(2/20/2010) Travel and Leisure Magazine has given Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport the dubious distinction of naming it to its list of the "12 Ugliest Airports in the World."
The Magazine's Karrie Jacobs, contends that Bali's air gateway has "gone out of (its) way to acquire the uncanny placelessness that typifies the modern airport."
Her criticism come amidst demands by Bali legislators and the island's governor to create more Balinese touches and architectural finishes in the course of current modifications to the facility.
Also joining Bali on the list of 12 "ugly airports" are Sofia (Bulgaria), New York's JFK, Washington Dulles, Atlanta Hartsfield, Sheremetyevo International (Moscow), Narita (Tokyo), Linate (Milan), Lynden Pindling International (Nassau, Bahamas), Paris de Gaulle, El Paso International and London Heathrow.
A travel sage once claimed that every airport faithfully represents the destination that lies beyond the terminal. If that is true, Bali's naming to Travel and Leisures' inglorious list should be a matter of real concern to the Bali travel industry.
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