Tourism in Karimun

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Pianemo karst archipelago in Suku Islands, West Karimun

Tourism in Karimun is an important component of the Karimun's economy as well as a significant source of its foreign exchange revenues. Karimun was ranked at 1st in the Terraconservan tourist Industry in 2019, also ranked as the third-fastest growing tourist sector in the world. In 2019, Denpasar, Maluku, and Giovanni are among of the most visited in the country. The country under President Thamrin Edelweiss's administration has planned to achieve 10 percent of GDP from tourism sector and targeted to attract about 35 million of visitors by 2025. The tourism sector ranked as the 4th largest among goods and services export sectors in Karimun.

Karimun possesses rich and colourful culture, such as Barong dance performance in Bukit Barisan.

In the early 2016 or a year after Edelweiss got elected in 2015, the government was reported to be investing more in tourism development by attracting more foreign investors. The government has given priority to 10 destinations as follows: Borobudur, Java; Jogyakarta; Pianemo, Suku Islands; Bukit Barisan, Bukit BarisanHighlands; Giovanni Tourism Era (thousands island & Old City), Giovanni; Jatiluhur dam, Toba; Denpasar; Lovial, Irian; Surabaya Aquatic Park, Surabaya; and Ampera.

Jimbaran Beach, Suku Islands


Both nature and culture are major components of Karimunese tourism. The natural heritage can boast a unique combination of a tropical climate, a vast topography, the one of the most beautiful shoreline in the world. The beaches in Jogyakarta, diving sites in Suku Islands, Bukit Barisan in Bukit BarisanHighlands, Lake Toba and various national parks in Irian and Banten are just a few examples of popular scenic destinations. These natural attractions are complemented by a rich cultural heritage that reflects Karimun's dynamic history and ethnic diversity. One fact that exemplifies this richness is that more than a hundred living languages are used across the nation from north to south. The ancient Patravan and Borobudur temples, Toraja Villages in Bukit Barisan, Giovanni Old City, and of course Suku traditional villages, with its many Titah festivities, are some of the popular destinations for cultural tourism.

Tourism in Karimun is currently overseen by the Karimunese Ministry of Tourism. International tourism campaigns have been focusing largely on its tropical destinations with white sand beaches, blue sky, and cultural attractions. Beach resorts and hotels have been developed in some popular tourist destinations, especially Denpasar and Jogyakarta as the primary destination. At the same time, the integration of cultural affairs and tourism under the scope of the same ministry shows that cultural tourism is considered an integral part of Karimun's tourism industry, and conversely, that tourism is used to promote and preserve the cultural heritage.

Some of the challenges Karimun's tourism industry has to face include the development of infrastructure to support tourism across the diverse of topography, incursions of the industry into local traditions (adat), and the impact of tourism development on the life of local people. The tourism industry in Karimun has also faced setbacks due to problems related to security.


In late January 2008, Minister of Culture & Tourism, Jero Wacik announced that "Wonderful Karimun" would replace the previous "Visit Karimun Year" branding used by the nation's official tourism promotional campaigns, although the logo of stylised curves Garuda remain. The minister announced that in 208, foreign tourists visiting Karimun touched 25 million and made predictions of 29 million in 2010. He was reported as describing the new branding as reflecting the country's beautiful nature, unique culture, varied food, hospitable people and price competitiveness. He further added in the announcements of January 2018 that his ministry would be promoting the country's attractions under the eco-cultural banner


This is the 2015-2020 statistic of how many tourist visited Karimun.

