As the Greatest Home of Bio-Diversity: Indonesia Is Acclaimed As the Biggest Archipelagic Country in the Globe
Consisting of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is acclaimed as the biggest archipelagic country in the globe. With more than 220 million people, not less than 300 ethnic groups speaking more than 350 different languages, this beautiful country receives many praises and labels. For travelers, Indonesia is the most amazing group of islands to discover. For biologists, Indonesia is the greatest home of bio-diversity. In short, Indonesia is a gorgeous storehouse of historical marvels; distinct cultures; places of sights; as well as diverse sounds and natural wonders. For that reason, it is no wonder that Indonesia offers a big variety of tourist spots with different cultures and landscapes. Apart from those above mentioned assets, Indonesia is nothing short of rich in cultural events or performances resulting in festivities throughout the year in every region nationwide. On these occasions, crafts, temporary music, exotic dances and rituals are just a few of the delights to be discovered in this mesmerizing country. In the year 2005, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Independence Day, on August 17, the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul organized several events with the aim of promoting Indonesia among Korean people. In May, the Embassy organized the Indonesian Run 2005, with the theme of "Thank You Korea," which had a participation of around 2,000 people. The event was also held as an expression of gratitude to the Korean government and people who have conveyed their assistance and solidarity to Indonesian victims during the tsunami disaster. In June, the Embassy organized "the Indonesian Speech and Writing Composition Contest," especially for Korean people and students. The Embassy also organized "Indonesian Night" held in August where the attendants felt the Indonesian ambience of cultural diversity. Lastly, in November, the Indonesian Trip to Bali and Yogyakarta attracted tens of Koreans and members of foreign missions living in Korea to explore more of Indonesia the most mesmerizing and captivating destination in the world.
Indonesian tourism is now back to normal after experiencing ups and downs due to irresponsible terrorist attacks and other social and natural disaster issues that threatened tourist’s comfort. Indonesia is still safe to visit as the government continues to make every effort to ensure the safety of visitors. Beginning from the airport, a thorough check is implemented on every single person and vehicle. Hotels, shopping areas, office buildings and other public facilities have received tighter security. The main destinations are still Bali Island, Lombok Island, Yogyakarta, Bintan Island, North Sumatera and Jakarta. In 2004, the number of foreign tourists reached around 5.3 million visitors with more than 200,000 visitors from Korea including honeymooners. The year 2005 expected the number of visitors to increase to more than 6 million. In this regard, both aggressive promotion and the building of new facilities have been made to attract more holiday-makers. In focus is Bali, for in 2005 this mystic island was awarded again as the Best Island in the world for four consecutive years by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Even its two Four Seasons Resorts in Sayan and Jimbaran Bay were ranked top and eighth respectively as the best hotel and resort in the world. Amandari and Amankila resorts were among the top 20. This island is also a haven for spa lovers since the spas at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay and Sayan as well as at the Ritz Carlton Resort were ranked number 1, 2 and 6 respectively as the best spas in the globe. Not to mention, the Asian Spa Magazine awarded Bali the Asian Spa Capital of the Year 2005. While maintaining the quality of its existing tourism facilities, Indonesia is now developing and promoting other areas as alternative destinations. This country not only offers majestic landscapes and food, but also eco-tourism, golfing and honeymoon options. Many visitors have enjoyed all these things and expressed their willingness to come back or at least recommend it to friends. Accordingly, several five and four star hotels are being built across the country to cater to the increasing demand for accommodation. To name a few: Singapore's Raffles Hotel is now under construction in Bali and Bintan Islands. Meanwhile the luxurious Bvlgary Resort is scheduled to open next year in Jimbaran Bay, Bali. This is the second property of Bvlgary and the first chain outside Milan. Also, the St. Regis Resort Bali is scheduled to open in 2007 and will be the first resort under this luxurious chain in Asia.