Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) Fifty-three percent of Taiwanese nationals traveled overseas on vacation at least once in 2011, which was the sixth highest figure among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
The survey, which was conducted by MasterCard Worldwide, showed that Taiwanese travelers' top choices for foreign visits were Japan (50 percent), China (37 percent) and Hong Kong (31 percent).
The MasterCard Worldwide Index on Consumer Purchasing Priorities-Travel also showed that 49 percent of Taiwanese chose to pay for their trips with regular savings rather than bonuses or profits earned from investments.
The survey's results indicated that overseas holidays have become an essential part of Taiwanese people's lives, said Yang Ya-ting, general manager of MasterCard Taiwan.
Hong Kong residents were most enthusiastic about traveling, with 85 percent of them paying at least one overseas trip last year. People from Singapore were in second place (72 percent), followed by Malaysia (67 percent) and China (67 percent).
The survey was conducted between April 24 and June 10, 2012 on 6,904 people aged 18-64 in 14 countries and areas in the Asia-Pacific region. A total of 421 Taiwanese nationals took the survey.
(By Kao Chao-fen and Nell Shen)