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Once Again, Bali Under Pressure to Put a Hold on New Hotel Growth

Where: Bali, Indonesia
January 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | ()

The question we've been asking about the Caribbean -- whether or not the addition of hotels to an island is a good thing or a bad thing for tourism -- is quietly being answered in Bali.

“Many tourists complain about the current condition of Bali. Too many buildings make them feel uncomfortable as it is too crowded. Buildings are everywhere and it is hard to find green areas,” Indonesian Tourism's Bali chairman Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya told Bali Daily last week.

As we speak, the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali chapter is asking local governments to implement and invoice a moratorium on hotels. Bali currently has over 90,000 rooms and is facing both issues of space and demand.

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]

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