Chinese supporters take a souvenir photo with the women’s beach volleyball champions at the Jakabaring Sports City in Palembang.

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Survey reveals big tourist spending at Asian Games

Date : 19 Oct 2018

akarta, Indonesia, October 18, 2018: Spending by foreign and domestic tourists during the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia reached IDR3.7 trillion (244 million USD), according to a new survey.

Spending on souvenirs accounted for the largest proportion of the overall sum, according to the head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Bambang Brodjonegoro.

Around IDR655.4 billion (43 million USD) of the foreign tourist spending of IDR1.9 trillion (125 million USD) was on souvenirs, while domestic tourists spent approximately IDR913.5 billion (60 million USD) on souvenirs of their total outlay of IDR1.8 trillion (119 million USD).

It is estimated there were 80,000 foreign tourists visiting Indonesia during the Asian Games, which took place from August 18 to September 2 at Jakarta and Palembang, capital of South Sumatra province.

The length of stay of foreign tourists averaged 13 days, nearly spanning the full duration of the Games.

The domestic tourists - those from outside the Greater Jakarta area - stayed for three days on average.

Chinese were the largest in number among the foreign tourists with 10,375 travelling, followed by 10,038 Japanese, 7,443 Koreans, 5,244 Malaysians and 5,001 Indians.

Indian tourists stayed the longest, averaging 17 days to 16 days for the Chinese, Brodjonegoro said.

The survey was conducted by Bappenas and the Economic and Community Study Institute of the University of Indonesia, reports the Antara News Agency.

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