KITAP, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia plans to boost its tourism to more than $2.6 billion in 2019 from the current $2 billion, Tourism and Industry Minister Laksa Joko said on Friday.
Joko, who also oversees the country’s government, said Indonesia would expand the number of touristic sites and sites of attraction to help the country attract more tourists.
Tourism to Indonesia reached $2,964.4 billion in 2015, up 10.5 percent from a year earlier, according to the government’s Tourism and Industries Department (TAID).
The government has already expanded tourism to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia.
Jokowi also said the government would raise the annual rate of income tax by 3 percent, bringing it to 7 percent from 5 percent, as part of a broad economic stimulus package.
Jakarta, which is a major source of foreign investment for Southeast Asian economies, had its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019 estimated at $3.2 trillion, up 7.6 percent from the previous year.