Indonesia's international tourist arrivals drift up in January thanks to Chinese visitors

The number of foreign holiday makers visiting Indonesia in the first month of this year expanded 5.22 percent to 1.16 million people year-on-year, with Chinese tourists contributing the most to the hike, its national statistics bureau said on Friday.

In Bali Resort Island, center of the Indonesian tourism industry, the number of foreign tourist arrivals grew 15.23 percent to 743,349 people compared to that of last year, said Yunita Rusanti, deputy for statistics distribution and services of the bureau.

China, followed by Malaysia, Timor Leste, Singapore and Australia, is the most contributive nation to the Indonesian foreign tourist arrivals in January, according to the bureau.

Indonesia logged a 12.58 percent growth to 15.81 million people in foreign tourist arrivals last year, missing a target of 17 million people, the bureau said.

(With input from Xinhua News Agency)