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Bali officially has tourism promotion board

Bali officially has tourism promotion boardAfter receiving insistence from some circles, the Bali Government finally issued a Gubernatorial Regulation and Gubernatorial Decree on the establishment the Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) Bali. The Head of Bali Government Tourism Office, IB Kade Subhiksu, mentioned the decree had been forwarded to Tourism Industry Association of Indonesia (GIPI) Bali to be followed up immediately.

“Legally and officially, Bali has set up the BPPD with nine members based on the Gubernatorial Decree and Regulation. We have forwarded the decree to GIPI Bali to be followed up by forming the structure, such as choosing a chairman, secretary and treasurer,” said Kade Subhiksu when met in Denpasar.

He said the establishment of promotion board in accordance with the mandate of Law No.10/2009 on Tourism involved the circles of tourism associations, academicians and airlines. Nine personnel selected posed the key policy makers in thinking about the program of tourism promotion.

“Nine people were elected, where four of which are representatives of tourism associations, professionals (2 persons), academicians (2) and airline (1),” he said. Related to the inauguration of the BPPD management, Kade Subhiksu said it was enough with the issuance of the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree. “In the law, there is no inauguration and installment, so it is enough with the issuance of the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree and then starts working,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the GIPI Bali, Ngurah Wijaya, when contacted he confirmed to have received the Gubernatorial Regulation and Decree to be followed up by forming the organizational structure. “We have organized a meeting while waiting for some members who are still outside Bali. We just need several meetings to reach the same perception,” he said.

He said the GIPI Bali would soon report the results of the BPPD formation to governor. “Once established, we will immediately report it to governor,” he said. As known, the establishment of Bali tourism promotion board ran slowly whereas Bali relying on the tourism sector should have an integrated promotion agency to support the growth of tourism on the Island of the Gods. Moreover, the Law No.10/2009 on Tourism mandated the local government through the Bali Government Tourism Office to facilitate the formation of two agencies namely the Tourism Industry Association of Indonesia (GIPI) and Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD).

A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Nyoman Kandia, said that Bali as a world tourist destination was actually less observant if it was unable to immediately form the BPPD. Stakeholders of Bali tourism should immediately propose to government the establishment of the BPPD. “Bali must take action faster in promoting Bali tourism. Bali is Indonesia’s tourist entrance. Besides, the BPPD also poses a partner of local government and in the future it will play the role in increasing the tourist arrivals to Bali,” he said. (BTN/kmb)