Indonesia Tourists Threaten Boycotts After Traffickers Executed

Little Impact Reported By Tour Operators

Travel operators in Australia say they do not expect a drop in the number of travelers to Indonesia, despite calls for a boycott after the execution of two Australians along with six others this week.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight people executed by firing squad early Wednesday morning. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it “cannot be business as usual” with Indonesia, after the latest executions for drug trafficking.

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Australia withdrew its ambassador in response and there have been calls on social media to boycott Indonesia. Several companies said travelers showed few signs of being deterred.

“At the moment it doesn’t look like there’s been any impact so far on the demand,” said the Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce. “Despite anger at the Indonesian government a lot of customers recognize that boycotting Bali is only going to damage the local population,” he added.

A spokesman for the Flight Centre travel group told the BBC the island of Bali had long been among the top three most popular destinations for Australian travelers.

“We have not had customers changing their holiday plans and we wouldn’t have expected to, as they would have been aware of this case when those bookings were made,” said Haydn Long. “Overall, I think Bali will continue to be a really popular choice for Australian travelers, but it is certainly possible that some people may consider other alternatives in the current climate.”

Online travel agency Webjet said demand from Australians for flights to Bali had in fact risen by 42 percent over the past four weeks compared with the same period a year earlier.

The chief executive, John Guscic, said there was often little link between overseas events and traveling habits.

“Whenever there has been a political event historically, if there is a period of suppressed bookings, it picks up very quickly and reverts to the underlying performance of the market,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported him saying.

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Some Australians have vowed on social media never to visit Indonesia again using the #BoycottBali or #BoycottIndonesia hashtags. Others, however, say such views are hypocritical, given several other popular travel destinations use the death sentence, and a boycott would only harm local people who depend on tourism.

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, condemned the eight executions as “cruel and unnecessary.” Filipina Mary Jane Veloso’s execution was postponed at the last minute.

But despite the unprecedented step of recalling his ambassador, he said the relationship between Australia and Indonesia “is important, remains important, will always be important, will become more important as time goes by.”

Indonesia says it takes a hard line because of the country’s own drugs problem – 33 Indonesians die every day as a result of drugs, according to Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency. The country has some of the toughest drug laws in the world and ended a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013.

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Indonesia Allows More Tourists To Visit Without Visa

Australians Left Off List Over Human Rights Criticism

Indonesia will soon allow tourists from an additional 30 countries to visit without a visa, but neighboring Australia was left off the list amid a row over looming executions of foreign prisoners.

The move comes as Jakarta seeks to boost a faltering economy, while attracting more foreign income as the rupiah rapidly weakens. Indonesia currently only allows tourists from 15 countries, mostly in Southeast Asia, to visit without a visa. People from a number of other countries can buy one upon arrival.

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The 30 countries added to the list are mainly European, but also include China, Russia and several others in Asia, the United States and some nations in the Middle East and Africa, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said.

“People who want to travel to Indonesia won’t need to worry about a visa any more,” Yahya said on Monday. “We hope that we can attract an additional one million foreign tourists,” he added.

Indonesia has long lagged behind its neighbors in attracting foreign visitors. In 2013, 8.8 million foreign visitors came to Indonesia, according to official figures, compared with 25.72 million in Malaysia and 26.55 million in Thailand.

Australia – which accounted for more than 10 percent of Indonesia’s foreign visitors in 2013 – was not included in the list of countries whose citizens will no longer require a visa. Ties between Indonesia and Australia have deteriorated in recent months as Jakarta prepares to execute two Australian drug traffickers on death row who were convicted of trying to smuggle heroin out of Bali.

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Yahya denied the row had played a role, suggesting that Australia was excluded from the list because its own policy required visiting Indonesians to have a visa.

“If we give visa-free travel to Australia, we have to be given the same thing,” Yahya said. “It cannot be that we give it to them first.”

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Indonesia’s economy has been hard hit as investors withdraw funds and redirect them back towards more developed markets, which have recently been showing signs of renewed strength. The economic woes have seen the rupiah sink to a 17-year low against the dollar in recent days.

