Indonesia ranked second in the Go Asia Award in the ‘Best Travel Destination’ category behind Thailand and after Malaysia, the Foreign Ministry reported Friday.
The award was given by German tourism institution Go Asia, which invited travel agents from all over to participate in the voting process, on Wednesday in Berlin.
Go Asia also gave awards for Asia's best tourism organizations or tourist boards, airlines and tour operators. The Go Asia initiative was founded in 2003 in order to enhance marketing in German-speaking regions.
Sapta Nirwandar, the Culture and Tourism Ministry’s director general of marketing, said Friday that the award was a proof that tourism, which contribute US$7.5 billlion to the country's income, was able to stand out even during the global economy downturn.