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May 15, 2011

Tourism serves as backbone of Bali`s economy

Tourism still serves as backbone of Bali`s economy

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - The tourism industry is the driving force of Bali`s economy which is able to provide job opportunities for locals as well as for those from other regions in Indonesia, a statistics official said.

"This condition causes Bali to become the target of job seekers from various regions in Indonesia where they speculate their fate on the island," said Head of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) of Bali, Gede Suarsa in Denpasar, on Sunday.

He said this was reflected in the increasing population of Bali which was quite significant. The results of the 2010 population census showed a population growth rate of 2.14 percent in Bali in the last ten years.

In the 2000 census the population of Bali was only 3.15 million people. It rose to 3.89 million in the year 2010. Population growth is high due to the migration of residents from some parts of Indonesia.

"They are job seekers who tried their fortune in Bali, because they see many opportunities from the tourism sector," said Gede Suarsa.

These conditions affect the labor force which until February 2011 were recorded 2,295,574 million people, which were an increase of 178,602 people compared to the same month the previous year which were recorded only at 2,116,972 people.

While the total working population in Bali in February 2001, stood at 2,229,970 people or an increase of 188,633 people compared to the same month the previous year which was 2,041,337 people.

Thus the open unemployment in Bali reached 2.85 percent which declined by 3.57 percent within a year.

Almost all sectors in Bali had experience in the increase in the number of workers, except for two sectors namely agriculture and industry.

Workers in the agricultural sector decreased by 30,899 persons or 4.58 per cent and industrial sector by 13,410 people or 4.40 percent.

Gede Suarsa said there were four leading sectors as the main absorbers of labor in Bali, which consisted of agriculture, trade, social services and industrial sectors.(*)
Editor: Jafar M Sidik

Interview with Prof. W. Ramantha, Dean of the Economics Faculty of Bali's Udayana University. 


The October 29, 2009, edition of The Bali Post carried an interview with Professor W. Ramantha, the Dean of the Economic Faculty at Bali Udayana University. Here is our translation of Professor Ramantha's comments.

The Interview: Professor W. Ramantha – Dean of Economics Faculty, Udayana University, Bali.

Bali Post: Tourism remains the backbone of Bali's economy. What will be the condition in the future.

Prof. Ramantha: For several years to come, tourism will be the foundation of a number of economic activities. What's more, in the past two years there's been rapid development in tourism. This means that this sector must be protected well to guarantee it can continue to make an even larger contribution in the future.

Bali Post: What do you mean?

Prof. Ramantha: Tourism cannot be exploited without accompanying efforts to retain and enhance its attractiveness. Because, if there are no repairs, eventually the tourists will become bored. Moreover, if we're not careful tourism can even decline. Let's not forget that tourism in Bali in addition to being dependent on nature is also reliant on the environment, arts and culture.

Bali Post: How do we do this?

Prof. Ramantha: One effort should be plowing back some of the proceeds from tourism to create stronger tourism industry in the future. There must be reinvestment in tourism, both in tourism services as well in the manpower working in the tourism sector.

Bali Post: What about other sectors?

Prof. Ramantha: Actually, Bali has the potential to develop its economy outside of the tourism sector. To do this will require time. For example, the agricultural sector which is under pressure from decreasing land resources will need new breakthroughs in technology, new seeds and create a higher rate of return from the marketplace.
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