Welcome to Bali and the beginning of the “high season” which starts in December and continues, well according to my hotelier friends, through till next December!

Welcome to Bali and the beginning of the “high season” which starts in December and continues, well according to my hotelier friends, through till next December!

There used to be two seasons when things got very busy: July/August and December/January but with global recovery underway, low-cost carriers bringing airfares down, and the proliferation of hotels in Bali, there seems to be no low season any more!

This is great for the island’s economy of course, but to be honest, not for its ecology nor its under-pressure culture and lifestyle.

I am on record many times over the last twenty years as being an total advocate of ‘quality’ tourism for Bali as opposed to ‘quantity’ tourism but that message never reached the ears of the decision makers who continued to write out permits for low-cost, low-quality hotels, bringing thousands more people to the island (and to serve their needs, thousands of cars, buses and taxis, thousands of motorcycles, thousands of fast food and convenience stores outlets, and a brand new airport!).

But are these travellers the ones who love the culture and nature of the island? Are they the ones who buy the art and handicrafts, who eat at top restaurants and who enjoy the parks and attractions? I don’t think so .

So why are they here?

For the answer to that you’ll have to ask the island’s planning department who seem to believe that two million extra low-value tourists add something to the island’s tourism industry.

I agree. They add traffic jams, queues, parking, pollution, and overcrowding.

The ‘high’ season brings a lot of ‘lows’!

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