In 2019, Bali targets to attract 40% of Indonesia’s total foreign tourist arrival, estimates nearly 8 million. However, Bali needs central support from government to reach this ambitious goal.
According to official figure, during the period from January to July 2018, there were more than 3,5 million foreign tourists come to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, 7,32% more than same period in 2017. The most tourists in Bali was come from China, Australia and India.
Bali is a tropical island in Indonesia, and famous for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Apart from religious sites such as Cliffside Uluwatu Temple, people choose Bali to enjoy yoga and meditation retreats. The trip to this island can be fully filled with culture, nature, art and the spiritual.
In April, a report in Gapura Bali said that the remarkable inequality of development and distribution of funds and investments is one of most pressing issues in Bali. An official from Bali Tourism Office emphasized this again when recently told Nusa Bali that when we talked about how to access to southern Bali and northern Bali, but the development of access to west and east Bali is equally important. This focus on the south made large parts of Bali still untouched.
He said that these expectation of more equal infrastructural improvements had already been submitted to the Presidential Advisory Council sometimes ago when they had a trip to Bali to assess the need.
He believed that improvement of infrastructure in this area is one of the things that government should pay focus and give orientation.
In fact, the current infrastructural state in Bali – far from expectation – proved this, and if the authorities do not take action seriously, goals for tourism arrival will surely negatively impacted.
It is said that 8 million foreign visitors is the minimum target and Bali needs to improve to get more. One of suggested method to address this is by promotional visits to a number of countries including Russia, India, Hungary, Spain and Austria.