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Image:  No Badung fireworks this year on Kuta Beach this New Year’s Eve. FLICKR

Things are obviously tough for everyone this year. The Badung District government announced that they will not hold New Year’s Eve celebrations this year, which usually culminated in a large fireworks display on Kuta beach.

The Head of the Badung Tourism Board, I Made Badra, told the press that the cause was budgetary. “I hope we can hold the show again in 2020, with the money being taken from the 2020 Regional Budget,” he told on Saturday.

Even though the government will not hold the New Year’s Eve celebrations this year, they will let the hotels do it themselves. “The point is we will leave it to the Badung industry to do it,” he added.

He also said that the celebration will not be affected even if the fireworks shows are held at several locations and not centralized like usual. (The entire beach area from Canggu to Kuta normally comes to life with fireworks on NYE. Ed)

Badra also believes that tourist visits will still increase at the end of 2019. Because, just like previous years, many tourists will vacation in Bali at the end of the year. Usually almost all destinations around Bali, especially Badung, are certainly bursting at the seams at the end of the year. “We are optimistic the targeted 6 million tourist visits to Bali will be achieved this year,” said Badra.

The Badung government spent around Rp 900 million to hold the New Year’s Eve celebration in front of Citadines Hotel, Kuta, last year. The celebration included 5,000 fireworks during 15 minutes and featured local bands and other entertainment, which captured the imagination of the thousands that attended.


  • Daniela Haskara

    Dear Badung government, Thank you for not spending the money on a firework. WE NEED MORE EXAMPLES LIKE YOU. Our environment needs money for its protection. Fireworks are a big air pollution, the smoke and dirt in the air is a big problem, and the fires in Australia and California already causing a big problem to our planet. I am very very happy to hear your News not to spend the money on the big New Years firworks this year. Write about your message more to bring awareness to this subject, not only from the perspective to save the budget, but from a larger meaning. Bali needs money to protect the nature from pollution – I am in total support of that. Thank you so much. Blessings, Daniela

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