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Bali To Begin Fighting Against Overtourism

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Indonesia’s Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno, has issued statements calling for Bali to start mitigating against the risks of overtourism.

Bali is the most famous travel destination in Indonesia and is considered to be the country’s flagship tourism offering.

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Welcoming over 6 million international tourists a year before the pandemic, the island is showing signs of the negative impacts of tourism, something Minister Uno says must be reckoned with quickly. 

While Bali has certainly benefited from the positive impacts of tourism in many ways, it is evident that the huge pressures the tourism sector puts on the island’s natural resources, infrastructure, and communities are starting to become too much.

Some may argue that the effects of overtourism have been felt on the island for the last decade or more, but officials within the government are more aware than ever that protection mechanisms must now be put in place.

Battling the negative impacts of over-tourism before it’s too late will help protect local communities, the environment, and, in the long run, tourists’ experience too.

Overtourism is defined by the United National World Tourism Organization as “the impact of tourism on a destination, or parts thereof, that excessively influences the perceived quality of life of citizens and/or quality of visitors experiences in a negative way.”

Examples of the implications of over-tourism include a rising cost of living for local people, and the redirecting of resources to the tourism sector away from local people, in turn reducing the quality of life and livelihoods for local people.

Environmental degradation, including water pollution, noise pollution, air pollution, issues with waste management, and the conversation of viable agricultural land and deforestation in some cases, have all been linked to tourism development and over-tourism. 

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Although Minster Uno and his teams have worked on increasing international tourism in the wake of the pandemic, data shows that demand for travel in Bali by foreign tourists is growing at a much greater rate than for domestic tourists. 

Minister Uno said, “I see visits continuing to increase by more than 80 percent year on year for foreign tourists. Meanwhile, domestic tourists are still growing between single digits or low double digits.”

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According to Minster Uno, Bali has yet to hit all the criteria to be identified as experiencing over-tourism, but it’s getting close.

He used examples of over-tourism in Europe and shared, “Even before the pre-pandemic. This is what reports that the number of tourists is increasing, and in the end, it has a negative impact on destinations.”


With this in mind, Minster Uno says that to mitigate the potential risks of over-tourism, great effort should be focused on developing “quality and sustainable tourism.”

These are principles that are not new to Bali, nor is it a new point of discussion for leaders.

For years Minster Uno and Bali’s Governor Wayan Koster, as well as other key tourism stakeholders, have been discussing the need for higher quality and sustainable tourism on the island. 


High-quality and sustainable tourism comes at a cost for tourists. While Bali is best known as a luxurious destination, the vast majority of tourists who visit the island opt for experiences and accommodations that fall within the mass tourism category.

This is to say most tourists stay in resort-style accommodations, visit the most well-known attractions, and participate in high-demand activities. 


What leaders like Minister Uno want to see is a shift towards attracting tourists who want to experience a more high-end stay in Bali, those who are willing to pay more for a vacation that promotes sustainable tourism and perhaps even stay longer on the island. 

Minster Uno said, “We [want to] ensure that the number of tourism visits with a target of 8.5 million this year starts shifting to tourists who stay longer and spend on the larger local economy. Bali, for example.” 

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Saturday 30th of September 2023

I like the comment : "it starting to become too much" when actually you cannot even see the sand of kuta beach under the pastic 6 months per year.


Tuesday 15th of August 2023

If you want us to stay longer increase the visa extensions by 60 days at least instead of 30 Or offer multi exit and re entry visas 12 months


Sunday 13th of August 2023

Bali isnt a Luxury Holiday destination at all and this is why its busy as people have been coming here as its affordable.

The South of the Island is so over developed now and so much mess and trafic that its not enjoyable anymore and people coming here for a luxury holiday will grow fed up with the conditions.

Prices have become Crazy for anyone living and working on the Island to pay rent and greed has taken over.

The whole attitude has become less friendly and Less tolerant and the type of people coming to the Island also is spoiling the atmosphere.

Over tourism is already here.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

How about applying the actual building codes and not pungli/ korrupsi to build obscene amount of hotels etc. Must be well over 5000 hotels not to mention other forms of accommodation.enforcevthe environmental laws, traffic laws etc. It's all there to enforce but nothing happens. To many fingers in the duit pie. This is the same guy who said" we Indonesians value our rules and regulations" lol. Wouldn't be this problem if rules n regs were followed. As usual what is said and what is done here are 2 different things. Malu.


Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Neol, Laws and regulations are highly valued by the civil service. The more strict laws and regulations -- the more leverage when "negotiating" deals with the public to circumvent rules.


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Friday 11th of August 2023

This island is a mess. Don't let money get in the way of law and order. Keep the tourists to under 200,000 arrivals per month. It's an absolute nightmare, people coming and going, being crazy, encourages scams and lack of ethics and morality because people will be leaving anyways. It's like parachuting into a mosh pit at a festival and then catching the helicopter out in a week, so obviously you don't care what will happen in that week.

That shouldn't happen to this island which is supposed to be one of spirituality. Bali and Nusa Penida have become a joke corrupted by the USD, AUD, and Euro.