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Image: Bali Tourism under siege again. Credit: Seminyak Times  

Last week, a US website, Fodor’s Travel, published their No List 2020 for tourism destinations that should be avoided in 2020, which has been well quoted in the international press this week, and Bali has found itself on.

In response, the government released a statement about the list and Radar Bali caught up with the Head of Denpasar Tourism Board, MA Dezire Mulyani to discuss the matter.

“Yes of course, we are concerned with the news, but we are still confident because Bali is still the number 1 tourism destination in the world. We have faced similar issues in the past,” Dezire Mulyani, told on Tuesday.

The No List 2020 stated, “Bali, Indonesia’s most-visited island, has suffered the effects of over-tourism in the last few years to the point that the government is weighing a tourist tax to help combat some of the more sinister effects on the environment; water scarcity and the amount of plastic on beaches and in waterways are some of the issues.”

Dezire said that Denpasar mayor and Bali governor had both issued regulations about the limitation of single use plastic to reduce the amount of plastic trash in Bali. “The regulations showed our leaders’ commitment to the environment and attention to tourism development for the future. The government is also working hard to find a solution about clean water scarcity,” she added.

Dezire also highlighted several occasions that foreign tourists’ bad behavior went viral when they didn’t respect the sacredness of Balinese temples. “The behavior of the tourists when they enter a sacred area should also monitored by the temple keepers or guards. They should accompany every tourist who entered the sacred area,” she explained.

When she was asked about the effect of this information posted in an American magazine, she answered, “There are many potential markets besides the US that can be developed. Tourism businessmen are still attracted with the domestic market, too,”

When she was asked about the possibility of decreasing US tourist visitors, she said, “We are concerned with it. We will discuss this issue more with the Bali provincial government and tourism stakeholders.”

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  • Wayan

    There we go.. it was to be seen and warned for years ago. Since years no new roads are build and there is virtually no public transport, only a corrupt taxi system Why is there in the south no public water system. There is hardly police surveillance. And we go on this way. The authorities are sickly corrupt. Big environment problems are ahead. But they only wait for the money if all the permissions they deal in.

  • Peter Pan

    I think that the Americans should stay where they are. And Bali should finally wake up and clear its mass. Not to attract tourists but to survive

  • Danielle Saunders

    Will never return to Bali. I want no more part in the ecocide that has and is taking place there. Nusa Lembongan is basically completely trashed. An open landfill site. And still development goes on unchecked and unregulated.

  • Ellen Foster-Taylor

    Ludicrous traffic. Bali has no infrastructure to cope. Unrestricted development, garbage everywhere, no one has mentioned the electricity cable drams. Filthy environment and beaches, the continuous burning of everything. Sewage treatment doesn’t even seem to be heard of. Water? What water. Bali you’d better sit up and take notice.

  • ronald carter

    I have visited Bali numerous times I find it one of the few places in the world one can really relax. I enjoy buying goods from the many stalls and having a to barter with the owner. Some of these guys have become my friends. I get them to change my OZ dollars into Rupiah they always give me a good deal. If I want a taxi I go to stall owner he’ll get the taxi for you. And will take me where I want to go at a fair price. When I go back to I renew my acquaintances with the people I’ve met previously. I would advise my fellow tourist get to know the Balinese People they are the kindest most respectful people you will ever meet. Forget about a few plastic bags floating in the water. Look at the big picture which is wonderful Bali.

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