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Chinese Tourists Start Invading Indonesia

Later, Indonesian social media were often shocked by pictures of Chinese people. The context: suspicion. Most are rumors about the entry of clandestine workers from China to Indonesia. In an atmosphere of suspicion, the Chinese crowd could be immediately photographed and broadcast under the following name: China was beginning to dominate Indonesia.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has denied rumors of the invasion of illegal workers from China. According to Jokowi, the number of Chinese workers in Indonesia has reached only 21,000 people. This is nothing compared to Indonesian workers from other countries.

"This is very small compared to the number of Indonesian workers in other countries, in Malaysia, for example, migrant workers reach 2 million people, and in Hong Kong there are 153,000 people," Jokowi said.

Second row sends tourists to Indonesia

What is quite clear is that the number of tourists from China continues to skyrocket. Its growth is very significant. In some months, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia exceeds even Australian tourists.

For example, in February 2016. According to data from the Central Statistical Agency of Bali (BPS), Chinese tourists visiting Bali reached 114,414 visits, while Australian tourists had only 68,269. In February 2016, the total number of foreign tourists to Bali reached 338,991 people. In other words, China provides 30.45% of foreign tourist visits to the island of the Gods.

Japan has long been displaced by China in terms of providing tourists to Indonesia. Although Japan is a major source of foreign exchange for Indonesia, it comes from the tourism sector, alongside the ASEAN countries and Australia.

The number of tourists from China, exceeding that of Japanese tourists, first appeared in 2010. At that time, the number of Japanese tourist visits to Indonesia reached 418,971 visits. While the visit of the Chinese tourists who went to Indonesia at that time had reached 469,385 visits. Since 2010, the number of tourists from China has continued to increase and is leaving more and more Japanese tourists.

The increase in the number of Chinese tourists to Indonesia began in 2008. At that time, Chinese tourists reached 337,082 visitors. This number has increased by almost 50% compared to the number of Chinese tourists to Indonesia in 2007, which reached only 230,476 visits.

From 2011 to 2014, the number of Chinese tourist visits to Indonesia also increased. In 2010, tourists from China "only" had received 469,365 visits, but in 2011, this number had increased to 574,179 visits.

In 2012, the number of tourist visits from China increased again to 686,779 visits.

The following year, in 2013, the number increased to 807,429 visits. And save in 2014 to 926,750 visits. In 2015, the number of visits increased from 926,750 in 2014 to "only" 1.14 million visits the following year.

In 2016, the number of sightseeing tours from China could increase significantly compared to the previous year. For the months of January to October alone, Chinese tourists to Indonesia visited 1.22 million visitors. Given the trend of growth, the number of tourists from China in November-December can increase from 250 to 300,000 people. If this happens, it is estimated that the number of Chinese tourists between China and Indonesia is about 1.5 million this year. the

The number of sightseeing tours from China exceeded the number of Australian tourists in 2014 and 2015, with only 1.12 million visits and 1.03 million visits. Although, to date, Australian tourists have consistently ranked among the top three after Singapore and Malaysia.

In addition to Japan and Australia, the number of Chinese visitors to Indonesia also seems to exceed the number of Malaysian tourists this year. Malaysian tourists who visited Indonesia between January and October 2016 reached only 984,040 visits, less than Chinese tourists since January-October 2016.