Bali emptied and turned into a ghost island

(ORDO NEWS) — The popular Indonesian island of Bali is empty without tourists – only 43 foreign travelers visited the island in the first nine months of 2021, up from 6.3 million in the same period in 2019. Writes about this Daily Mail.

For example, the villages and towns of the island, which were once under the weight of an excessive tourist load, have turned into ghost towns – local entrepreneurs are struggling to “stay afloat” as the flow of foreign travelers has not been able to recover in recent years.

It is noted that over the past decade, Bali has become one of the most popular travel destinations in the world among Australians, Europeans, people of North and South America and people from other Asian countries. From 2000 to 2019, the number of incoming foreign tourists quadrupled and exceeded the local population (about four million people).

Entrepreneurs began to actively develop the hotel and restaurant business, relying on a large flow of travelers – about 50 percent of Bali’s economy depends on tourism. However, in early 2020, the picture changed dramatically – due to the pandemic and strict entry rules, the number of tourists fell sharply.

Bali Governor Wayan Koster called for making the island less dependent on tourism. “Tourism development has been misdirected and has not benefited other sectors of the economy,” he said.

Earlier in November, it was reported that Indonesian authorities had eased antique restrictions for vaccinated foreign travelers. According to the innovations, upon arrival in the country, vaccinated tourists are required to undergo a three-day mandatory quarantine (previously, the isolation period was five days).

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