In order to encourage the implementation of sustainable tourism, the Municipality of Denpasar’s tourism office, in cooperation with Bali Travel News (Bali Post Media Group) held an information session for hoteliers about the Green Hotel program. The second ‘Development, Dissemination, Implementation and Supervision of Green Hotel Standardization’ information session was opened by Acting Head of the Denpasar
In order to encourage the implementation of sustainable tourism, the Municipality of Denpasar’s tourism office, in cooperation with Bali Travel News (Bali Post Media Group) held an information session for hoteliers about the Green Hotel program.
The second ‘Development, Dissemination, Implementation and Supervision of Green Hotel Standardization’ information session was opened by Acting Head of the Denpasar Tourism Office, A.A. Bagus Sudharsana, on Thursday (Jul. 20) in the Sewaka Dharma Building, Lumintang.
The Green Hotel team of Bali Travel News (BTN) introduced speakers A.A. Gede Raka Dalem, Dr. Putu Rumawan Salain and Dr. I Ketut Sumadi as well as accompanied by Prof. A.A. Ayu Oka Saraswati. Chariman of the Green Hotel Team, Gde Palgunadi hosted the event that was attended by approximately 60 hoteliers and managers of star and non-star hotels in the City of Denpasar.
Bagus Sudharsana said that a team from the Ministry of Tourism had recently evaluated the ‘Green Hotel’ criteria of 6 hotels, in cooperation with a climate change team from overseas. “The assessment includes environmental management including waste management. For example processing cooking oil into bio-diesel”, he said.
These information sessions continued Sudharsana, are aimed at raising awareness and providing knowledge to hotels in Denpasar about how to realize sustainable tourism as well as to encouraging hoteliers and their employees to become committed to participating in the concept of ‘Green Hotels’. “This event is to help improve the operational quality of hotel services by paying attention to the environment, culture and local communities”, he said.
Gde Palgunadi explained that the six-member Green Hotel team was formed by the head of the Denpasar Tourism Office based on the mandate of the mayor of Denpasar to disseminate information about ‘green hotels’. BTN was selected as a partner so as to achieve the target more quickly. “In 2016, the membership participation was quite high. Of the 60 hotels that signed on, 89 percent have followed through quite well”, he said.
The Green Hotel team not only assesses hotels but also educates and assists hoteliers in becoming more ‘green’. The team also involves the Municipality of Denpasar’s licensing bureau so that solutions can be communicated in the case of obstacles when requesting permits.
Prof. Rumawan said that the implementation of the concept of Green Hotels is not just for the City of Denpasar but for the whole world. In the face of climate change, the role of hotels is an important one when it comes to saving energy, water, managing waste and landscapes as well as creating comfort for guests.
A.A. Raka Dalem invited all the Green Hotel participants to focus more health of the maintaining the social and natural environment. Implementing the Green Hotel concepts he said is a way of contributing to improving and maintaining a sustainable environment.
On the same occasion, Sumadi conveyed that the Green Hotel program is in accordance with the vision of Denpasar as a culture-based city. The Green Hotel program is also based on the philosophy, customs and ethics of Balinese traditions and culture. (BTN/015)