Pastika emphasizes hotel construction moratorium

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said Monday that he would emphasize to local administrations in southern Bali the need to stop issuing permits for new hotel construction. “I’ve always expected that new hotel construction in the south would be stopped and distributed to the north, east and west,” he said after a meeting with the Bali legislative council. He blamed the regents of Badung and Gianyar, and the mayor of Denpasar, who kept on issuing the permits.

“I have prepared a letter to emphasize the issue to them. We want the issuance of permits to be stopped,” he said. The rapid growth of budget hotels, villas and non-starred accommodation has transformed Bali into a holiday paradise for budget travelers. Many new hotels and villas are opening in Kuta, Sanur, Denpasar and Nusa Dua, despite the island’s oversupply of hotel rooms. Bali has now more than 90,000 rooms, most of which are located in the south.

Pastika said the overpopulation of hotels in the area would result in a price war, which would later affect the quality of services. “This can taint Bali’s tourism image as a whole,” he said. Pastika has also said that he will speak with the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) in relation to the implementation of the moratorium. “I have suggested the board not issue new permits, especially for star-rated hotels in Denpasar, Badung and Gianyar,” Pastika said.

“If there are investors, they’d better be guided to the north, east or central Bali,” he said. Pastika was certain that BKPM had referred investors to other areas. He said, however, the permits could also be issued by the regencies due to their special autonomy powers. The Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI) Bali chapter has expressed its concern over the issue, and urged local governments to implement the moratorium, which was issued in early 2011.

The policy was badly needed as the overdevelopment of Bali was being questioned by many tourists visiting the island, it said. The association hoped that the policy could be seriously implemented in 2014, in an attempt to keep Bali attractive to international tourists. “Many tourists complain about the current condition of Bali. Too many buildings make them feel uncomfortable as it is too crowded. Buildings are everywhere and it is hard to find green spaces,” GIPI Bali chairman, Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, said recently.

source : bali daily

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