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Minister Ardika Cautions Against Greed

Tourism Boss Asks All Components of the Community to Seek 'Win-Win' Solutions.

(1/5/2002) The Minister for Culture and Tourism, I Gde Ardika, has called on tourism entrepreneurs to avoid acts of greed in exploiting the natural environment and Bali's traditional village communities.

In comments made during a recent visit to North Bali, the Minister called on restaurant and hotel operators to become members of the traditional agricultural associations - subak to ensure mutually beneficial cooperation between investors and traditional communities. He emphasized that the potential of the natural environment possessed by every province must be managed to maximize results without sacrificing environmental and cultural values. To this end, he called on all parties to obey zoning rules and local rules on tourism development. Reminding that personal profit must not be the sole motivation in tourism development, the Minister reminded, "don't readily change provincial rules, converting areas designated for tourism development into industrial applications."

Focusing on the Buleleng area of North Bali which is also the area of his birth, the Minister urged that this region of Bali be dedicated to the development of tourism based on agricultural themes. Echoing his comments, the Minister of Agriculture, Bungaran Saragih, said that tourism and agriculture cannot go their separate ways. Citing on how Bali is known for its fruit production, including grapes, oranges, salak, and mangos - the Minister of Agriculture called on hotels to use and promote the use of local agricultural products.