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Bali Officials Expect The Island To Stop Relying On Tourism Post Pandemic

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 Officials from the Bank of Indonesia have urged the business sector in Bali to stop their dependence on the tourism industry post pandemic.

   Despite the increase of economic growth in Bali in the Q2 of 2021 (2.83%) in comparison with data from Q1 of 2021, the Head of the Bank of Indonesia for Bali, Trisno Nugroho stated that the current partial lockdown might reduce the economic activity in the third quarter of 2021. “The business sector that has a direct relation to tourism might be affected by the current partial lockdown policy, and this should be the start of our economic transformation in Bali.” Nugroho said.

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    He also warned that a dependency on the tourism industry makes the economy in Bali vulnerable. This had been proven several times over the years prior to the global pandemic. For instance, when Mount Agung erupted and 911 happened that also negatively affected Bali’s economy.  Nugroho proposes that the provincial government starts to develop other sectors such as agriculture, creative economy, digital economy and education as their new source of economic growth, apart from the tourism sector in the near future.

Nugroho proposes the government takes 5 strategic steps in transforming Bali’s economy such as:

  • Ensuring that all accommodation businesses across Bali are certified with Clean, Health, Safety and Environment (CHSE) 
  • Supporting the smaller businesses in growth
  • Accelerating the regional spending through infrastructure development
  • Supporting the agricultural sector to implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) through digital farming
  • Starting to use cashless payment methods

Other than that, Nugroho also reminds the government to keep rapidly distributing the Covid-19 vaccine to help overcome this crisis.

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Regina

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

You expect those youngsters to go back to the rice field? Vero funny. Even mature men are not working autore.

J West

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Many in tourism seem to think it’s a bad idea, I don’t agree. When I first arrived in Bali ( the early 70’s) the island was happy, healthy and community culture was strong. A status quo on economic terms isn’t necessary or achievable. Mass tourism has created havoc among persons on the bottom. It’s a delusion. Sure Bali’s super-rich tourism, booze and land operators would love to turn the taps back on , but who does that serve? What does that achieve? In 2 years of complaining has the elite clique of super-rich built a single technical college to train young persons and ‘transitioning ‘ workers to replace the dependence on minimum wage tourist service employment? Tourism makes rich people rich , but keeps poor people poor. I say no to the status quo. Instead of prostitution and cleaning toilets force the rich to give back, build those technical colleges, create engineers instead of tour drivers. Balinese will benefit from a new regime.

Regina

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

@J West, ask cock fighting tax first, a what????

Randy

Friday 13th of August 2021

@J West, There are many young and adventurous male Indonesians who worked abroad in cruise ships to gain experience in the hospitality industry. They are known to possess excellent customer service. Their experience abroad landed job opportunities in the tourism sectors in Bali or in the rest of Indonesia for that matter.

However many experienced ones are now going abroad again to work on cruise ships or commercial ships leaving Bali on its own uncertain future.

Bali needs a new directions with higher education (technical and vocational schools like in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan or Sulawesi) while preserving its natural concept and culture. Tourism will be back one day but with higher standard and opportunities that will benefit everyone.

Actually Thailand's tourism hot spots are probably worse, the locals may not be driven to learn a new trade nor have the experience in other hospitality sectors. Acquiring a foreign language or the interest to do so is also an issue. Working abroad to gain experience or training abroad may not been in many minds of the local ordinary Thai folks. The entertainment venues that attracted farangs in Thailand is now partially decimated. There are more opportunities than just bars, night clubs or massage parlors for the thais to create a more attractive tourism opportunities.

Ellen

Thursday 12th of August 2021

@Ellen,

Ellen

Thursday 12th of August 2021

@Ellen, importing qualified teachers, thats a start.

J West

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

@Ellen, I would add high surcharges to all tourists and foreign residents that would be applied to a ‘Social Fund’. A “residence tax” in the $2000 usd p/m range would close the imbalance and inequity between foreign residents coming to Bali and taking advantage of Bali’s endemic poverty.

Bule Lengar

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Another death nell for the Island of the Gods.70 percent of all income is derived from tourism and now, not only because of Covid, but because of the rapid deterioration of the overall physical and aesthetic nature of the entire place, Bali is now, not only ugly, but ill equipped to handle any tourists that do return. Look at Amed, far east Bali's potential pearl looks more like Pearl Harbour! Kintamani? The boats that once plied lake Batur are sinking with no hope. Ubud? Ugly. Canggu? Eurotrashed and Kuta? What can you expect of Kuta? Jokowi is pushing Gotong Royong and the good old Pancasila these days but the Bupati's are not mentally equipped to realize Jokowi's vision for a more intelligent plan. Bali should be taking this time to rebuild this place both physically and philisophically. But the mass media is turned up way too high and Tik Tok has replaced the Gamelan and Youtube is the new Sanskrit. The good news is the Paramount is building a theme park in the middle of the Jungle so Java will send about a thousand more buses to litter the roadsides with their box lunch left overs. They should be using this extended downtime to clean up and renovate the deteriorating paradise... But instead, they are increasing the number of political posters while drcreasing the number of garbage receptacles... Only a tourist can save Bali. But they would get deported trying. Its all rigged mate. We are beyond the tipping point!

Regina

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

@Bule Lengar, lurah are selling the cement to destroy bali forever ketut try to remove the cement!

Randy

Thursday 12th of August 2021

@Ellen, How do you suppose to add Western trained teachers into their local educational curriculum let alone speak in their native tongue? Western trained teachers are known to teach in International schools and language centers worldwide.

Cultural awareness is sensitivity to the similarities and differences that exist between two different cultures and the use of this sensitivity in effective communication with members of another cultural group. It means working from the cultural perspective of the other person, not from your own perspective.

What we consider to be 'normal' behaviour in one country can be entirely different in another.  

Randy

Thursday 12th of August 2021

@Bule Lengar, Don't forget the proposed komodo jurrasic themed national park , an enviromental concern by UNESCO.

Ellen

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

@Bule Lengar, you're so right sadly. Start with education and get proper qualified western teachers into the schools, start cleaning up the dreadful mess, and re-establish the rice fields that have been covered in crap building……that's just the beginning.

Alan

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Well I must say how crazy this report is ! the back bone of Bali is "TOURISM" without it they will go bankrupt. The government need to concentrate on vaccinations and lifting the borders.

Regina

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

@Alan, half foreigners will not come back to be vaccinated by servant of USAID from Jakarta walk up ketut!

Paul Hemming

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

This new vision offered by Bpk Nugroho for the Bali economy is a troubling mix of blind panic, obvious desperation and naive fantasy.

The chances of realizing this bold transformation for Bali lie somewhere between Slim and None. And Slim has already left town.

Or as a famous dead guy once said: "You can't get there - from where you are and with what you've got!".

Regina

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

@Paul Hemming, bali will end up sold to chinese crooks and all will be their budak!