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Officials In Bali Sign Off On ‘Beautification’ Works For Kuta Beach

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Government officials in Bali have signed off on renovation works to help make the Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak Beaches more appealing to tourists. Noticing a mass exodus of tourists from the area, with visitors to the island favoring trendy Canggu, officials want to ensure the Kuta to Seminyak stretch of sand is as beautiful as possible. 

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Speaking to the media, Puspa Negara, the Chair of LPM Legian and the Chair of the Alliance of Marginal Bali Tourism Actors, explained that work needed to be done to ensure that the Kuta coastline remains a place that appeals to tourists. 

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Negara said, “We feel that we are starting to seem like we are being abandoned. That’s why we need to arrange destinations into an aesthetically futuristic appearance”. He shared plans to renovate the beach wall that runs from Kuta Beach through Legian Beach and ends at Seminyak Beach. He confirmed that the plan had received positive feedback from the community. 

Negara continuted, “Along with developments in structuring Kuta – Legian – Seminyak beach destinations, it is indeed necessary to have beautification that leads to maximizing the aesthetics of the beach area so that tourists don’t leave it”

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The Badung Regency Government has budgeted IDR 28 billion (USD 1.7 million ) in 2023 for developments to the stretch of the coastline. The plan to renovate the wall is intended to allow pedestrians or anyone passing by the beach from the in-land roads to be able to see the beauty of the beaches. The wall will be renovated to include traditional Balinese stonework that officials hope will become a cultural landmark for visiting tourists. 

In early October, tourism leaders in the Kuta area shared their observations of the shift in the focus of tourism towards Canggu. Many shared fears that classic Kuta is being abandoned in favor of trendy Canggu. Sugi, a local guide, chatted with reporters about his experience as a tour guide in Kuta. 

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Sugi shared that across visitors demographics, more and more tourists want to go Canggu. ‘When I take guests, many ask to go to Canggu. Very few people ask to go to Kuta. Especially for young tourists, they like Canggu…There is a sense of insecurity in Kuta. Theft often occurs. So now when it’s quiet like this, tourism actors tend to [leave]’. 

Speaking in October, the Head of the Badung Regency Tourism Office, I Nyoman Rudiarta, shared that he felt crime against tourism and the persistence of hawkers on the beach could be playing a part in the shift of tourism focus towards Canggu. Though this may explain the shift in part, as police are working to stamp out crime in the area, others have observed that Canggu is simply marketing itself better.

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New beach clubs are opening up, and social media influencers promote the area with such enthusiasm and a sense that the area attracts entrepreneurs, digital nomads and people looking for something new. Whereas Kuta has become synonymous with a different demographic, it is known for family holidays and a destination for international retirees, and the party has shifted to Canggu and Seminyak. 

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Renovations to the beach may bring more tourists back to the area, but it’s unlikely to be a silver bullet. Kuta Beach has also hit the headlines for the tides of plastic waste that wash up on the shoreline. An ex-minister has called for a dedicated task force to be created to tackle the issue full-time. All that said Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak do retain the charm and appeal that put them on the map as a must-visit destination in the first place.

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Business investors are still pumping money into the area. New hotels are opening up, and others have undergone major renovations. Kuta will always be one of the mainstay tourist destinations in Bali, and perhaps while people’s attention is elsewhere, the area has an opportunity to reinvent itself and in time, reassert itself as the number one beach destination in Bali.

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Steven

Thursday 22nd of December 2022

With the muggers, scammers and hawkers around kuta / Legian. Its no wonder tourists numbers have declined steadily in the area. Even before the pandemic numbers were declining rapidly. Cleaning up the area is essential to beginning the recovery. At night time there are no police and it can be moody and dangerous walking alone around there. Aggressive hawkers also add to the uncomfortable vibes tourists endure. There are much better options available to tourists on Bali. Sadly for the local businesses around there i think Kuta, Legians days are numbered.

JWest

Saturday 17th of December 2022

I say "Carry on to Canguu". The army of so called "influencers" are like a ravaging cancer moving from one area to another. Regency officials should do nothing to response to their slithering. Canguu will be unpopular in no time, as quickly as a cheap tattoo cliche fades in the sun....in no time.... the next vacuous mob will inevitably find something else to temporarily promote as "the thing".Message: save your money.

Rex

Monday 19th of December 2022

@JWest, I agree, do nothing. Leave it alone. Anytime there is a major traffic solution considered here, first all the big beautiful trees get removed, then it looks great for three months until the poor quality work reveals itself and it starts crumbling. Cars and motorbikes can wait it out.

Teguh Utomo Atmoko

Saturday 17th of December 2022

Get rid of the wall and instead widening the sidewalk on the beach side like in Sanur and Rio de Janeiro. Provide public toilets and showers.

Exp

Monday 19th of December 2022

In Sanur they have allowed electric scooters on a path that used to be reserved for walking and bikes. These electric scooters are zipping around at high speed often with children in control: Not safe and a real stress factor. Just wait for the first accident.

Jimbo

Friday 16th of December 2022

They built a jogger track right on the sand around the highest tide mark (gonna be fun to watch during during 10 foot + swells at 16 seconds and high tide at 2.6 m) instead of tearing down the wall and widening the sidewalk, big mistake. They cut trees that were there for decades providing welcome shade, to replace them with ridiculously tiny/short palm trees in the process, for no valid reason. Those guys are truly clueless about what attracts people to a beach, that is its natural aspect. Nobody enjoys concrete on the beach, except the rat race from the main Indonesian cities (the mall dweller) perhaps. Oh well, luckily Indonesia is vast and beautiful, unlike the South of Bali that has become a plastic shithole designed for Instagramers and Tiktokers.

Exp

Monday 19th of December 2022

Correct, In Sanur the existing walking path has been "renovated", read: added more concrete. And now they have allowed electric scooters on the what used to be reserved for walking and bikes. These electric scooters are zipping around at high speed often with children in control: Not safe and a real stress factor.

Wayan Bo

Friday 16th of December 2022

Anyway, air mattresses are more easy to carry and are more comfortable. - Being on the sea without sea is for most newcomers very disappointing new experience, especially when sea flees kilometers away. Beach clubs are modest solace for sea that is running away.