Jakarta, Sept. 6 (CNA) Travelers from Taiwan are the fifth-largest group among foreign visitors attracted to Indonesia for value-for-money trips, according to credit card company Visa Inc.

Indonesia is a top destination for budget-conscious tourists, said a survey released by Visa Worldwide Indonesia Thursday, which also noted that 5 percent of the visitors are from Taiwan.

Malaysians accounted the most — 22 percent — among the 12,631 foreign visitors surveyed between November and December last year by Visa, and those from Singapore and Australia followed closely at 21 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Saudi Arabia placed fourth in the survey.

The survey found that a visitor to Indonesia spent US$1,634 per trip on average, compared with the worldwide average travel budget of US$2,390 per trip.

The majority of the visitors — around 48 percent — said they chose Indonesia because the country offers value-for-money, while 41 percent said the country met their budgetary requirements. There were also 36 percent who chose Indonesia because of its tropical climate.

Taiwanese also ranked among the top 10 nationalities visiting the Indonesian capital Jakarta and the country’s most popular tourist spot, Bali, according to local government statistics.

Indonesia recorded 8.04 million foreign tourists last year, with Jakarta seeing 4,000-6,000 Taiwanese visitors per month, according to data from the Central Statistics Agency.

Bali, meanwhile, received 44,000 Taiwanese visitors during the first six months of 2012, the seventh-highest group by nationality.

(By Chou Yung-chieh and Kay Liu)
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