Indonesia is banking in on an Islamic tourism drive. Indonesia, which has the world’s biggest Muslim population is hoping to boost the number of visitors from wealthy Middle Eastern countries. While aiming to continue to attract Western tourists who flock to its pristine beaches, the country is also seeking to promote its Islamic heritage, from numerous places of worship to shrines dedicated to ancient Muslim preachers. Foreign visitor arrivals to Indonesia rose to 8.8 million in 2013, according to official figures, compared with 25.72 million in Malaysia and 26.55 million in Thailand. Only around 190,000 Middle Eastern visitors came to Indonesia in 2013, according to official figures, but authorities hope their Islamic tourism drive can increase numbers.


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