UNWTO Secretary General Visits Penglipuran Tourism Village

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UNWTO Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili, accompanied by Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of RI, Sandiaga Uno, visits Penglipuran Tourism Village. (Image: Kemenparekraf)

This year, Indonesia was entrusted with hosting the 42nd World Tourism Day (WTD) celebration which fell on September 27, 2022. This event was centered in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The celebration event was followed by a field trip program for all participants ranging from representatives of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the G20 Tourism Minister, a number of international organizations, as well as national and international tourism stakeholders to Penglipuran Tourism Village in Bangli, Bali.

The group’s visit to this tourism village was entertained with various Balinese art performances such as the Gebogan Parade, gamelan music, Barong Dance and several other Balinese dances.

Penglipuran Tourism Village is one of the leading tourist villages in Bali and even Indonesia and includes an independent tourist village. Thanks to its natural beauty, culture, and warm community life, this tourist village has won many awards. One of them is the third cleanest tourist village in the world according to the Green Destinations Foundation, after Mawlynnong Village in India and Giethoorn in the Netherlands.

Program participants including the Secretary General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, expressed his admiration for seeing the existence of Penglipuran Tourism Village.

“UNWTO Secretary General Mr. Zurab was very impressed with the beauty of Penglipuran Tourism Village and asked why it was not included in the UNWTO Best Tourism Village event. With encouragement from the Secretary General, we will follow up on the next event,” said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency of the Republic of Indonesia, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, at Penglipuran Tourism Village, Wednesday (Sep 28).

Minister Sandiaga appreciated the presence of the UNWTO Secretary General and other guests including the Minister of Tourism of the G20 countries to see firsthand the beauty of this tourism village located in Bangli District. Their presence will encourage the community to continuously rise towards quality and sustainable tourism.

Moreover, all members of the delegation in the implementation of the Tourism Ministerial Meeting (TMM) which took place some time ago had reached a consensus on the “G20 Bali Guidelines” which is an agreement that will serve as a guide for G20 member countries to international organizations in promoting a more inclusive and sustainable global tourism recovery. Among them is the strengthening of communities and SMEs as agents of tourism transformation.

Furthermore, Minister Sandiaga also expressed his pride and gratitude to UNWTO for choosing Indonesia as the host for the implementation of World Tourism Day for the first time.

On the other hand, UNWTO Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili, expressed his appreciation for the success and hospitality of the Indonesian people in welcoming all delegates to the celebration of World Tourism Day. He admitted that he is very impressed with the beauty in Penglipuran Tourism Village, ranging from arts, culture to community life.

“Now, I feel the real Indonesia. I want to congratulate all the people who live in this beautiful place,” said Zurab.

A Brief History of WTD

Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has celebrated World Tourism Day (WTD) as an international commemoration on September 27. This date was chosen because on that date in 1970, the UNWTO Statute was adopted. The implementation of the Statute is considered a milestone in global tourism. The celebration aims to raise awareness about the role of tourism in the international community and show how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values ​​around the world.

At the 12th Session in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 1997, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to appoint a host country annually to act as the Organization’s partner in celebration of World Tourism Day.

Reference: Wonderfulimage.id

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