It was just last month (March) that Bali announced the possibility of banning tourists from using two-wheelers to travel around the Indonesian island due to rising cases of unruly tourists breaking several traffic rules.
Now the island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia, is considering a tourism tax for visitors. As per reports, Bali had to deport a number of tourists recently on account of misuse of their work visa, breaking of traffic rules and violating religious sites in the island.
A majority of the tourists visit Bali mainly to experience the island’s natural beauty – rice terraces, volcanic mountains, pristine beaches and forest. Along with the natural beauty, the island’s unique and colourful cultures and traditions, and several adventure holiday options attract a huge number of tourists every year.
It’s no secret that Bali is one of the best budget destinations in the world, but due to an increase in the number of cases of misdemeanour, the island may add tourist tax very soon.
As per reports, the Bali administration is planning to impose a tourism tax on visitors to the island. The collected tax would be used towards various conservation works on the island, most importantly the mangrove and coral reef restoration works.
The proposed tourism tax could range from $10 to $20, depending on the length of stay on the island. It is believed that the added tax would deter unruly tourists from breaking local rules and regulations and contribute to the island’s environment.
Bali’s possible imposition of the tourism tax on visitors is a step towards tackling the rising cases of unruly tourists on the island. The collected tax could help fund various environmental conservation programs and promote sustainable tourism. However, the imposition of the tourism tax could also make Bali a more expensive destination for budget-conscious travelers.
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