Can Bali stay a tourist paradise? | CNBC Reports


The tropical island of Bali
has sun, sand and sea. That’s why it’s become a tourism hotspot,
drawing millions of visitors each year. TripAdvisor consistently names Bali as one
of the world’s favorite travel destinations. And while Bali is just one of
thousands of islands in Indonesia, it gets the lion’s share
of visitors to the country. Last year, 14 million international
tourists visited Indonesia. Of that, 5.7 million, or about
40 percent, went to Bali. Bali is enjoying a
spike in popularity. Since 2015, the number of tourists have
grown by about 20 percent every year. That’s much higher than Asia’s average yearly
growth in tourism, which is at about six percent. Indonesian authorities credit
their visa-free policy. Tourists from just 15 countries could
visit Indonesia without a visa in 2015. That number has grown
to 169 countries today. But Bali’s popularity has also seriously challenged
its ability to keep up its image of paradise. Locals are concerned that the island cannot
support the growing tourist numbers because tourism contributes to a
worsening water and waste crisis. The waste problem
is getting serious. Last year, Bali had to declare a
garbage emergency on its coast and deploy 700 cleaners to
remove garbage from its shores. Bali’s supply of water has also depleted
rapidly and experts are calling it a water crisis. That’s mostly because of tourism, which is estimated
to use 65 percent of the island’s water supply. In fact, the average tourist is estimated to use
four to five times more water than a local. Bali elected a new administration
last year, and its new governors have been focused on protecting
the island’s cultural heritage. For the first time, Bali is considering banning visitors
from entering its sacred Hindu temples, without a guide. That announcement came after several incidents
of disrespectful behavior by tourists in holy sites, including posing in bikinis inside the
temples and entering sacred areas. I met up with Indonesia’s tourism minister
Arief Yahya during his recent visit to Singapore, to ask about the country’s plans to spread
tourism into other parts on Indonesia. We realize everybody in
the world knows only Bali. That’s why our president challenged
me to create another 10 new Balis. Mr. Arief is a former chief executive of Indonesia’s
largest telecommunications company, which is why he’s been focused on marketing
Indonesia to millennials through digital platforms. The ministry recently signed a
deal with ride-hailing giant Grab to put Indonesian tourism
destinations on its platform. But it’s not just Southeast
Asians Mr. Arief is targeting. For the first time last year, Chinese
tourists outnumbered Australians as the biggest group of
visitors coming to Bali. One in four of Bali’s foreign tourists came from China,
an increase of about 50 percent in two years. You can tell the island is
catering to its new visitors, with an increase in Chinese restaurants
and Chinese-language signs. But this new demographic has also sparked a
debate over something known as zero-dollar tours, which are all-inclusive packages
sold at bargain prices. Bali’s new administration has started to
investigate them, looking into claims that the money made on these tours isn’t
making its way into the local economy. There are also concerns about
the safety of the Chinese visitors. Mr. Arief says he finds
zero-dollar tours troubling because he believes tour operators
aren’t properly licensed. But he welcomes Chinese tourists
themselves with open arms. In terms of size, they’re the largest.
In terms of growth, they’re the largest. In terms of forex receipts, they’re the largest. So,
the Chinese tourists are our preferred customers. If there is some bad news for Chinese tourists I will say
that the bad news is coming from our commentators. Mr. Arief tells me tourism
is on track to surpass oil, gas and coal as the biggest contributor to
Indonesia’s foreign exchange revenues next year. Indonesia is targeting 20 million tourists by
2020, and Bali is likely to receive most of them. With a new airport reportedly in the works
and measures by locals and authorities to deal with its challenges, Bali’s future
as a tourist paradise looks optimistic. Hello from Bali.
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39 thoughts on “Can Bali stay a tourist paradise? | CNBC Reports

  1. Bali is a beautiful place but Asia is full of such cities Thailand India combodia Philippines Malaysia all offers the same or even better hospitality..

  2. China Tourist is the largest group of tourist and also created the largest number of trash per person! I remember reading somewhere that actual money these tourists brings in for the local economy are rather low. Chinese nationals open their own hotels, transports, restaurants, etc to cater them. The locals only earn tiny bit of the share.

  3. such typical false, extreme left reporting; the main reason why it's so busy there, is because it's the closest tropical island to australia; nothing will change that, so … the title is complete bullshit

    this while the main problem on the island is the corruption; the government is stealing all the revenue to maintain their decadent lifestyle, instead of investing it into the infrastructure

  4. The reason tourists love Bali is Hinduism. The rest of Indonesia is predominantly Muslim with Sharia, ban on Alcohol and Dancing.

  5. Indonesia now is building another tourism island spread out the country, such as Bintan, Lake Toba and Mandalika. They also promote remote paradise like Raja Ampat, Wakatobi and Sumba. I hope these places will draw more tourist so Bali will not be remembered as the only good thing from Indonesia.

  6. A lot of the trash from Australia visit Bali and pollute pretty much everything, including their culture. The kangaroos are the worst tourists that any country could have.

  7. Time to visit other parts of Indonesia. There are hundreds of places in Indonesia more beautiful than anything you see in Bali, like Prambanan, Wakatobi, Bromo, Tumpak Sewu, Ijen, Ngurtafur, Toba etc

  8. Welcome to my paradise..! ~ 🏝️
    I'm Indonesian and my favorite place is Bali. Their culture and the people is so amazing. Unlike the Muslim maj. islands and even the Christian maj. islands.

  9. I'm Indonesian and I suggest u not to visit Bali. This is the only major tourist destination in the world that has no public transport. traffic is getting worst day by day. their bullshit government only care about money. If u still come it means u are contributing to its devastation. we must boycotting until their stupid government realize what's really happening.

  10. What the wrong is going on, with the #cnbcinternational channel. I can't understand,Why the integral part of india ie; #Aksaichin is being shown as part of china in background…Why..???

  11. Bali was very clean and developed, while Lombok was very bad!! We can see how unsafe Lombok and the Gilli islands are, because of the earthquake threat.

  12. To those people trying to say it's because Bali is a Hindu island whereas elsewhere is Sharia ridden place, as a Malaysian I must say your knowledge on my love-hate neighbour is limited. Only Acheh is Sharia whereas elsewhere is fun and party all over Indonesia!

  13. Proof of singapore try every angle to attack indonesia on international issue… every tourism country have 2 big thing problem. Garbage and water… not just bali… damn singapore..

  14. No way this place is a disgusting trash dump. Bali belly you will get sick eating there food. DON'T go. They don't have trash service and all there trash go's into the sea.

  15. There are lots of millions of environmental engineers with phds and masters degrees to build large recycling plants to recycle Bali's wastes and can import other countries wastes to recycle and earn monetary gains easily. Recruit them and get billions of USDs from the Indonesian governments to build plants instead of commencing building new capital in the other island of Jakarta, Kalamantan Island. First things first. Give job application ads in Turkey and english knowing citizens to indonesia. Take from Middle East Technical University or Istanbul Technical University enviornmental engineers immediately with their prof. drs part time and masters and phd holders full time to Bali. Best turkish civil engineers are always from Bosphorus University alumnis, always recruit them for international projects. Australia and USA are getting thousands of those Bosphorus engineers with masters and phds to their lands and give them strategically important works and enough money, 20.000 USD per month wages per month each with Cumulative GPAs of 3.50 /4.00 .

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