STRIKING: A woman watches the sun set at the Losari beach in Makasar as Indonesia’s ministry of tourism says more than seven million foreign tourists visited in the first 10 months of the year. (Adek Berry, AFP)
In other news
Shares have fallen for a second straight session, with trading volumes starting to thin out ahead of the Christmas holidays.
US stocks have tumbled in a decline that analysts attributed to profit-taking after the equity market surge of 2013.
Oil prices have eased in Asian trade on a mixed US inventory report indicating tepid demand, while expectations of a return of Libyan supplies also weighed.
Asian markets have eased, following a lead from Wall Street, as investors turn their focus to next week's Federal Reserve policy meeting.
Mexico's senate has given general approval to controversial legislation to open the state-controlled energy sector to foreign investment.
Tokyo stocks have fallen 1.61%, following losses on Wall Street, while speculation swirls that the Federal Reserve will start scaling back its stimulus programme.
Hong Kong stocks have ended the morning session 0.52% lower, following losses on Wall Street as investors look ahead to a US Federal Reserve meeting next week.
Hotel giant Accor says its target is 200 more hotels in the Asia-Pacific in the coming years, highlighting continued confidence in the region.