Bali is one of those places most tourists can't get enough of. That's probably why Indonesia's president plans to create 10 new Balis. The pumped-up destinations would give Indonesia's tourism industry a big boost and make it easier than ever to enjoy an exotic holiday.
President Joko Widodo sees the ambitious move as a way to make tourism an even bigger part of its economy. Officials have already earmarked 10 new destinations for growth. Here's a look at the 10 destinations that may eventually become well-loved Bali's replica:
- Lombok Mandalika
- Lake Toba
- Tanjung Lesung
- The Thousand Islands
- Tanjung Kelayang Beach
- Mount Brom
- Labuan Bajo
- Morotai Island
How will President Widodo's plan work? A big part of the plan involves upgrading provincial airports throughout Indonesia. There would also be steps in place to make it easier to access remote destinations like Sumatra's Lake Toba. It has already been announced that Yogyakarta will be getting a new airport by the end of this year.
President Widodo would also like to expand business ties with partners in the Middle East as part of his strategy for developing an even bigger tourism industry. Those investment partners could enable Indonesia to attract more Muslim tourists. The fact of the matter is that Indonesia's reputation for being a moderate nation hasn't helped to boost its profile among Muslim tourists.
Indonesia is expected to welcome 18 million visitors this year. Growth has been taking off in recent years. In fact, Indonesia's tourism sector grew by 7.8 percent in 2018 alone. President Widodo would like to have tourism account for 8 percent of Indonesia's gross domestic product by 2020.