(Jakarta, 21/07/2009) Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik said is no tourist exodus in Indonesia following to the terrorist action on bombing JW Marriot and Ritz Carlton in Jakarta last Friday. The statement was based on a quick survey in Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta and Ngurah Rai Aiport, Bali.
Based on the survey, both of those Indonesia main entry-point shows no tourist exodus, this condition indicate that the bomb terror in Jakarta gave no significant effect to inbound visitors currently traveling in Indonesia.
However Jero Wacik also explains the negative impacts of the bomb-terror have already shown, the cancelation of Manchester United footballs team visit to Jakarta in their Asia Tour 2009 and the release of Travel Advisory to Indonesia by the Australia and New Zealand Government.
The Minister proclaimed that those negative impacts should be considered as challenges for Indonesia tourism stakeholders to work harder and regain Indonesia images as an attractive International tourist destination yet safe to visit.
Unfortunately the action of terror occurred when Indonesia hotels occupancy particularly in Jakarta and Bali are in a very good position which is around 70%-80%, other than that images of Indonesia has been increasing positively in the last couple of year, thus Indonesia tourist stakeholders must be working hand in hand to regain the condition.