The Regency of Tabanan has been holding cultural tourism events as a way to encourage the economic development of the area. The Ulundau Beratan Festival that will start on June 5th, 2016 is one example of such events. This yearly event highlights many of Tabanan’s unique aspects, including its arts, crafts and culinary specialties. Druing
The Regency of Tabanan has been holding cultural tourism events as a way to encourage the economic development of the area. The Ulundau Beratan Festival that will start on June 5th, 2016 is one example of such events. This yearly event highlights many of Tabanan’s unique aspects, including its arts, crafts and culinary specialties.
Druing an informal meeting at the Ministry of Tourism on Wednesday (Apr 13), Ni Regent of Tabanan, Putu Eka Wiryastuti presented the Ulundanu Beratan Festival program. “We are holding this festival in order to support the potential of Tabanan as a cultural tourism friendly area, with a focus on culture, art and nature”, explained Wiwyastuti.
Regent Eka, along with Head of Tabanan’s Bureau of Tourism, I Wayan Adnyana, Head of Public Relations and Proctocol for the Secretariat of Tabanan, I Putu Dian Setiawan, and General Manager of Ulundanu Beratan Tourism attraction ( DTW), I Wayan Mustika were received by Deputy Minister of International Market Development, I Gde Pitana and his colleagues.
Even though the Ulundanu Beratan Festival has already been running for a few years, said Regent Eka, it still needs to be further developed and promoted so that more domestic and international tourists can know about it. “The agricultural sector and the tourism sector are the basis of Tabanan’s economy. We therefore hope to get support form the central government in terms of both management and promotion”, said the regent.
This meeting was also a way to improve coordination with the Ministry of Tourism so that the development of tourism can run as desired. “In fact, Tabanan’s tourism sector is already running quite well, as evidenced by the fact that the Tanah Lot Tourist Attraction receives about 3.5 million visitors a year”, said Regent Eka.
Improvements to Tabanan’s tourism sector are nonetheless very much needed given that so much of the area’s tourism potential remains either untapped or not fully developed. “We in the regency of Tabanan also want to contribute to the nation and in order to do this we definetly need the support of the central government” he added.
Head of Tabanan’s Tourism Bureau, I Wayan Adnyana added that Ulundanu Beratan Festival is actually strongly dependant on the support of the Ministry of Tourism. When the festival first started in 2014, it was thanks to support from the Ministry of Tourism. “It is this support that has inspired us to continue holding this festival”. Hopefully this support can help further develop Jatiluwuh, Tanah Lot and of course other tourist destination”, he said. This years’ festival will start on June 5th and take place every weekend for two months.
Gde Pitana said that it would good if the government of Tabanan could prepare several proposals to submit directly to the Ministry of “We suggest that it would be best if these proposals were comprehensive as we are ready to take the necessary steps to fulfill the desired outcome”, he said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Deputi of the South East Asain Market for the Ministry of Tourism, Rizki Handayani shared a smiliar perspective saying that Bali is already well known in the international scene. “ We at the Ministry just hope that every turists who visits has an enjoyable experience, which is why we are encouraging every area to hold such events”, he said.
During this meeting, the Ministyr of Tourism also mentioned plans their plan to help promote the Indonesia Food Festival that is set to take place at Tanah Lot, Tabanana. If this national event is successful, Tabanan’s culinary sector will obvisouly benefit too. (BTN/015)