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Indonesia Attracts Record Number Of Tourists

Indonesia Sets Goal Of 20 Million Tourists By 2019

Indonesia’s National Statistics Board informed that the total number of  international tourist arrivals to Indonesia nationwide during January to November 2014 reached 8.52 million, a growth rate of 7.29 percent year over 2013. Based on these figures Indonesia is confident that the target of 9.3 million for the entire year of  2014 has been achieved and even surpassed. Similarly the target of 251 million trips by domestic tourists has also been achieved , said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

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In 2014, the tourism sector contributed US Dollars 10.69 billion in foreign exchange, 10.3 million are employed in the tourism sector, giving a share of  4.01 percent to our Gross National Product (GNP). While Indonesia’s Tourism is ranked at no. 70 in the world according to the World Economic Forum. Based on these achievements, therefore, the 2015  target of 10 million International arrivals and 254 domestic trips are within reach, said Yahya.

November arrivals to Indonesia nationwide actually experienced a decline of 5.32 percent year on year. Highest drop was felt at the airport of Manado, North Sulawesi at – 42.04 percent while lowest slide was experienced in Batam with -0.27 percent. While highest monthly growth was at Jakarta’s seaport of Tanjung Priok expanding 16.69 percent.

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Meanwhile from Bali it is reported that direct arrivals to Indonesia’s prime tourist destination experienced a hefty growth of 14.78 percent  reaching 3.41 million direct foreign arrivals, compared to 2.97 million the same period in 2013. These entered mostly by air but also by cruise ships, said Panusunan Siregar, Head of the Provincial National Statistics Board in Denpasar. With a target of 2.9 million tourists for 2014, Bali has already exceeded its annual target.

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The majority of visitors to Bali came from the following nations:

Australia 895,069 (an 18.7 percent increase and 26.18 percent share of total);

China 539,371 (a surge of 49.28 percent);

Malaysia 198,133 tourists (up from 172,487);

Japan 195,541 tourists (up 1.64 percent);

Singapore 155,892;

South Korea 132,218;

French 121,471;

British 116,800;

Taiwan declined to 106,850; and

United States, 100,414 tourists.

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The ministry will continue to promote Indonesia’s tourism in the maritime, ecology and adventure sectors, in addition to promoting shopping, sports, body treatment, leisure and culinary activities, among others.

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Jakarta The Capital Of Indonesian Commerce

Urban Destinations On Java

Jakarta (JAH-kahr-TAH) is located on the northwest coast of Java. Jakarta means “victory city.” It’s the capital of Indonesia and the largest city in the country. It has almost 10 million residents.

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The first recorded settlement at what is now Jakarta was the port of Kelapa, near the mouth of the Ciliwung River. Its origin can be traced to a Hindu settlement as early as the 5th Century. By the 12th century, it was a major port for the Hindu kingdom of Sunda. The Portuguese were reportedly the first Europeans to visit the port of Kelapa. A Hindu king granted Portuguese traders permission to build a fort at Kelapa in the early 16th century. Jakarta’s port is still at Sunda Kelapa today.

In 1527, Fatahillah, a young leader from a nearby kingdom from the north, conquered the city. Fatahillah renamed Kelapa to Jayakarta on June 22, 1527, which is regarded as the official birth date of Jakarta.

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The Dutch came to Jayakarta at the end of the 16th century. In 1619, the forces of the Dutch East India Company, led by Jan Pieterszoon Coen, conquered the city and changed Jayakarta’s name to Batavia, the Latin name for the Netherlands. Batavia became the capital of the colonial Dutch East Indies. In the early 19th century, the city was expanded as the Dutch began moving south to higher-elevation areas. The British captured Java in 1811, while the Netherlands was preoccupied with the Napoleonic Wars in Europe. The British returned it to the Dutch after just five years on the island.

