The Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster together with the Vice Governor of Bali, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati wearing Balinese traditional custom welcomed the first arrival of 216 Chinese tourists after the COVID-19 pandemic at I gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Sunday 22 January 2023, after flying from Shenzhen, Tiongkok using Lion Air Charter Flight JT 2648. Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Denpasar Bali, Zhu Xinglong, Deputy for Marketing of the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ni Made Ayu Marthini, GM I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, Handy Heryudhitiawan, Head of the Bali Government Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, Head of The Bali Communication Informatics and Statistic, Gede Pramana and Head of the Bali Department of Transportation, IGW Samsi Gunarta also welcomed the arrival of 216 Chinese tourists on the island of Bali consisting of 197 adults, 17 children and 2 toddlers accompanied by a Pendet Dance. The Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster said, with the arrival of Chinese tourists to Bali, I am sure that Bali tourism will rise. Hopefully these tourism visits will continue, increasing until December 2023. The charter flight became the first flight from China to Bali after the Xi Jinping government allowed its citizens to return to traveling abroad after the Covid-19 quarantine was opened on January 8. Starting February 6, the Chinese government will also begin releasing tourist groups to a number of countries around the world, including Indonesia. With direct flights from China, Head of Bali Government Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus predicts that Bali Governor Wayan Koster's target for tourists can be achieved. "The Governor's target to bring in 4.5 million foreign tourists this year is optimistic that it will be achieved with direct flights from China, because that is one of the second market shares of foreign tourists to Bali," said the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office.
The success of the G20 event provides information and evidence that Bali is a very safe and comfortable place for tourists to travel. So that makes a lot of tourists who want to do vacation in Bali. Apart from that, other factors are because the activities of the Balinese people are already running normally. So that local cultural activities are running normally. Thus, tourists are very interested and longing for the beauty of culture, tradition and daily life of the Balinese people which is actually the main attraction of Bali tourism. In Bali in December 2022 there are also several cultural events being held, including the Penglipuran Village Festival, the Denpasar Festival and several other events which are also own their tourist attraction International Tourist Visits to Bali continue to experience an increasing trend after the COVID-19 pandemic. Even in 2022, the number of foreign tourists visiting has exceeded 2 million people. From the data, foreigners who entered Bali through I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in December 2022 were 12,281 people per day. There was an increase of around 14% from November 2022 of 9,809 per day. If we look at the daily average in a year, namely in 2022, the highest daily average will occur in December 2022. The relatively high daily average also occurred in October, namely 10,090 people. If you look at the number of foreigners who entered Bali through I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport from January 2022 to December 25 2022, there were 2,124,226 people. Meanwhile, the average daily number of domestic passengers entering Bali through Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on 1 - 25 December 2022, is 14,339 people per day. In the previous month, it only reached 11,281 people per day on average. The highest daily average figure for domestic passengers in 2022 also occurred in December 2022. The increase in tourist arrivals to Bali in December 2022 is inseparable from the successful impact of the G20 Summit in November in Bali. Therefore, we do hoped that all parties will always maintain public order, maintain security and comfort and safety together in welcoming the 2023 New Year. Prior to the announcement of the closing of PPKM (Community Activities Restrictions Enforcement), all parties must continue to carry out health protocols so that there is no increase in COVID-19 cases. All parties must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, so that Bali is always safe and comfortable, so that the positive image of Bali tourism is maintained in the future.
Numerous false reports are circulating through social media regarding the recent Indonesian Criminal Law (KUHP). This inaccurate information must to be clarified to avoid negative impacts on tourism recovery on the island of Bali. Various stakeholders from the Bali tourism association are speaking up to straighten out the misinformation. "No need to worry about traveling to Bali. The recently passed criminal law (KUHP) will take effect in three years. Again, only legal spouses or parents or your children can make a report to the police about adultery" Tjok Bagus Pemayun, A.Par., MMThe Head of Balinese Government Tourism Office =========================================== "The authority will not knock on your room to check nor question your marital status"IGN Agung Rai Suryawijaya, SE., MBAThe Chairman of PHRI Badung =========================================== "Assumption leads to confusion. We are committed to providing clear and valid information about traveling to Bali. Traveler safety and SeCUrity is our concern"I Putu Winastra, S.SosThe Chairman of Association of The Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies(ASITA) DPD Bali =========================================== "Recently, many black campaigns addressed to degrade Bali's tourism reputation. One of the fake news we have found is regarding flight cancellations due to the passing of this latest criminal law in Indonesia. We kindly ask everyone to be cautious about hoax news rapidly shared through any online platform." Ida Bagus Agung Partha AdnyanaThe Chairman of Bali Tourism Board =========================================== "Hotels are obligated to keep their guest data as confidential as possible. They won't ask for any personal or sensitive information such as marriage certificate to their guests." Dr. Yoga Iswara, BBA., BBM., MM., CHAThe Chairman of Indonesia Hotel General Manager Association DPD Bali =========================================== "It's not our right to reject (unmarried) guests. We are not law enforcement. Hotels would not be making assumptions about the relationship status of its guests." Fransisca Handoko, CHA., CHIA., CHRMThe Chairwoman of Bali Hotel Association =========================================== "Travelers, so there's really nothing to worry about. If all this time tourists can be comfortable in Bali, then this condition will not change either." Perry MarkusThe Secretary of Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of Bali Province =========================================== "This is not a new law. The ratified version of the criminal law gives a bold statement on who can make a report to the police about adultery/premarital sex. No random people could report you to the authority." I Nyoman Nuarta, SHThe Chairman of Himpunan Pramuwisata Indonesia DPD Bali =========================================== "Bali is an island of diversity. Tolerance is the key for us. We always care and respect our guest's culture no matter where they are from." Gede Ngurah Dewantara NarottamaThe Chairman of Ubud Hotel Association =========================================== Bali remains a safe paradise to visit. Always be smart and careful about any misleading information circulated widely through social platforms. Pack your bag, book your flight, choose your accommodation, and we wish you happy holidays!
