The 27th of September marked World Tourism Day. Bali, as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations, saw plenty of events celebrating the island’s leading industry.
One of the biggest events was held at the iconic Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak. The venue is a Balinese-owned business and acclaimed pioneer in the sustainable tourism space.
The World Tourism Day event was held at Potato Head Bali and hosted by the sustainable tourism groups KemBali Becik and Eco Tourism Bali.
The event features a trade show, panel discussion, presentations, and more.
The theme of the event focused on tourism and green investment, and attendees were inspired and armed with all the information they need to focus their attention in an impactful way for the future of tourism in Bali.
While the event was attended by leaders in the sustainable tourism space in Bali, the open-invite event was also attended by sustainability advocates and Bali lovers aplenty.
The Founder and CEO of Eco Tourism Bali told the attendees, “Sustainable Tourism must be a solution to maintain a balance between tourism needs with nature and environmental preservation.”
There was much timely discussion about how Bali lovers can help maintain the fine balance between the increased tourism development boom the island is experiencing and the vital need to conserve the island’s natural landscapes.
The event was also the launch of the digital Sustainability Verification Guidelines and System.
The protocols have been designed as a gold standard for the food and beverage industry in Bali to help promote best sustainable practices.
This will not only benefit the island itself but vastly improve the quality of the products used in tourist venues.
Speaking at the opening of the event Michelle Winowatan, Project Lead KemBali Becik, told the audience “We are very happy to be able to collaborate with Eco Tourism Bali for this event. It is hoped that this event can inspire and educate Bali tourism policyholders to reduce the negative impacts caused by the increasing tourism sector post-pandemic.”
As the island enters its ‘New Era of Bali’, leaders across the province, have agreed that the future of tourism must be “sustainable and culturally dignified”.
In the coming months and years, tourists planning their vacations and adventures in Bali can expect to have more access to experiences that promote both the rich cultural heritage of the island and provide a meaningful way to connect to nature as much as possible.
Eco Tourism Bali is keen to get as many tourism businesses implementing sustainable practices as possible.
Eco Tourism Bali offers an assessment that allows business owners to evaluate the positive environmental impact their business has created.
Those who can tick all the boxes can apply to receive verification as Sustainable Tourism Champions supported by the Bali Tourism Board.
During one of the discussion sessions Rahmi Fajar Harini, Co-founder and COO of Eco Tourism Bali, said “It is hoped that this series of activities can help realize the transformation of Bali as a sustainable tourism destination in 2030, in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals number 6, 7, 11 and 12 of United Nations.”
KemBali Becik is an online resource that helps spread awareness of sustainable living and business practices with a strong focus on the tourism sector. Their resources help tourists make informed decisions about how and where they can support tourism businesses that are prioritizing sustainable practices.
The Bali Green Pages, managed by KemBali Becik, is an incredible online directory that lists all the businesses in Bali that have pledged to work towards best sustainable practices in terms of biodiversity, community, energy, transport, waste, and water.
The businesses vary from hotels and resorts to cafes, beach clubs, and restaurants. The Green Pages also list all the tourist attractions on the island that have committed to operating with sustainability in mind.
Popular tourist attractions and activities that get the Green Pages seal of approval include the super famous Waterbom Bali, the family-friendly water park in the heart of Kuta.
The incredible Astungkara Way have also received a big thumbs up. They have gone above and beyond to create a tourism model that is not only sustainable but regenerative, which means (in short) as a tourism experience, it’s giving back more than it takes.
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