Apart from conventional vacationers, Bali was now already often
visited by American and European tourists who meditate at its temples to
seek spiritual peace or fulfilment, they noted.
"With its temples held sacred by the Hindu population and its many
centers of artistic and cultural activity, Bali has all the makings to
become a spiritual tourism destination," I Wayan Aksara, marketing
manager of Puri Ageng Blahbatuh, said here on Tuesday.
Wayan, who is also an artist, hoped the government would become
aware of and seriously develop Bali`s spiriitual tourism potentials.
"Spritual tourism development, of course, must be done with due
respect for the rules in each region and avoid violating the essence of
religious activities at temples," Wayan said.
A member of the Gianyar Legislative Council, Dewa Anom Astawa,
said he hoped many parties would be involved in the efforts to develop
Bali`s e spiritual tourism potentials.
"Local spiritual leaders should also take part in these efforts
because they know the essence of spiritual activities," Anom Astawa
Spiritual tourism, according to Anom Astawa, was not only for r
foreigners but also for Indonesians because they too needed
opportunities to reinvigorate or revitalize their spirit.
"Therefore, the infrastructure of spiritual tourism needs to be
packaged in efficient but attractive ways so it will really help to
bring peace, not problems, to the tourists" Anom Astawa added.
Anom said Balinese people had for a long time wanted to see
spiritual tourism being developed on their island but they realized it
would take time.
Meanwhile, according to Bali`s statistics bureau, as many as
49,989 US tourists visited Bali in the January-July 2011 period or up
25.58 percent compared with the number in the same period last year
which was recorded at only 39,806
A total of 78,082 French tourists visited Bali in the January-
August period in 2011, or up 6.92 percent from 73,027 in the same period
last year. Tourist arrivals from Britain rose 7.67 percent from 62,358