Quiet beaches and not a Westerner in sight: Fascinating print array reveals Bali in a 1970s – before tourism exploded

With a arise of cheaper general atmosphere travel, tourism took off in Bali during a 80s and 90s.


The end was marketed as a ‘tropical paradise’ in silken traveller brochures and transport websites. It shortly became famous as a ‘Mexico of Australia’, with flights from Sydney holding around 6 hours.

In 2000, a island’s categorical airfield carried 4.4 million passengers and by 2011, this series had exploded to 11.1 million.  

Today Bali’s economy is heavily contingent on tourism.

Many travellers to a segment are immature backpackers, flocking to a mixed bars and clubs to splash and celebration in a sharp-witted traveller towns of Kuta and Seminyak.

The volcanic outcrop also became a must-visit end for soul-searchers, after it was featured in Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat Pray Love, that was done into a 2010 film starring Julia Roberts.

The island bounced behind after a lethal militant bombings of 2002 and 2005 and it managed to continue a open family charge in 2015 when dual Australians were executed for drug trafficking.

Indonesian tourism consultant Nyoman Sukma Arida, of Udayana University, has been warning for some-more than a decade that Bali’s conditions is coming saturation, indicating to signs of environmental highlight all over a island.

In a bid to quell tourism and for eremite reasons, there is a due ethanol anathema that could levy sentences of adult to 10 years in jail for producing, offered or immoderate alcohol. As of yet, no measures have been passed.

The island is primarily Hindu, while a rest of a nation is Muslim with one of a world’s largest populations of Islam followers. 

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