Bali Recovery

Bali Recovery

Amid the tourism recovery efforts undertaken by all elements of society in Bali, it is necessary to consider the basic elements that it is better for us to contemplate or re-think for a while. Do a restart or whatever. In the middle of the Mount Agung eruption disaster hitting the tourism sector of Bali, surely

Amid the tourism recovery efforts undertaken by all elements of society in Bali, it is necessary to consider the basic elements that it is better for us to contemplate or re-think for a while. Do a restart or whatever. In the middle of the Mount Agung eruption disaster hitting the tourism sector of Bali, surely it has a positive impact. It’s named positive because we were told to re-think about Bali’s holistic tourism strategy.

Really, it needs to be kept in mind repeatedly. Perhaps, it will result in boredom and there may be a presumption that media has run out of fresh idea to look for new things so they continuously do the repetition. It’s absolutely no. One of the tasks borne by media is to provide enlightenment and educate the community so they are not blinded by short-term interests. They do not pursue economic interests all the times.

The problem is that it happens in Bali. Hinduism, local culture and ancestral teachings suggest it. There is always a blessing in disguise behind disasters. Sometimes, we do not really understand. Our philosophy, Tri Hita Karana, always teaches harmonious relationship with vertical and horizontal elements. Harmonizing thought, word and action is not easy. There are just obstacles. But most importantly, we must overcome the sense of ego and the inner constraints that is often too dominant.

Well, when Bali tourism recovery efforts are synergistically carried out with the back-up of central government through the Ministry of Tourism, once again it must be reminded this effort is not solely an economic matter. It does not just catch the target of tourist visit or discuss about the threat of employee layoff and so on. However, there is something more important, namely the sustainability of this tourism forward, how to care for it and find the exact formulation to manage Bali in single management. The concept of one island management has long been echoed but it is hard to put into practice. Each region has its own ego.

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Well, when we are hit by disaster, inevitably we have to unite our attitude, perception and go hand in hand to immediately recover from adversity. The interdependency in the future will be very high. We cannot live alone despite having prepared scenarios with various variants. This disaster reminds us that we are not ready with contingency plan, an emergency plan when the main plan does not work or cannot be implemented.

Besides, as stated above, it is necessary to contemplate for a while. If this condition recovers quickly and we behave normally as ever before, this disaster is not meaningful to us. Actually, this is a lesson if we want to learn how to make self-assessment, assess the potential of Bali’s nature amidst the endless turmoil of tourism industry. Do we still orientate in quantity? Not quality? It should also become contemplation. So far, we are all still euphoric how to recover as soon as possible from this adversity. Hotel rooms, restaurants, airport are quiet and so on. All parties blame on the eruption of Mount Agung. Is it right? Think it once again? Is it on the contrary, right? Actually, Mount Agung implies that we should think again how we should care of this beloved island. (Gde Palgunadi/gdepalgunadi@gmail.com)



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