Quoted from the website imigrasi.go.id The Electronic Visa on Arrival application officially opened to the public on Thursday (10/11/2022). The e-VOA inauguration ceremony was held at Courtyard Nusa Dua, Bali and was attended by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Menkomarves) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Deputy Minister for Law and Human Rights Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej. "The e-VOA policy resulting from the innovation of the Directorate General of Immigration is a very strategic policy. The application of e-VOA is expected to make a real contribution to encouraging the entry of foreign tourists and business people from all over the world to Indonesia. The ease and speed of this immigration service can increase the enthusiasm of the world community to come to Indonesia. This will have a positive impact on the wheels of the country's economy. With e-VOA, foreigners only need to register their visa applications through the website molina.imigrasi.go.id. After that, they can immediately make online payments using a credit card or debit card bearing the Visa, MasterCard or JCB logo. The e-VOA service is increasingly opening the entrance gate for foreigners who have the potential to enter Indonesia through digital transformation. Immigration can make a real contribution by providing policies and facilities to support the world of tourism, increasing foreign investment and creating jobs, by attracting tourists or the upper class from various countries, global talent, the world's miliarder businessmen to come and develop their investment and business in Indonesia. The Second Home Visa has also been launched, this policy was planned in 2020 and launched post the COVID-19 Pandemic to be able to stimulate foreign tourists, especially global business people, to stay longer and invest in Bali and other destinations in Indonesia. As well as stimulating the tourism sector to contribute to the Balinese and National economy. The target of this policy is foreign tourists who have money to enjoy their old age coming to Bali and other destinations in Indonesia in the midst of efforts to recover the economy and a dynamic global economy. With this visa they can live in Indonesia for 5-10 years and carry out various activities such as investing, working and other activities. Photo source: imigrasi.go.id
PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (GIAA) has officially reopened its international connectivity in Indonesia by making the first direct flight from Narita Airport, Tokyo Japan to Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar, Bali. This inaugural flight was escorted directly by the President Director of Garuda Indonesia, Irfan Setiaputra, as many as 150 passengers participating in the Garuda famtrip, and a number of business people and Japanese tourists who wanted to do business or vacation in Bali. This new route flight using the A330-GA 300 fleet took off at 11.00 local time and arrived at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, at 18.05 WITA. The GA 300 has a capacity of 251 passengers with 36 business class and 215 economy class configurations. The flight departure was attended by the Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia John Tjahjanto Boestami and the Coordinator of Socio-Cultural Information Meinarti Fauzie. Meanwhile, Garuda was represented directly by the President Director Garuda Indonesia Irfan Setiaputra and Head of the Garuda Indonesia Representative Office in Tokyo Sony Syahlan. The Bali Provincial Government was attended by the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, accompanied by the Head of Marketing Division, Ida Ayu Indah Yustikarini. The Indonesian Ambassador to Japan Heri Akhmadi ensured the full support of the Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo in Garuda Indonesia's direct flight service from Narita Tokyo, Japan to Denpasar Bali, Indonesia because it can increase foreign tourists in Bali. The release of the direct flight from Tokyo's Narita airport, Japan to Bali, I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport, Denpasar was enlivened by the performance of Balinese art, namely the Peacock dance from Mrs. Ami Hasegawa accompanied by Rindik Bali by Putu Setiawan. Appreciation is given to Garuda Indonesia airline which continues its Narita Tokyo Japan flight service to I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport in Denpasar Bali amid the government's efforts to restore the national economy after the COVID-19 pandemic by continuously promoting Indonesian tourism, especially in increasing tourist visits to Bali.
