Your trip to Bali is about to get a tiny bit more expensive.
Governor Wayan Koster recently announced a proposed $14 AUD levy for all tourists entering the island. The money will be allocated to conservation efforts.
5 million Aussies visit Bali each year, and while it has bolstered the local economy it’s had a devastating impact on the local environment.
Local infrastructure has been unable to properly cope with the amount of waste and damage to important cultural sites.
The announcement comes after the island implemented a ban on single-use plastics in December of last year.
“This will give us better fiscal space to support the development of Bali,” Bali governor Wayan Koster said.
“Tourists will understand. They will be happy to pay it as it will be used to strengthen our environment and culture,” he said.
The proposal hasn’t passed yet but is expected to be ratified by Balinese leaders.
It’s also yet to be decided how the levy will be