Foreign Tourists Are Invited to Participate in Protecting Bali Through a Voluntary Contribution Scheme

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The beauty of Bali, which is famous throughout the world, is unquestionable. For this reason, the provincial government of Bali invites foreign tourists to take part in protecting Bali through a voluntary contribution scheme.

Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office Tjok Bagus Pemayun said that the policy was contained in Regional Regulation No. 1 of 2020 concerning Tourist Contributions, and Governor Regulation No. 27 in 2020 which was launched in 2022.

This rule is a policy of the Governor of Bali as a form of concern for Bali tourism which carries the tagline ‘cultural tourism’ which is of high quality and dignity.

In this regional regulation, it is stated that the government expects foreign tourists who come and vacation in Bali to participate in protecting Bali’s nature, culture, and environment, in the form of making voluntary contribution.

This was conveyed by the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, when providing information on the tourist contribution program to industry players at the tourism office of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office (Dispar), Friday (3/2/2023).

“The purpose of gathering these tourism industry players is to accelerate the implementation of the tourist contribution program, especially foreign tourists following Regional Regulation No. 1 of 2020 concerning Tourist Contributions, and Governor Regulation No. 27 in 2020,” he stressed.

He added that this policy was carried out considering that as a tourist destination, Bali’s economy only relies on the tourism sector. It does not have natural resources such as oil and gas like other provinces.

On the other hand, the Provincial Government has not received significant revenue from tourism services. Bali’s regional budget is only sourced from motor vehicle taxes.

“This is voluntary, there is no element of coercion. “Tourists donate directly by scanning the We Love Bali application barcode which has been provided at hotels, transport cars, tourist attractions, restaurants, and others throughout Bali, and all they have to do is transfer the amount donated,” he explained.

Later, foreign tourists can contribute in the form of funds through the Love Bali application and QR scans that have been provided at hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations.

Several hotels in Bali have also provided the QR as a means of giving voluntary funds.