Everybody and their mother has been to Bali. How do we know? Because, much like vegans, they make sure that we know that they've been to Bali. Sure, Bali is the most famous island destination in all of the Indonesian archipelago, which Indonesia's new plan of action to boost tourism is to create 10 new Balis. Seriously.
In their effort to shed light on other underrated destinations, the new plan aims to repeat Bali’s success through renovation plans across 10 of its other destinations: Lombok Mandalika and Labun Bajo in Nusa Tenggara, Borobudur Temple, Bromo Tengger Semeru and Tanjung Lesung Beach in Java, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Thousand Islands in Jakarta, Tanjung Kelayang Beach in Banten, and Wakatobi and Morotai Island in North Maluku.
Borobudur Temple Complex
Last year alone, over 6 million people visited Bali – that's over 40 percent of the country's visitors. On the flip side, how many visited Indonesia's other stunning destinations, like the Borobudur Temple complex – a UNESCO World Heritage site? This project isn't trying to take away from Bali’s visitors, but to convince travelers to expand and visit more than just that one destination. Of course, the nature of these new destinations is nothing short of Bali’s.
From upgrading provincial airports to the construction of new amenities and improving access to the chosen destinations, the plan is meant to make access easier for travelers by developing their infrastructure. Bali can’t accommodate receiving over 20 million tourists every year, so why stop at one when you can have 10 more?
Source: Lonely Planet