DENPASAR - The head of Kuta village in Bali says it’s time to crackdown on those responsible for the increasing number of crimes committed by visitors to the island.
I Wayan Wasista says crimes of violence and theft have been an unintended consequence of the vast uptick in international visitor arrivals over the past two decades.
Others are claiming that offering visa free entry to most visitors, including those from Australia, has contributed to rising crime rates.
“Would we have ever envisioned that there would be tourists committing crimes, like skimming or robbery? I’m quite surprised myself. How have we come to this?” Wasista commentated to the Jakarta Post.
There were more than 5.7 million visitor arrivals to Bali between January and November 2019. The target for 2020 is seven million visitors.
Most recently, the arrival of a “beer cycle’ on the streets Kuta has not impressed local residents.
The “Beer Cycle” is a mobile bar on wheels where customers sit on stools enjoying free flow cold beer served by a bartender while listening to pre-recorded music.
Residents are complaining that unrestrained drinking in public, particularly in front of children, does not meet with the community standards of Bali’s local community.
Bali Tourism Agency acting head I Putu Astawa said local authorities were finalising a regional government regulation that would introduce standards for all tourist activities and institutions.