Manado — A significant increase of Chinese tourist arrivals has been recorded in North Sulawesi in the first quarter of 2017. “In the first three months of this year, North Sulawesi recorded a five fold increase in the number of tourists mostly coming from China, which totaled 17,335 visitors from the previously 3,457 visitors in the same period last year,” North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey said here on Friday (26/05). Tourists from China have dominated visitors to North Sulawesi. In March alone, there were 3,889 Chinese tourists visiting the province or 75 percent of the total number of foreign visitors. Other visitors were from Singapore, Germany, the United States and Hong Kong. The provincial government said it would continue to talk with regional airlines to serve regular flights between Manado and regional cities. He said infrastructure to tourist objects and destinations in North Sulawesi would be developed and improved. In addition, Jin Air, a subsidiary of Korean Airlines, will start regular flights connecting Manado and South Korea. So far, a number of Indonesian airlines have served chartered flights to Manado, such as from China and Hong Kong to take advantage of the growing number of tourists, particularly from China.