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Yogyakarta Ready to Welcome Back Tourists

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The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta and surrounding areas are once again safe and fully accessible for tourists following the eruption of the nearby Mount Merapi volcano in October.

Most of the tourist infrastructure has not been affected by the eruption and the rapid response of the Indonesian authorities and the international community has allowed for a quick return to normality.

I was happy to see that tourism infrastructure is intact and that no more ash can be seen or perceived in the air, said UNWTO Executive Director, Mrcio Favilla visiting the region. Yogyakarta is ready to welcome back tourists. This was clearly evidenced by the successful holding this week of the World Conference on Culture, Education and Science which I attended.

The UNWTO confirmed that basic infrastructure, including hotels, restaurants and roads, is intact and that Yogyakartas Adi Sucipto international airport is open and fully operational.

The World Conference on Culture, Education and Science took place in Yogyakarta with the presence of over 800 participants from some 20 different countries (5-8 December).

Indonesia has seen international tourist arrivals increase by 14% through September 2010 after posting positive figures in 2009, despite the global economic downturn.

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