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Missing at Sea

Tanjung Benoa Water Sports Operators Say Business is Down 30%

(6/29/2012) Bisnis Bali reports that while foreign tourist visitors to Bali continue to grow, visitors to water sports operators at Tanjung Benoa in South Bali have recently dropped by 30%.

Wayan Dharma, a water sports operator in Tanjung Benoa, said, “We don’t know exactly why (the drop in customers) has happened, it may be the result of tourist visitors shifting to different tourism objects.”

Dharma acknowledged that there is a continuing decline in foreign tourists visiting water sports operations at Tanjung Benoa. Adding: “Lots of people visit, but the number who participate in the sports is small. There is a decline of around 30%, especially for foreign visitors.”

The waters sports businessman, who also serves as a director of the Association of Water Sports Operators (Gahawisri), denied any connection between the decline in visitors and a number of accidents involving water sports activities at Tanjung Benoa. He insists that safety standards are now high among Tanjung Benoa operators, claiming that accidents of late have become rare occurrences.

Dharma also suggested another factor causing the delcine in business may be that domestic tourism to Bali has flattened, with little growth in that market sector.

To counteract the decline Gahawisri plans to begin promoting their water sports activities abroad and is scheduling a promotional trip later this year to Hong Kong involving 20 watersports operators.