The island of Bali is the most popular destination for foreign and Indonesian tourists.
The main reason is because the Balinese people have strong culture, tradition and are very devoted to their religion, making them kind and friendly toward visitors. They believe that any act of crime in the island can only be committed by outsiders. For this reason, the suicide bombings that killed hundreds of innocent people in Bali in 2002 & 2004, failed to stop tourists from coming to the island.
As a matter of fact, such barbaric actions have made the Balinese more creative in promoting the island. One example is the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival which took place every year since 2004, attended not only by writers & readers from Indonesia, but also from many other countries as well.
I have visited the village of Ubud several times, first one in 1979 where I stayed for 3 months. The village is famous for its creative works of arts, especially paintings. Many foreign artists have lived & worked there a.o Antonio Blanco, Walter Spies etc. But I have never attended the Ubud festival simply because of my working schedule in Jakarta. I hope that next time I go to Bali, I will be able to attend the festival.