In the coming years expect visitors to Bali to be younger and more Russian, but don’t worry, there will continue to be an influx of European students pretending to be poor people who just happen to be on an exotic backpacking holiday. Oh come on, you know who you are!
Here are a few snippets of e-news on Bali’s future tourism.
Australia’s Manly Daily quotes a 12-year old surfer who plans to ride Bali’s waves and eventually go pro:
I’d like to go all the way and go on the ASP Tour and travel to places like Pipeline and Bali, it would be a great lifestyle.
–Alysse Cooper, young Australian surfer
Travel website E Turbo News describes how more Russians are visiting the ‘Island of the Gods’:
I was impressed with Alexey’s organization, and learned that his company had been working with one of our ICTP [International Council of Tourism Partners] founding members in Bali for 10 years. Mr. Kats is a pioneer for helping Russians traveling to Bali.
–Hawaii Tourism Association President Juergen T. Steinmetz
From the London School of Economics newspaper, The Beaver:
The place was small, compact and full of art galleries, cultural shops, and multi ethnic food places. A wonderful market lay in the centre, with a palace to the north of the town and the jalan monkey forest at the other end. You can walk the whole area in an afternoon, but the views of the rice fields and terraces are endless, and don’t get boring. We indulged in ‘Gado Gado’- the Indonesian array of vegetables, meats, rice, tofu etc, and generally enjoyed the slower pace of life in the so-called ‘heart’ of Bali. After a few days of Kuta madness, this was the perfect haven for rest and relaxation. The novel ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert, which follows the life of a middle aged American women on the journey to ‘“find herself’” is partly set in Ubud. It seems many fans of the story have now found themselves in Ubud too.