This isn't the first time Bali has been under pressure to halt hotel growth, but advocates are still waiting for the country to follow through. Back in 2011, the governor of Bali issued a moratorium for new hotel projects in Southern Bali, but it was never enforced or followed by the individual local governments that issue the hotel building permits. Hotels growth has continued to rise, case and point being the three big hotels opening this year that we highlighted in our 2014 master list of Hotel openings.
Will this attempt be successful? We will certainly keep an eye on things. It is very clear that there is a difference of opinion when it comes to a number of tourism issues, including whether or not less is more when it comes to the effects of construction on the long-term well-being of islands.
[Photos: Viceroy Bali]