Foreign tourists take part in the ninth Sanur Village Festival parade in Denpasar, Bali in this file photo taken on August. 24, 2014. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)
The five-day Sanur Village Festival (SVF) 2017 that ran from August 9 to 13 managed to generate more than Rp 45 billion in monetary transactions in the surrounding area of Maisonette Area Inna Grand Bali Beach, the festival’s venue.
“The economic impact is huge, all food and beverages stalls were always crowded with people and everyone was shopping,” said Sanur Village Festival committee head, Ida Bagus Gede Sidharta.
“Throughout the five days, there were about 100,000 tourists who came to SVF, if one person spent Rp 500,000 ($50), the total spending could reach billions of Rupiah, around Rp 45 billion,” Ida added.
The number Rp 500,000 is a minimum spending for a tourist, international tourists usually can spend up to Rp 850,000 per person.
Tourism Ministry's Archipelago Marketing Development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti said that the event attracted plenty of tourists from Europe.
Jon Clark, a tourist from the United Kingdom was very happy that he was welcomed with a festival while vacationing in Bali.
“I really like it, Sanur Village Festival is really fun,” he said.
Meanwhile, another tourist from the United Kingdom named Chloe gave praises to Balinese delicacies, “The food is delicious and everything is affordable. I fell in love instantly with Bali,” said Chloe. (asw)