Bali hotel occupancy up in 2016, Chinese expected to overtake Aussies as Bali’s biggest tourist market

Bali’s hotel occupancy saw an impressive 4 percent increase in 2016 after a challenging 2015, but apparently we shouldn’t get too excited. A joint report by hospitality consultancies Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks cautions about the island’s shift to mass market tourism. With Chinese poised to overtake Australians as Bali’s biggest tourist market, the report

Urban development

Clearing up Kuta: Big buses the next target of congestion reduction strategies in Bali’s busiest tourist town

The government seems to mean business this year when it comes to clearing up Kuta’s mega-congested streets. Until the end of February, police are conducting a month-long traffic...

Clearing up Kuta: Big buses the next target of congestion reduction strategies in Bali’s busiest tourist town

Bali youth raise Rp 96 million for island’s natural disaster victims

The Bali Youth Alliance (APB), a coalition of members from different Hindu youth organizations, have reportedly handed over Rp 96 million in funds they raised to help victims of...

Bali youth raise Rp 96 million for island’s natural disaster victims

Trump is coming: Bali’s Pan Pacific Nirwana closing so Trump can move in

Say goodbye to Pan Pacific and hello to Trump’s ultra luxury, 6-star project. While there’s been chatter aplenty with little to no developments for the past couple of years...

Trump is coming: Bali’s Pan Pacific Nirwana closing so Trump can move in

Uncertain future for Bali village hit by deadly landslides, governor urges speedy post-disaster management

Following devastating landslides that hit Kintamani in Bali’s Bangli regency last week, a village has been displaced, evacuated from their buried homes. The landslides in Songan...

Uncertain future for Bali village hit by deadly landslides, governor urges speedy post-disaster management

Denpasar residents left without running water due to disruption in tap water supply

Though the rain has been mercilessly leaving Denpasar’s streets clogged and flooded, the problem is actually a lack of water for many of the capital’s residents on the...

Denpasar residents left without running water due to disruption in tap water supply

Rebuilding of Nusa Ceningan Yellow Bridge just about complete, inauguration set for later this month

After coming in a little bit behind schedule, construction rebuilding the Yellow Bridge connecting Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan has reportedly been

Rebuilding of Nusa Ceningan Yellow Bridge just about complete, inauguration set for later this month

Bali expected to carry 40 percent of country’s overall foreign tourist arrivals in 2017

Every year, more and more foreign tourists seem to come to Bali and the following year, the government always ups the target to get that number higher and

Bali expected to carry 40 percent of country’s overall foreign tourist arrivals in 2017

Bali traffic police will change one-way road system in Kuta-Kerobokan on test basis to target congestion

Within his first couple weeks on the job, Bali’s new police chief is taking action to show tackling the island’s traffic problem is top

Bali traffic police will change one-way road system in Kuta-Kerobokan on test basis to target congestion

Nusa Ceningan Yellow Bridge behind target for completion, but 90 percent there, says Public Works

Construction on the “Yellow Bridge” linking Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan islands has run over its target deadline, but it is 90 percent there, according to Klungkung...

Nusa Ceningan Yellow Bridge behind target for completion, but 90 percent there, says Public Works

Coconuts Bali Urban development

Bali is fast developing as the island panders towards its hungry tourism industry. With the island’s capital set at Denpasar in the center, the biggest city in Bali houses all political activity and much of the commercial activity in Bali. Meanwhile, in the south, urbanization seems to be spreading at an unstoppable rate from the airport in Tuban. Almost all the way from Uluwatu up to Canggu feels like a never-ending sprawl. With all the traffic jams and sometimes shoddy construction, you get the feeling that South Bali, especially, is developing faster than the island can properly keep up with. However, on a social level, Bali is certainly one of the more progressive areas of the archipelago nation. With loads of exposure to international tourists and business and welcoming Hindus occupying the dominant religion, Bali just feels much more open than the rest of the country. But don’t get ahead of yourself, Bali is still very in touch with its strong traditional culture and there can be much more conservative, traditional thinking outside of international zones like Kuta.