In­done­sia’s Bali picked as Asia’s most pop­u­lar year-end des­ti­na­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TRAVEL - By XINHUA in Jakarta

In­done­sia’s fa­mous tour des­ti­na­tion, the re­sort is­land of Bali, has been picked by prom­i­nent trav­el­ing re­viewer web­site TripAd­vi­sor as the most pop­u­lar year-end des­ti­na­tion for the pe­riod of Dec 1 2016 to Feb 28, 2017. The lat­est in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion on Bali has made In­done­sia’s Tourism Min­is­ter Arief Yahya up­beat about meet­ing the tar­get for num­ber of for­eign vis­i­tors this year ini­tially set at 12 mil­lion.

The min­is­ter said that as of Oc­to­ber the num­ber of for­eign vis­i­tors vis­it­ing the coun­try stood at ex­pected fig­ure.

“Through the go dig­i­tal sys­tem, we are more op­ti­mistic in achiev­ing the tar­gets which have been in­creas­ing from time to time,” the min­is­ter said in a re­cent state­ment to re­spond TripAd­vi­sor’s ad­van­ta­geous pick on Bali.

The min­is­ter re­ferred to the dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy sys­tem ap­plied in tourism sec­tor launched in Septem­ber, aimed at dig­i­tiz­ing the co­or­di­nated ac­tiv­i­ties to ad­dress govern­ment’s tar­gets in the sec­tor.

In­done­sia has set a tar­get to see 20 mil­lion for­eign vis­i­tors by 2019, higher than 12 and 15 mil­lion ones set for this year and next year re­spec­tively. The 2019 tar­get was dou­bled from 10 mil­lion recorded last year.

Govern­ment is now de­vel­op­ing 10 new tour des­ti­na­tions across the na­tion, dubbed as New Bali, highly ex­pected to par with Bali in term of at­tract­ing the tourists.

In­done­sian Pres­i­dent Joko Wi­dodo has pre­vi­ously pledged to im­prove bud­get al­lo­ca­tion up to five times higher to fur­ther boost tourism sec­tor which has been de­clared as the na­tion’s core busi­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to the data re­leased by the tourism min­istry, Bali con­trib­utes 40 per­cent of to­tal for­eign vis­i­tors vis­it­ing In­done­sia.

Bali was awarded as the best tour des­ti­na­tion in Asia and the run­ner up in global level by Travel+Leisure mag­a­zine in 2015.

Bali was also re­garded as one of world’s best places to host triathlon sports event, ac­cord­ing to Asi­aTri.com, a renowned web­site cov­er­ing the tourism sports events.

Bali of­fers di­verse of tourism at­trac­tions com­prised of ad­ven­ture, un­der­wa­ter, tourism sports, cul­tural and tra­di­tional events, beau­ti­ful beaches, shrines, so­ci­ety and cul­tural land­mark places.

SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP

Surfers dressed in Santa Claus out­fits teach chil­dren to surf on Kuta beach on In­done­sia’s re­sort is­land of Bali. The pop­u­lar re­sort is­land, a pocket of Hindu cul­ture in a coun­try with the big­gest Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion in the world, re­ceives thou­sands of tourists ev­ery year over the Christ­mas sea­son.

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