The New York-based Travel+Leisure Magazine has named Bali, Indonesias tourist resort island, as the worlds second-best island after the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. In a survey involving maritime experts, CNN named Raja Ampat in West Papua and Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) as the worlds best snorkeling destinations. The Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) for NTT office lauded the recognition given to Raja Ampat and to Komodo.
“We laud the recognition by CNN, which has involved maritime experts in its survey to select the worlds favorite snorkeling sites. The survey is a concrete effort that has given NTT the status of a world-class tourism destination,” Abednego Frans, the NTT Asita chairman, stated in the Kupang Provincial capital of NTT on Sunday.
According to , Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park have been named the worlds best snorkeling locations.
“Indonesia has simultaneously won three top places showing our dedication to promote tourism and the wonderful resources that our country offers. Intensive promotional campaigns have begun to bear fruits,” Tourism Minister Arief Yahya remarked on Sunday.
Travel+Leisure is a monthly magazine based in New York, with 4.8 million readers. According to Travel+Leisure , the best islands are the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador with a score of 90.82, Bali of Indonesia with 88.98 score followed by the Maldives with 88.53 and Tasmania with 88.32. Yahya expressed pride on the trust placed on Bali by the world community, which has lauded its natural beauty, the uniqueness of its culture, and the hospitality of its people.
Indonesia tourism minister further stressed that all Indonesians should be aware of the country’s tourism potential and should work together to create and maintain a favourable environment to develop tourism activities. The government has set a target to attract 10 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2015, 12 million in 2016, and 20 million by 2019. Bali Tourism Office has set a target to attract 4.2 million tourists in 2016.
“This is just an estimation. We have not made detailed calculations as we still have to coordinate with the Udayana University. Ideally, it should be 4.5 million, but we prefer to have a more conservative approach,” Head of the Bali Tourism Office Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha Putra noted to State News Agency ANTARA.