Pastika Asks Not to Make Tourism Matter a Dispute


Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, asked various parties to not always in debate towards issues of tourism and culture, but they should find a solution with real action.

“Through this seminar, it is expected to help me to find an applicable solution, so that it can save the existence of Balinese culture and even more than Balinese people existence in the future,” he said when speaking at the seminar titled `Open Fortress: The Future of Bali Tourism at Udayana University in Denpasar, on Monday.

According to Mangku Pastika, Bali is very small with a capacity of only 1.5 million people, now have to bear more than five million people consisting of local people as many as more than four million and tourists with varied needs, both food needs and other higher needs.

Besides, Bali is also faced a number of other issues such as land conversion because many landowners feel the results obtained from cultivating agricultural land is not equal with the needs that must be met.

“Although they are aware that in the rice fields there are elements of culture that must be preserved, but land conversion remains very difficult to stop,” said Pastika.

On the other hand, the problem of traffic congestion begins from rapid economic growth led to a lot of people can afford a vehicle, but it has led to new problems. While the construction of new roads and the widening of the road will be very hard to do because it is blocked with the condition of the land associated with cultural issues such as temples or house yard.

“There is a plan to implement the policy of zero growth for the growth of the car in Bali, but it is also very difficult to implement because it would cause losses in a particular party,” he said.

The high number of college graduates at 25 thousands each year from 54 colleges in Bali, he added, should also think about the distribution of their employment opportunities.

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