IN CASE you hadn’t noticed, there’s more to Indonesia than Bali.
And the Indonesian government really wants you to know about them.
The government has instructed the country’s airlines and travel agents to start spruiking to tourists the 10 locations they can visit instead – places been dubbed the “new Balis”, the Jakarta Post reports.
Under new instructions, tourism operators have to start offering packages to these alternative destinations being developed by the government, said the head of the Tourism Ministry’s promotion.
“If currently they offer two tour packages to Bali and one package to Manado, for example, they have to start offering two packages to Manado and one package to Bali,” Hiramsyah Sambudi Thaib said.
The 10 “new Balis” include Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Tanjung Kelayang in Bangka Belitung, Tanjung Lesung in Banten, Thousand Islands regency in Jakarta, Borobudur in Central Java, areas of Bromo, Tengger and Semeru in East Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Wakatobe in Southeast Sulawesi and Norotai in North Maluku.
In some cases, airports and flight services will have to be improved so tourists can better reach these new destinations, Hiramsyah said. He added that some local airports would be developed into international hubs.
It comes as Bali was crowned the best travel destination on the planet in a new global survey by Trip Advisor.
Proving fans of the island existed beyond Aussie holiday-makers, Bali was praised by international travellers for appealing both to adventurous types as well as those looking for a relaxing getaway, with its white beaches, lush jungles and fascinating temples.