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The reason Bali is introducing a new tourist tax

Authorities confident levy won’t deter travellers

Bali is preparing to impose a US$10 (AU$14) tax on tourists to help combat rising rubbish levels and preserve the Balinese culture. 



According to The Jakarta Post, beaches and waters around the popular province are battling growing plastic waste, with the Bali Environment Agency reporting that only 60% of the 3,800 tones of trash that is produced every day ends up in landfill. 


Bali Governor Wayan Koster said the new bylaw would “give us better fiscal space to support the development of Bali”. 


“Tourists will understand [the regulation]. They will be happy to pay it as it will be used to strengthen our environment and culture,” he said, optimistic that the tax wouldn’t deter potential visitors to the Indonesian island. 


Local leaders seem to be largely in agreement that the tax would be a good idea. 


"Actually, it has been discussed in Bali for a long time. If it could be implemented now, that would be really good," Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies Bali chapter chairman Ketut Ardana said.


Bali has recently outlawed single-use plastics like shopping bags and straws, and the ban is expected to result in 70% less plastic found in the island’s waters within a year, the Post reported. 


It has yet to be decided how the tax will be collected.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 23 January 2019

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