As the series of International Conference on Sustainable Tourism (ICST) 2017, Buleleng District Government cooperated with Ganesha University of Education (Undiksha) and Tourism Ministry of Indonesia for sustainable tourism development. This cooperation was marked by signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among those three sides. The signing was held in Kasultanan Hotel Royal Ambarukmo Ballroom, Yogyakarta, Tuesday (31/10).
The signing was also attended by Assistant Deputy of Tourism Infrastructure and Ecosystem Development, Frans Teguh, as the representative of Tourism Ministry of Indonesia, Assistant of Government Sector Secretary Region of Buleleng Regency, Made Arya Sukerta, as the representative of Buleleng District Government, and Rector of Undiksha, Nyoman Jampel, as the representative of Undiksha Singaraja.
On that occasion, Frans Teguh said that sustainable tourism was tourism which invited all sides, especially societies to manage resources by fulfilling economic, social, and aesthetic needs.
According to him, that agenda was conducted to ensure the sustainability of local culture, nature habitat, biodiversity, and other significant supporting systems. “In the sustainable tourism, the role and participation of society is really needed,” he added.
He said that the goal of sustainable tourism was an ongoing process which required constant and innovative observation. Preventive and refinement procedures needed for the impact of tourism activities must also be done. “Through this MoU, Tourism Ministry will help and cooperate with Buleleng District Government for sustainable tourism development in Buleleng region,” he said firmly.
Meanwhile, Arya Sukerta as the representative of Buleleng District Government uttered that signing MoU was very helpful for Buleleng Regency, considering that Buleleng Regency is developing the tourism sector intensely.
He also said that some points in MoU were obviously clear as efforts from Buleleng District Government itself together with Tourism Ministry of Indonesia and Undiksha Singaraja to promote tourism of North Bali sustainably. “The content of this MoU thoroughly is the efforts to promote Buleleng tourism sustainably by inviting academicians from Undiksha Singaraja and Tourism Ministry of Indonesia,” he explained.
After signing the agreement, some activities needed would be reviewed to promote Buleleng tourism sustainably and synergize across sectors. “After this signing, there will be another cooperation and kinds of the cooperation will be discussed later,” he concluded.
Rector Nyoman Jampel separately offered his readiness to help Buleleng District Government to develop sustainable tourism. According to him, there were several points of MoU such as the quality improvement of human resources in tourism field, the research quality improvement and sustainable tourism information development, and community service.
“Undiksha itself is ready to mobilize all of resources possessed and we are ready to help and cooperate by mobilizing our human resources,” he ended.