With Dutch rule expanding across the Indonesian archipelago during the 19th and early 20th centuries, the importance of Batavia (Jakarta) increased. To maintain control and maximize tax revenue, the Dutch required nearly all exports from anywhere in the region to pass through the city, which established an overwhelming political and economic dominance that Jakarta retains today.

 

Japan controlled the city during World War II and renamed it Jakarta, which helped it gain local support during its occupation. Following Japan’s defeat in 1945, the Dutch reoccupied the city, despite the declaration of independence by the Indonesians on August 17, 1945. Under international pressure, the war for independence ended with the establishment of Indonesia in 1949.

Unlike other cities in Indonesia, Jakarta has a special provincial status, which empowers a governor instead of a mayor. Jakarta is divided into five districts called kotamadyas and each has its own local government structure.

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So many cultures have passed through Jakarta over the past 300 years, that it has acquired a world-class collection of old sailing ships. The ships are in an area known as Sunda Kelapa, the old Dutch port. In addition to a variety of well-preserved colonial vessels, it also has several examples of native Buginese ships.

Although the city is know for its heavy traffic and high level of pollution it is filled with an exciting nightlife and vibrant shopping areas. The city also is the melting pot of Indonesian culture.

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Ecotourism Can Help Save Indonesia’s Forests

Indonesia’s Endangered Species Worth Saving

Indonesian indigenous communities launched a project this week to encourage foreign tourism in ancestral forests to slow the advance of logging operations and palm oil plantations.

The GreenIndonesia non-governmental organization, working with six indigenous groups, said the plan would ease poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify from traditional forest-based incomes such as weaving.

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“We’re trying to draw tourists to areas of Indonesia where communities are working to preserve their land and show how they are helping to prevent forests from being lost,” GreenIndonesia head Chandra Kirana said.

The project was inspired by similar initiatives in the Amazon region of South America, she said at a tourism exhibition in Oslo.

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Raymundus Remang, head of the Sui Utuk community in West Kalimantan, said the villagers, who have preserved 9,000 hectares of forest from illegal logging and palm oil expansion, would welcome more visitors. Tourists could stay in the community’s vast longhouse, where about 250 people live.

“Everyone in the village has the same feeling of having to protect the forest because it comes from our ancestors,” he said.

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Indonesia has lost vast tracts of forests in recent years, threatening the livelihoods of forest peoples as well as endangered creatures such as orangutans and Sumatran tigers.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar endorsed the ecotourism project and said the government of President Joko Widodo was working on a decree recognizing the rights of indigenous groups.

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GreenIndonesia’s Kirana said she hoped the initiative would draw hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tourists to Indonesia.

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Plane From Surabaya to Singapore Lost Contact With Air Traffic

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Down In Java Sea

An AirAsia Indonesia plane traveling from Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday morning. Flight QZ8501 has 155 passengers and seven crew members on board. The passengers include 149 Indonesians, one Singaporean, one British, one Malaysian and three Koreans.

AirAsia flight lost between Surabaya and Singapore

“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 hrs this morning,” said an airline statement.

“At the present time, we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board.

“Search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service,” said the airline.

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The Airbus A320-200 left Juanda international airport in Surabaya in east Java at 5.20am and was expected to arrive in Singapore at 8.30am (0030 GMT).

Joko Muryo Atmodjo, air transportation director at the Transport Ministry, told a news conference that the aircraft was between the Indonesian port of Tanjung Pandan and the town of Pontianak, in West Kalimantan on Borneo island, when it went missing.

“We are coordinating with rescue team and looking for its position. We believe it is somewhere between Tanjung Pandan, a town on Belitung island, and Kalimantan,” AFP quoted Indonesia’s air transportation director-general Djoko Murjatmodjo as saying.

