Famous for its volcanic mountains, iconic beaches and coral reefs, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has topped 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards for destinations.
The world’s largest archipelago nation, its 17,000-odd islands are spattered across more than 3,000 miles of the equator.
Its 250 million inhabitants speak more than 700 languages and practice six official religions, not to mention a range of animist traditions.
One calculation suggests it would take 48 years to visit all of Indonesia. Yet, if two weeks is all you have, that shouldn’t stop you from discovering this diverse nation.
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded 1.03 million foreign tourist arrivals in January, a 26.58 percent increase from the figure in January, 2016, which stood at 814,300
Bali’s hotel occupancy rebounded last year, rising more than 4% following a challenging 2015. But at what cost?
The poll was conducted in August and October 2016, featuring 31 different categories, including hotels and resorts, serviced residences, spas, airlines, airports, and destinations.
Brace yourself for an influx of gold chains, frothing tattooed and tanned types, and teeny tiny bikinis…. Yes, the rumours are true: 30,000 Brazilians are headed to Indonesia in the next few months.
Bali is expected to attract 40 percent of the total target of 15 million foreign tourists to Indonesia in 2017.
There are several well-known and rarely explored beaches to discover here, far removed from the chaos of the main tourist areas.
Indonesian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA) have expressed alarm over a sudden and significant drop in length-of-stay for tourists coming to Bali, quoted from Bali Discovery.
More than 4.48 million foreign tourists visited Bali via the resort islands Ngurah Rai Airport from January to November 2016, up 23.52 percent from 3.63 million in the same period last year.