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Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali?
Published on 13 December 2009 00:50
According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.
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hvermeulen
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It is a good idea to promote Bali for quality tourism. I am myself a culture and nature tourist. But I stay away from Bali.
I got disappointed by the greed of the Balinese. Tourists, even if they are serious tourists, are charged higher prices than the locals. Something that never happened to me in other places of Indonesia. And, of course, I do not like mass-tourism.
But there is something to sy or mass-tourism.: It gives people a job. So try to find a balance.



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Something that never happened to me in other places of Indonesia.
I think you meant to say that you never felt like you were charged a higher price like they do in Bali, because it is common practice in Indonesia (and all other countries in the world). Emoticon: Wink


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No Yerun: I did not "feel" I was charged a higher price. I noticed. I am not the usual tourist: I know what is happening in the world, so I check with the locals and I LOOK what they pay and do the same thing. This was impossible in Bali, you got a fight!



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In that case: rest assured that it also happens elsewhere in Indonesia. I am no tourist in Indonesia anymore, I live here, so I see it happening every single day. But indeed, it's much less if you know how to handle and if you try to do that in Bali, they will threaten you. That's why I stay with Javanese friends or a hotel owned by a Chinese when I am on Bali. No discussions needed about the price and other things when I am on holiday..


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If 'Indonesian "elder statesman", Prof. Dr. Emil Salim' wishes for better quality tourism in Bali maybe he can be motivated to agitate for better quality infrastructure.

1. Inbound immigration is a disgrace - even compared to Jakarta and other points of entry from international destinations - with overlong queues, surly immigration and sleazy customs officials.

2. Taxi mafia at the airport with Indonesia's most outrageous taxi fares!

3. Complete lack of coordinated public transport in tourist areas. Thank god Blue Bird taxis are available so it is easy to get around safely and cheaply.

4. Dogs with rabies. When are Balinese public health officials going to get off their collective a$$e$ and do something about the problem?

5. 5* star hotels franchisee owned by Bakrie group and other local carpetbaggers. The people who know the inside story of Bali's tourism development would rather be buried alive than patronise some of these places. Emoticon: Stupid

What is lovely about Bali is the beautiful countryside outside built-up areas, international food for people like Yerun (Jeroen) and myself who otherwise spend their time in Yogya despairing about where their next wholewheat bread and Brie come from, and last and not least freedom from the oppressive hand of so-called religious propriety... Emoticon: I love it




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