By NICHOLAS FEDERIKAN and DAN SANDERSSource: The Straits Times / February 08, 2019 06:47:54The Bali-based Bukit Lawan ecotouring program is aiming to increase its tourism by 20 per cent by 2020, and has launched a “new wave” in the company’s development plans, which include a new theme park in Bali.
In a statement to The Strats Times, Bali’s Minister for Tourism, Tourism Industry and Tourism Development and Tourism and Culture Affairs, Dr Paul Pang, said the new theme parks would provide opportunities for people from around the world to come to Bali to experience the beauty of Bali, as well as to visit the country for other reasons.
He said the theme parks will be based in Bilawan, where there are many attractions and activities for visitors from all over the world.
“Bali will become a destination of the world,” Dr Pang said.
“The theme parks in Biliawan are a great way for tourists to come and experience Bali.”
“We are looking forward to seeing Bali grow in the next 10 years,” he added.
Dr Pang also said the tourism program would focus on the tourism-driven sector, including ecoturbines, travel and entertainment, tourism as a tourism asset, and tourism as the preferred economic activity.
He added that the Bali theme parks were expected to have more than 1,000 hotels, more than 700 motels, and an additional 3,000 rooms.
The Biliawati-based program was launched in June last year with a plan to increase the number of Biliowis who come to visit Bali by 50 per cent over the next five years, and the number by 10 per cent each year thereafter.
Dr Paul Pung, chairman of the Bukit lawan ecopastrological committee, said his group was also keen on promoting Bali tourism in other countries.
“We would like to see Bali become a more popular destination of choice for tourists from abroad,” he said.
He also said Bali was a special tourist destination for locals, who wanted to experience Biliowa as well.
“Tourism in Bila is booming and we will definitely help the local people get more opportunities for their leisure and entertainment,” he concluded.