The Mayor of Denpasar, I Gusti Ngurah Jaya Negara, has met with the Australian Consulate General for Bali, NTB, and NTT, Jo Stevens.
The pair have discussed the revival of tourism in Denpasar following the pandemic and have enthusiastically agreed on increased cooperation.
Speaking to reporters from his offices in Denpasar on Tuesday 14th November, Mayor Negara shared “We at the Denpasar City Government are currently in the stage of revving tourism in Denpsar City after the impact of Covid-19. The Sanur area is at the heart of Denpasar City tourism.”
Sanur is one of the most popular family-friendly destinations in Bali. Home to dozens of beachfront resorts and hotels, Sanur has long been the go-to destination for Australian tourists wanting a laid-back, hassle-free beach vacation in Bali.
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Whereas party lovers have always headed to Kuta and Legian, and more recently Seminyak, Canggu, and Uluwatu, Sanur has always been a reliable choice for tourists seeking a chilled week of sun, sand, and sea.
The pair also discussed how an Australian-Bali partnership can create opportunities outside of the tourism sector. They talked about the possibility of increasing cooperation in education, cultural exchange, and the creative industries.
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The Australian Consulate General for Bali, Jo Stevens, said “We would like to thank the Mayor of Denpasar for this visit. We will certainly be ready to communicate again in the future regarding increasing opportunities for cooperation with the City of Denpasar.”
Stevens added that Bali is a favorite destination for Australian tourists, not only due to the close proximity but also due to the ‘charming nature’ of the island.
Stevens stated “As the mayor mentioned, Bali and Denpasar City are second homes for Australian tourists. For this reason, we are ready to help in promoting Denpasar City tourism so that more Australians visit here.”
Australian tourists planning their visits to Bali should be on the look out for more travel deals for getaways and travel experiences in and around Sanur.
Bali is governed by nine regencies, and Sanur is the most popular tourism resort in the Denpasar City regency.
Serangan Island also falls within Denpasar City and is becoming increasingly popular with tourists who are looking to explore emerging tourist destinations on the island.
There is a serious amount of investment being pumped into Sanur right now. Last year the new harbor opened its doors making it even easier for tourists to travel between the main island of Bali, the Nusa Island, the Gili Island, and Lombok.
Huge renovation works saw the arrival of a stunning new beachwalk which has made the whole of the Sanur resort area more easily accessible and more comfortable for tourists.
In early 2024 the Bali International Hospital will be formally opened in Sanur too. The huge new hospital is set to put Bali on the map as a leading medical tourism destination in South East Asia.
In light of all these developments, more transportation infrastructure will be stashed in and around Sanur to make sure tourists can navigate the area stress-free.
This month it became even easier for Australian tourists to travel to Bali with ease. A long-anticipated new flight service has been added to the schedule at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport which will bring in thousands more visitors every week. Australian tourists are the most frequent international holidaymakers in Bali.
This has been the case for decades and despite some Bali lovers announcing that they are starting to look elsewhere for vacations, travel data shows Aussies will remain the most frequent arrivals on the Island of the Gods for many more years to come.
Last week Batik Air celebrated the inaugural Adelaide-Denpasar flight, meaning that Bali Airport now operates direct flight services between eight cities across Australia.
With Adelaide added into the mix now tourists from Darwin, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, and Cairns can all fly direct to Denpasar.
Speaking to reporters last week the Director of Operations for Batik Air, Bendri Mardas, confirmed plans to launch a Bali-Canberra service in March 2024.
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