Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, welcomed the study by a team led by Prof. Dr. Ketut Sukardika on the potential of tourism for elderly travelers or specifically known as retirement tourism. According to the Governor, until now there are so many traveling options are available in Bali, but there is no specific accommodation option for the elderly travelers although the idea has been implemented in advanced countries such as Australia and countries in Europe, and even neighboring countries like Philippines and Malaysia have started to design it.
To meet the 2015 ASEAN free trade era, Indonesia, especially Bali should not miss the moment. As an icon of tourism in Indonesia, Bali should start designing the idea, because it seems that it could bring high profit since usually elderly travelers are in average already well established financially and not the seasonal travelers.
Sukardika explained the concept of the retirement tourism is preparing a place in the form of cottages for rent to elderly tourists. The cottage itself must meet several requirements, such as, strategic location and clean, beautiful and comfortable environment and equipped with facilities such as hospitals filled by competent medical staffs.
It is expected that those who live there can spend their old age with relaxed atmosphere, filled with fun activities for the elderly, such as gardening, arts or just socialize with each other. Moreover, until now there are about thousands of elderly foreigners in Bali, but have not been recorded, if they can be gathered in one place and can be well managed by the government, then it could be beneficial for all parties.
Responding to the idea, the Governor asked his staff to take action quickly to record and seek for provincial lands in which such facility could be built.
“Payangan is seems appropriate, it is a cold place, close to Ubud, the elderly tourist favorite, so please check the land there,” he said. Governor saw the idea is very good and could be one option in Bali.
“Elderly travelers are those who do have money, if we can make use of this opportunity, we can imagine how much the benefit and how many people in our society are going to get a job,” he added. Pastika further asserted that this plan must be calculated carefully, including its workforce. “Prioritize local labor, but they have to be trained first, so that they are competent. Related parties shall consider carefully about this project, in order to run pro-job, pro-poor alleviation, and of course no- traffic jam, so think about the most suitable location,” he said.