For as fast as paradises seduce tourists, tourists reduce paradises
— Pico Iyer

by Putu Sayoga

Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia. According to a record, around 3,5 million tourists from around the world visited the island for vacation in 2014. Most of them preferred staying in the southern coast such as in Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Sanur. These are the tourism hubs of Bali that naturally attract investor’s interest to build hotels and other leisure establishments.

The island’s tourism is indeed inseparable from its southern coast’s history, an area blessed with breathtaking beaches. It is from here the Bali holiday business began to develop as the influx of Australian hippies and surfers to Kuta started back in the 70s. The fishermen’s villages would later transform drastically because of it. Hotels, restaurants, and other facilities were growing and spreading along the coast so fast like mushrooms in a rainy season.
These uncontrolled constructions have brought about significant damage to the coastal environment. Problems like pollution and erosion became serious matters to address. The increasing number of seashore hotels and tourism installations resulted in morphological changes that accelerate erosion in the coast. The provincial authority finally responded with producing a regulation in 2011 to impose a moratorium on the area’s development but the result in reality does not turn out according to expectation. The development keeps marching on and expanding, swarming the land.

As Pico Iyer, the author of Video Night in Kathmandu recounts in his book chapter about Bali : “For as fast as paradises seduce tourists, tourists reduce paradises”. Its look like he is right.

This event held in The Alleyway Cafe from 19 September - 19 November 2016. No admission fee.