Employers who serve foreign tourists holidaying in Bali has dwindled the import foods, liquors and tobaccos, as it begins to deliver local beverage products.
Foreign exchange on importing food and liquor during January-June 2012 was relatively small and only 345 thousand US dollars, said Assistant Director of the Representative Office of Bank Indonesia Region III, Sunarto Saturday.
In Bali regional economic report, mentioned that expenditure of foreign exchange to buy import food and beverages much reduced from the previous years.
Entrepreneurs working in Bali’s tourism sector during 2007 for instance buying the typical merchandise worth $ 16 million dollar, later reduced to $ 6.4 million dollars in the upcoming year.
He mentioned, during 2010 the import of food and beverages recorded 853 thousand dollars, and in 2011 down 715 thousand dollars, while this year is believed to be less and less, whereas the foreign tourists visit to Bali increased a lot.
The reduction of imports of foreign tourists’ beverage, probably since tourists became interested in local wine production made from original fruits of the Paradise Island.
With the guidance of officers and efforts of the farmers, then there are beverages produced through market segment of tourists holidaying to Bali, and domestic tourist who intend to try the local beverages that are not necessarily exist in their region.
Bali original fruit that can be processed into beverages and decent to offer to tourists who are on vacation in Bali, among other drinks made from grape, snakeskin fruit , strawberry, ginger, cashew nuts to bananas, as well as beverages from fresh fruit of other regions in the archipelago.
Hotel guests often ask for local beverages made of raw tropical fruits which are produced in Bali, such as brem Bali or intoxicating beverage made from fermented rice, said Made Sutama, a bar employee at a five-star hotel in Sanur Beach.
“Cashew nuts wine with a distinctive aroma and taste preferred by foreign tourist as well as guests from Korea and other Asian countries who spent the holiday in Bali,” he said.