Reflect Carefully Before Hiking Tourism Tax

Sandiaga Uno, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, has reacted to a proposal from the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) to increase the current US$10 foreign tourist tax five-fold to US$50.

As reported by, Minister Uno is urging that any plans to increase the tax charged to foreign tourists in Bali must first undergo a detailed, systematic analysis.

The Minister would like to review and study Indonesia’s current and past steps to preserve and protect national culture and the environment. Once this review is done, the government can fully consider the need and suitability of increasing the tourism tax.

“In my opinion, and I have also already spoken with colleagues at the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Before we increase the costs, it would be better for us to carry out a detailed study on what has been done to purify culture or preserve culture and also protect the environment, such as handling waste and so on,” explained Sandi in South Jakarta, on Friday, 21 June 2024.

Minister Uno reiterates the need for a comprehensive study before any decision to increase the tax cost is made. He stresses the importance of understanding the impact on culture preservation and environmental protection, such as waste management, before proceeding with the tax increase.

Minister Uno is resolute in his ambition to position Indonesia among the top 20 global tourism destinations. He expresses his hope that any plan to increase the foreign tourist tax will not compromise the quality and diversity of tourists visiting Indonesia.

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