We have noticed on our commute between our ocean based coral farm to our Coral shipping facility and the airport, that we see a lot new faces. We see a stream of tourists from Europe, Australia and the USA coming to Bali. While tourist numbers are not quite where they were compare to pre-covid numbers, we are on our way to get there.
Certainly the upcoming G20 summit in mid November will put the island on the map, and we expect quite congested roads during the meetings duration. But government officials have plans of further ramp up interest in the island nation. Indonesia’s Acting Director General of Immigration Widodo Ekatjahjana announced a new Visa that would allow foreigners to obtain a 5 or 10 year visa if they match certain financial requirements. A 10 billion rupiah bank account which equals around $ 130,000 USD is one of the requirements. That policy so the Director “…can be a stimulus for certain foreigners to stay and contribute positively to the Indonesian economy amidst increasingly dynamic global economic conditions.” We at the Bali Coral Farm welcome such initiative as a vibrant travel industry from and to Bali will further help our business of raising and shipping live coral all over the world. We will do our part to invigorate the economy with our colorful coral. And while we are at it, we will look forward to see a lot of new faces in our little island paradise. Who knows, maybe the next time we are at the airport we will have a chance of greeting you with a friendly ‘Halo’.