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Balinese tourism paradox

University of Udayana (Denpasar, Bali) lecturer I Ketut Surya Diarta writes in The Jakarta Post from Hawaii, United States about Bali. Having right in front of his eyes the American version of a "paradise remade" he warns of the danger, that Bali is loosing it's cultural identity:

Bali is known as paradise island not because you can do anything there... but because of its religious activities held almost every day. Bali has thousands of temples and thousands of ceremonies all year round.
Naturally it is supported by exotic tourist spots such as white sand beach, lakes,
mountains and natural beauty. Tourism can affect these rituals by placing a "price tag" on them. If we want to be the most popular and most attractive tourism destination, we don't have to be what the tourists want us to be. Making the culture a commodity, standardization, loss of identity and authenticity are examples of the sociocultural impacts of tourism on Bali. If we don't protect ourselves it will kill our native culture.

Tourists on Kuta beach in the Eighties

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