Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) believed Yogyakarta and its surroundings are still sought foreign tourists from Japan after the earthquake and tsunami in the country. “Until now no significant decline in Japanese tourists who travel to Yogyakarta,” said Chairman of PHRI DIY, Istidjab, in Jakarta.Istidjab noted Japanese tourists up to the first quarter of this year was still perched in third position as the country’s biggest tourist contributor to Yogyakarta after the Netherlands and Malaysia. Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) to record up to March 2011 the number of tourists to Yogyakarta for Dutch tourists 25 745 people, then Malaysia 16,150, and 13,835 Japanese tourists.
While in Germany the next order of 8352, America 6350, Singapore 6770, Australia 4.9821, and Thailand 4847 peoples. “There are even adding a few series a group of Japanese tourists who went on a tour package from Bali to Yogyakarta using direct aircraft,” he said.
Most Japanese tourists, said Istidjab, interest in tours to a number of temples including Prambanan and Borobudur and to a number of museums in Yogyakarta. It even finds an indication of the increasing number of Japanese tourists in recent times. “The improvement is probably due to concerns about the impact of nuclear radiation (at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan) so that they choose to come out from Japan,” he said.
The fact that one indication of the still high level of occupancy hotel rooms in 17 hotels 3, 4, and 5 of the January-March 2011 in the range of 55 percent. Whereas Yogyakarta is still in post-disaster recovery phase of the eruption of Merapi and still face the threat of cold lava flood.
Source: Tourism Indonesia