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Balinese Tourism Leader Says Bali Must Act Now or Risk Losing Tourists

(5/18/2013) An article at Beritabali.com, based on an interview with a Balinese hotel manager, carries the dire warning that Bali must work harder to enhance the tourism experience in Bali or risk losing the visitors who feed the island’s main source of income.

Nyoman Astama, with decades of experience in tourism, serves as the general manager of the Bali Niksoma Hotel and is spokesperson for the Kuta Executive Club, said that many tourism stakeholders are powerless to ensure the Island’s tourism is managed on a well-balanced and sustainable basis because  the government takes the lead role in these areas.

Astama, who recently returned from a joint tourism promotional road-show tour of five cities in Australia, said that he met between 100-225 travel agents in each city visited: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth

Complaints and Questions from Australia

Some of the feedback and complaints gathered by Astama and colleagues from Bali hotels, tour companies and attractions visiting Australia included:

Astama told Beritabali.com that because of these many problems, he encountered a variety of questions from the Australians he encountered during his 5-city promotional tour:
Astama said that if all the many questions he received while visiting Australia were written down the list would become endless. This curiosity on the part of Australian visitors, he feels, demonstrates the concern tourist visitors have for Bali, its people and its culture. At the same time, the strong friendships formed between many Australians and Balinese is being threatened by reports of crime and violence that has many visitors worried that Bali has somehow fundamentally changed.

Nyoman Astama said that if the Balinese wish visitors to continue to come to their Island now if the time to take action! Similarly, if the government whishes to achieve its goal of 3 million tourists in 2013, he said those running the Island’s administration must demonstrate concrete and coordinated steps to urgently address the many problems plaguing Bali. Failure to take such steps, Astama feels, threatens to hurt Bali’s reputation as an international tourism destination.

The Balinese hotelier said the many problems put forth by Australian agents need policies and regulations to be put in place by government officials. Given the long list of things to be done, he warned that the jobs ahead must be ranked for completion in terms of urgency and priority.

Solving the Traffic Problem

Astama continued, saying the top priority items that must be urgently addressed do not necessarily require large amounts of money, such as finding solutions to the traffic congestion in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. If Badung administrators do not address traffic congestion in Kuta-Seminyak-Legian soon he is worried that the image of that area will soon fall victim to negative international news coverage

Astama said some of the possible solutions to traffic congestion in the Kuta-Seminyak-Legian corridor include:
Nyoman Astama said he hope the input from people he met in Australia and suggestions he is personally offering will help Kuta area businesses meet the challenges ahead and help reduce traffic congestion.

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