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Bali Named World’s #1 Tourism Destination by TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking website, has named Bali as the global winner of 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards for destinations.

“Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy. Soak up the sun on a stretch of fine white sand, or commune with the tropical creatures as you dive along coral ridges or the colorful wreck of a WWII war ship. On shore, the lush jungle shelters stone temples and mischievous monkeys. The “artistic capital” of Ubud is the perfect place to see a cultural dance performance, take a batik or silver-smithing workshop, or invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class.”.

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Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions across destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

Here is the complete list of traveler’s destination choice according to TripAdvisor:

  1. Bali, Indonesia
  2. London, UK
  3. Paris, France
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. New York, USA 
  6. Crete, Greece
  7. Barcelona, Spain
  8. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  9. Prague, Czech Republic 
  10. Phuket, Thailand
Tourists watch a traditional Balinese Kecak Dance at Uluwatu Temple in Bali. (

The fascinating sunset of Bali became the stunning backdrop for the Awarding presentation. The event was also attended by Deputy for International Tourism Marketing Development of the Ministry of Tourism, I Gde Pitana.

“It is a great honor, indeed, for Bali to be chosen as World’s Best Destination. I am convinced that this Award will strengthen Indonesia’s position as a nation that places high priority in developing the Tourism Sector,”

I Gde Pitana

Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, also expressed his appreciation:

“Bali being the first island in the Asian region to have reached the Top of this year’s list is indeed honored by the enormous support and appreciation that the world’s travelers have given us. But the world should also be aware to know that Bali is only 1 amongst more than 17,000 other alluring islands that are as exciting and will welcome you to Indonesia”.

Arief Yahya
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