Officials in Bali have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring that the island preserves its cultural heritage and stunning natural landscapes as tourism development continues to evolve.
This comes as great news for local people and tourists. A huge part of Bali’s appeal as a travel destination is derived from its wide range of stunning environmental landscapes.
Whether it be towering volcanoes, soft sandy beaches, fast-flowing rivers, or dense tropical jungle, pristine nature is what has helped ensure Bali is a must-visit tourism destination.
Speaking to the media this week, the Government of Badung Regency reaffirmed its commitment to preserving cultural heritage and natural landscapes in the region even as tourism development continues to boom.
Bali is divided into nine administrative regencies. Badung Regency is home to the most popular tourist destinations in Bali, including Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Nusa Dua, and Uluwatu.
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In a statement, the Regent of Badung, I Nyoman Giri Prasta, said that he and his teams would remain committed to ensuring Bali’s cultural values and natural landscapes are preserved as celebrated as tourism continues to grow, especially in areas like Canggu and Tibubeneng.
Canggu is often the name used to describe a number of villages on the southern coast of Bali. This includes Canggu itself, Pererenan, Berawa, and Tibubeneng.
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Regent Prasta said, “We emphases that we remain committed to maintaining and developing the Canggu and Tibubeneng tourism industry by continuing to control land conservation so that the harmonization of nature, society, and culture remains sustainable amidst the massive onslaught of investors wanting to open businesses.”
He also shared that he wants to see tourism development in the Tibubeneng controlled to maintain a tourism village-type feel. This is in alignment with the island’s commitment to promoting village tourism in 2023.
This commitment, he says, will help ensure that local people benefit from the revenue generated by tourism and that visitors have an authentic and enjoyable stay.
Regent Prasta shared, “In the future, we will also help the people in the area to make homestays in their respective homes because we have the people of Canggu and Tibubeneng to be the masters in their own homes.”
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This plan would certainly generate income for local families, many of whom feel a sense of losing out as a result of big tourism developments in the Canggu area, whether that be villas, hotels, beach clubs, or cafes popping up in the once-sleepy surfer hideaway.
The government official also noted that the Badung Regency Government is also carrying out assessments and preparing huge infrastructural changes to the roads and traffic management systems in the Canggu area.
All this is great news for tourists, who can plan their visits to Canggu and the surrounding areas safe in the knowledge that the landscape will be as stunning as it appears in the photos!
Regent Prasta said, “This is because the option of widening the should to the right and left, as well as the construction of a flyover, is no longer possible.”
That said, work is currently underway to transform the famous Mango Alley farm-track shortcut in central Canggu into a formal road.
The famous shortcuts of Canggu are now, more often than not, just as congested as the main roads due to the sheer volume of local and tourism traffic.
To help tackle the issue and improve the tourism experience, the Tibubeneng Village Government has launched a trial shuttle service for tourists in the area. Launched last week, the new shuttle service is supported by local businesses like Finns Beachclub and Atlas Beach Fest.
Canggu is undoubtedly Bali’s most popular tourist destination right now. The beach town has undergone a development boom and is almost unrecognizable compared to a few years ago.
Thanks to the influence of social media and a range of forward-thinking and innovative entrepreneurs, Canggu has become one of the coolest hangouts in South East Asia.
From beach clubs, nightlife venues, boutique shops, super fun activities and incredible cafes, Canggu offers tourists extreme comfort, affordable luxury, and a hell of a good time.
In further news updates during the press conference, Regent Prasta said that the Badung Regency Government had provided 67 acres of land grants for local people in Tandeg Traditional Village and Tibubeneng Village to create a infrastructure that will support cultural and sustainable tourism.
The land will be used to generate sustainable income for the communities around Canggu and establish a space for tourists to engage in learning more about the cultural heritage of Bali.
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