Tourism in Indonesia

Tourism in Indonesia

Indonesia recorded a total of 16 million tourists in 2018, ranking 26th 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 0.058 tourists per resident, Indonesia ranked 162nd in the world. In Southeast Asia, it ranked 10th.

Indonesia generated around 15.60 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.4 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 10 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 2018 Denpasar reached the 32nd place with 7.19 million tourists. According to Euromonitor all tourists with at least one overnight stay were counted.


On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 881 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Indonesia spend as much as 1,097 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Indonesia from 1995 to 2018

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 billion USD, or about 2.6 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 4.32 million tourists at that time and roughly 1,209 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 15.60 billion USD, accounting for 1.5 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 987 USD for his holiday in Indonesia.

Tourism receipts in Indonesia per year

All data for Indonesia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
19954.32 m5.23 bn $2.6 %1,209 $
19965.03 m6.18 bn $2.7 %1,228 $
19975.19 m6.65 bn $3.1 %1,282 $
19984.61 m4.26 bn $4.5 %924 $
19994.73 m4.35 bn $3.1 %920 $
20005.06 m4.98 bn $3.0 %982 $
20015.15 m5.28 bn $3.3 %1,024 $
20025.03 m5.80 bn $3.0 %1,152 $
20034.47 m4.46 bn $1.9 %999 $
20045.32 m5.23 bn $2.0 %982 $
20055.00 m5.09 bn $1.8 %1,018 $
20064.87 m4.89 bn $1.3 %1,004 $
20075.51 m5.83 bn $1.3 %1,059 $
20086.23 m8.15 bn $1.6 %1,307 $
20096.32 m6.05 bn $1.1 %957 $
20107.00 m7.62 bn $1.0 %1,088 $
20117.65 m9.04 bn $1.0 %1,181 $
20128.04 m9.46 bn $1.0 %1,176 $
20138.80 m10.30 bn $1.1 %1,170 $
20149.44 m11.57 bn $1.3 %1,226 $
201510.41 m12.05 bn $1.4 %1,158 $
201611.52 m12.57 bn $1.3 %1,091 $
201714.04 m14.69 bn $1.4 %1,046 $
201815.81 m15.60 bn $1.5 %987 $

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

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