Govt Drive to Place Bali as Top Destination

SEMINYAK, Bali ~ The local government announced this week a wide-ranging plan to develop Bali’s infrastructure and services to world-class levels as part of plan to turn the island into the world’s premier tourist destination by 2011 – dubbed Bali #1 destination 2011.
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In the pipeline are, as previously reported by The Bali Times, an US$87-million upgrade of Ngurah Rai International Airport that will result in a tripling of its current size, including its sole runway; illegal discharge of raw sewage, which has been causing environmental nightmares in recent years, will be aggressively targeted; and the government said it would work to ensure Bali was self-sufficient in electricity and not be overly reliant on frequently interrupted supplies from neighboring Java, as well as managing fresh water supplies that threatens areas of Bali during the dry season.

Roads are another area slated for improvement, according to Deputy Regent of Badung Drs. I Ketut Sudikerta.

“If we have the proper infrastructure in place, a far bigger airport to handle more passengers and a clean environment, people will come in their droves as all who visit here agree Bali is a special place,” he told The Times.

“That’s our goal. We have a lot of work to do but by starting now I really believe by 2011 we can achieve it,” he added.

And in a move that is set to revolutionize real-estate in Bali and around the country, a transparent property-registration system is in the works and will soon be unveiled, Sudikerta said.

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                                        Drs. Sajyho,  Drs. I Ketut Sudikerta, Hanno Soth

Foreigners investing here will have their property rights registered on a database protecting their investment, and improving all around investor confidence he said, declining to reveal more about the system until later this month.

The Times has learned, however, that a Bali luxury villa developer – with major developments in Seminyak, Dreamland and elsewhere in the country – has been chosen as the first company to take part in a trial run of the project.

C151 Resorts and PT Hanno Bali Director Hanno Soth told The Times the new measures would take real-estate investment to the next level on the island.

“Bali is poised to become the top choice for lifestyle – and retirement-property investment in Asia, and the government, by providing a clear system for foreigners to hold real estate as well as a land-registration system to secure the investors’ interests, is making it very attractive to invest and live in Bali,” he said.

After recent setbacks, industry analysts agree and government data shows that Bali is once again back in stride, drawing in much-needed foreign investment as tourist arrivals to the island climb.

Despite its past troubles, however, Bali continues, year after year, to be voted the world’s number-one island destination by international travelers – beating out Thailand, Hawaii and the Caribbean, among many others – and this year has been no exception, with the accolades continuing to flow.

For Soth, foreign-investor confidence is returning, as evidenced by strong C151 villa sales and by one of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands, Bulgari, just opening the doors to its multimillion-dollar complex.

Bali, said Bulgari chief executive officer Francesco Trapani at the opening of the 59-villa property in Uluwatu on the southernmost tip of the island in September, is “one of the most exciting and exclusive destinations in the world, thanks to its natural beauty, rich culture and heritage.”

By William J. Furney

Managing Editor

The Bali Times


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9 Responses to “Govt Drive to Place Bali as Top Destination”

  1. Bali government to implement new infrastructure - Travel Tips - Bali, Bali Daily, Bali News - Bali Blog Says:

    […] The Bali Times reports that Drs. I Ketut Sudikerta, a Deputy Regent of Badung, the regency that contains the Bukit, Kuta, Seminyak, talked about various ways that were being discussed to help the tourist industry. These include, a larger airport, a clamdown on dumping raw sewage into the ocean, better attention to garbage AND (hear this all Bali land owners) a new database that allow foreigners to register thier shady land deal, incase of a screw job. Right now freehold for an individual foreigner is impossible, so people jump through legal hoops having their local friend own it, setting up a company with a local, and having the company own it etc. Needless to say, in the past, plenty of people have lost the lot and plenty of locals (former owners and girlfriends, boyfriends etc. etc.) have got rich overnight. […]

  2. The Bali Times » Government to Crack Down on Illegal Villas Says:

    […] Government sources tell The Times that this is not a quest for the authorities to extort money from illegal villa owners, or a scare tactic – but a genuine effort to clean up Bali as part of its BALI #1 Destination 2011 campaign reported last week by this newspaper. […]

  3. The Bali Times » Iconic Bali at Center of Nationwide Tourism Push Says:

    […] Meanwhile, in Bali, the government of Badung, the regency where most of the island’s tourism industry is centered, is working towards building up infrastructure, under a five-year plan called Bali #1 Destination 2011. […]

  4. The Bali Times » Bali Gains Momentum Says:

    […] Branded Bali #1 Destination 2001, it aims to clean up the island’s image and develop its infrastructure to leading international levels, including a multimillion-dollar upgrade and expansion of the airport to handle higher numbers of passengers. […]

  5. The Bali Times » Back to Normal in Bali as Investment Pours In Says:

    […] Meanwhile, the official confirmation of Bali returning to its former boon times comes as the local government of Badung Regency, where most of the island’s tourism industry is located, works on a program to upgrade Bali’s infrastructure and facilities, under a plan dubbed Bali #1 Destination 2001, which aims to draw increasing numbers of foreign tourists to these shores. […]

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    Bali Is a beautiful island…keep it beautiful…

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