It’s no surprise as to why Bali’s had a sudden influx of tourists from around the world, especially with its breathtaking landscapes, beaches, and cultural tourist spots.
But with the rush of tourism come a myriad of problems, from disrespectful behavior towards local culture and practices to a growing garbage problem.
To address the latter, Governor Wayan Koster has announced that the island is preparing to impose a $10 (about P523) tax on visitors when leaving Bali.
According to Koster, the funds will go to preserving the environment and Balinese culture. He also adds:
“This will give us better fiscal space to support the development of Bali.”
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Next to China, Indonesia is the second-largest contributor to global plastic pollution, specifically due to the use of single-use plastic items.
Tourists produce 3,800 tons of plastic waste on a daily basis, of which only 60% makes it to the island’s landfills.
Tourists who come to this slice of “heaven on earth” have contributed to this problem, which is proving to be overwhelming for Bali as it does not have the proper infrastructure for waste disposal.
The manner in which the tax is to be collected has yet to be finalized though two options were discussed: first, the levy could be added to the cost of flight tickets, or second, it can be collected as either an entry or exit fee.
Either way, the funds will be going to funding better waste disposal services and to preserving Balinese culture.
Asked if Governor Koster was worried if the tax would deter tourists from flying over, he said,
“Tourists will understand… They will be happy to pay it as it will be used to strengthen our environment and culture.”
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