Nusa Dua, Bali: For seven days, 18 (eighteen) participants from Pacific countries, namely Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Palau have attended the "International Training Course on Ecotourism" training organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperating with Nusa Dua Tourism School (STP), Bali, which started from 20 to 26 November 2017.
The training was applied with theoretical methods that include material on the plan and develop ecotourism, ecotourism managing, ecotourism funding and marketing, and site visits to Bali tourist destination based on community based tourism such as Kedonganan, Ubud, Pemuteran and Tanah Lot.
Ni Made Eka Mahadewi, Vice Chairman of STP Nusa Dua Bali Academic Affairs, welcomed the implementation of this ecotourism training which has taken place in Bali with a theme that focused on three aspects, namely the application of ecotourism model in accordance with the conditions in the participating countries, building networks, sharing experiences and best practices among participating countries considering that Bali is a living laboratory of tourism.
The event was closed by Director of Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Syarif Alatas, on November 26, 2017. Syarif said that through this ecotourism training, Pacific participants are expected to gain knowledge on the methods of development of tourism based on the balance of nature and to pay attention to the welfare of the local population as well as be able to apply the intended method in their respective countries.
"Through this training, it is expected that cooperation between Pacific countries will be closer and participants can continue to networking among fellow trainees," he said.
At the evaluation session, the participants expressed their admiration for ecotourism in Bali and gained many new ideas of ecotourism that can be applied in their respective countries. What impressed them most was the adherence of local residents in implementing community-based tourism in Bali.
One of the participants from Solomon Islands in his testimony, Mr. Bernard Garo expressed his appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for the training which is an opportunity for participants to share their knowledge and get information about the application of tourism that is concerned with the welfare of the local population.
Besides, Mrs. Jacinta Tai, a participant from Papua New Guinea, also expressed her appreciation to the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and instructor of STPND Bali for a valuable opportunity in participating in this ecotourism training. Through this training, she will share the knowledge she gained during the training and will encourage the governments and stakeholders in her country to imitate Indonesia who has successfully implemented the ecotourism policy.
The event was then closed with cultural performances from each participating country. (Source: Directorate of Technical Cooperation).