Air force spokesman Marsma Hadi Tjahjanto confirmed that the air force was using the last point of contact to conduct an air search. He said the air force radar recorded the weather at the time as cloudy, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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Indonesia’s Top Travel Destinations

Travel To Bali, Borneo, Java, Sumatra

Indonesia is a huge country, in both population and land area, with significant cultural and geological diversity. With 18,110 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited, it is the largest archipelago in the world. The population of around 240 million people is derived from 300 ethnic groups who speak over 250 different languages. While Bali is usually the destination most familiar to foreign visitors, there is a wealth of other top tourist attractions in Indonesia to discover in this vast and varied country.

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Lake Toba, Sumatra. Lake Toba on the island of Sumatra is an immense volcanic lake about 100 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide. Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. Genetic estimates suggests that there were only a few thousand humans that survived the catastrophe. The island in the middle – Pulau Samosir – is the largest island within an island and contains two lakes. Besides visiting “a lake on an island within a lake on an island” tourist also come here to kick back and relax and swim in the volcanically warmed waters.

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Tanjung Puting, Kalimantan. The Tanjung Puting National Park is located on the island of Borneo in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. The park is a popular ecotourism destination, with many local tour companies offering multi-day boat tours to view wildlife and visit the research centers. Wildlife include gibbons, macaques, clouded leopards, sun bears, pythons, crocodiles and – most famously – orangutans. Unfortunately the park is heavily threatened by illegal logging and forest clearing for agricultural uses.

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Baliem Valley, Papua. The Baliem Valley in the highlands of Papua (Western New Guinea) offers a glimpse into what was recently a stone-age world. The valley was not known to the outside world until 1938 when an aerial reconnaissance flight southwards from Hollandia (now Jayapura) discovered a large agricultural population. Wamena is the starting point for most visitors who come nowadays to marvel at the mountain views, roaring rivers, tribal villages and at the tough but sweet spirit of the warm Dani people.

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Mount Bromo, Java. Gunung Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java. At 2,329 meters (7,641 feet) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but it is the most well known. The area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Indonesia and Java. The top of the volcano has been blown off and the crater inside constantly belches white smoke. It is surrounded by the Sea of Sand of fine volcanic sand. The overall effect is unsettlingly unearthly.

Bunaken Sulawesi scuba diving

Bunaken, Sulawesi. Located at the north of the island of Sulawesi, Bunaken is one of Indonesia’s most famous dive and snorkeling areas. The island is part of the Bunaken Marine Park where you can see more than 70 percent of all fish species that live in the western Pacific ocean. The best time for diving in Bunaken is between the months of April and November.

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Torajaland, Sulawesi. Torajaland (Tana Toraja) is a highland region of South Sulawesi, home of the Toraja people. Torajans are famous for their massive peaked-roof houses known as tongkonan and spectacular but gruesome funeral rites. After a person’s death, the body is kept – often for several years – until the actual funeral ceremony which can last for several days. The deceased is then finally buried in a small cave or in a hollow tree.

Gili islands Lombok Beach

Gili Islands, Lombok. Lombok’s most popular tourist destination, the Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. The islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes still playing reggae and no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace. Note that the name “Gili Islands” is rather redundant as gili simply means “small island” in Sasak and there are many other islands around the coast of Lombok with Gili in their names.

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Komodo National Park, Komodo Island. The Komodo National Park is a national park located within the Lesser Sunda Islands that includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rincah, and 26 smaller ones. The park is named after the Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest living reptile that can reach 3 meters or more in length and weigh over 70kg. Although Komodo dragons eat mostly carcass of dead animals, they are formidable predators and will also hunt prey including birds, and mammals. Attacks against humans are very rare.

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Borobudur, Java. Located 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Yogyakarta on Java, the Borobudur is the one of the most famous Buddhist temple in the world. The Borobudur was built over a period of some 75 years in the 8th and 9th centuries by the kingdom of Sailendra, out of an estimated 2 million blocks of stone. It was abandoned in the 14th century for reasons that still remain a mystery and for centuries lay hidden in the jungle under layers of volcanic ash. Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Indonesia.

