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Bali Celebrated At Indonesia’s National Village Tourism Awards 2023

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Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and Creative Economies has celebrated the Indonesian Village Tourism Awards 2023. Of course, Bali provided a number of winners.

As the country’s flagship tourism destination, Bali often paves the way for tourism trends around the country. 

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The Indonesian Village Tourism Awards were designed to help drive the tourism economy across the archipelago.

The competition has helped provide a platform for emerging tourism destinations across Indonesia’s 17,000 islands to share their customs, culture, heritage, and creativity to both domestic and international tourists. 

The Indonesian Village Tourism Awards has done wonders for tourism in Bali. The competition has helped catapult destinations like Penglipuran Village to international fame, bringing in tourists and culture lovers from all over the world.

This in turn has helped spread tourism development a little more evenly around the Island of the Gods, something leaders have long been keen to see.

While Bali is a destination best known for its lavish resorts and luxury hotels, village tourism in all its forms remains a strong attraction for international tourists.

Whether it be day trips to explore rural waterfalls, afternoon adventures to learn about cultural heritage or early morning wanders through the rice fields, almost all tourists who visit Bali take part in a village-based tourism program in one way or another. 

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The Indonesian Village Tourism Awards is divided into five categories; Visitor Attractions, Homestays, Digital and Creative (Innovative Marketing), Souvenirs, and Tourism Village Insiutuins (Best Management).

This year over 4,500 villages from across Indonesia entered the competition and submitted lengthy details about each of their tourism programs.

Throughout 2023 the Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno, has visited many of these villages to see for himself the work communities have undertaken to promote and preserve their cultural and natural heritage. 

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In May this year, Minster Uno visited Serangan Tourism Village in Bali as part of the Indonesian Village Tourism Awards inspection tour. Minster Uno hailed Serangan Village as a memorable and Instagrammable experience.

The village is in fact a small island all of its own, connected to the main island of Bali via a short bridge.

Tourists can explore everything from culinary heritage to turtle conservation, immerse into the mangrove forest, and enjoy the village’s truly beautiful beaches. 

During his visit, Minster Uno praised the community for creating a ‘world-class’ visitor experience.

He told the media “Serangan Tourism Village and generally tourist villages in Bali Province, the management is very advanced and very empowering for the community with a full approach, and they only need to facilitate.”


It seems that Serangan Tourism Village’s hard work has paid off as they won an impressive third place as the Best National Tourism Village in the county!

Speaking to the press after the awards ceremony the Head of Serangan Village, I Wayan Karma, shared “this award is a positive whip to continue trying and improving so that Serangan Tourism Village becomes a tourist destination that is capable of going global.”


It was not only Serangan Tourism Village that represented Bali at the Indonesian Village Tourism Awards 2023. Manistutu Tourism Village in Jembrana Regency in West Bali made it into the top ten of the best tourism villages in the souvenir category.

The village is an emerging tourism destination in West Bali and the award will go a long way in helping to boost the public profile of the area. 

Union receiving the recognition from the Ministry of Tourism the Head of Manistutu Village told reporters “We, the people of Manistutu, in Balinese terms, are jengah [awakened]. We really want to advance our beloved village. With this recognition, hopefully, it will have a tremendous impact on the progress of Manistutu Village, especially the tourism sector.” 

As can be seen, by the overwhelming success and fame the Indonesian Village Tourism Awards brought to Penglipuran Village in Bali, both Serangan Tourism Village and Manistutu Tourism Village can look forward to a healthy influx of visitors in the coming weeks, months, and years. 


At the awards ceremony held in Jakarta, Minister Uno shared “We believe that the rise of Indonesian tourism starts from the villages. Because of the rich nature, noble traditions and culture, and the spirit of the people in the villages.”

Minster Uno hopes to see 6,000 villages entering the completion in 2024. He concluded “This event aims to be a leverage for the village economy and as a promotional vehicle to show the potential of tourist villages in Indonesia to domestic and foreign tourists. As well as encouraging regions to create new tourist villages.” 

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Sunday 3rd of September 2023

In the future tourists and locals can enjoy the view of large LNG ships and the new natural gas (LNG) terminal to be built in the mangrove area south of Jl Bypass, around 500 meter west of Mertasari beach and even shorter distance to Serengan.

I spotted a poster yesterday at Sindhu beach in Sanur protesting against this LNG terminal. They are onto something as those in the know can tell you that a natural gas leak accident in this area near large population and traffic combined with with Seabreeze can lead to severe consequences.


Friday 1st of September 2023

A few years back there was an annual'Tidy Towns' (my naming) competition in each kecamatan. From memory it was among things judged on cleanliness, amenities, effort and attitude.... The winning desa/banjar was given funds for community needs or improvements. Physical evidence of the expenditure had to be shown. Previous year's winner couldn't win the next year. Perhaps adding this to these Awards could go a long way to improving rural village amenities and attitudes, particularly garbage.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 31st of August 2023

Home stay near the saucepan in cannibal village deserve a tourist award too.