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(11/17/2003) In a special ceremony hosted at the Residence of Bali's Governor on Thursday, November 13, 2003, twelve pioneers in tourism were honored by the people of Bali for their contributions to Bali's tourism development.
The inaugural presentation of the Karyakarana Pariwisata Awards were given to the 12 tourism figures following their selection by a blue-ribbon committee which considered 57 nominees deemed to have advanced Balinese culture through tourism. The finalists were honored at a special Balinese dinner attended by tourism and government leaders where they were presented with trophies, certificates and copies of the official Government decree bestowing the highest recognition in the field of tourism development possible from the Provincial Government.
The Recipients of the Karyakarana Pariwisata Awards 2003
• John M. Daniels - A native of Michigan in the U.S.A., Mr. Daniels is the sole expatriate to win the award. The President Director of Bali Discovery Tours and balidiscovery.com has lived continuously in Indonesia since 1977, holding senior management positions in the airline, hotel, cruise, and travel industry. Active in the community he has held senior positions in a number of travel and social organizations, and has received numerous awards for his work in tourism, including the Adikarya Wisata award presented by the President of the Republic in 1995.
• Anak Agung Gede Rai - The current spokesman of the Bali Tourism Board, Mr. Rai recently retired from a long and distinguished career in senior tourism management including assignments as the President Director of the Bali Tourism Development Corporation and various senior positions with the Hotel Indonesia Group, most notably as General Manager of the Grand Bali Beach Hotel. A much sought after speaker at international travel conferences, he has received many honors for his work in tourism including the Kalpataru Award from President Habibie in 1999.
• Professor Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra - Professor Mantra, who died in 1995, was the much-loved former Director General of Culture (1968-1978), Ambassador to India, and Governor of Bali (1978-1988). Universally credited with his pioneering of the concept of "culturally based tourism," Professor Mantra played fundamental roles in the establishment of the Nusa Dua Project and the Bali Arts Festival.
• I Nyoman Oka - Also widely known as Nang Lecir, Mr. Oka is credited with establishing Bali's first tour and travel company in 1956. In the 1960's he changed professions, dedicating himself to work as a professional guide, a role for which he became famous, setting the standards for the many hundreds of guides now similarly employed in Bali. He is a member of the Bali Chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association Hall of fame. Mr. Oka died in 1993.
• Ida Bagoes Kompyang - Widely acknowledged as the founding father of tourism accommodation in Sanur, Mr. Kompyang established the Segara Village Hotel in 1956, a full ten years prior to the opening of the Grand Bali Beach. An expert in the field of tourism, he has served as a Director of Nitour and the Hotel Indonesia Group as well as serving on a number of international tourism bodies and consultancies. In the difficult days of the early 1960's, he organized a floating Indonesian travel fair on board of a cruise ship, calling on Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines.
• Bagus Soedana - Prior to his death in 1992, Mr. Soedana was among the earliest promoters of sea-tourism to Bali, organizing dive tours and surveying dive sites around Bali and adjoining islands. Mr. Soedana established a number of family businesses, including Seruni Transport, Nusa Dua Bali Tours and Travel, Puri Bagus Hotel Group and Baruna Water Sports.
• Pande Wayan Suteja Neka - The founder of the Neka Art Museum in Ubud, has single-handedly accumulated a priceless collection of outstanding Indonesian art for the education and enjoyment of future generations. Initially a school teacher, he was inspired by the great collections he saw during a trip to Europe in the mid-1970's to begin buying and bartering the Indonesian art that today forms the collection at the Neka Museum. He has received a number of national and international awards for his contribution to art and tourism, including the Adikarya Wisata Award.
• Ketut Pater Suarsha - Beginning his career in 1957 as a guide working from the Bali Hotel, Mr. Suarsha established a number of travel companies and tourist attractions during the course of his career, including the Sahadewa Barong and Keris Dance Group in Batubulan in 1970. The Chairman of the Bali Chapter of the Association of Indonesian Travel Agents (ASITA) from 1978-1980, Mr. Suarsha championed the "one-million visitors" a year campaign, urging the government to promote the eventual actual achievement of that goal. He died in 2002.
• Professor Drs. Ida Bagus Adnyana Manuaba - A professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Bali's Udayana University, Professor Manuaba introduced the concepts of environmental health and safety in the work place to the people of Bali. In the mid 1980's he is credited with helping to establish a tourism degree program at the Udayana University, personally developing the core curriculum in the sub-sector of ecotourism. He is tireless in his efforts on behalf of creating sustainable development for Bali, a prolific contributor on that subject to Indonesian publications and seminars. He has received a long list of recognitions including the Satya Lencana Emas 25 tahun and an "Excellence Award" from PATA Bali Chapter.
• Anak Agung Pandji Tisna - Although he died in 1978, Mr. Tisna is remembered as a celebrated novelist as well as a pioneer of tourism to North Bali. In 1953 while writing his series of novels, he established a guest house 10 kilometers west of Singaraja, naming the accommodation Lovina - an abbreviation of Love Indonesia. That name and Mr. Tisna's legacy as the father of tourism to North Bali remains intact.
• Drs. I Wayan Geriya - A professor in anthropology at Bali's Udayana University, Drs. Geriya was among the group of intellectuals who conceptualized "Cultural Tourism" for Bali and lobbied for the first set of laws in passed in 1974 to protect Bali's cultural values and ensure the benefits of tourism accrues to all the people of the Island. He is a recognized expert for his many contributions in the field of research concerned with tourism and culture.
• Inspector General Drs. Made Mangku Pastika - Named TIME Magazine's Asian Newsmaker of the Year 2003, General Pastika courageously headed the international investigative team that has successfully brought over 30 people charged with involvement in the Bali terrorist bombing to trial. Only pointed Chief of Police for Bali in April of 2003, he has already managed to re-invigorate the entire police force of Bali and establish an unprecedented level of cooperation between the police and the community in enhancing Bali's security.