Urban planning expert from Trisakti University, Jimmy Juana, revealed that urban planning in Bali is still behind even the likes of Laos, despite its apparent superiority over regional contenders in the tourism industry.
“Although the tourism sector doesn’t perform as well, cities in Laos are well organized. When it comes to the tourism industry, people want to visit a comfortable and safe place,” he said.
According to Juana, lighting is one of the important issues pertinent to security. On the other hand, a too brightly and badly lit environment can also be offensive, he said. Juana recognizes that big cities in Bali have great opportunities as well as challenges ahead.
“Not too many other regions are as fortunate as Bali. The island resort has the potential unseen elsewhere, but unfortunately it has not been properly developed.” he said.
Some of the opportunities, he said, are lighting, or lack of it. “Lack of lightings, for instance, limits trips to tourist destination to daytime. “When the sun sets, or in the evening, tourist can no longer enjoy the attraction. If the lighting is managed properly, it can contribute to increased profit throughout Bali,” he said.
In this regard, Juana includes areas like Legian to Seminyak, Kuta, hotels in Kuta, Sanur and Jimbaran as some of the tourist destinations that are not well developed along with Ubud, Bedugul, Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Lovina and Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK).
“While lighting is not the sole solution to tourism issues, it is a quite significant in providing support to the industry. I am quite optimistic that Bali will yield better results if the lighting is optimized,” said Juana.