The Government of Bali and the Bali Tourism Authority are in the process of making the final selections for the inaugural presentation of Karyakarana Pariwisata Awards - a prestigious recognition from the people of Bali to those who have played key roles in the creation and development of Bali's tourism industry. The name for the awards, translated into English, suggests the recipients are individuals from the local community who have added to the welfare and security of the island through tourism.
In a press conference held at his office on Thursday, November 7, 2003, the Chief of the Bali Tourism Authority, Professor Dr. Gde Pitana said the inauguration of the annual awards is being undertaken to acknowledge the many individuals who have dedicated themselves to pioneering the development of Bali tourism, but have yet to be recognized for their contribution by the Government of Bali. According to Dr. Pitana, "these individuals have become an inspiration to us all to continue the work they have commenced."
Dr. Pitana explained that every effort has been made to ensure objectivity in the final selection process for those to earn the award by including members jury from government, the private sector, the general public, and academic circles.
Four Categories Set For Recognition
The Karyakarana Pariwisata Awards will be presented in four categories:
• Pragnaha presented for pioneering efforts in tourism.
• Dileksa for dedication and commitment to Bali's tourism.
• Wikasaka for services in the development of the island's tourism.
• Jasa Kategori Khusus - an award for special services to tourism.
According to local press reports, a local blue-ribbon selection committee will select this year's 12 recipients of the prestigious award from a list of 57 people nominated. Among those reportedly nominated to be honored this year include the late Governor of Bali, Professor I.B. Mantra; and Bali's Chief of Police, Made Mangku Pastika.
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