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Paradise regained

Bali sees tourism outlook improving but infrastructure and water challenges remain.

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  • Newspaper section: Asia focus
  • Writer: Nithi Kaveevivitchai
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Agro-tourism and spectacular landscapes with a mixture of natural forests, beaches, lakes and volcanoes have helped Bali secure a solid reputation, attracting 7 million tourists a year, more than 2 million of them from outside Indonesia. 

Tourists walk past a paddy field in Jatiluwih. The traditional Balinese irrigation and farming system known as Subak was officially recognised by Unesco for its world heritage values in June this year.

Popular for decades, the island has seen its tourist numbers jump since the release of Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 book Eat, Pray, Love, which later was made into a popular film starring Julia Roberts in 2010.

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