Indonesian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA) have expressed alarm over a sudden and significant drop in length-of-stay for tourists coming to Bali, quoted from Bali Discovery.
Figures revealed by ASITA report that the average-length-of-stay is down from 3.9 days to 3.1 days.
The President of ASITA, Asnawi Bahar, said on Thursday, January 5, 2017, that foreign tourist arrivals to Bali have surpassed 4.8 million in 2016, a number that is 21% more than 2015, while, at the same time, the length-of-stay is down by an almost equivalent 20%.
Bahar said ASITA is trying to determine the causes of the dramatic decline in length-of-stay.
Bahar said that Bali is suffering from a severe over-supply of hotel rooms: “Stop the addition of hotels and travel agents. Prevent the operation of illegal travel agents and add more travel guides in order to maximize service.” He called on the new leadership of the ASITA-Bali chapter for the period 2016-2020 to undertake coordination with the government and vendors to enforce existing laws. He also said the visa-free policy now in place needs further evaluation.
“I mention the free visa policy and the need to evaluate it because our struggle has not received a positive response from the Government,” said Bahar. He complained that the visa policy has failed to increase tourist numbers and created many problems. He blamed the visa-free policy as having caused a decline in the quality of tourists visiting Indonesia. At the same time, he said, the supervision of the visa-free policy has been weak.
The ASITA chairman called for closer supervision of tourist by immigration authorities.
Bahar complained that there are many foreign travel agencies working in Indonesia illegally, failing to form joint operations with existing local operators and refusing to employ licensed local guides.