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altJakarta is faced with travel advisory issues due to recent spats of violence to hit the city as well as the Bali bombings that took place.
For 4 decades, Jakarta was struggling to maintain its economy but by the 1990’s, Jakarta managed to turn around and improve its economic conditions tremendously. In 1997, there was another economic collapse, which resulted in protests demanding President Soeharto’s resignation.
On May 12, 1998, after mounts of tension, the army fired live ammunition onto a group of students at Trisakti University. This resulted in 3 days of rioting as many people took to the streets. The Chinese were especially targeted.
In August 2003, Marriott Hotel was bombed and in September 2004, Australia’s embassy was also hit. Moreover, the city has been hit by flooding in 2002, 2003 and 2006.
The main problem facing the city is its inability to handle protestors.


In spite of these brief spats of violence, Jakarta remains an important tourist destination. The development of major tourist hotspots, the refurbishment of famous landmarks to manage increased visitors and the large number of hotels and airport expansion is a sign that Jakarta does not take tourism lightly.

Besides tourism, Jakarta’s economy relies heavily on financial services, with banks and other financial offices being in the foreground. They also rely heavily on manufacturing and trade for sustenance.
 

 

Transportation/Getting Around

Bus
There are mixed reviews and opinions on using buses within the city, since the taxi services ...
From the airport
The Sukarno-Hatta International Airport is 18km from the city centre, or 45 minutes to 2 hours ...
Driving Tips
There are toll routes that circle the city and are generally faster when the traffic is good but ...
Car for hire
Car rental options are available in Jakarta but are discouraged due to the massive traffic jams in ...
Taxi
Tourists and visitors to the city generally prefer using the taxi as their principal mode of ...
Metro
Jakarta has made several attempts to create a rapid transit system. In 2008, two monorail lines ...