INDONESIA among TOP TEN COUNTRIES TO VISIT in 2019: Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2019

Duniabooking Repost from — Blessed with an abundance of spectacular wonders spread across this vast tropical archipelago, Indonesia never ceases to amaze and attract travelers from all over the world to enjoy its splendors. The country’s irresistible charms have recently placed Indonesia among the Top Ten Countries to visit in 2019 as announced in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019.

Sitting in 7th place in the list, outranking Belarus, Sao Tome and Principe, and Belize, Indonesia became the only Southeast Asian Country to be included in the top ten. Moreover, a stunning image of Pura Ulun Danu Batur on the beautiful island of Bali stole the highlights as it appeared as cover page of the book Best in Travel 201 published by Lonely Planet. Other countries that also made it to the list are: Sri Lanka, Germany, Zimbabwe, Panama, Kyrgizstan, and Jordan.

On its best in travel website page, Lonely Planet wrote: “Indonesia is as diverse as its span is long, from new eco-resorts offering orangutan encounters in Sumatra to the tribal traditions of Papua. More than 17,000 islands make up the medley of cultures, cuisines and religions across the archipelago, offering a kaleidoscope of experience. Earthquakes recently struck some parts of Indonesia, which is located on the volcano-lined Pacific Ring of Fire. The response to these natural disasters is ongoing, but much of this sprawling country remains safe for visitors. Thanks to substantial investment in new air, land and sea connections, plus recent visa-free access for nationals of 169 countries, it has never been easier to explore this tropical country.”

Indeed, this is a perfect portrayal of Indonesia. This vast archipelago is truly blessed with not only diverse breathtaking natural panorama but also unique cultural attractions and some of the most splendid monuments in human civilization. The recent natural disasters may have impacted on a number of destinations, however restorations are ongoing and most of these destinations such as Lombok Island has revived and already welcome tourists to enjoy its charms. And, as most of the country remain unharmed they are safe to visit. Recent substantial developments and investments as well as policy improvement have also yielded better connectivity and made it easier than ever before to visit Indonesia.

Lonely Planet’s recognition of Indonesia’s achievement as a must-visit destination 2019 is highly appreciated by Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya since it will contribute to Indonesia’s endeavours to reach the target of 20 million international tourist arrivals in 2019.

This positive review will boost the 3C marketing factors which are Confidence, Credibility, and Calibration. “This achievement will raise our confidence level. When well communicated, it will also be an effective marketing means to boost our credibility. In calibration, this achievement can be used to measure our competitive position compared to others” said Minister Arief Yahya.

Each year, the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list starts with nominations suggested by its vast community of editors, researchers, locals and influencers, which are subsequently picked and ranked by a panel of judges. The outcome is an eclectic list of destinations with unique, compelling, and topical reasons to visit in the year ahead and underlying travel trends to look forward to.