We’re World’s Best Island Again in Top Traveller Survey
DENPASAR ~ Bali’s tourism boss, Ngurah Wijaya, has hailed the return of Bali to number one spot in this year’s Travel + Leisure Magazine’s global survey of travel destinations.
He said winning back No. 1 place as world’s best island showed Bali’s resilience and growing attraction in the international market.
Wijaya, chairman of the Bali Tourism Board, said it had been a difficult year with the impact of the global financial crisis and the swine flu pandemic, but Bali has come through.
Bali has long headed the Travel + Leisure list, but last year was bumped into second spot by the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific. In this year’s survey Bali scored 87.41. The Galapagos got 86.80.
The survey was completed before the bomb attacks in Jakarta on July 17.
Mr Wijaya said Bali’s win in the prestigious annual award was a pat on the back that would help focus positive attention on the island. It would provide a balance against things like Australia’s long-standing official travel advisory suggesting Australians “reconsider their need to travel to Indonesia” and negative publicity from the July 17 events in Jakarta.
He said there was no evidence that intending international visitors were cancelling or delaying plans because of the Jakarta bombs.
International passenger arrivals are still running at around 6,000 a day.Filed under: Headlines