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Bali Tourism Board Calls for More Attention to Tourist Sites

BTB: Less Attention Should be Paid on Investments on Hotels and Villas and More Care Given to Upgrading Tourism Sites in Bali.

(6/9/2008) BisnisBali says that the Bali Tourism Board (BTB) has told all the regencies in Bali to upgrade their tourism sites and place less emphasis on drives to seek new tourism investments. The Chairman of the BTB Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya said, "What's most pressing is the repair of tourism sites not the building of villas and hotels."

Wijaya said now is the time to undertake repairs on tourism sites, both in their physical infrastructure but also in the way in which they are managed. He also said that Bali's steadily increasing arrival number should act as an incentive for all involved to present the very best of Bali to its visitors.

BTB statistics show that in 2007 some 4.7 million tourist visitors came to Bali, composed of 3 million domestic visitors and 1.7 million foreign visitors. Wijaya feels confident that by reinvesting in Bali's tourism sites the number of visitors can be increased to 5 million in the current year. "The repair of tourism sites must become a priority," Wijaya warned.

Responding to an ongoing initiative by the Regent of Klungkung to invite investors to his region, Wijaya said that such an effort does not represent a problem. At the same time the BTB chief said he hoped Klunkung would focus its efforts of repairing on its popular tourism sites - such as Kertagosa, Kamasan and Nusa Penida.