Bali again won awards from international institutions. This time its Club Med's turn to name the Island of the Gods Bali as the happiest holiday in the world in 2022. Club Med is a French company that operates in the resort sector. Club Med considers the island of Bali to be full of beautiful scenery, low crime rates, and friendly local people. Plus some tourist attractions in Bali have affordable prices. Bali is the most popular destination for those looking for a happy and stress-free holiday destination. The survey, conducted by Club Med, uses a variety of sources to find out which cities in the world offer happiness as a vacation spot. The team first collected data on the 50 most visited tourist destinations globally. In its survey, Club Med considered a number of aspects, including pollution, crime and beer costs, the number of outdoor activities, day trips, spas and wellness centers in each city per 100,000 people. Bali comes out on top. Following Bali, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Barcelona and Amsterdam are in the top five, with each offering a unique experience for travelers, making happiness a top priority. Bali was chosen for the excellent spa and wellness services it offers and the great outdoor activities, rated perfect for those seeking relaxation and adventure in their holiday. This is in line with the government's plan to make Bali one of the pilot locations for the development of wellness tourism, especially in Sanur and Ubud. Bali has also proven to be a popular destination for foreign tourists since the reopening of international borders. Club Med lists the 10 happiest vacation destinations. Here's the list:1. Bali, Indonesia.2. Las Vegas, United States of America.3. New Orleans, United States of America.4. Barcelona, Spain.5. Amsterdam, Netherlands.6. Budapest, Hungary.7. Vancouver, Canada.8. San Francisco, United States.9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
China Airlines Airbus A330-302 (B-18317) officially landed at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport at 15.00 WITA China Airlines CAL771 which carried 163 passengers with a journey of 5 hours 30 minutes. This inaugural flight was greeted with water salutes as an expression of enthusiasm for the resumption of direct flight connectivity to and from Chinese Taipei. The arrival of the Chinese airline with the Taipei - Denpasar (PP) route adds to Bali Airport's international flights which previously had reached 21 routes. The arrival of the Chinese airline with the Taipei - Denpasar (PP) route adds to Bali Airport's international flights which previously had reached 21 routes that will fly 2 times a week, every Tuesday and Friday to improve flight connectivity. This route is the first route from China since the opening of international flights at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, thus increasing the number of statistics to 22 routes served. If seen before the 2019 COVID-19 pandemic, the most foreigners from China headed to Bali Island, namely, 1,196,497, followed by 1,137,087 Australian foreigners and 377,543 Indian foreigners. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely, in 2019, there were 8 airlines serving China special flights with 20 routes, including China Airlines, this became a reference to provide opportunities for other airlines to participate in expanding routes, as one of the efforts to recover from the impact of the pandemic. COVID-19. In total, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport - Bali from January to August 2022 has served 1,860,842 special international passengers with 10,647 aircraft carrying it. This means that China Airlines flights will also add to international statistical records in September 2022. With this flight, the tourism sector on the island of Bali can be revived which has an effect on increasing the dominant economy of the Balinese people. In addition, the holding of the G20 Summit will provide easy access to connectivity to various selected routes, especially international ones.
The development of Bali become the major destination for tourism that is known to the world has given many positive impacts in terms of contributing to regional income and adding labor to Bali itself and the nationally. However, on the other hand, tourism development in Bali also has negative impacts. Overall there has been reducing or degradation both in quality and quantity in the Balinese natural environment, Balinese people, and Balinese culture. To minimize degradation and the possibility of increasingly damaged to Bali natural environment and the extinction of Balinese culture supported mainly by Balinese people, a real program of preserving the natural environment and culture of Bali must be planned, directed, structured, measurable, and sustainable so that Bali again becomes Padma Bhuwana, the center of world civilization that is beautiful, sacred, mataksu. The program to conserve Bali's natural environment and culture must be carried out in parallel and simultaneously in 3 (three) ways, namely restoration, conservation, and revitalization. It's implementation should become the main task and responsibility of the Government and Local Government, while the participation of Balinese society is a supporting element. In order to protect nature, culture and infrastructure need to conduct the regulation which is enforcing International Tourists Contribution regulated in the Bali Provincial local regulation Number 1 of 2022 concerning tourist contributions for the protection of nature and culture of Bali. The launching of tourists contributions was held on Friday (Sukra Umanis, Merakih), 29th of July 2022 in Peninsula Island, ITDC, Nusa Dua - Badung. The voluntary contribution in the form of goods or cash which could be accessed by Love Bali application (http://lovebali.baliprov.go.id). The collected donation is managed by the Bali Provincial Government professionally with transparency and accountability that will be prioritized for the protection of the natural environment, culture and infrastructure in improving quality and competitiveness of the Bali tourism implementation to welcome international tourists who visit Bali. The regulation is a description of vision “Nangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali” through the Planned Universe Development Pattern (Pola Pembangunan Semesta Berencana) towards Bali new era and is sourced from the values of Sad Kerthi local wisdom namely the six main sources of prosperity and happiness in human life and the implementation of bureaucratic reform that prioritizes the implementation of public services to provide various types of services that handle the needed things by tourists and Balinese people, especially the fulfillment of better infrastructure and protection of Balinese nature and culture. Photo source: The Official Website of Tourism Authority of Kabupaten Jembrana