The Jakarta Post
Kelingking Beach in Bali. (Shutterstock/Bromelia)
Bali has been recognized as one of the most popular destinations in the world, according to travel platform TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards of 2020.
Winners of the awards are chosen based on the quantity and quality of user reviews and ratings, and are now honored as “Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best”, Trip Advisor’s top 1 percent of listings.
“This has been a tough year for our industry, but the global desire to go and explore, whether the destination is an hour away or across the world, remains strong,” said TripAdvisor chief experience and brand officer Lindsay Nelson in a statement. “The Travelers’ Choice program is one way that travelers and diners can benefit from the real-life experiences of other people so they can plan their perfect trip that meets their needs, budget and style.”
London ranks first on the popular destinations list, followed by Paris and Greece's Crete in second and third place respectively.
Indonesia’s very own paradise ranked fourth and was noted for its “stretch of fine white sand” and “lush jungle”.
“Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy”, it said on the website.
TripAdvisor also recommended three attractions on the island, namely Kelingking Beach, the Sekumpul Waterfalls and Luhur Batukaru Temple.
Bali reopened for domestic tourists on July 31, and international tourists will be welcomed on September 11. According to data on covid19.go.id, as of July 31, Bali has recorded 3,407 cases of COVID-19 with 2,876 recoveries and 48 deaths.
The Travelers’ Choice Awards also recognized Padma Hotel in Bandung, West Java, as the number one family hotel in Asia, as well as Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara as the number six trending destination for its beaches, diving spots and hiking options. (car/wng)
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