Ep 91: 2021: The Year So Far in Indonesia, with Julia Winterflood

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26 Aug 2021 • 38m00s

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, and counts the planet’s fourth largest population. It is also South East Asia’s largest country and its biggest economy. The size, scale and diversity of the nation have been decisive factors for its long struggle to contain COVID-19, and the immense logistical challenges of inoculating its people. That said, significant progress is being made, and although the reopening of Bali to international travellers has faded from view for now, a cautious optimism exists for the future.

So in Part 8 of our 2021: The Year So Far In… series, Gary and Hannah head to Indonesia to chat with Bali-based Julia Winterflood, who is Head Writer of The Bali Beat and a journalist for Travel Weekly Asia.

Julia discusses new trends in domestic tourism that have emerged, and the fascinating concept of “tourist villages”. We also update the latest vaccination figures nationwide and in Bali itself, analyse the structural impact on Indonesia’s travel economy and learn the attitudes among young people about what tourism means to them.

Finally, we address the much-discussed concept of “mass tourism” vs “quality tourism”.

Resources

The Bali Beat

Julia on Twitter

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