The Bali Governor has admitted that the tourism sector has not been benefiting local people on Bali island.
Bali Governor, I Wayan Koster recently claimed that the Bali tourism industry has only benefited investors from the outside, rather than contributing to the local economy of the island in general. “The majority of our local people haven’t really received the benefit from our tourism sector by far. It has been only generating revenue for outside investors.” Koster said on Monday (11/10).
Koster explained that this Covid-19 pandemic has taught Bali a lesson to stop relying on the tourism sector as the main source of income for the majority of Bali’s population. “Our tourism sector has been contributing around 55% to our economy, while the tourism itself was proven to be very vulnerable. So we keep on evaluating this problem to avoid the same mistake in the future.” Koster added.
He also said that the provincial government has been preparing a new concept that would help Bali generate another source of income by utilizing local resources. “We will try to explore more of our local resources such as cultural based handicraft, our marine resources as well as our micro and small businesses to provide sustainability for our people, while tourism to be lower on the scale in the future.” Koster concluded.
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