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Bali, Quo Vadis?

gede-palgunadiIn the middle of the 1990s, a few lovers and observers on the issues of Bali were ‘in confusion.’ To be sure, the booming tourists occurred since the 1980s has led to a series of new problems. On the one hand, it vaguely increases the regionally generated revenue of Bali. Meanwhile, on the other hand, it subsequently leads to scary effects to date such as the increasing consumption of land. As a result, it causes a change in the composition of land designation, rapid population migration, increase in vehicle volume, increase in infrastructure and abundant construction of tourism facilities.

There was a kind of fear at that time. Two big questions then emerge. Firstly, does the development of Bali put emphasis on the quality or quantity? Unfortunately, the government does not explicitly answer the question because the pace of development and the permits on the addition of tourist facilities increasingly escalate, especially in the area of (Southern) Badung, Denpasar and Gianyar. While on the other hand, a handful of observers and tourism businesspeople assume that Bali should have concerned with the quality. Let the tourist arrivals be low but their expenditure reaches a large amount. Moreover, the quality tourists give a high appreciation to the culture, nature and the environment.

Then, what happens? The pro-quality tourism seems to have been run over by the swift wheels of the development. Bali is progressively flooded by a myriad of tourists. On the other hand, the environmental destruction increasingly makes us sad. Fertile land diminishes and clean water supply begins to run low. Whose faults are they? The government serving as a regulator is never willing to be blamed. It always has an argument used to support each policy. Well, another problem arises again, namely the Benoa Bay reclamation containing ‘grandiose’ planning. Where will Bali be actually brought to? Bali, Quo Vadis?
Actually, the government and other relevant lineups can control this. The government has the authority and Bali has local wisdom that can be used to be a reference. However, the government is then powerless when facing the investors and central government. Rather than going to protect Bali, Bali itself has lost its true face. Do not really blame on the investors or the outsiders, the government and Balinese society should want to learn from the past experience. This public policy is necessary, not the growth, but distribution.

On that account, if this problem can be understood and all parties have a commitment and integrity to build Bali, what does it perform reclamation for? What does it build an airport in the other part of Bali for? If all parties are united in a commitment, so the quality tourism is one of the right answers. To realize this is very difficult but it is actually the fundamental solution. So, if the current condition is like this, Quo Vadis, Bali?


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