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Bali eruptions fail to shake Indonesia tourism growth

President Widodo's backing for sector spurs 22% jump in foreign arrivals

The Raja Ampat islands, a diver's paradise in West Papua province, is one of the "10 new Balis" that Indonesia is preparing to boost its tourism sector. (Photo by Erwida Maulia)

JAKARTA -- Indonesia's increasingly assertive tourism campaign is finally bearing fruit, with a 22% jump in its foreign tourist arrivals last year -- despite sharp declines in visits to the popular resort island Bali as a result of volcanic eruptions.

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