Sun, 09 Jan 2011
Bali's Governor Must Seek Regional Agreement to Call a Halt to New Hotel Development.

Jakarta Globe reports that Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika may heed growing calls to institute a moratorium on new hotel development in the southern regions of the island.

The proposed halt to new hotel development in Denpasar, Bandung and Gianyar regions would, it is argued, cause a more equitable distribution new projects by forcing new properties to locate in the eastern, western and northern regions of Bali.

Responding to a survey conducted by the Indonesian Ministry and Culture and Tourism saying Bali has sufficient rooms to meet demand through 2015, Pastika said any moratorium must first be discussed with the island's bupatis or regents who have the final authority to issue building permits.

The chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, suggests that a regulatory approach to encouraging hotel investment in other areas of Bali may not be enough. "To bring tourists to another part of Bali, the government also needs to build and improve the infrastructure, especially the access road," said Wijaya. The BTB chairman admitted that the major role tourism plays in local tax revenues will make it difficult to persuade regional government to forgo new projects in favor of a more equitable sharing the investment pie with neighboring regions.

The spokesman for the Bali provincial government, Ketut Teneng, has called on the tourism industry to undertake additional studies that will support calls for the proposed moratorium.

The recent study by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism counted 55,000 hotels as currently available in Bali, a number estimated to exceed by 9,800 the total of number rooms needed to meet existing demand. I Gede Pitana Brahmananda, who heads the Ministry's Resources Unit and is the former chief of the Bali Tourism office, warned that Bali is suffering from over development. Said Pitana, "the governor needs to issue the regulation as soon as possible because if they do not issue it, they cannot stop investors from building hotels in Bali."


Mon, 10 Jan 2011
From: JakChat
Comment by Om Pong
55,000 hotels on an island that size? Jesus. Bali's gonna sink soon. The irony being that every other tourist destination in the country is virtually deserted. I've seen kuku paddling his canoe around one of them...


Mon, 10 Jan 2011
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
it's a rather broad definition of "hotel". Most are private villas that may be rented to 3rd parties from time to time. the govt and 5* hotels in bali get all rather hot and flustered about villas.


Mon, 10 Jan 2011
From: JakChat
Comment by Om Pong
Well yeah I guessed many would be villas, but don't you get the impression that Bali is fast approaching saturation point?


Mon, 10 Jan 2011
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
it's completely out of control. infrastructure is splitting at the seams. regency and provincial govts are run by complete utter morons still coming to terms with the 19th century. and absolute minimal planning.

if the people/govt of bali could figure out where they wanted to go with all this, then perhaps some logical policy and planning could be put in place. but they only think in terms of the next few days, never the next few decades.


Mon, 10 Jan 2011
From: JakChat
Comment by Om Pong
...just like everyone else here then. The glorious socialist 5 minute plan.



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