Data shared by Agoda, a hotel booking provider, from February 2022 to the beginning of May shows that the popular vacation destination tops the hit list of search queries.
Bali was the most searched destination in Indonesia, while Thailand and the Philippines took the first two spots in Southeast Asia.
The online travel platform is one of the most popular among travelers, and its statistics back up the Indonesian government’s claim that the island is irrevocably open to travelers.
The platform also revealed who is planning a trip to Bali in the near future. As searches turn into bookings, lots of Australians, Americans, Singaporeans, British, and South Korean travelers will be flocking to the island of Gods in the upcoming months.
In fact, Agoda reported that Australia saw the largest increase in searches for hotels and other accommodations in Bali, with a 220 percent increase, followed by Singapore with a 200 percent increase.
“Pristine beaches and the unique culture and charm of Bali are undoubtedly luring travelers back,” said Gede Gunawan, Senior Director for Agoda Indonesia, in an interview.
“Whether visitors are a half-day flight away or just a couple of hours to the island, many still consider Bali as a paradise vacation destination and look to get back there as soon as they are able to,” he added.
Agoda also offers an interesting insight into the preferences of international travelers.
Travelers rated popular Kuta (#1) and Seminyak (#3), interspersed with the quiet, lush greenery of Ubud (#2) and the luxurious watersports resort of Nusa Dua (#4) as their top places to stay.
Last but not least, fully vaccinated tourists can now travel to Indonesia without observing quarantine under the revised Border and Quarantine Policy, which took effect on April 6.
The requirement to present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to departure has been removed, for those who can provide a vaccine certificate
Foreign tourists still need to show proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 medical services.