Meeting with Governor Bali,Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Support Bali Tourism Development, Denpasar

Governor Bali  Wayan Koster welcomed the idea or a sustainable tourism development plan proposed by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparkraf).

"I welcome, especially Bali is being reorganized, so that it will be more attractive to tourists. Both in terms of nature, infrastructure and tourism services,"  Governor Koster said  when he met with the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio at Jaya Sabha, Denpasar, on Friday afternoon (November 22, 2019)

Governor Koster said that, so far Bali tourism has not been managed optimally so it needs to be addressed in all aspects. "Luckily, tourists still come to Bali. Only if left unchecked will stagnate for a long time. For that reason, more serious handling is needed," Governor Koster said,  who was also accompanied by Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace).

Koster believes that Bali tourism based on culture and local wisdom must also be supported by adequate security and comfort. "The nature is now cleared. We will complete infrastructure, short cut roads, docks, and airports. We will strengthen the human resources," Koster said. "Bali does not have oil, gas, mining, and so on. So it must be carefully maintained as a main backbone of tourism," he added.

Agree with Governor Koster,  Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama ensures that Bali remains the main attraction of Indonesian tourism. "Even though there is now a plan to develop a destination called '10 New Bali ', it still takes time to become like Bali. It needs long arrangement and effort, it can be 10 or even 20 years. Bali already has an image and brand, through its customs and culture, which makes it easier to develop again, "Wishnutama explained.

However, he considers Bali and Indonesia in general need a big design for the sustainability of tourism in the future. "Singapore has a masterplant for 90 years. Bali must have it too, with clear emphasis, not partial," he said.

According to him, Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy strongly supports the development of Bali tourism including infrastructure to education in order to strengthen tourism service human resources. "We are very supportive, there is still a lot of space and areas that can be developed in Bali. Like in North Bali, there is still a lot of potential. This is far easier than designing tourist destinations from scratch in other regions," he said.

The meeting which also answered the pros and cons of Muslim-friendly tourism discourse in Bali, was also attended by Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo as well as leaders and practitioners of Bali tourism. (