Bali...part of Indonesia
Posted 11 May 11 - 05:07 PM
With a population recorded as 3,891,000 in 2010, the island is home to most of Indonesia's small Hindu minority. In the 2000 census about 92.29% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism while most of the remainder follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. Bali, despite being a tourist haven for decades, has seen a surge in tourist numbers in recent years.
The tourism industry is primarily focused in the south, while significant in the other parts of the island as well. The main tourist locations are the town of Kuta (with its beach), and its outer suburbs of Legian and Seminyak (which were once independent townships), the east coast town of Sanur (once the only tourist hub), in the center of the island Ubud, to the south of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Jimbaran, and the newer development of Nusa Dua and Pecatu.
The American government lifted its travel warnings in 2008. As of 2009, the Australian government still rates it at a 4 danger level (the same as several countries in central Africa) on a scale of 5.
An offshoot of tourism is the growing real estate industry. Bali real estate has been rapidly developing in the main tourist areas of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Oberoi. Most recently, high-end 5 star projects are under development on the Bukit peninsula, on the south side of the island. Million dollar villas are being developed along the cliff sides of south Bali, commanding panoramic ocean views. Foreign and domestic (many Jakarta individuals and companies are fairly active) investment into other areas of the island also continues to grow. Land prices, despite the worldwide economic crisis, have remained stable.
In the last half of 2008, Indonesia's currency had dropped approximately 30% against the US dollar, providing many overseas visitors value for their currencies. Visitor arrivals for 2009 were forecast to drop 8% (which would be higher than 2007 levels), due to the worldwide economic crisis which has also affected the global tourist industry, but not due to any travel warnings.
Bali's tourism economy survived the terrorist bombings of 2002 and 2005, and the tourism industry has in fact slowly recovered and surpassed its pre-terrorist bombing levels; the longterm trend has been a steady increase of visitor arrivals. At 2010, Bali received 2.57 million foreign tourists. It is surpassed the target of 2.0-2.3 million tourists. The average occupancy of starred hotels achieved 65 percent (last year 60.8 percent), so still capable for accommodates tourists for next some years without any addition of new rooms/hotels, although at the peak season some of them are fully booked.
Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure in 2010. The award was presented in the show "World's Best Awards 2010" in New York, on 21 July. Hotel Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran also received an award in the category of "World Best Hotel Spas in Asia 2010". The award was based on a survey of travel magazine Travel + Leisure readers between 15 December 2009 through 31 March 2010, and was judged on several criteria. The Ayana Resort received the designation; #1 Spa in the world by Conde Naste's Traveller Magazine for 2010 by their readers poll . The island of Bali won because of its attractive surroundings (both mountain and coastal areas), diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local restaurants, and the friendliness of the local people.
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Posted 18 May 11 - 02:23 AM
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Bali is indeed a nice place.. "What happened in Bali?" hehe
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Posted 17 Jun 11 - 06:07 PM
I so wanted to go to bali for scuba diving, do an extended stay to immerse into the culture. But since 'eat, pray, love,' now seems too trendy...need to find another "off the beaten path" scuba destination.
just like ezradja said,,you can find many place in Indonesia to go to..
my most recommend one is Lombok..
I never been there, but my friends said it is much more beautiful than Bali..
If I have to choose to go to Bali or Lombok, I will definitely put Lombok as my choice..
and for the topic's title,,
you are not following the rules, but it is so true..
many people don't know that Bali is IN Indonesia..
when I said that I am from Indonesia, foreigner usually give a where-is-it look..then when I ask them if they know Bali,,then they will think that Indonesia is Bali's neighbor country,,
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Posted 14 Oct 11 - 02:28 PM
Hehehehehe,,, i'm studying here in my last year....
Bali is a wonderful place, no doubt...
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Posted 14 Oct 11 - 04:09 PM
earthquake 13 oct 2011
hope everythings gonna be OK...
Posted 10 Feb 13 - 05:28 AM
and if u want to go to indonesia u should visit raja ampat, Located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia's West Papua province. its very beautiful..
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