Bali Aims To Attract Record-Breaking Number Of Visitors In 2024 Despite Overtourism

Bali Aims To Attract Record-Breaking Number Of Visitors In 2024 Despite Overtourism

The Indonesian central government has set a target for foreign tourist arrivals to reach 14 million by 2024, with Bali expected to contribute around 7 million.

The Head of Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, is optimistic about achieving this target, especially considering the 2023 foreign tourist visitation numbers exceeded 5 million.

Data from the Bali Tourism Department as of December 26, 2023, shows a total of 5,232,751 foreign tourists visited Bali. The majority of these tourists came from Australia, followed by India, China, England, the United States, South Korea, France, Singapore, Germany, and Malaysia. Pemayun emphasizes that Bali remains a favorite destination for foreign tourists.

Pemayun also acknowledged the rapid recovery of tourism on Seribu Pura Island, surpassing government and stakeholder predictions. He hopes for an even greater increase in tourist visits in 2024, with an emphasis on quality, defined as increased spending due to longer stays.

However, global geopolitical conditions, such as the Ukraine-Russia war and the Hamas-Israel conflict in Palestine, could impact foreign tourist visits to Bali. Consequently, Pemayun urges the Balinese people to help maintain a conducive environment to achieve the government’s tourism goals.

Bali’s Overtourism Issues in 2023

After “Eat Pray Love” increased Bali’s popularity, the province faced overtourism from diverse groups, including spiritual seekers and digital nomads. To manage unruly behavior, Governor Wayan Koster mandated a do’s and don’ts list in 2023, which includes rules against swearing and disrespecting sacred sites.

Starting February 14, 2024, international visitors will pay a $10 tax, applicable again upon returning to Bali. Indonesian officials, recognizing the risks of overtourism, are advocating for sustainable tourism models and attracting tourists who contribute more to the local economy.

Avoid crowds in Bali

The rainy season in Bali, typically from October to April, sees fewer tourists, except during December and January, particularly around New Year’s, when beach parties draw large crowds.

The peak tourist period is in July and August, coinciding with international visitors and local school holidays, making these months crowded. Travelers can find quieter experiences by exploring areas beyond Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali.