How Bali plans to attract even more Australians to the island paradise by becoming a top destination for travelers wanting PLASTIC SURGERY
- The Balinese government has injected funds to revive its cosmetics industry
- The change comes after the tourism-dependent island struggled during the pandemic
- The island hopes to become the first place for Australians seeking cosmetic treatments
- Construction of a new six-story beauty center will begin in the coming months
Bali is trying to become the top medical tourism destination for Australians as the Indonesian government injects funds to boost its cosmetics industry.
The holiday mecca has felt the economic hit of its heavy reliance on tourism during the Covid pandemic, as travel bans have hampered its generally steady flow of international visitors.
Today, like many other countries, the island has learned these hard-learned lessons and is looking to expand its business interests by becoming the go-to place for plastic surgery.
The Balinese authorities have invested in a new center for aesthetics, well-being and anti-aging at the Sanglah hospital which should start in a few months.
Bali aims to become the number one medical tourism destination for Australians
Dermatologist Dr Ekkers said the scheme will allow Australians to go under the knife at more affordable rates than at home.
‘Lips, eyes, chest. All plastic surgery. Anything you want,” she told A Current Affair.
“We want our patients to age gracefully. Healthy inside and out.’
The six-story building will offer specialist care for a range of services, including boob jobs, botox and butt lifts.
While the tourist hotspot already has a cosmetics industry, authorities hope the investment will make the country a top destination, offering better treatments and procedures than those available in Thailand or Singapore.
Dermatologist Dr Ekkers says Australians will be able to have ‘any cosmetic procedure they choose’ when the new aesthetic center opens
The new six-storey Aesthetics and Wellness Center (pictured) will give patients the opportunity to receive specialist treatments
However, Australians holidaying in Bali were divided over whether or not they would accept the offer to go under the knife.
“I come from a medical background and unless they staff their hospitals with our trained staff – then no,” said one woman.
“They think water cleans everything here.”
Another woman said ‘it would be great’ if she could introduce more beauty services to the island, while a third said it ‘must be good’ if they upped their game.
“For the people here, I think that would be a great idea,” one man said.
Australians have been returning to Bali in droves since March, when the island reopened for the first time in nearly two years.
Tourism accounts for more than 50% of Bali’s economy, with official figures indicating that 700,000 residents were out of work due to Covid-19.
More than 70% of Balinese residents work in tourism, with the 6.3 million tourists who visited in 2019 contributing USD 7.8 billion (AUD 11,253,785,400) to the economy.
Bali, dependent on tourism, suffered economically during the Covid pandemic (pictured) as travel bans left the normally bustling island deserted