Bali has only gone and done it again! Is the Island of the Gods ever going to fall off the podium as one of the best travel destinations in the world?! Tripadvisor has released its Travelers’ Choice Awards, the Best of the Best for 2023, and Bali has come in second place.
Missing out narrowly to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Bali comes up trumps against global tourism destinations like Cancun, London, and even the City of Love, Paris. Bali comes in the first place as the travelers’ choice best destination for Asia, with New Delhi coming in a respectable second place.
Any award is a reason for celebration, but the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice award is one of the most influential accolades a tourism destination can receive. As confirmed on the Tripadvisor website, the “Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best winners are decided by you: real travelers from all over, sharing real opinions and stories.”
The Best of the Best category for Travelers’ Choice is the highest award given by the platform. According to Tripadvisor, the “award takes into account the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings, and ranks the very best accommodations, destinations, beaches, attractions, restaurants, airlines, and experiences in specific categories and geographic areas, as rated and reviewed by travelers.” The destinations on the list all fall within the 1% of listings on the reviewing site.
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Dozens of tourist attractions in Bali have also been honored by the Travelers’ Choice awards based on their performance in 2022. Leading attractions include Waterbom Bali, the island’s leading waterpark located in the popular beachside destination of Kuta. Cultural landmarks like the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, the Tegallalang Rice Terrace north of Ubud, and Tanah Lot Temple can now all display a Travelers’ Choice badge based on the high number of positive reviews.
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In mid-2022, Ubud was voted as the sixth-best destination for solo travelers in 2022 by Forbes Magazine. Ubud is known as the artistic capital of Bali and the cultural capital too. It is regarded as one of the safest destinations on the island, with plenty of arts, cultural, health, wellness, and community events to explore.
Nusa Dua Beach was also awarded a Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award, and tourism operators in the area are looking ahead to a successful 2023. The Director of the Indonesia Tourism Development Cooperation (ITDC), Ari Respati, has told reporters that The Nusa Dua, the luxury resort development in South Kuta, experienced significant growth in 2022.
Respati said, “We are optimistic that in 2023 it will continue to increase, especially since the government has officially revoked [Covid Restrictions]”. He continued, “Last year was a year of tourism recovery after being hit by a pandemic for two years”.
“For The Nusa Dua, various national and international scale events are one of the factors in increasing occupancy rates. With a number of event agendas that will take place throughout 2023, we believe it will help our efforts to maintain the positive trend of tourist visits to The Nusa Dua area and continue to maintain the momentum of a tourism revival.”
The Ministry for Tourism has identified a catalog of sub-sectors of the tourism economy that must be promoted in the coming years. These include medical tourism, wedding tourism, digital nomad and entrepreneurial investment, and the increase in MICE tourism. MICE is an acronym for Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Exhibitions.
The Nusa Dua area has already hosted one of the world’s biggest political events in 2022, the G20 Summit. The event was considered a resounding success and has stood the area in a great position to attract event organizers from around the globe to use the world-class venues and hospitality facilities the area has to offer.