Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Bangli Regency, Dr. I Ketut Mardjana.
Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Bangli Regency, Dr. I Ketut Mardjana.

BANGLI, Bali (BPN) – Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Bangli Regency, Dr. I Ketut Mardjana, hopes that tourism development will be a priority for the elected regents in Bangli.

According to Mardjana, tourism development must begin with efforts to create “cheap” but quality Bangli tourism.

“The government must become a regulator and facilitator to realize ‘cheap’ tourism in Bangli, it is to lift tourist’s interest to visit tourism objects in Bangli,” he said at Toya Devasya, Toyabungkah, Batur, Kintamani, recently.

Mardjana explained the definition of “cheap” tourism is affordable for people, but still has high quality. “Unworthy” fee or retribution should no longer exist because so far it has brought a bad image to Bangli’s tourism and led to high-cost tourism.

“The government has the role to cut the retribution which has so far been complained of by the community,” he said.

He considered Bangli tourism retribution is burdensome for travelers. Retribution fees are considered not commensurate with the facilities obtained.

“Now imagine, people pay IDR 25 thousand for retribution without getting any facilities. So, many of them end up switching to other tourist attractions, because our tourism is “expensive”, even though the objects are very beautiful,” Mardjana said.

Besides, Ketut Mardjana also highlighted tourism facilities which, according to him, should be taken seriously in the future, such as roads, clean water, electricity, and digital technology.

According to him, currently, many tourism objects with great potential in Bangli still have poor access, some even have no vehicle access.

Clean water is also still a major problem, especially for areas in Kintamani. “And electricity too. Then another important thing is digital technology. Not just data services, in several beautiful places in Kintamani, for example, it is difficult to find phone signals,” he said.

He added that the technology network will also bring the opportunity to solve tax problems that affect regional income. According to him, it is time for digital tax technology to be applied, so that the revenue system will be more accountable and transparent.

Ketut Mardjana hopes that in the future the Bangli Government will coordinate with tourism organizations and tourism actors in developing and maximizing Bangli’s tourism.

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