Jakarta. The Ministry of Tourism held Batam Art and Culture Performance at Nagoya Hill Hotel in Batam, Riau Islands, on Saturday (28/10).
The event featured artists performing traditional Malay and Javanese dances and music.
Among the attendees were 250 foreign tourists from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, China, the Philippines and India.
According to a statement released on Sunday, 60 percent of foreign visitors are attracted to visit Indonesia by its culture, while 35 percent come for nature and wildlife, and 5 percent want to see man-made tourist attractions.
"We are presenting arts and culture in Batam to offer something more than shopping, golfing and spas," said Esthy Reko Astuti, deputy for tourism development at the ministry.
Batam is a popular tourist destination, especially among Singaporean and Malaysians, who can reach the city by taking a less-than-an-hour ferry ride.