Equitable approach to tourism development

The Antara state news agency quote it Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, reminding Bali’s leaders that tourism development should be spread over a wider geographical basis and not be allowed to accumulate in limited areas.

Sandiaga Uno, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia

Ensuring a more equitable distribution of tourism development will prevent adverse conditions in Sandiaga “overtourism” in Bali. “Overtourism” is a condition in which certain limited areas receive more tourists than they can reasonably handle and lead to other problems including traffic jams, increased crime and public disorder.

To avoid “overtourism” and the resulting adverse effects, the Sandiaga Ministerial team is cooperating with the Bali Provincial Government to improve the tourism potential of West, East and North Bali to attract tourists away from popular tourist destinations in the south of the island. Sandiaga said on Saturday July 02, 2022: “I have exchanged data with the Bali Province Tourism Officer and the Deputy Governor of Bali on how to distribute the products of the (tourism) development so that everything does not not accumulate. in the south of Bali. If this is not done, Bali will revert to the pre-pandemic situation of overcrowding and “overtourism”.

According to data compiled by the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPI), the number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia including Bali increased by 500% in April 2022 compared to April 2021. Meanwhile, an average of 15,000 domestic tourists and 7,000 foreign tourists visit Bali daily in Bali.

The Minister of Tourism is worried about the revival of tourism in Bali, characterized by congested roads. “Many roads are blocked. We have to promote a travel plan,” Sandiaga told the head of the Bali Tourism Department Tjok Bagus Pemayun.

Accordingly, the Minister of Tourism plans to travel the island far and wide to help develop tourist attractions in East, West and North Bali. “Next week we are going to West Bali. Then, every week after that, we’ll circle the island west, north and east as southern Bali begins to suffer from ‘overtourism’. We want to create tourism events and activities in these other areas,” Sandiaga said.

Sandiaga also said the plans aim to persuade foreign visitors to undertake quality sustainable tourism activities. “So let’s not just look at the numbers, but also the quality and how to make sure they have a positive effect on the local community,” Sandiaga said.

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