Tourism in Indonesia

Tourism in Indonesia

Indonesia recorded a total of 16 m tourists in 2019, ranking 32nd in the world in absolute terms.

The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Indonesia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.059 tourists per resident, Indonesia ranked 164th in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 10th.

Indonesia generated around 18.40 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.7 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 13 percent of all international tourism receipts in Southeast Asia.

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Most popular destinations in Indonesia

No less than 3 cities in Indonesia are among the top 100 most popular destinations worldwide. In 2019 Denpasar reached the 28th place with 8.58 m tourists. According to Euromonitor, all foreign tourists with at least one overnight stay were counted.


Tourism in IndonesiaOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 1,000 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Indonesia spend as much as 1,083 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Indonesia from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Indonesia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 11 countries in Southeast Asia.

Tourists per year in Indonesia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 5.23 bn USD, or about 2.6 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 4.32 m tourists at that time and roughly 1,209 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 18.40 bn USD, accounting for 1.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,143 USD for his holiday in Indonesia.

Tourism receipts in Indonesia per year

All data for Indonesia in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201916.11 m18.40 bn $1.6 %1,143 $
201815.81 m17.92 bn $1.7 %1,133 $
201714.04 m14.69 bn $1.4 %1,046 $
201611.52 m12.57 bn $1.3 %1,091 $
201510.41 m12.05 bn $1.4 %1,158 $
20149.44 m11.57 bn $1.3 %1,226 $
20138.80 m10.30 bn $1.1 %1,170 $
20128.04 m9.46 bn $1.0 %1,176 $
20117.65 m9.04 bn $1.0 %1,181 $
20107.00 m7.62 bn $1.0 %1,088 $
20096.32 m6.05 bn $1.1 %957 $
20086.23 m8.15 bn $1.6 %1,307 $
20075.51 m5.83 bn $1.3 %1,059 $
20064.87 m4.89 bn $1.3 %1,004 $
20055.00 m5.09 bn $1.8 %1,018 $
20045.32 m5.23 bn $2.0 %982 $
20034.47 m4.46 bn $1.9 %999 $
20025.03 m5.80 bn $3.0 %1,152 $
20015.15 m5.28 bn $3.3 %1,024 $
20005.06 m4.98 bn $3.0 %982 $
19994.73 m4.35 bn $3.1 %920 $
19984.61 m4.26 bn $4.5 %924 $
19975.19 m6.65 bn $3.1 %1,282 $
19965.03 m6.18 bn $2.7 %1,228 $
19954.32 m5.23 bn $2.6 %1,209 $

All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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