A survey conducted by Visa-Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has shown that Indonesia will within the next two years become the most important destination for Singaporean, Malaysian and Australian tourists, a Visa Indonesia official said.
Of the survey`s respodents, 29 percent were Malaysian, 18 percent Australian, and 15 percent Singaporean tourists, said Ellyana Fuad, country manager of Visa Indonesia here Monday.
She said many of the foreign tourists said they believed Indonesia would be the most important destination for tourists from the three countries within the next two years, meaning Indonesian tourism was facing bright propects.
"Indonesia offers unique blends of traditional cultures, popular and delicious food and also the best and most beautiful beaches in the world," she said.
The results of the survey indicated the good performance of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in promoting Indonesia as a unique tourist destination.
"Visa has a commitment to support the Culture and Tourism Ministry in attracting more tourists to come to Indonesia," she added.
According to her, in maintaining the tourism industry, Visa Preferred Merchant was offering discounts for international card holders in merchants operating in Indonesia.
Visa had just launched Visa Luxury Hotel Collection which provided Visa Signature and Visa Infinite card holders with the benefit of star-rated hotel accommodation in Indonesia, like Alila, Aman resorts, Legian and through website, www.visasignaturehotels.com or www.visainfinitehotels.com.
The survey also provided profiles of tourists who have recommended Indonesia as a tourist destination.
The main attraction of foreign tourists were new tourism objects, landscapes and low cost holidays. They tend to make a trip with their spouses and preferred staying at four-star hotels to other accommodations.
Most of them planned to spend more than US$ 1.500 on holidays and they are willing to pay more for delicious cuisine , exotic places and chances to witness new customs.