JAKARTA Oct 3 Indonesia attracted 944,455
foreign tourists in August, up 16.14 percent from a year
earlier, the statistics bureau said on Monday.
The rate of growth slipped from 20.13 percent in July.
The total number of visitors in August, including those
passing through Indonesia's borders from neighbouring countries
and foreign workers with permits for less than one year, was
1.03 million, up 13.19 percent from a year ago.
Indonesia has been attracting growing numbers of Chinese
The government wants to expand tourism to help reduce the
economy's reliance on exports of raw commodities.
It aims to attract 20 million visitors a year by 2019, more
than double last year's 9.73 million.
(Reporting by Hidayat Setiaji; Writing by Gayatri Suroyo;
Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)