The State News Agency Antara quotes a ranking provincial leader as calling for Bali to shift its focus from the quantity of tourist visitors to the quality of those holidaymakers. The call comes as the Island’s infrastructure is showing increasing signs of fatigue and strain as it copes with a record number of tourists, both domestic and international.
The 2nd Assistant Secretary for the Province of Bali, Ketut Wija, speaking at a planning meeting on economic development held in Lombok, said, “We no longer will prioritize the quantity of tourist arrivals, but will now place the emphasis on quality of those visitors.”
Wija explained to the meeting how Bali with 5,632 square kilometers of land mass contains only 0.20% of all Indonesian national territory, a small sliver of land which he estimated is occupied by around million residents and between 5-6 million visitors during the course of a single year.
Authorities estimate that Bali is also suffering an influx of migrants from other areas of Indonesia estimated to add 400,000 new residents each year.
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