Candidasa Hotels Urge Development Halt

CANDIDASA

Following recent calls from Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika for a halt in hotel developments in the crowded south of the island, tourism leaders in the eastern resort of Candidasa have called for urgent restrictions to be placed on development there too, saying the supply of accommodation far outstrips demand.

Candidasa hotelier Komang Gunita said that without immediate action the existing local tourism industry would be adversely affected.

“Permits for hotels and restaurants need to be limited. If there’s already a surfeit of rooms, then it would be better just to stop development altogether,” he said, adding that further building projects in the area would cause environmental problems.

Gunita said that current building regulations, especially those relating to seafront development, were not effective in managing the environment of Candidasa. Government-funded efforts to reclaim Candidasa’s badly eroded beach had been marred by unsightly and unregulated hawker stands, and local dwellings he said.

Responding to Gunita’s complaints, Karangasem licensing chief Ketut Sedana Mertha agreed that the views of existing tourism practitioners in Candidasa needed to be taken into account, especially in regards of the recent increase of foreign investment for villa developments in the region.

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2 Responses to “Candidasa Hotels Urge Development Halt”

  1. Angela Ambrose Says:

    I completely agree with the above sentiments. I have been a regular visitor to Bali – Candidasa in particular – for over 15 years, visiting at different times of the year each trip. It is clear that Candidasa cannot sustain even more development. The existing hotels/villas/homestays are already suffering terribly with the general downturn in tourism, particularly to this part of Bali.

    Already there are scheduled power outages to deal with the island’s inability to provide enough electricity to all its inhabitants and guests, and there is still a very, very long way to go for Bali’s rubbish and waste management programs – just see all the rubbish that washes up daily on Candidasa’s little beaches in between the concrete groins for proof.

    But most of all, there are just not the tourist numbers to sustain yet more growth in this area. Candidasa is already suffering. The wonderful people who have lived there, and made a living for years from the hospitality are now wondering how they can continue to make a living. The places that are well-established, and have loyal clientele (such as the home-stay we regularly visit), will remain viable. But for so many locals, the greed and ignorance of foreign investors means it is becoming impossible for them to support their families.

    A full halt of development in this area is needed immediately to ensure the future of Candidasa and it’s residents. On our last visit, in November/December 2009, the town was unbelievably quiet – the most quiet since our first visit in 1996.
    When we return in May this year, we do so with 20 friends in tow, who are all coming to take part in a big family celebration. We will all stay in Candidasa & everyone is booked into accomodation that is well established & owned or staffed by local people. We are not supporting big foreign developments.

    Bali is indeed a very special place for so many people. But it is an island that seems almost fit to burst & it clearly cannot sustain continued development – particularly when the money does not stay in Bali, but goes into the pockets of more foreign investors.
    Our wish is for a sustainable Bali, where local communities benefit instead of suffer because of development. This is not happening & will not ever happen if development continues.

    Kind Regards,
    Angela

  2. Isabella Says:

    I entirely agree with Angela Ambrose, nothing needs to be added.

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