DestinationsIsland of the Gods condemns some ungodly antics by unchecked influencers.

The rise of Bali's misbehaving tourists

Bali is rated among the best places in the world for remote workers.
Bali is rated among the best places in the world for remote workers. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Davide Angelini

Bali has been one of more than 20 countries worldwide eager to welcome digital nomads to their shores with enticements such as tax breaks and special work visas.

Places like Canguu and Ubud in Bali have been ranked among the best places in the world for remote workers to establish their businesses with help from newly-created co-working spaces such as Genesis Creative at Canggu that caters largely to foreigners.

The island destination provides music, film and photo studios for online content makers, and recording equipment for podcasters.

So, you might expect the Indonesian government to be happy with its strategy of opening the gates to remote workers and creating job opportunities for Balinese locals.

Well, not entirely.

The dilemma that the government faces is that bloggers, vloggers and other influencers can produce material that is largely uncontrolled, with no checks or balances.

Nas Daily travel vlogger Nuseir Yassin, who claims 60 million followers, has recently been under fire for his video in which he called Bali “the whitest village in Asia”.

“Everything here is affordable, to white tourists at least,” he chirps.

In previous examples of influencers behaving badly, a Russian yogi influencer and her husband were deported after the woman posted images of herself posing naked against a centuries-old sacred tree, while a Canadian "mind body healer" live-streamed himself dancing, naked, on the peak of Mt Batur.

Bali may be getting a lot of positive benefits from its remote workers, but bloggers, vloggers and influencers rely on social media followers to earn their keep.

And for some that requires them to be controversial with their posts. Even if it means offending Bali’s Hindus.

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