Illegal Villas Threatens Tourism Ubud

GIANYAR

The existence of an illegal villa in Gianyar regency, Bali, is potentially threatening Ubud attractions in the region is famous for its natural beauty.

“So far we do not know the level of influence, but gradually it will threatens Ubud area,” said Chairman Ubud Hotels Association (UHA) Heri Sumawan in Ubud.

He is willing to help the government to do an inventory of illegal villas in Gianyar regency.

“Even we were ready to give guidance to the government’s crackdown on illegal villas,” he said on the sidelines of the 8th Anniversary celebration UHA it.

According to General Manager of Nandini Bali Ubud, it is allowed to operate an illegal villa. Only then the existence of licensed villas and hotels that have official licenses from the government can be threatened.

Moreover, the illegal villas set rental rates lower than the licensed villas and hotels.

“Bali is like a beautiful dancer, dressed in order to continue to attract foreigners to invest,” Heri said.

He also highlighted the existence of the illegal villas standing in paddy fields. In fact, UNESCO has established a traditional irrigation-based agriculture system as one of the world’s cultural heritage.

Heri is pessimistic, Ubud traffic by the end of this year will be the same as last year.

“Villa and hotel in Ubud will experience a decline of about 20 percent compared to the same moment last year,” he predicted.

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