efforts in attracting 12 million foreign tourist visit this year initially targeted by the government.

Tourism Ministry Secretary Ukus Kuswara said that tourism sector in the country has been vibrant and lucrative in the last few years, contributed 10 percent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year.

Growths in the tourism sector were recorded at 4.8 and 6.9 percent in the last two years respectively, higher than the growths in other sectors in the corresponding years, Ukus said.

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