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Where Are The 10 “New Bali’s” Everyone Is Talking About?

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Where Are The 10 “New Bali’s” Everyone Is Talking About?

There’s been a lot of talk about the 10 “New Bali’s” Indonesia plans to open up to the world.

The Indonesian government wants to increase tourism from 4% to 20% of GDP by 2019. To help achieve this the Australian government, through the World Bank, is committing a whopping USD$180 million in investment, which could rise to USD$570 million. So where is this money going to?

Here are the 10 “New Bali’s” that everyone’s talking about…

1) Lake Toba (North Sumatra)

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2) Belitung, Babel

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 3) Tanjung Lesung, Banten

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4) The Thousand Islands, DKI Jakarta
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5) Borobudur, Central Java

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6) Mount Bromo, East Java

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7) Lombok, NTB
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8) Komodo Island, Flores

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9)Wakatobi National Park, Southeast Sulawesi

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10) Morotai, Maluku Utara

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A list of beautiful place’s in Indonesia to visit could continue for hundreds, even thousands of destinations.

But the connotations of turning them into “New Bali’s” suggests a neglection of their environment and culture to make a quick profit. You only have to look at how much Bali has changed over the last 40 years to see what becoming a tourist hotspot can do to paradise.

Though having more people visiting our beautiful archipelago is a good thing, we must ensure that we maintain an environmental balance whilst paying respect to the local cultures as more people visit.

Otherwise, the 10 “New Bali’s” could quickly become a shadow of their former selves.

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