By the Blouin News Business staff

Eyeing tourist dollars, Indonesia expands visa-free list

by in Asia-Pacific.

Indonesia. (Source: PINOY PHOTOGRAPHER/flickr)

Indonesia. (Source: PINOY PHOTOGRAPHER/flickr)

By Thursday, over 28,500 people had already visited the Indonesia Outdoor Festival 2016, the country’s largest outdoor exhibition. The five-day event kicked off on Wednesday, with fortuitous timing — the government recently made traveling to Indonesia much easier.

March 22 was the starting date of a decree signed by President Joko Widodo which waived visa requirements for 79 countries, bringing the list of visa-free countries to 169. Indonesia always had the attractions – beaches, volcanoes, culture, and so on – but now it can fully unlock its tourism potential.

Case in point: more than 1 million Australians already visit Indonesia every year, contributing about…

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