Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · When Tourists are Viewed as Commodities
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:
++62 361 286 283

Fax:
++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)
1-800-506-8633

U.K. Fax:
++44-20-7000-1235

Australian Fax:
++61-2-94750419

24h:
++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

When Tourists are Viewed as Commodities

Bali Conference and Meeting Leader Brands Plans for US$10 Heritage Protection Fee as Irrelevant


Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Heritage Protection Fee, Tutik Kusuma Wardhani, Lolec, Ida Bagus Surakusuma, INCCA
Click Image to Enlarge

(11/24/2013)

The chairman of the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Congress and Convention Association (INCCA), Ida Bagus “Lolec” Surakusuma, has spoken out against Bali’s plans to charge foreign tourists a US$10 Heritage Protection Fee beginning in 2013.

Lolec told Bisnis Bali that tourists visiting Bali could be broken down into three categories: leisure travelers, meeting and conference participants (MICE), and cruise passengers.

The well-known veteran in the Bali travel industry warned that the government of Bali would encounter many obstacles and complaints in its plans to levy the US$10 fee.

Lolec foresees that MICE operators will be required to add US$10 per person to every delegate coming to a meeting or conference in Bali. Saying this charge will shock the market and make conference bids non-competitive, he sees a risk that business will divert to other destinations, such as Singapore.

Also presenting challenges is the cruise sector, according to Lolec. When an 1,000 passengers cruise ships calls on Bali, but only 300 go on Bali land programs, will the US$10 charge be applied to all passengers – even those who do not disembark the ship?

Delving further into the topic, Lolec asks whether domestic tourists by both air and via the overland route would also be charge the US$10 heritage protection fee? How would plans to divert US$5 from the US$10 fee to provide accident and health insurance in Bali work with domestic visitors? Meanwhile, most tourists coming to Bali have already arranged insurance coverage before they travel. Branding the US$10 fee as “irrelevant,” he sees the fee as a further unnecessary complication in addition to the already high hotel and restaurant tax (10%) and visa-on-arrival fees.

“Tourists need to be facilitated, not the reverse of encountering difficulties by adding another US$10 fee,” said Lolec.

Lolec warns that the heritage protection fee has the potential to “boomerang.” He says Indonesian travelers would complain if charged a similar US$10 fee every time they visited Singapore, he called on the government to stop viewing tourists as “commodities.”

Ida Bagus Surakusuma said the government needs to consult with tourism stakeholders before introducing the proposed US$10 heritage fee. He said practitioners in the tourism industry have a much more sophisticated understanding how tourism actually operates than that held by lawmakers.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Commission II of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) Tutik Kusuma Wardhani declared that the US$10 heritage protection fee was still under discussion and that the opinion of stakeholders would be sought before any change is made in policy.


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.

       

 
 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Bike, Run and Swim in Bali
Herbalife Bali International Triathlon – a Race for the Soul on Sunday, October 25, 2015
(3/29/2015)
Meet in Bali
9th Edition of the Bali Meeting Guide to be Published in September 2015
(3/29/2015)
Fragrant Wine for the Fragrant Harbor
Hatten Wines’ Pino de Bali Fortified Wines Served at the Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong
(3/29/2015)
Admission Tickets on the Increase
Admission Charges to Increase at South Bali Public Tourist Attraction on January 1, 2016
(3/29/2015)
When People Leave their Manners at Home
Editorial: Confusion, Conflicting Rules and Bad Manners Surround Plans to Limit Beer Sales Commencing April 16, 2015
(3/29/2015)
Conrad Living Lobby Art Exhibition
The World of Indonesian Puppetry in an Exhibition by I Ketut Sudiana in the Lobby of The Conrad Bali Resort and Spa April 3- June 30, 2015
(3/29/2015)
Going with the Grain
Klungkung Regency in Bali to Develop Sea Salt Production as a Tourist Attraction
(3/29/2015)
Fruit from the Tree of Good and Evil
Falling Durian Kills Second Man in Bali in a Single Season
(3/29/2015)
Safety Ranking for Indonesian Airlines
Transportation Ministry to Give Safety Ranking to Indonesian Airlines and Enforce Minimum Air Fleet Size of 10 Planes
(3/29/2015)
We Only Have Eye for You!
Immigration Introducing New Electronic Tracking Systems to Keep Track of Foreign Visitors
(3/29/2015)
Indonesia’s Waterloo?
Tourist Minister Says Dirty Public Toilets Make Indonesian Non-Competitive in Attracting Visitors
(3/29/2015)
Missing at Sea
Domestic Tourist Drowns at Tanah Lot
(3/29/2015)
All [News]!