Once again, Indonesia’s entrancing island of Bali successfully captivated the world’s attention. This year, Bali succeeded in reaching the Top in the prestigious Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award named as the World’s Best Destination 2017. Crowned at number One of world destinations, the Island of the Gods outranked renowned tourist hotspots that include London, Paris, Rome, New York, Crete, Barcelona, Siem Reap, Prague and Phuket.
In its 9th edition this year, the Award is presented annually by Trip Advisor. This year, a total of 418 tourist destinations competed. Award winners were chosen based on an algorithm summarizing both quality and quantity of reviews and ratings. Traveler’s experience on hotels, restaurants and many attractions worldwide were gathered over a 12 months’ period to determine the winners list.
Sarah Matthews, Head of Trip Advisor Destination Marketing for Asia Pacific region personally presented the Award directly to Bali’s Provincial Government, represented by Dewa Putu Sunarta, Assistant Head of The Economic Development Board of Bali, at The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa on April 20th 2017.
Bali has proven to be the Best Tourist Destination in the World encompassing all kinds of traveler’s holiday interests. Whether in natural attractions, cultural richness and gastronomic adventures, these can all be enjoyed in many spots throughout the Island of Bali. Apparently, today the urge to share these unique and memorable experiences to the world, is no longer unusual.
The fascinating sunset of Bali became the stunning backdrop for the Awarding presentation. The event was also attended by Deputy for International Tourism Marketing Development of the Ministry of Tourism, I Gde Pitana. “It is a great honor, indeed, for Bali to be chosen as World’s Best Destination. I am convinced that this Award will strengthen Indonesia’s position as a nation that places high priority in developing the Tourism Sector,” Pitana added.