Bali could be one of many world’s most coveted locations, nevertheless it stays to be seen how a lot of that recognition and status have really benefited the islanders, as highlighted by Governor Wayan Koster this week.
“All this time tourism has not likely straight benefited the folks of Bali, it has solely been loved by buyers from exterior,” Koster stated yesterday.
Koster stated the COVID-19 pandemic has been a possibility for the island to replicate, to determine the errors that have been made in creating Bali.
“I’ve continued to guage. However the largest mistake in Bali is our dependence on tourism,” Koster added.
The governor stated that his administration is engaged on a brand new financial idea that focuses on benefiting from native sources, thus creating pockets of alternatives that don’t solely depend on tourism. This idea, Koster stated, will cowl sectors reminiscent of agriculture, fisheries, and cultural crafts, with tourism growth being positioned final.
“Prior to now tourism was all the time on the forefront, now we’re placing it on the again. So tourism turns into a profit. That’s why we’re organizing now, so we will return to the potential of our native sources right here in Bali,” Koster stated.
In 2020, Bali financial system shrank by 9.31 %, after the COVID-19 pandemic introduced the province to a shuddering halt. Based on official statistics, tourism contributes between 54 % and 58 % to its financial system.