Bali Governor: Marine Tourism Has Two Benefits

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Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika asserted, the development of marine tourism has two benefits of mutual support, in terms of local livelihoods, and environmental conservation.

Governor Mangku Pastika said this in a written speech read by the Head of the Bali Tourism Office, Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha in the meeting of the 18th Inter-islands Tourism Policy Forum (ITOP), in Phuket, Thailand, on Thursday.

Bali is one of the four founders of ITOP, the other three are Hainan Province (China), Jeju (Korea), and Okinawa (Japan). Since its founding 18 years ago, the number of members continues to grow and now becoming ten provinces including Phuket Island, Thailand.

In a meeting in Phuket, each member of ITOP’s governor delivered programs and strategies in the development of tourism based to the theme of this year’s meeting “Sustainable Maritime Tourism Network”.

Pastika added, although Bali develops cultural tourism and make culture as a major tourist attraction, the island also has beaches and beautiful marine park for the development of marine tourism.

Marine tourism attraction in various places like Sanur, Tanjung Benoa, Uluwatu, Kuta, Nusa Penida and Lembongan, Lovina and Amed are good for snorkeling, sea walker, diving, and parasailing.

“Pemuteran even become famous around the world for the success of the rehabilitation of coral reefs so could draw back tourists to enjoy the nautical tourism in northern Bali,” said Governor.

At first, added Pastika, the beautiful of sea coral in Pemuteran was damaged by fishermen to catch fish using a bomb.

With the assistance of divers entrepreneurs, businessmen accommodation and public figures, held the initiative to rehabilitate. Thanks to rehabilitation, community in Pemuteran back to enjoy the benefits of marine tourism activities by introducing traveled tourists in diving or snorkeling.

In ITOP meeting, Bali delegation invited the Chairman of Tourism Study Master Program, Prof I Nyoman Darma Putra to deliver a paper on “marine tourism” in Bali.

In his paper titled “Bali, between Cultural and Marine Tourism”, Darma Putra said that cultural tourism and marine tourism in Bali support each other to increase the attractiveness of the island.

“Bali has so much to be thankful for and are able to offer many marine tourist attractions ranging from surfing to underwater scooter,” said Darma.

According to Darma, marine tourism as the same strong potential to cultural tourism, which can be presented to the millions of tourists who visit Bali.

“Without a lot of culture and appeal of nautical tourism, what was to be presented Bali to 3.2 million tourists flowing to Bali every year?” said Darma Putra.

ITOP Forum in Phuket last for three days, 20-22 August 2014, while for the forum next year, has agreed to be held in Jeju (Korea).

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