The Growth of Ecommerce in Bali

Bali, long a treasured tourist destination and jewel of Indonesia, has seen a surge in tourism in recent years. In step with that, it’s seen a growing and thriving ecommerce industry. If you’re interested in founding an online-based business having to do with Bali, there’s a lot of support in place already. Associations, agencies, and offices are springing up on Facebook, Foursquare, and Linked-In. The best course of action is to join this network, and keep an eye out for the ever-increasing business opportunities revolving around Bali.

Established “brick-and-mortar” businesses, some of them thriving for years before the web came along, are also coming to the web. Not just tourism businesses, but local industries and small businesses are thriving online. One such notable small industry is mopeds – one of the most popular means of transport around the region. Sales and rental moped businesses are finding the web a valuable resource for drawing in customers.

Even Balinese Twitter accounts are popping up. Getting on Twitter is one more handy way for small businesses to get a little free promotional flow from the social web. And since images and video are as easily posted to Twitter as 140-character texts, one can take advantage of Bali’s camera-friendly views in promoting a Bali-based business.

Another Balinese small industry advertising on the web is villa management companies. Vacation villas enjoy a far more attractive option for tourists than staying in a cramped hotel space. Some of these villas would do a Hollywood movie-star mansion proud, and the web is the best place to show them off. In between, you need somebody to manage a villa, so the cottage industry around maintenance staff and hosts does well on the web too.

Finally, Bali’s amazing art culture has “gone viral” on the web. Much of the world has never seen the exotic and characteristic arts and crafts of Bali. Dancers’ videos make great ballast for YouTube, as do scuba diving explorations. Bali’s unique position makes a good match for ecommerce development. Entrepreneurs are creating a boom around it, which ensures that Bali looks forward to a healthy digital business environment as fair as its climate for years to come.