The Bali government has drafted a bylaw that would make foreign tourists pay a levy to visit the island, with the earnings to be used to fund projects for the environment and Balinese cultural preservation, The Jakarta Post reported. The levy is said to be $14 per visitor and applies only to international tourists. “This will give us better fiscal space to support the development of Bali,” Bali governor Wayan Koster said. The governor said he didn’t think the tax would discourage tourists from visiting. “Tourists will understand. They will be happy to pay it as it will be used to strengthen our environment and culture,” he said. Bali is looking to slug international visitors with a tourist tax.Source:istock Bali’s government is now looking at how the levy would be collected with one option incorporating it into the cost of airfares. The bylaw seems to have widespread support among Bali’s leaders, according to The Post. “Contributions from tourists are needed to help us preserve our environment and culture. Tourists come to enjoy our environment and culture. Why not contribute to preserving it?” Bali Legislative Council Speaker I Nyoman Adi Wiryatama said. The head of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian… Read full this story
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