The Jakarta Post
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Travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor has bestowed on Bali an award as the “best destination,” after the island was named the global winner of the 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards in March.
Head of destination marketing for TripAdvisor Asia Pacific Sarah Mathews visited the Island of the Gods to hand the award to the assistant to the governor in the administration’s economy and development department, Dewa Putu Sunarta, on behalf of the governor of Bali. The awarding ceremony was held at The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa on Thursday.
“Bali is a tourist destination that has a lot to offer to its visitors, from culture, nature and even the culinary scene,” said Mathews.
The 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor. The awards honor 418 outstanding destinations across the globe.
According to the website, Bali improved in three main categories from 2015 to 2016: Accommodation, attractions and restaurants.
The top three accommodations, according to the website, are the Padma Resort Legian, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa and the Melia Bali. Leading restaurants are Potato Head Beach Club, Ku De Ta and La Lucciola. Meanwhile, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Waterbom Bali in Kuta and the Tanah Lot temple in Tabanan are the top three tourist attractions.
The website also revealed the top three countries where users did most research on Bali: China, the Netherlands and India. (asw)