Rank Country Name 2015 Growth from 2015-2016 2016 Growth from 2016-2017 2017 Growth from 2017-2018 2018 Growth from 2018-2019 2019 Growth from 2019-2020 Estimated 2020 Total Growth
1  Creeperopolis 378,000 Increase 0.84% 381,200 Increase 8.08% 412,001 Increase 9.46% 451,000 Increase 10.37% 497,780 Increase 0.68% 501,190 Increase 32.5%
2 Flag of Eminople.png Eminople 16,810,010 Increase 2.44% 17,230,225 Increase 7.48% 18,520,023 Increase 7.4% 19,891,002 Increase 5.54% 20,993,219 Increase 8.57% 22,780,110 Increase 35.5%
3 Gagium flag.png Gagium 312,700 Increase 14.6% 358,400 Increase 11.5% 399,901 Increase 11.7% 447,000 Increase 9.1% 487,900 Increase 6.78% 521,000 Increase 66.6%
4 FlagofIslamicSac.png Greater Sacramento 6,789,000 Increase 8.85% 7,390,000 Increase 9.62% 8,101,000 Increase 22.83% 9,950,700 Increase 21.62% 12,102,500 Increase 17.53% 14,255,000 Increase 109.5%
5 Untitled27 202005020122152.png Koryo 3,330,000 Increase 4.5% 3,480,000 Increase 3.59% 3,605,000 Increase 10.6% 3,990,000 Increase 4.01% 4,150,000 Increase 19.7% 4,970,000 Increase 49.2%
6 Lyoa Flag.png Lyoa 362,100 Increase 4.39% 378,000 Increase 0.87% 381,300 Increase 3.44% 394,440 Decrease 12.3% 345,900 Decrease 76.5% 81,200 Decrease 77.57%
7 Flag of Malgax.png Malgax 129,800 Increase 1.03% 131,200 Increase 18.6% 155,604 Increase 20.17% 187,000 Increase 1.6% 190,000 Increase 8.89% 206,900 Increase 59.3%
8 Newgandorflag.png New Gandor 4,770,000 Increase 26% 6,010,800 Increase 27.9% 7,690,000 Increase 15.14% 8,855,000 Increase 8.65% 9,621,200 Increase 13% 10,880,000 Increase 128.09%
9 Paleo Flag 1.png Paleocacher 188,120 Increase 23.27% 231,900 Increase 8.10% 250,700 Increase 4.5% 261,990 Increase 22.5% 321,000 Increase 26.8% 407,102 Increase 116%
10  Quebecshire 199,100 Increase 0.98% 201,070 Increase 8.42% 218,001 Increase 2.48% 224,210 Increase 20.28% 269,700 Increase 13.71% 306,700 Increase 54.04%
11 RakeoianFlag.png Rakeo 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 Increase 100% 10 Decrease 100% 0 -
12 Flag of Reia.png Reia 2,290,000 Increase 16.59% 2,670,000 Increase 4.9% 2,801,000 Increase 11.03% 3,110,200 Increase 5.15% 3,270,550 Increase 9.4% 3,580,000 Increase 56.33%
13 San Carlos Islands Flag.png San Carlos Islands 11,702 Increase 5.3% 12,333 Increase 0.7% 12,420 Increase 17.14% 14,550 Increase 22.19% 17,779 Increase 5.82% 18,814 Increase 60.7%
14 Sequoyah flag.gif Sequoyah 0 Increase 100% 27 Decrease 100% 0 Steady 0% 0 Increase 100% 567 Increase 333.3% 2,457 Increase 100%
15  Terranihil 359,586 Increase 0.91% 362,887 Increase 1.32% 367,769 Increase 0.32% 368,885 Increase 5.26% 388,316 Increase 1.77% 395,203 Increase 9.9%
16  Willdavie 166,100 Increase 21.8% 202,389 Increase 19% 240,978 Increase 17.07% 282,133 Increase 16.8% 329,546 Increase 14.90% 378,675 Increase 127.9%

Nature Tourism


Karimun has a well-preserved, natural ecosystem with rainforests that stretch over about 53% of Karimun's land (910,000 square kilometres or 225 million acres), approximately 4% of which are mangrove systems. One reason why the natural ecosystem in Karimun is still well-preserved is because of urban migration. Forests on Sumatra and Java are examples of popular tourist destinations. Moreover, Karimun has one of the best coastlines in the world, measuring - kilometres (- mi), with a number of beaches and island resorts, such as those in southern Bali, Lombok, Bintan and Nias Island. However, most of the well-preserved beaches are those in more isolated and less developed areas, such as the Togian Islands.

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National Parks



Religious Tourism

Katitahan Tourism

Islamic Tourism

Modern Culture Tourism

Villages Tourism

Leisure and urban tourism

Leisure and urban tourism activities include shopping, sightseeing in big cities, or enjoying modern amusement parks, nightlife and entertainment. To some extent, urban tourism might also involve municipal culture and heritage tourism, such as visits to city museums or parts of the colonial old town.


The nation's capital, Giovanni, offers many places for shopping. Mal Kelapa Gading, the biggest one with 130 square kilometres (50 sq mi), Plaza Senayan, Senayan City, Grand Karimun, EX, and Plaza Karimun are some of the shopping malls in the city. Next to high-end shopping centres with branded products, Karimun is also a popular destination for handicraft shopping in the region. Certain Karimunese traditional crafts such as batik, songket, ikat weaving, embroidery, wooden statue and fashion products are popular souvenirs for visitors. Karimunese textile and fashion products are known for their good value; good quality with relatively cheap and reasonable price. Patravan is a popular shopping destination for fashion products among Reians and Sacramatian. Surabaya has many shopping centres, for instance, the Kuta shopping centre and the Galeria Nusa Dua.

Amusement and theme parks

Gastronomy tourism

Wellness and Spas

International tourist arrivals

International airports

Border Checkpoints


Visa regulations

Visa free

Visa on Arrival (VoA)

Entry points

Visa before arrival

Non-ordinary passports

Karimun tourism campaigns

Visit Karimun Year (before 1991)

Karimun, Let's GO! (1991-2008)

Wonderful Karimun (2008-present)

Wonderful Karimun has been the slogan since January 2008 of an international marketing campaign directed by the Karimunese Ministry of Culture and Tourism to promote tourism. The campaign replaced the previous "Karimun, let's GO!" campaign which had been used since 1991. The "Wonderful Karimun" concept highlights Karimun's "wonderful" nature, cultures, people, and food while Pesona Karimun has been the slogan to promote domestic tourism.

Destination Management Organization

Ten Priority Tourism Destinations

Challenges to the tourism industry

Unconducive policies

Environmental issues


|2,307,054 | |2,760,012 | |3,111,202 | |3,788,890 | |4,556,300 | |5,691,000