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Plain Spoken about Tourism

President-elect Joko Widodo Speaks to Bali About Tourism

(9/1/2014) Keeping a campaign promise to visit the Island of Bali as his first visit once he was formally confirmed at President of the Republic, Joko Widodo traveled to Bali to meet with outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and discuss the transition of power.

After the one-on-one meeting between the President and President-elect, Joko Widodo made a short speech in from the Bung Karno Museum in Renon, downtown Denpasar on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

As reported by Beritadewata.com, Joko Widodo reminded an audience composed or community leaders, culture expert and politicians that Bali tourism must remain “Number One.

He called on Bali’s leaders and tourism industry not to accept low-class tourist. Saying: “Bali must have a clear differentiation. Don’t let tourism destroy Bali. We must receive the number one tourists.”

Joko Widodo also plead for tourism not to undertake acts that damage the environment. “I have heard that South Bali is too crowded; too forced. Don't allow the environment to be destroyed just because we surrender too much land to tourism,’ the President-elect warned.

Joko Widodo warned that Bali’s interesting culture alone in the absence of steps to preserve the destination’s natural beauty will not be enough sustain Bali into the future. Widodo also issued his personal appreciation to traditional villages (Desa Adat) and cultural villages (Desa Budaya) in Bali who have consistently preserved Balinese customs and traditions.