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Bali. Bali is one of the world’s most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. The varied landscape, rugged coastlines, tropical beaches, lush rice terraces and volcanic hillsides all provide a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique Hindu culture. The combination of friendly people, a magnificently visual culture infused with spirituality and spectacular beaches with great surfing and diving have made Bali the unrivaled number one tourist attraction in Indonesia.

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Google Boosting Indonesia Tourism

Indonesia’s Biggest Cities On Google Street Views

The tool allows users to virtually explore parts of Indonesia through panoramic street-level images in Google Maps, and it could help tourists better understand the ups and downs of traveling in the world’s largest archipelago, said Rudy Ramawy, Google Indonesia’s country director. Collecting those images was a challenge.

“We tailored our driving schedules and routes to account for a number of local factors, such as weather, traffic, other driving conditions and speed of collection,” said Mr. Ramawy. In Jakarta, for example, a city notorious for gridlock, Google drivers had to pick hours when traffic would be less heavy, he said.

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The hope, now, is that Indonesians and visitors alike can use it to their advantage.

Working in partnership with Indonesia’s Ministry of tourism and Creative Economy, Google began collecting imagery here in November 2012. Tourism Minister Mari Pangestu said at the time that the tool could help promote tourism by allowing travelers to view hotels before arriving, make travel plans and arrange meeting spots.

Business owners could also embed the imagery onto their websites to provide more information about their establishment to consumers, said Mr. Ramawy.

With a population of nearly 250 million people, Indonesia is Google’s biggest market in Southeast Asia. Just days after its launch last week, Mr. Ramawy said searches for street view were “spiking.”

“Street View is a great tool to showcase Indonesia globally,” he said. “Hotels, for example, will have a new way of showing future guests what their building and surrounding neighborhood looks like,” helping locals and tourists alike become more easily familiar with Indonesia.”

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Launched officially by Google in 2007, the technology  has already helped attract attention to some countries. In Japan, for example, the number of Google searches for Hashima Island jumped after it appeared in the James Bond film, Skyfall. When Street View digitized the movie set in June 2012, “it had the same impact,” said Mr. Ramawy.

In Indonesia, Google also unveiled new underwater Street View imagery of the reefs at Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the project, which allows users explore imagery of colorful coral beds, manta rays, and other marine life, the U.S.-based company teamed up with Caitlin Seaview Survey, a team of scientists mapping the world’s coral reefs.

Street View has only captured images for four cities, Jakarta; Bogor, West Java; Surabaya, East Java; and Bali’s Denpasar. Mr. Ramawy said Google would love “to continue bringing more of Indonesia on to Street View,” but he did not elaborate further.

Indonesia joins 57 other countries world-wide, including Singapore, Thailand, and Cambodia, in showcasing its streets — even with the crazy traffic.

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Indonesia Plans 25 Percent Boost In Tourism

Island Nation Targeting China, Middle East

Outlining its latest five-year development plan, the Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy said it wants to welcome 12.7 million overseas visitors in 2019. This result would mark a 25% increase compared to the 9.5 million arrivals it is targeting this year.

Over the past five years, Indonesia’s international arrivals increased 35% from seven million in 2010 to the 9.5 million projected for 2014.

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“Backed by this significant growth, we’ve decided to increase the growth in foreign tourist arrivals from 20%… to 25 percent,” the Jakarta Post reported the ministry’s director general for marketing, Esthy Reko Astuti, as saying this week.

The development plan will focus on driving more visitors from 15 key markets, namely Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, US, UK India, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia. Combined, these markets currently contribute 80% of all arrivals to Indonesia.

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But Esthy said Indonesia could also attract tourists from the Middle East.

“We have to generate more tourists from these countries because based on our experience, when a Middle Eastern airline opens direct flights to Indonesia, they tend to attract more outbound tourists from Indonesia rather than inbound tourists to Indonesia,” Esthy told reporters. “We need to boost our promotion in the Middle East to attract more visitors from the region.”

