According to reporting by Vietnam Plus, the Indonesian government is planning to impose taxes on foreign tourists in five super-priority tourist destinations.
Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparekraf) Vinsensius Jemadu said on Monday (30/10/23) that in the near future, international tourist taxation will not only be applied in Bali but also in the five super-priority destinations of Lake Toba (North Sumatra), Borobudur Temple (Central Java), Mandalika (West Nusa Tenggara), Labuan Bajo (East Nusa Tenggara), and Likupang (North Sulawesi).
Vinsensius mentioned that the tax for foreign tourists will start to be implemented in Bali in February 2024. The next destinations for similar implementation will be determined based on assessments of three aspects, namely accessibility, amenities, and attractions, say Vietnam Plus.
The official said he believes that the flat tax of IDR 150,000 (approx. USD 10) for foreign tourists on Bali is considered a globally-oriented policy, as it has been carried out in many countries worldwide, with Indonesia being one of the later adopters.
Vietnam Plus report that Vinsensius emphasised that tourism tax should go hand in hand with the quality improvement of services and hotels. He also expressed hopes that Bali would become a model for other tourist destinations in Indonesia.
Source: Vietnam Plus