Bali Entry Tax now called “Bali Heritage Fee”
$10 to Fund Bali’s Sustainability – Bali government adamant that $10 Bali “Heritage Fee” will be soon be charged to foreign tourist visitors!!
Bali Entry Tax – NusaBali says Bali Governor Wayan Koster is lobbying hard with the Minister of Transportation to push through with his plans to charge US$10 to all foreign tourists arriving at Bali’s Airport.
The Governor is insisting the planned charge is not a Bali entry tax but a contribution to preserve and protect Bali’s culture and natural environment. Allocations from the resulting fund, that could result in revenues of more than US$60 million annually, will be used, among others projects, to manage the massive TPA Sarbagita Suwung Rubbish Dump in South Denpasar.
The Governor told the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, January 22, 2019: “I can confirm that on January 29, 2019 this matter will be finally decided. The TPA Sarbagita Suwung has been allowed to accumulate over many years, rotting and stinking. I have visited the area and the smell of trash penetrates to surrounding residential areas. Just think of it! How can we responsibly allow this to continue? We are ashamed.”
Koster said the TPA Sarbagita Suwung is strategically located next to the Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai in Suwung and at a main entrance way to Bali for tourists. Through the use of part of the proposed tourist charge, a quick solution can be found to help make Bali clean and green. As a result, what was once a massive garbage dump will be transformed into a recreational park.
“Later it will be compensated with the State Budget (APBN) in the management of the TPA Suwung, Then tourists will be able to pass this roadway without complaining. This is a main strategic roadway,” said the Governor.
The redevelopment of the TPA Suwung is just a small part of the plan to protect Bali’s environment. According to the Governor, the funds collected will be used to protect the natural environment and Bali’s culture.
Bali Entry Tax – The Governor calculates that the 7 million foreign tourists come to Bali each year represent about 40% of all foreign tourists that come to Indonesia as a whole. Bali is the gateway for Indonesian tourism. Bali bears much of the negative burden generated by tourism, including the massive resulting amount of trash. The new tourism or heritage fee, according to the Governor, can be used to repair roads, garbage and waste management, reducing traffic congestion, and creating a green and clean Bali.
In order to obtain national approval for the US$10 tourism fee, Governor Koster will soon meet with the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi.
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