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Bali travel advisory lifted by US

Bali’s tourist industry has been boosted by the lifting of a US travel warning placed against the Indonesian island.

Long a popular destination with western travellers, the island was hit by a number of foreign travel warnings, including that placed by the US state department, following a series of blasts in the Indonesian capital Jakarta during 2000.

Two years later, Bali itself became the target of a terrorist attack, when twin nightclub bombings caused the deaths of more than 240 tourists.

Bali has since won praise from the international community for improving security measures, and now in the wake of a number of terrorism prosecutions and convictions the US has lifted its near decade-long advisory.

It is hoped the move will lead to other nations, most notably neighboring Australia, following suit.

Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the US move was a positive sign which he hoped would kick-start Bali’s once thriving tourism trade.

He said: “It will help remove psychological barriers that have prevented Americans and others from going to Indonesia.”

Tourist website describes the island as “the most enchanting travel and holiday destination in the whole world”.

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