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Spiritual tourism potential in Bali not fully tapped

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    THE JAKARTA POST

KLUNGKUNG,BALI   /   Sun, March 8 2009   /  09:22 am

Bali has been billed as one of the world’s top spiritual tourism destinations, but its potential has yet to be fully tapped, a seminar heard Saturday. Wayan Wijayasa, an industry observer from the Denpasar Tourism Academy, said the fact was, spiritual tourism was already blooming in Bali. “A simple example is the fact there are more and more hotels offering yoga classes. More and more tourists are coming to Bali to deepen their spirituality, although we do not have the detailed figures yet,” he said. Wijayasa, who has a master’s degree in tourism focusing on yoga, was speaking at the seminar being held at the Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram in Klungkung. The seminar was part of the ongoing International Bali-India Yoga Festival, which runs until Tuesday. He said the untapped potential to develop such tourism came mainly from Western countries, whose citizens wer...