Tourists in Bali will be encouraged to explore the unique culture of the island.
In a move to promote sustainable and higher-quality tourism on the island, leaders are working to establish new ways of managing tourists and the travel industry to help ensure tourists have an enjoyable trip and that the island’s heritage is respected.
Speaking at the Weekly Brief With Sandi Uno, which is a press conference come cultural showcase with the Indonesian Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, the Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, laid out a vision for the future of tourism in Bali.
Pemayun statements come as leaders in Bali are keen to stamp out bad behavior by tourists and work to establish a new kind of tourism on the island.
Pemayun said, “So our tourism tagline is now: quality and dignified culture-based tourism.”
This manta is similar to that which was announced by Minister Uno last year, who said that he wanted to see Bali become the island of spirituality, serenity, and sustainability over being synonymous only with sea, sand, and sunshine.
During his statements at the Weekly Press Briefly, Pemayun also gave more context for the decision to ban hiking activities on Bali’s mountains, a ban that has caused a lot of distress for tour guides and local communities who will no longer have access to the land.
Pemayun said, “These mountains are a holy place in Bali, so we want to glorify the mountains again. Because if it is not glorified, then Bali may be abandoned as a world tourist destination.”
He added, “Yesterday, we gathered 186 mountain tour guides in Bali, and we transformed them into contract workers (at the Bali Provincial Government).”
Last week Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, revealed that all hiking guides who were previously working on Mount Batur and Mount Agung would be offered work as mountain and forest rangers in lieu of losing their livelihoods as a result of the ban.
In response to Pemayun’s comments, Sandiaga Uno shared his support for the promotion of Balinese values in tourism.
He said, “The concept of quality and dignified culture-based tourism is in line with what we want to develop in our tourism recovery.”
Minster Uno noted that the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies supports culture-based tourism development.
However, Minster Uno has previously towed a very diplomatic line noting that other legislative changes outlined by the Bali Provincial Government must face serious evaluation and review before they could be passed into law.
In fact, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economies is really keen to see Balinese culture promoted to all tourists who visit the island.
The Tourism Board, Wonderful Indonesia, has shared a new infographic this week giving advice to ‘savvy’ travelers in Bali to help them make the most of their time on the unique island.
While Bali is a kind of destination where tourists can keep themselves to themselves and indulge in the phenomenal hospitality afforded to guests at all-inclusive resorts, there is so much to discover by stepping outside the hotel lobby.
For example, Wonderful Indonesia suggests that tourists should ‘enhance your cultural experience by visiting sites and shirtings with a knowledge, local licensed guide who can provide insights into the local custom and traditions.”
Important cultural landmarks in Bali include Tirta Empul Temple, where tourists can take part in a traditional meerkat water blessing ceremony.
Tanah Lot Temple, close to the ultra-popular destination of Canggu, is a hugely significant cultural landmark that is well worth a visit, especially late in the afternoon before sunset.
Lake Beratan and Pura Ulun Danu Beratan, which is in the north of the island, is one of the most famous temples on the island and the perfect place to learn more about the unique cultural beliefs and spirituality of the island.
Ubud is the arts and culture capital of the island of Bali. It is a wonderful destination to explore the history of provide as well as take in traditional dance and cultural shows.
For an immersive experience that takes you on a tour of the entire archipelago of Bali, be sure to book tickets for The Devdan Show at Nusa Dua Theatre.
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