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UPDATED: 10:49, August 01, 2005
Bird flu not to affect Indonesia's tourism: official
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Indonesian Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Watjik has said the country's tourism sector will be little affected by the outbreaks of bird flu.

Thanks to the visa-on-arrival facility granted to several countries, Indonesia is likely to reach its target of receiving 6 million tourists this year despite concerns over the effects on the industry of the avian influenza outbreak, Antara news agency quoted Jero as saying on Monday.

The minister said tourism is expected to contribute 100 trillion rupiah (5.8 billion US dollars) to the country in 2005.

"We are optimistic of reaching the target because starting August 1, we will open a visa on arrival facility to people from China, India and Middle East countries," Jero said on Sunday in Padang, capital of South Sumatra province.

Last year, foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia reached around 5.3 million and they spent about 5 billion US dollars, according to data from the Central Statistics Agency.

Source: Xinhua

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