Indonesia Won 14 Awards at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2024

During the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2024, held in Laos, Indonesia received recognition in four prestigious categories: for sustainable tourism, for a clean tourist city, for a green hotel, and for the best MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events) destination. The awards were presented directly by the government of Laos shortly before the closing ceremony of the forum.
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The winner of the ASEAN award for sustainable tourism in the "countryside" category was Ubud, Bali. It was recognized as a place for culinary tourism because Ubud intricately intertwines the delicacies of the national cuisine with art and culture. Some restaurants resemble art galleries. In Ubud, there are both traditional warungs where you can try nasi champur and renowned upscale restaurants serving modern Indonesian dishes. Many cafes prepare food using organic locally sourced products.
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The winner of the ASEAN award for sustainable tourism in the "city" category was Salatiga, Central Java. People come here to learn more about cassava. It is the third-largest source of carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and corn, particularly popular in traditional Javanese cuisine. Perhaps it's also because it's one of the most productive food plants. Tapioca, derived from the tubers of this plant, is used to make desserts. Travelers from around the world come to Salatiga not only to try them but also to attend master classes where they learn about the cultivation and processing of this plant.
The ASEAN award for "Clean Tourist City" was given to Surabaya (East Java) and Balikpapan (East Kalimantan).
The best places for business tourism (MICE) were named the JW Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Jakarta, and the El Royale Hotel in Bandung. They all won in the "conference hall" category.
The Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran (halls A, B, C, D, B3, C3) won in the exhibition venue category, while the Jakarta Convention Center won in the event venue category.
But perhaps the most interesting category is the "Green Hotel" (ASEAN Green Hotel Awards). Here, Indonesia has 5 winners. From idyllic beach resorts to nature-immersed sanctuaries. Almost all of them are so luxurious that this characteristic takes a back seat. They received the award for supporting environmentally friendly initiatives, striving to preserve Indonesia's rich biological diversity and cultural heritage.
Safari Resort  (Bogor, West Java)
This resort is located within the famous Indonesian safari park Taman. There are different accommodation options - you can spend the night in a charming treehouse, a spacious cottage, or a modern room. The highlight of this safari park is that you can see animals in their natural habitat. Guests may encounter wild tigers, giraffes, hippos, and zebras. Travelers also have access to a water park, amusement park, reptile and bird park, pony rides, and more.
Price per night from 964,000 Indonesian Rupiah.
Nihi Sumba (Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara)
Photo: Nihi Sumba
27 private villas, each boasting breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Surfers say there are perfect waves, while those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere appreciate this resort for its pristine beaches and hidden waterfalls. You can not only relax but also learn to weave with village women or go horseback riding through rice fields. The program includes spa safaris, the tranquility of untouched nature, local cuisine, and evenings under the stars.
Price per night from 53,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah.
Photo: The 101 Bali Fontana Seminyak
This 4-star hotel is also renowned for its eco-friendliness. Balinese culture is evident in its luxurious design. Stylish rooms are adorned with works by local artisans, and the cozy outdoor pool is surrounded by lush greenery. And all of this is in the heart of Bali's tourist center, with trendy boutiques beyond the hotel grounds, diverse snack bars, cafes, and restaurants.
Price per night starting from 443,000 Indonesian Rupiah.
Photo: Capella Ubud
Located among tropical forests in Ubud, the Capella Ubud hotel offers a unique retreat. It comprises twenty-two luxurious lodges that seamlessly blend with nature as they are hidden between the trees. However, despite this, each guest has their own mini-ocean - private pools filled with seawater.
Price per night starting from 26,813,000 Indonesian Rupiah.
Photo: Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa
This hotel is nestled amid the pristine beauty of West Bali National Park. Guests stay surrounded by lush mangrove thickets, framed by majestic mountains, overlooking the tranquil blue ocean. This eco-resort combines luxury and eco-friendliness. Guests can enjoy a private beach, a landscaped pool with ocean views, and a spa salon located within the mangrove groves. The leisure program includes underwater expeditions, jungle treks, and even opportunities to see Balinese starlings, which are endangered. For every guest staying at the Plataran Menjangan Hotel, a tree is planted in the reserve area.
Price per night starting from 2,696,000 Indonesian Rupiah.
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