Bali Wants a Share of the VOA


airportlIt was interesting to read in the Bali Discovery newsletter this week an article about how the Bali Government is demanding a share of the VOA generated every day from incoming tourists.

I was wondering when the Bali Government would stand-up to the big boys in Jakarta and ask for their fare share. As the article explains: In defending Bali’s claim to a share of visa revenues, the governor pointed to the island’s dependence on tourism and its lack of exploitable natural resources, such as other parts of Indonesia.

A point well made. Bali has and always will be a tourist island. In demanding a decent portion of the VOA revenue, the Balinese Government could use this money for infrastructure on the island and thus generating even more interest for tourists travelling to Bali.

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When you think about how many flights a day arrive in Bali from around the world then that is a lot of American Dollars. It’s no wonder that the Government in Jakarta is ecstatic!

What do you think about Bali demanding a fair share of the VOA?