Bali, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, is considering implementing a tourism tax to raise funds for conservation projects. The tax is aimed at ensuring visitors have a positive impact on the local environment, particularly on the island’s mangrove and coral reef restoration works.
Bali Tourist Tax!
The move comes as the Indonesian government steps up law enforcement against foreigners who misuse their visas to work onshore, break traffic rules, and violate religious sites.
It is worth noting that last month, Bali announced the possibility of banning tourists from using two-wheelers to travel around the island due to rising cases of unruly tourists breaking traffic rules.
The island has also deported several tourists recently on account of visa misuse and violation of traffic rules and religious sites.
Bali’s Natural Beauty and Tourist Attractions
Bali is well-known for its natural beauty, which includes rice terraces, volcanoes, pristine beaches, and forests. Every year, a large number of tourists visit the island to experience its unique and colourful cultures and traditions, as well as several adventure holiday options.
However, due to an increase in misdemeanours, the island may soon implement a tourist tax to help fund conservation projects.
Positive Impact on the Local Environment
Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno stated that the proposed tax would raise funds for conservation projects, including mangrove and coral reef replanting, to ensure visitors have a positive impact on the local environment.
The government is looking to Thailand’s example as a guide, said Nia Niscaya, a deputy for strategic policy at the ministry. The timing and magnitude of the tax are still under discussion.