"In East Java, the number of domestic tourist arrivals exceeded the target of 60 million, while the number of foreign tourists reached more than 600 thousand," Saidi, head of the East Java culture and tourism office, said here, Wednesday.
East Java has many diverse tourist destinations, including religious sites and eco-tourism destinations.
Most of the domestic tourists visited religious sites, while foreign tourists visited eco-tourism destinations such as Mount Bromo (2,329 meters above sea level), Mount Semeru (3,676 meters), and Banyuwangi.
The Central Government has helped promote the province`s tourist destinations and improve the relevant facilities and infrastructure, including toll roads, airports and seaports.
Tourist cruise ships have entered the province through seaports in Surabaya and other ports, including Gili Labak Island in Madura.
Saidi stressed tourism promotion would be optimized to attract more foreign tourists from varied countries to visit East Java.
The government has planned to build a toll road connecting Kertosono, Kediri and Tulungagung, and to construct an airport in Kediri, he mentioned. (*)