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07 March 2018

Plataran L'Harmonie - West Bali National Park Finalist for the World's Best Sustainable Destinations. To be unveiled at ITB Berlin

The World's Best Sustainable Destinations will be unveiled in the Awards Hall of ITB Berlin, at the end of its Opening day, March 7. Plataran L'Harmonie West Bali National Park is among the finalists that have been selected by a Jury representing 12 international organisations, from a total of 100 top-sustainable destinations. The Jury will announce the Best of Cities, Communities & Culture, the Best of Nature, the Best of Seaside, the Earth Award (for environment & climate), and also the best of each part of the world, e.g. Best of Europe.
The World's Top 10 Sustainable Destinations
At the end of the Awards ceremony, the World's Top 10 Sustainable Destinations will unveil: the world's ten Best-of-the Best destinations leading the way towards quality, attractiveness and sustainability in tourism. The Award Winners and the World's Top 10 provide the best practice experience for destination managers to involve their local communities in tourism, and to avoid overtourism problems as we have seen in Barcelona, Venice, and many other fragile iconic places.
Key role of destinations finally recognised.
Local governments and protected areas have everything on the line to ensure tourism sustainability, but they were hardly visible in the larger tourism award schemes so far. This has now changed thanks to ITB Berlin, the world's leading Travel Trade Show. ITB provides its prime auditorium (Palais am Funkturm) to a new mainstream award scheme exclusively dedicated to destinations: the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Awards. This is the most prestigious opportunity to showcase "green destinations" to the world.
ITB Audience Prize
In addition to the Jury Awards, the audience will be asked to vote for the ITB Audience Prize. This poll will be done online, but it is restricted to those who attend the event.
Place and Time
Palais am Funkturm, ITB Berlin, 7 March 2018, 16:00-17:30h.
For the Finalists see:
The Awards event is organized by ITB Berlin, Green Destinations, TravelMole's Vision on Sustainable Tourism, with the support of, and all other Top 100 Organising partners.
Plataran L'Harmonie encompasses the ecotourism forest area of West Bali National Park, covering an area of 382 hectares with a coastline of more than 7 km facing Menjangan Island, an island well-known as a divers' paradise for its exotic beauty of the underwater world. Its dense biodiversity encompasses many distinct ecosystems - from primary monsoon, mangrove and lowland rain forests, to savanna and seagrass landscapes, as well as shallow and deep-sea waters with sandy beaches and coral reefs. The area of Plataran L'Harmonie is also the primary habitat of the Jalak Bali or Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), an endangered and protected rare exotic bird. In addition to Jalak Bali, Plataran L'Harmonie is home to various flora and fauna species, including the Java Sparrow, Menjangan Wild Deer, and Giant Sea Fan.
Plataran L'Harmonie's integrated master plan, planned by a world-class American master planner - Hitesh Mehta, encompasses a variety of accommodation; dining, wellness and leisure facilities; and programmes dedicated to the conservation of the parks natural ecosystems and indigenous wildlife species. Plataran L'Harmonie currently features two resorts, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa and The Menjangan, and two restaurants, The Octagon Ocean Club at Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa and The Bali Tower at The Menjangan. Furthermore, there is no shortage of activities to entertain visitors with Plataran Encounters, from mountain biking, jungle trekking, kayaking and snorkelling, to birdwatching, horse-riding and more. Plataran Private Cruises allow guests to explore and enjoy Bali's most spectacular diving and snorkelling locations around Menjangan.
Visitors are also welcome to learn about and participate in Plataran L'Harmonie's conservation efforts: the Bajul Eco Lodge, a unique learning environment with access to the park's amazing range of habitats; Plataran Bali Starling Sanctuary, a safe breeding ground for the critically endangered Bali Starling; and an Endemic Tree Planting Programme that nurtures biodiversity that is fast disappearing in other parts of the island.
Plataran is a homegrown Indonesian hospitality group whose vision is to contribute to Indonesia and Indonesians by showcasing to the world the rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage of this remarkable archipelago. Plataran means 'God's most favourite courtyard', a reflection of our connection to and celebration of all the beauty and richness of culture that Indonesia has been blessed with. Plataran invites discovery and appreciation of Indonesia's many treasures through its luxury brand of boutique hotels and resorts, private cruises, dining and event venues, developed in Indonesia's most iconic and exotic destinations.
For more information on this press release and high-resolution photographs, please contact:
Rindy Hapsari Putri
Corp. Marketing Communications Manager
Plataran Indonesia
Jl. Brawijaya Raya No. 4, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12160
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