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Indonesia to honour regular visitors

Indonesia plans to reward its regular visitors and encourage more people to visit by handing out medals, according to reports.

The government of Indonesia hopes to boost tourism by handing out medals to its regular visitors.

Travellers who head to the country at least 20 times will be presented with a decoration.

Culture and tourism minister Jero Wacik told Indonesian national news agency Antara: "We hope that by presenting the medals, we will encourage more foreign tourists to come to Indonesia."

Details of the programme are currently being finalised and the scheme will be ready to be implemented in the near future, the minister said.

Some six million people are expected to visit the south-east Asian nation this year and this is forecast to climb to seven million in 2008.

Consisting of thousands of islands, Indonesia is the world's largest archipelagic state and the fourth most populous country, with over 234 million inhabitants.

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