Tourism minister Sandiaga Uno says his idea of a halal-friendly Bali is ‘over’

Newly-appointed Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has sparked controversy in Bali in the past when he suggested tapping into the island’s potential for “halal tourism,” but the politician has set the record straight by saying that he has canned the idea.

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Bali governor talks up the possibility of reopening to foreign tourists

Bali governor talks up the possibility of reopening to foreign tourists

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster says he’s optimistic about the revival of international tourism on the island during a meeting with the newly-appointed Tourism and Creative Economy...

Public order agency chief says health protocol violations going viral ‘key consideration’ for law enforcement

Public order agency chief says health protocol violations going viral ‘key consideration’ for law enforcement

Authorities in Bali are not exactly oblivious to the fact that many restaurants, cafés, and bars in Bali have ignored health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is Bali ready for the arrival of international tourists before Christmas? UN tourism agency thinks so

Is Bali ready for the arrival of international tourists before Christmas? UN tourism agency thinks so

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is optimistic about Bali’s readiness to welcome tourists before Christmas, hailing the province’s safety protocol during the pandemic as...

Indonesian gov’t reiterates plans to tap into Bali’s medical tourism potential

Indonesian gov’t reiterates plans to tap into Bali’s medical tourism potential

Bali could well be your medical tourism destination in the future if official plans to develop the region for this destination pan out as hoped.

Bali Hotels Association says Australian media’s damning report about Bali is ‘far from the truth’

Bali Hotels Association says Australian media’s damning report about Bali is ‘far from the truth’

The report from an Australian news program did not sit well with many people.

Bali Governor says plans to reopen borders in December are being considered

Bali Governor says plans to reopen borders in December are being considered

It should be clear that nothing is set in stone just yet.

Bali’s unemployment rate jumps to 5.63 percent

Bali’s unemployment rate jumps to 5.63 percent

Bali’s unemployment rate jumped to 5.63 percent after more than 105,000 jobs were lost in August, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported, as the pandemic continues to...

Bali still the hardest hit economy amid pandemic as Indonesia officially enters recession

Bali still the hardest hit economy amid pandemic as Indonesia officially enters recession

Bali and the Nusa Tenggara islands are the hardest hit regions in Indonesia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s statistics agency said.

Indonesia launches program to improve hygiene at Bali’s tourist sites amid pandemic

Indonesia launches program to improve hygiene at Bali’s tourist sites amid pandemic

Officials in Indonesia are set to focus on improving the health and hygiene in popular tourist attractions across the country.


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Coconuts Bali Business

The business section of Coconuts Bali covers the latest on the island’s economy, banking, trade, entrepreneurial spirits, and other fun money-related stuff. We say fun because business stories here sure can be entertaining. This is Bail, where cashiers hand customers back candies instead of change—though that was supposed to be disallowed, true story. A current business phenomenon in Indonesia, and in Bali especially, is a credit craze. Motorbikes, cars, iPhones, and property that normally wouldn’t be accessible to the everyday Joe are suddenly super affordable with small down payments and years-long payment plans. At the end of the day, most of our stories come back to Bali’s biggest money maker, the exploding tourism industry. Is it a bubble, soon to pop? That’s to be seen. And let’s also discuss some of Bali’s tried and true but at times struggling industries: agriculture and fishing. We’ve also got plenty of stories in the business section to cover these challenging markets.