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Market specific highlights from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey Results - Indonesia, Japan and Korea - Page 2 of 4

Travel News Asia Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Market specific highlights from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey Results for the second half of 2007. The below results are listed alphabetically.

We have cut the results from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey into numerous pages: Page 1 features: Australia, China and Hong Kong, Page 2 features: Indonesia, Japan and Korea, Page 3 features: Malaysia, New Zealand and The Philippines, Page 4 features: Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

INDONESIA - Forecast on Outbound Travel for the Second Half of 2007:

5.6% year-on-year growth
2.6 million outbound travelers forecasted for the next six months

Survey on Personal Travel

Key sources of information used by travelers in planning their trips were travel agents (70%), followed by internet (37.1%) and word of mouth (32.9%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were security and safety issues (44.3%), followed by losing ones passport (40%), followed by losing ones baggage/ luggage (21.4%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were entertainment (78.6%), followed by shopping (75.7%) and rest and relaxation (25.7%).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included local souvenirs/antiques/arts and crafts (88.6%), followed by apparel and personal effects (77.1%),and food items (35.7%).

The favorite personal travel destination for Indonesian travelers was Singapore (74.3%).

Survey on Business Travel

27.5% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

Singapore (65%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by Malaysia (22.5%) and Thailand (20%).

Majority of business travelers (40%) make their own travel arrangement.

Singapore Airlines (27.5%) was the most preferred airline for business travel, followed a range of other airlines -  including Air Aisa, Air France, Bangkok Airways, Far Eastern Air Tran, Gulf Air, Japan Asia Airways, Merpati Airways, Qatar Airways, South African Airways, Swiss International Airlines, Swiss, Tiger Airways, Turkey Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways (10%).

International five-star or higher end hotels (40%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by three-star/ medium priced hotels (30%) and serviced apartments (15%).

JAPAN - Forecast on Outbound Travel for the Second Half of 2007:

1.8% year-on-year growth
9.3 million outbound travelers forecasted for the next six months

Survey on Personal Travel

Key sources of information used by travelers in planning their trips were internet (51.8%), followed by travel agents (45.5%) and by word of mouth (33.6%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were security and safety issues (52.7%), followed by language barriers/ communication problems (44.5%) and falling sick without proper medical facilities (24.1%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were general sightseeing and scenic spots (81.8%), shopping (31.8%) and entertainment (30%).

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included local souvenirs/antiques/arts and crafts (59.1%), food items (32.7%) and apparel and personal effects (30%).

The favorite personal travel destination for Japanese travelers was Europe (49.1%).

Survey on Business Travel

34.6% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

USA and China (26.9%) were the most frequently visited destinations, followed by Europe (19.2%) and Hong Kong (7.7%).

Majority of business travelers (65.4%) make their own travel arrangement.

Northwest Airlines and a range of other airlines (including Air Aisa, Air France, Bangkok Airways, Far Eastern Air Tran, Gulf Air, Japan Asia Airways, Merpati Airways, Qatar Airways, South African Airways, Swiss International Airlines, Swiss, Tiger Airways, Turkey Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways) were the most preferred airlines (3.8% each) for business travel.

Three-star/medium priced hotels (53.8%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by international five-star spa and resorts, international four-star and local economy hotels (11.5% each)

KOREA - Forecast on Outbound Travel for the Second Half of 2007:

12.5% year-on-year growth
7.1 million outbound travelers forecasted for the next six months

Survey on Personal Travel

Key sources of information used by travelers in planning their trips travel agents, word of mouth and internet (36.7%), followed by familiarity with place (19%).

Top concerns for travelers when traveling to a foreign destination were security and safety issues (45.6%), followed by language barriers/communication problems (30.4%) and not being able to get the right kind of food and drinking water (24.1%).

The main activities travelers engaged in when traveling were general sightseeing and scenic spots (54.4%), followed by rest and relaxation (40.5%) and visiting historical sites/museums/art centres (26.6%)

Most preferred shopping items for travelers when abroad included apparel and personal effects (46.8%), local souvenirs/antiques/arts and crafts (34.2%) and luxury items/jewelleries/branded goods (24.1%).

The favorite personal travel destination for Korean travelers was Japan (25.3%).

Survey on Business Travel

19.6% of business travelers said that over the last 12 months, there was the need to travel more compared to the previous period.

China (47.7%) was the most frequently visited destination, followed by Japan (30.8%) and Europe (12.1%).

Majority of business travelers (35.5%) make their own travel arrangement.

United Airlines (1.9%) was the most preferred airline for business travel.

International four-star hotels (31.8%) were most preferred for business travel, followed by three-star/medium priced hotels (27.1%) and local economy hotels (16.8%).

We have cut the results from the MasterIndex of Travel Survey into numerous pages: Page 1 features: Australia, China and Hong Kong, Page 2 features: Indonesia, Japan and Korea, Page 3 features: Malaysia, New Zealand and The Philippines, Page 4 features: Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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