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Thailand’s Political Unrest Impacting Southeast Asia Tourism

Thai Conflict Diverts Tourists To Indonesia

The army’s decision to take over Thailand’s government in a coup d’etat is another blow to a tourism industry that is already bleeding as foreign visitors are put off by long-running political instability. The country had already seen the number of visitors shrink by almost 400,000 in the first four months of the year, and the decline was already expected to accelerate since the prime minister was deposed and the army imposed martial law.

The number of visitors fell nearly 5% on-year between January-April, according to data from Thailand’s Department of Tourism. With the crisis intensifying this month, the number of visitors is expected to decline 10%-12% in May from the year-earlier period, according to the department’s director general, Arnupap Gaesornsuwan.

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That would be a heavy blow to the economy, which is already reeling from weak domestic demand and government spending. With Bangkok ranked last year as the top tourist destination in the world, tourism accounts for around 9% of Thailand’s gross domestic product — some US$35 billion last year – the highest ratio in Asia after Hong Kong.

“It’s definitely a big hit to growth,” Credit Suisse economist Santitarn Sathirathai said.

The crisis is testing whether the country still deserves its nickname of “Teflon Thailand.” Bangkok has managed to shrug off recurrent crises over the past decade, but this one – perhaps because of its length (six months and counting) – appears to be hitting harder.

Data earlier this week showed Thailand’s economy lurched backward in the first quarter of the year, shrinking 2.1% from the preceding three months. Policy makers have cut their 2014 growth forecasts repeatedly and will likely have to cut further if the unrest continues.

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Even export growth was negative in the first quarter – largely because of service exports, which is where tourism is recorded. And tourism has a significant knock-on effect on the economy because of the range of ancillary businesses it impacts.

“When you have political instability that’s affecting your tourism numbers, that’s going to reduce your national income and that will spill over to weakening consumption,” CLSA economist Tony Nafte said. “The impact from tourism is one of the key contributors to the economy’s overall decline.”

Thai tourism has bounced back robustly from past crises, but the growing importance of visitors from China – who now make up nearly one-quarter of all guests – means past patterns may not hold. The number of Chinese visitors fell nearly 19% in January-April from the year before, Thai government data show.

“Tourism volume is more sensitive to shocks now than it was in previous years,” Mr. Sathirathai said. “It’s not such a Teflon economy anymore.”

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Chinese tourists are more likely than others to cancel their trips in the face of political turmoil, Mr. Sathirathai said. That could be because they generally take large group tours whose operators may worry about insurance coverage, or because they’re relative “rookie” travelers unaccustomed to dealing with social and political upheaval.

“Maybe they don’t know too much about the country, they can’t communicate so well, they haven’t traveled much before,” he said. “When things happen, they’re not like experienced travelers who think,’This is normal, I can get by.’ ”

Not everyone agrees Thailand’s tourism industry is set to suffer. OCBC economist Barnabas Gan noted that political unrest won’t change Thailand’s natural beauty, its advanced tourism infrastructure or its proximity to large pools of potential visitors in China and Japan.

“I think martial law may hinder confidence levels in the initial stage, but I don’t see a very big hit to Thailand’s tourism industry at this juncture,” he said.

Thailand’s loss could prove to be a gain for its neighbors in Southeast Asia. Malaysia especially has benefited during past episodes of Thai instability, as has Indonesia to a lesser extent, according to a Credit Suisse analysis. Tourism to Singapore has tended to fall in line with volatility in Thailand.

The most recent data available show the number of visitors to Malaysia rose 18.2% in January from a year earlier. In Indonesia, the number of visitors was up 10% on-year in the first quarter of the year.

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The number of visitors to Singapore was steady on-year in the final quarter of 2013 — the most recent figures available — while tourism revenue declined 5%.

CLSA’s Mr. Nafte said much Southeast Asian tourism tends to be complementary rather than competitive: A visitor from overseas might combine a trip to Thailand with a visit to one of its neighbors, for example.

“If I were the head of tourism in Vietnam or Malaysia,” he said, “I would prefer if there were no political problems in any country in the region.”

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/05/22/thailands-political-unrest-deals-a-blow-to-key-tourism-sector/

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