Refining Bali

Personal Perspective | Written By, NOW! BALI |

Two recent trips to Rome and Turkey opened my eyes to what the tourism industry is really doing in the rest of the world, and what we could learn here in beautiful Bali. The first lesson is from Rome where the tourists, in their millions, lap up culture and history with a passion that the Government here seems to not have noticed. There are kilometer long queues for the Vatican Musea, there is a requirement to pre-book the Borgese Gallery through internet to avoid congestion…

TEXT & photos by alistair g. speirs

Two recent trips to Rome and Turkey opened my eyes to what the tourism industry is really doing in the rest of the world, and what we could learn here in beautiful Bali.

The first lesson is from Rome where the tourists, in their millions, lap up culture and history with a passion that the Government here seems to not have noticed. There are kilometer long queues for the Vatican Musea, there is a requirement to pre-book the Borgese Gallery through internet to avoid congestion, and the focus is always on providing  a marvelous customer experience by giving good information, good and easy access and good, clean facilities. 

That sadly has not filtered though to the relevant authorities here so there is no pre-booking, not very good information, frequent overcrowding, and  a very unpredictable visitor experience, which should be absolutely world beating.

The second comes from Anatolia in Turkey where there has been a sustained and coordinated effort to create a world class golf destination, and which recently hosted a top class field for the Turkish Airlines Open. Starting from virtually zero a few years ago Anatolia has overtaken many other destinations by providing a great combination of fine hotels and good courses all close to each other, which are busy the year round. 

Now I am not suggesting that Bali goes “all-inclusive” as the resorts there are, making them virtual prisons for their guests, since guests do not go out for dinner, drinks or clubs, perhaps not even shopping, and no-one is allowed in, but the concept of creating a high quality destination with the capacity to take large numbers of visitors in comfort, with good access, and with excellent infrastructure, is certainly worth pursuing. 

Bali’s mix of culture, beach, golf, activity, diving, surfing and dining is far better, but the way in which it has been developed, and organized could really benefit from some serious international expertise and experience. But despite that, you will, with just a little effort, have a fantastic all-round experience. Enjoy your holiday. 

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