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It’s Business as Usual for Bali Tourism

Bali, Indonesia: The award-winning Indonesian island of Bali is gearing up for a bumper year in 2018.

With flights operating normally, unaffected by the recent volcanic activities of Mount Agung, Bali has been declared safe and ‘open for business as usual’.

There has been plenty of other good news for Bali to tee-off the New Year.

Beating off the challenges of Phuket, Siem Reap, Crete, Rome, New York and London, among others, Bali was named as the world’s number one destination in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2017.

Meanwhile, Bali’s reputation as a golfing haven was enhanced at the 2017 World Golf Awards.

During a black-tie awards ceremony at La Manga Club in Spain, Bali’s Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club was named as ‘The Best Par-3 Course in the World’.

Further kudos for Bali came when New Kuta Golf was crowned as the Best Course in Indonesia.

Bukit Pandawa and New Kuta are partners in Play Golf Bali, a group that also includes Bali National Golf Club and Handara Golf & Resort Bali along with Baltic Tour and Travel, among Indonesia’s foremost golf travel operators.

Baromeus Gosal, President-Director of Baltic Tour and Travel, said: “The success of Bukit Pandawa and New Kuta has boosted the reputation of Bali as a ‘must visit’ golfing destination.

“Since the launch of Play Golf Bali, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of golfers travelling to the island. It’s trend we expect to see continue in 2018 – and beyond.”

Gosal said the TripAdvisor accolade and Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s recent visit to Bali have also had a positive impact on inbound tourism.

“Bali is safe. As we all can see here, it’s safe and vibrant with tourist activities,” said the President during a pre-New Year stroll along the shore of the iconic Kuta Beach.

Discussing the latest condition of the volcanic activities of Mount Agung, Luhut Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister of Maritime, said only those within a 10-kilometre radius of the centre of Mount Agung remain under the status level of Alert (Level 4), which is less than two per cent of the entire island.

Apart from that area, other parts of the island have been declared safe.

With the Meteorological, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia suggesting that the wind is blowing eastward until March, it was agreed that Ngurah Rai Airport could resume its usual activities.

Announcing Bali as top of the standings in its Travellers’ Choice 2017, TripAdvisor said of the island: “It has rain forest, reefs, beaches and mountains. In other words, it has everything you need, no matter your travelling style.

“TripAdvisor calls it a living postcard. As the postcard says: Wish you were here!”

Details of all Play Golf Bali packages as well as profiles of the partner clubs can be found www.playgolfbali.com 

For further information, please contact tour agent Baltic at baligolf@balifantasticholiday.com (email) or +62-21 6530-0054 (phone).

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