The Hidden Truth About Bali’s Tourism

Soapbox | Written By, Life on the Island |

In many ways the disruption caused to Bali’s tourism industry by the continued volcanic activity has put a number of things into perspective. While I am really sad for the employees who have been laid off, the small businesses that have suffered, and the thousands evacuated from the danger zone, I have to say, seeing the island’s arrivals reduced to more than half its normal levels has revealed some interesting details.

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At these drastically reduced levels the roads are quiet, parking is no problem, the airport crowds are gone, the palpable overcrowding, traffic-jamming, stressful life we live with day-in day-out have disappeared. So what does that mean?

It means simply that many sections of the islands south cannot handle the peak lev