Sleman regency in Yogyakarta has set a target of 10 million domestic and foreign tourist arrivals this year. Sleman Tourism Agency head Sudarningsih said she was confident the administration would meet and even surpass the number as it had achieved last year’s target of 8 million arrivals.
“We recorded 8.5 million domestic and foreign tourist arrivals in 2018, surpassing the 8 million target,” she said on Sunday, as quoted by Antara.
The number of domestic and foreign tourist arrivals has grown steadily over the years, she said. The 8.5 million arrivals in 2018 represented an 18.06 percent increase from the 7.2 million arrivals in 2017.
“Various repairs to infrastructure in Sleman have spurred recent growth in tourist arrivals,” Sudarningsih said, citing maintenance of tourist destinations and additions to existing amenities as the main factors.
She went on to say that the regency had launched the “2019 Calendar of Events” detailing upcoming events and attractions held in Sleman throughout the year to attract more tourists.
“We plan to hold around 19 cultural events this year. The Tourism Ministry’s team of curators will include one of the events – the Jogja International Heritage Walk – in this year’s edition of ‘Top 100 Calendar of Events’,” she said.