Bali Considering Charging Tourists $10 To Visit

By Sharelle Burt


A tourist dream vacation has to involve traveling to the blissful beaches of Bali to explore all its glorious wonders. Since going to Indonesia is said to be inexpensive, tourism has grown tremendously. This is causing a little bit of a problem.

The islands are becoming a little overcrowded with guests, and those guests don’t have proper manners. They leave behind trash that gets washed up on the shores. Well, the Bali government has found a way to fix that. Balinese regional government drafted a new law implementing a $10 tax on foreign tourists to be charged when they leave the country. “Tourists come to enjoy our environment and culture. Why not contribute to preserving it?” head of Bali’s provincial parliament I Nyoman Adi Wiryatama said.

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The decision was a team effort between government officials and research done by Udayana University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism.  According to data released by the local government, the country’s most popular island had over 5 million international visitors in 2017. Udayana’s students talked to international visitors on whether they’d be willing to give money toward the preservation of the island. Surprisingly, 60 percent of them said yes. “Tourists will understand the regulation,” Bali governor Wayan Koster said. “They will be happy to pay it as it will be used to strengthen our environment and culture.”

New projections say that Bali might see over 18 million visitors in 2020, more than four times its population. Foreign tourists, not domestic visitors will only pay the tax, but there are some other details still be talked through, like how the taxes will be collected and when it will be put in place.

Bali isn’t the only part of the Asian region taking control of their tourism. Japan just put a tax in place for foreign travelers. Called a ‘sayonara’ tax, the fee is about $9 and goes toward maintaining tourist infrastructure. The tax went into effect this month and is enforced for visitors leaving by air or sea. Last year, the price went up for visitors sightseeing in India. Ticket prices increased at the Taj Mahal and the number of time visitors can spend at the site went down as a form of “flood control” to manage the popular destination.

Travelers visiting Venice for a day trip by cruise ship will be charged an $11 fee to help with the loss of hotel revenue.

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