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Bali To Introduce AI Tourism Activities To Boost Interest In Culture 

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The Bali Tourism Industry Association has revealed that they are working on an ambitious series of projects that will use AI to help boost international interest in Balinese culture.

In a partnership with the UID Campus in Denpasar, AI will be utilized to help bring Bali’s culture to wider audiences both on the island and abroad.

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Earlier this week, the UID Bali Campus in Kura-Kura Bali, Serangan, held a seminar with tourism industry expert speakers such as the Chair of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali, Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana, Tantowi Yahya as President of UID Bali, and I Wayan Satya Dharmawan as CEO of PT. Nusantara Solutions Innovation.

The Chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali, Ida Bagus Agung Partha Adnyana, told reporters, “We are still preparing because integrating all payment systems and so on is not easy, so we are preparing everything. Hopefully, it can be done this year.”

With so many different ways in which Artificial Intelligence can boost the tourism sector in Bali, it is hard to know where to start. However, the initial plans show that AI will be used to make Bali cultural shows even more accessible to culture-curious digital citizens. 

The speakers explored all ways in which AI could benefit the tourism sector from digital experiences through to making everyday life in Bali in the tourism sector easier, like live maps updates and automated payment systems for tourism services. 

Adnyana explained, “So from your country, you can watch Kecak, what time you have to come and what day [it doesn’t matter]. Indeed, one of the functions of technology is to help speed up development because, for example, our drivers can now check in traffic jams. He passed through Ubud, which way is good, for example, before making a turn. If you wait, the road could take a long time.” 

Speaking separately, Tantowi Yahya, as President of UID Bali, explained that Kura-Kura Bali will be built in three main clusters, namely living, learning, and lifestyle.

Kura-Kura Bali is a Special Economic Zone located on Serangan Island, just outside of Denpasar. While the landscape is set to be transformed into a whole new smart city of the future, there will be a strong focus on specific sectors.

Just as how Sanur has undergone a huge wave of revocations and developments to become a special economic zone for health, wellness, and tourism, Kura-Kura will have a strong focus on education, technology, and business development.

It is from here that leaders are hopeful that brilliant minds can come together to create business and technological solutions that will build a brighter future for Bali in the tourism sector and across the board. 


But, teams in the Kuta-Kura Special Economy Zone are not the only ones to be employing innovative technology to diversify tourism experiences in Bali.

The Water Civilization Exhibition hosted at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tirta Empul Temple opened in early April and will run through to September.


The project is a partnership between the Quantum Temple and the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wonderful Indonesia, Manukaya Let Village, Gianyar Regency Tourism Office, and Sui Network.

The project is an interactive and immersive experience that is managed as a blockchain-based cultural exhibition. In addition to the local and international stakeholders, over 300 young people and creative community groups contributed to creating unique and culturally inspired installations made from bamboo.

Quantum Temple is on a mission to connect tourists with “living cultural heritage through curated regenerative travel experiences, digital and physical artifacts, and community-led initiatives powered by blockchain technology.”


In 2024, leaders are on a mission to make it easier for high earning digital nomads, tech entrepreneurs and high wealth business developers to set up shop in Bali.

The island has been given the nickname ‘Silicon Bali’ for its role as a digital nomad haven and destination for tech entrepreneurs seeking new opportunities in emerging tech markets. 

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Sunday 23rd of June 2024

Many of my friends visiting Bali recently have confided in me once they have returned that they enjoyed Indonesia tremendously for its people and generosity. They have seen how other tourists show disrespect to the local culture and customs.

For example, watching a performance of the Kecak dance fire, where American friends heard Aussie sounding older couple sitting behind them on the bleachers started complaining loudly how it was only chanting and wanted their money back. After 10 minutes they left the amphitheater. How rude !!! Do people read the synopsis and research first before coming to a show without an attitude.

Another example, French friends were appalled how rude Indian tourists were with non stop talking during the Kecak fire dance and talking loud on their phones. And kids sitting behind them kicking their backs and parents without words to discipline their kids. You would think that Indian tourists visiting Bali would have a more appreciation for the Hindu culture. Apparently not all... What’s worst entering the gate of the performance without lining up like civilized people. Just stampeding in and pushing people around them...

Besides introducing tourism cultural sites awareness, how about reminding everyone about etiquettes, foreign tourists bring also different behaviors and attitudes when visiting a country.


Saturday 22nd of June 2024

Balinese are so proud of their culture. But should they be? An island of thieves, lies behind those fake smiles, and an overall dysfunctional society and country.


Sunday 23rd of June 2024

@Miles, and people like you have no spirituality and tend to see everything negative of everything. Be a part of the solution and not the problem.


Friday 21st of June 2024

It's obvious those participating have little or no understanding how AI works or can be used.

More hopeful handfuls of rice at the lumbung door.


Friday 21st of June 2024

"Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, ...?" If that can be used to collect my trash here in south Denpasar I'm all for it -- this as gov. are often not getting this essential task done in a regular and timely fashion.


Tuesday 25th of June 2024

@Randy, Sounds great with pickup and all but receiving landfill (Suwung) was closed for 4-5 weeks recently (April May). The landfills in Bali are the core problem.


Sunday 23rd of June 2024

@Exp, reiterate my statement...local Individual trash collector. They are in neighborhoods in Bali. People depend on them.


Sunday 23rd of June 2024

@Exp, trash pick up is done by individual companies. And you can even call them with whom you have been assigned for collection and payment. I know so... Who wants to live in South DPS anyway...

Be a part of the solution and not the problem.


Saturday 22nd of June 2024


Is there any chance you could post on the subject instead of using a tenuous connection to yet again have a whinge about unrelated things.