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Kintamani Tourism in Danger of Being Left Behind

Bangli Regent Calls for Community Action to Restore the Tattered Image of Kintamaniís Volcanic Destination

(1/22/2012) The Bali Post reports that a number of factors, ranging from aggressive street vendors to territorial disputes between competing tour guides, are having a deleterious effect on tourism at the volcano-rimmed community of Kintamani, with tourist numbers declining from year to year.

The regent of Bangli, Made Gianyar, has expressed his grave concerns on how best to restore tourism in Kintamani. Admitting that Kintamani as a tourism destination in Bali is in decline, the Regent fears Kintamani is under threat of “being left hind” in Bali’s growing tourism industry.

Made Gianyar says a degree of serious-mindedness is needed from all members of the community to restore the glory of Kintamani. His office is attempting to impose order and rules at Kintamani, an effort that will not succeed unless supported by the public.

Attention, he says, is needed on small items such as the way small souvenir sellers operate, the behavior of local guides and physical repairs of tourism objects. If the people of Kintamani will work to repair the image of their area, he believes that the hilltop community that provides unequalled views of a still-active volcano can be restored to its former glory.