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Tourists Encouraged To Stay Longer And Spend More In Bali

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Bali is in the process of defining the future of tourism on the island.

As a destination as synonymous with luxury as it is with budget backpackers, the island is facing a reckoning with what the future of tourism may look like and how tourism can help shape life on the island for the betterment of local people, businesses, and tourists themselves. 

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Over the last few months, key tourism stakeholders in Bali have spoken up about the need to establish a higher-quality tourism model.

As the island battled against an increasing number of badly behaved tourists, the impacts of near overtourism, and the climate crisis, it is evident that change needs to be created. 

Tourism in Bali is booming right now, and it is not hard to see why.

The island is breathtakingly beautiful and is perfectly set up for tourists of every kind to enjoy the vacation of a lifetime.

Whether seeking to kick back and relax in the sun, immerse into the island’s unique culture, party til sunrise, or embark on an adrenaline-fueled adventure, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Bali.

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What’s more, it is easier than ever to access all that Bali offers tourists.

There are more hotels, guesthouses, and private villas now than even before the pandemic, and Bali Airport is better connected than anyone could ever have anticipated.

Bali Airport sees over one million passenger movements every month and even welcomes the world’s largest commercial aircraft to the runway daily.

With connecting flights to major transportation hubs like Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Singapore multiple times a day, Bali is punching above its weight when it comes to being a world-class tourism destination. 

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Yet, leaders say that change is necessary. As the rise of badly behaved tourists on the island becomes unignorable, and as the island buckles under the pressure of increased traffic on the roads and a failing waste management system, leaders say the island’s biggest business sector needs to be at the forefront of the changes necessary to bring a New Era of Bali to life.

One way of ensuring the island does not succumb to over-tourism is to shift towards a more high-quality and sustainable tourism model. This is the solution posed by the Indonesian Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno. 

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Minster Uno’s mission to establish a new kind of tourism in Bali is in assignment with the vision outlined by the local government, which wants to see cultural respect and environmental protection at the heart of the island’s tourism offering moving forward. 

Many key figures have suggested that Bali needs to be promoted as a more high-quality destination by promoting a more premium-priced baseline offering. Bali currently offers a tourism experience to suit every budget.

The island offers hostel dorms for budget backpackers that start at just USD 3 per night, all the way through to 5-star suites that only the world’s most well-financed travelers can afford. 

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As the narrative stands, most leaders across the government and the tourism sector believe that the rise in disrespectful and illegal behavior from foreigners on the island can be attributed to the lower spending demographic of tourists.

So, to combat this, Minster Uno says that Bali must be promoted to tourists who want to stay longer and spend more.

This, alongside existing efforts to crack down on illegal and disrespectful behavior by tourists in Bali, may be sufficient to create a whole new future for Bali.

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Minister Uno told reporters during his weekly briefing that Bali is edging closer to experiencing over-tourism, noting that high-quality and sustainable tourism is possible even while striving towards the island’s ambitious targets for 2023. 

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He shared, “We [will] 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.”

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Shorty

Monday 14th of August 2023

The focus on tourism is a double edged sword. Currently tourism accounts for over 60% of Bali GDP. We saw the devastating effect covid had.

There will in the future be more health related issues, Maybe not as bad but inhibiting.

There will be more competition from places like Vietnam and other developing SE Asian Countries. In Australia's case from the Pacific area.

The catch cries of quality tourists, longer stays, ill thought out second home and golden visas will only increase dependance on the tourist $. The lack of ease, and requirement will turn people away.

What's needed are programmes, development ideas....to reduce the dependance on the tourist $ and provide skill sets and jobs which are less affected by tourist travel.

Medical, cosmetic, dental, MICE, sporting will only increase dependance.

We have little natural resources to exploit, but so what? Neither does Singapore...

Should Bali making a pitch to financial, internet...companies to move their HQ to Bali, not Nusantara? After all Singapore grabbed the opportunity to surplice Hong Kong.

A huge amount of Bali is productive agricultural land. The system is breaking down.

Kids are educated and no longer want to be farmers. Parents are becoming too old. Potential sub letters are diminishing. The same is happening with the subak.

It is and will continue to weaken the role and importance of the banjar.

Perhaps we should be looking at alternative models....company or collective enterprises.

Changing the land usage to other crops which would find markets with the increasing demand for their products.

Bali has a large amount of non urban, extremely fertile land. Use it not just to feed the locals but export.

Growing and branding with the top level. After all, (making this up) a deep water Uluwatu prawn sounds tastier than an udang. Farmed barramundi from the crystal waters of Agung.... Wank I known, but secondary industry?

Finally a suggestion and a 'beef'. Bali (local) sapi daging is tasteless and tough. How difficult would it be to use cross breed semen straws to develop a calm, easily handled, tasty steak.

OK I lied, second final. Why the f*ck isn't fish farming a major industry.

OK, 3rd Time. Clothing, fabric and furniture used to be a major market. Yes we were undercut. But now there's a large market for ethically produced and green product. Major international companies are signing up, coming on board.

How many Balinese companies have made pitches?

BaliDuck

Saturday 12th of August 2023

"Tourists Encouraged To Stay Longer In Bali". Stuck in the traffic jam they have no choice.

Wayan Bo

Friday 11th of August 2023

Politician should care how Bali will look like in 20 years.

Exp

Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Firechef, Ouch. Complete with ciliwung river bank style slum.

Firechef

Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Wayan Bo, It'll be another Jakarta.

KIle

Friday 11th of August 2023

How absurd and out of touch. Canggu and Ubud have become refuge centers full of low class Slavic Russian and Ukrainian people who cannot afford to eat anymore. Their currency is worthless and they are stuck here, thousands of them. They are robbing the minimarts and supermarkets blind by shoplifting. And driving the price of all dairy products, yogurt, milk and cheese to insane prices. Wake up!

Mariann

Monday 14th of August 2023

@KIle, Why are you inciting hatred towards Russians and Ukrainians? They are already in a vice and under pressure. There are scoundrels in every nation. My Russian friends spend a lot of money in Bali, but Indonesians on bikes knock them down and steal phones, laptops, cameras from homes. The problem is corruption and the fact that the police themselves do not mind making money on tourists.

Daniel

Sunday 13th of August 2023

@KIle,

We are family from Hungary. We also see this in Pepito. The Russian or Ukraine women.

James

Sunday 13th of August 2023

@KIle,

Many long-term expats I have spoken with have witnessed this firsthand. And the shy Balinese seem to look the other way. They seem afraid to reach out to the Police or Immigration for fear of retribution. With this type of behaviour it's only going to get worse.

J West

Saturday 12th of August 2023

@KIle, Spot on. Post Covid tourism in Asia is a greedy chaotic scramble.

Firechef

Saturday 12th of August 2023

@KIle, Deport them NOW before it's too late.

Laxmi

Friday 11th of August 2023

No doubt that law enforcement must be more strict, but not against Foreign Visitors only, but also against local brokers, cab drivers, pimps and drug mafia.