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Enough Already!

Badung’s Moves Towards a Hotel Moratorium Sidestepped by Permits for Condotels, Apartments and Villas

(9/16/2012) Bali’s southern regency of Badung is unable to bear the strains on its infrastructure of the rapid tourism development now underway.

Bisnis Bali quotes the Dean of the Tourism Faculty of Bali’s Udayana University, Drs. I Putu Anom, who says that between 2000-2010 Bali, particularly in its southern region of Badung, became overburdened with tourism development.

“Badung was late in enacting a moratorium. Based on the results of our studies, an oversupply in rooms created a rate war that commenced in 2010. Our recommendation is that only home stays in tourism villages (Desa Wisata) be allowed,” said Putu Anom.

He explained that in determining the carrying capacity of Bali tourism it is not sufficient to only look at the number of rooms, but to also consider the demand for water created by each new room. The tourism academic also accused officials of only looking at the growing number of tourists in issuing permits for new accommodation without considering the quality of those tourists, which has been in the decline.

Putu Anom said the calculation of carrying capacity must first considered the needs of the endemic population for land and water.

Any moratorium issued by the government for new hotels is being sabotaged and sidestepped through the issuance of permits for non-starred hotels, condotels and villas.