Bali to introduce tourist tax to preserve island’s culture and environment

 Wednesday, January 23, 2019 

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After Japan and Venice, Bali is the next destination to introduce tourist tax. The tourists will have to pay a new $10 (£7.76) levy, which will go towards preserving the island.

 

The lawmakers of Bali island have decided on this new fee as they consider it will help pay for environmental projects and cultural preservation.

 

Bali governor Wayan Koster said that the tourist tax would fund programmes on environment preservation and Balinese culture.

 

In spite of attracting millions of tourists every year- 1.5m Aussies visited Indonesia in 2017 – the waters around the Bali Island are extremely polluted. Here the tourism makes up around 80 per cent of Bali’s economy. There are around 360,000 Brits visit Indonesia each year, according to the FCO, a number which could increase with the recent introduction of direct flights to Bali from Heathrow.

 

The inundation later on was cleared from those particular spots. The island ever since has banned single use plastic. In March 2017, Indonesia promised up to $1 billion annual reduction of plastic and other waste products polluting its waters.

 

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