There may be millions of tourists who visit Bali every year, but rest assured they will never run out of rooms to stay in, as the island evidently has more hotel rooms than they need.
According to Agung Suryawan Wiranatha, director of the Center of Excellence in Tourism at Udayana University, the oversupply of hotel rooms is one of the problems plaguing Bali for more than a decade.
Udayana大學旅遊卓越中心主任Agung Suryawan Wiranatha表示，十多年來困擾巴厘島的問題之一就 是酒店房間的供過於求。
Speaking at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival last week, Agung cited his latest calculation and said that when you take into account the unregistered accommodation as well, there’s currently an oversupply of around 50 to 60 thousand hotel rooms in Bali.
Agung said that research he did more than a decade ago on the supply and demand of accommodation in Bali already showed the need to halt development of new ones then. On top of that, despite a moratorium on hotel developments from the Bali provincial government that went into effect in 2011, enforcement seems minimal, seeing as how we’re still seeing the launch of new hotels in recent years.
Agung說，他十多年前對巴厘島住房供求的研究已經表明，當時有必要停止開發新住房。最重要的是，儘 管巴厘島省政府已於2011年開始暫停酒店開發，但鑑於最近幾年我們仍然看到新酒店的推出，執法似乎 很少。
As reported by Tribun-Bali, some of the new openings include Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa and The Apurva Kempinski Bali.
“When the government issued the moratorium, there is no implementation by lower or regency governments, and the permits are issued by [them],” Agung said.
“The letter from the government became just a suggestion … Implementation is not good, this is a problem in our country.”
Agung was part of a panel attempting to answer the question: ‘How Can Bali Survive?’. The session saw a full house of participants – comprised of both Indonesians and foreigners – eager to learn more about the ails of the Island of the Gods and what could possibly be done to tackle the mounting issues.
While it was decidedly ambitious, the panel didn’t actually manage to answer the main question on the floor, and even failed to highlight some of the obviously pressing problems, such as those related to the environment; something that an audience member pointed out during the Q&A session.
One of the speakers, Balinese writer and researcher I Made Iwan Darmawan, highlighted how Bali has always been an “unplanned destination,” alluding to how government usually only react after companies and outlanders come and expand its tourism potential.
演講者之一，巴厘島作家和研究員I Made Iwan Darmawan強調了Bali如何一直是“計劃外目的地”， 暗示了政府通常只有在公司和外來者來訪並擴大其旅遊潛力之後才會做出反應。
“[People in Bali] don’t really think about what’s next. [But] there are always efforts to improve, which is why the Balinese can survive,” Iwan said.