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Support For Sports Tourism Renewed As Bali Prepares To Host Major Sports Conference

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During his weekly press briefing, Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno, has reiterated his commitment to bringing more sports tourism to the country. His renewed pledges of support come as Bali is preparing to host the prestigious Sportel Rendez-Vous on the 23rd and 24th of February.

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The event will be held at the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua and is the biggest sports broadcasting and media conference of its kind. The event serves as an excellent boost for Bali, where both events and sports tourism, as well as adventure, village, and wedding tourism, are key focus points this year. 

Addressing the media at ‘The Weekly Briefing with Sandi Uno’ the minister said the Ministry for Tourism is ready to collaborate and facilitate the Sportel Rendez-Vous. He said, “This activity will be a momentum to further increase foreign tourists’ visits and foreign tourists movements. We encourage the implementation of CHSE guidelines for organizing events.”

He also drew attention to the #NgeShortsBareng Workshop Tour that will be brought to ten cities across Indonesia in the coming months. The roadshow workshop will visit Medan, Balikpapan, Denpasar, Sorong, Yogyakarta, Pekanbaru, Makassar, Malang, Manado, and Mataram.

The campaign is designed to help local content creators improve their skills and tell better stories through social media short videos. The first #NgeShortsBareng Workshop will be held in Medan, North Sumatra, this weekend, ahead of a huge sporting event that will be held in the region later this year. The PowerBoat Lake Toba F1 event is set to be one of the biggest sports tourism events in Indonesia in 2023.

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Minster Uno said, “The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia and StarHits present #NgeShortsBareng. A skill-enhancing initiative that allows Indonesian creators to learn, connect, and create, as well as gain insight and best practices from creators and practitioners about new ways of telling stories through short video formats.”

The whole program is designed to help Indonesian citizens learn new skills and simultaneously promote tourism domestically and internationally. Minster Uno concluded, “We encourage content creators to create unique and interesting content to participate in promoting the tourism sector and creative economy in their regions, in order to support the target of 1.2 to 1.4 billion tourists movements in 2023, especially in 10 #NgeshortsBareng Implementation Locations.”

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Back in Bali, preparations are well underway for the Sportel Rendez-Vous at the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua. The Nusa Dua area is the island’s leading destination for major conferences and international events. Back in November 2022, The Nusa Dua area hosted the majority of the G20 Summit events. The geopolitical summit has been praised as a resounding success, and officials in Bali are pleased that the G20 showcased the island’s capacity to host international events.


The Sportel Rendez-Vous features workshops, presentations, networking events, and masterclasses. The event is the most prestigious sports broadcasting exhibition in the world. Indonesia is increasingly being considered an important audience for international sports broadcasters and event organizers. In 2023, Bali will host two major sports tournaments; firstly, the World Beach Games, and secondly, the island will host qualifying matches for the FIFA U19s World Cup


Speaking in September 2022, Indonesia’s Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali confirmed that qualifying matches would be hosted across provinces, with the finals to be hosted in Jakarta. He said, ‘We continue to prepare the organizing committee and the coordination with provincial, districts, and municipal authorities. We are not only aspiring to become a host of a football competition but are also keen to showcase Indonesia. We also want to show that Indonesia can be a good host’. 


As for the World Beach Games, the Chair of Indonesia’s Olympic Committee, Raja Sapta Oktohari, issued a statement to confirm the winning bid. He said, ‘The World Beach Games in Bali is not only profitable for the world of sports, but can also have a positive impact on the economic and tourism sectors. AWBG is the most prestigious multi-event for beach and water sports, which will be attended by 1,200 athletes and 1,400 officials from 100 countries. The World Beach Games will be held in Bali from the 5-12th August, 2023.

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Wayan Bo

Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

Volleyball was already established in 1980’s on Blue Ocean Beach. Frisbee was played each day.


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

I mean Bali has to put its head together and come up with something besides tourism to generate income.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 23rd of February 2023

@Buaya, sure can export fruits & vegetables to UK and beyond supermarkets have shortage on it.


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

According to an article by I Made Arsana, CRCS at Gajah Mada University: "...the offering business has, without a doubt, now become Bali’s largest domestic “industry,” with the money that changes hands second only to that of the tourism sector."