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Bali Is Back! Mass Tourism Returns To The Island Of The Gods

After two years of international lockdowns and travel restrictions, Bali is starting to feel the hustle and bustle of mass tourism. The Island of the Gods had become used to welcoming over 6 million visitors annually before the pandemic began. In 2021 Bali recorded just 51 international tourists due to strict border controls. This week …

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Bali Hotel Operators Warn Rising Fuel Costs May Impact Travel Sector

Hotel operators across Bali have expressed their fears that the rising fuel costs will have a knock-on effect on the near-recovered tourism sector. The Bali Tourism Association has spoken to the press to explain the impact rising fuel costs are projected to have on the travel industry on the holiday resort island.  The Deputy Chairperson …

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Tourists Could Be Charged Entry Fee To Bali’s World Famous Kuta Beach

The conversation as to whether there should be a fee to visit Bali’s world-famous Kuta Beach has been in and out of headlines and coffee shop discussions for years. The conversation has resurfaced this week, and it seems like this is the moment the idea will be formally implemented. The Kuta Traditional Village committee has …

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Bali Authorities Demolish Dozens Of Beach Huts In Canggu

Despite over three months of warning, vendors on Canggu Beach had their beach huts demolished on Tuesday 6th September. The Badung Civil Service Police Unit (Saptol PP) coordinated the demolition operation. The semi-permeant buildings had been used by vendors as surf shacks, cold drinks stalls, and gift shops.  Talking to reporters, the Head of the …

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Bali Prepares To Welcome First Cruise Ship Arrival In 2 Years

Bali is preparing to welcome the first cruise ship to arrive on the island in over 2-years. The Australian cruise ship, Laperouse, will come into Benoa Harbour on the 19th of September. The return of cruise ships to Bali is a positive sign that the Island of the Gods continues to move in the right …

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Emotional Scene As Three Rescue Dolphins In Bali Released Into The Wild

Over the weekend, there were emotional scenes in North Bali as conservation agencies released three rescued Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins into the open ocean.  The release comes three years after the initial rescue of captive dolphins Johnny, Rocky, and Rambo, from a hotel in North Bali, where they were used in tourist shows. The release effort …

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Devastating Coal Spill Off Bali Coast Finally Under Control

A coal transport barge that ran aground on the waters off the Northern Bali coast has finally been evacuated. The barge loaded with over 9 tonnes of coal got stranded on Sunday, 28th August. Coal has been spilling off the barge since last weekend. It is not yet known the extent of the damage the …

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Bali Targets Net Zero By 2060 With Roll Out Of Electric Moped Initiative

Bali Governor Wayan Koster has announced that Bali will be an ‘Emission Free Province’ by 2060. Koster and central government ministers launched two new programs this week focusing on the transition towards green energy. There has been much speculation over the legitimacy of Indonesia’s green ambitions. Yet Governor Koster’s statements on Thursday clearly demonstrate his …

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Bali Police Make Arrest In Connection With Robbery Of Luxury Villa

Bali Police have announced the successful arrested of a thief who hopped the wall of a luxury holiday villa in Kuta and stole cosmetics and tech. Head of Public Relations of the Badung Police, Iptu Ketut Sudana, reported at a press conference this week that the robbery happened around 9 am on Friday 26th August.  …

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Bali Fishermen Demand Action From Government Over Devastating Coal Spill

Ten fishermen from Celukan Bawang village in Buleleng Regency launched a protest outside Governor Wayan Koster’s office on Monday 29th August. The fishermen visited the Governor’s offices on behalf of their community and urged officials to take direct action over a coal spill in the coastal waters of Buleleng.  The team of fishermen submitted a …

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New Jobs To Be Created In Bali Through Promotion Of Heritage Tourism

Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies is exploring the scope of heritage tourism across the country. During a recent visit to Siak in Riau Province in Sumatra, Minister Uno shared his insights on the potential history and heritage tourism has to offer both communities and the economy.  One of the most prominent lures of …

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Minister Says North Bali Airport Still Needed Despite Being Deprioritized By Government

An Indonesian Minister has confirmed to the media that plans for North Bali Airport are still in the pipeline despite the project being knocked off the government’s propriety list in late July 2022. Deputy Minister for Regional Development and Spatial Planning, Wahyu Utomo, has told reports that the project is still very much needed.  In …

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