In keeping the continuity of tourism in Badung, the Badung Government Tourism Office held the training for local tourist guides. The training was centered at Kapal village, Mengwi nd attended by tens of participants denoting the members of the Tourism Awareness Group (Pokdarwis), customary youth club and communities.
The training took place for six days with keynote speakers by the representative of the Indonesian Tourist Guides Association (HPI), the Association of Indonesia Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA), Hindu Dharma Council of Indonesia (PHDI) and representatives from the University of Udayana.
Subject matters of the training included the cultural tourism, tourist attraction development, tourism marketing, guiding techniques, the pancha yajña rituals, the feast and symbols of Hinduism and practical English. The training was opened by the Division Head of Tourist Object and Development, I Made Gede Suastika, representing the Head of the Badung Government Tourism Office, Tuesday (Jul 15).
Chairman of the committee doubling as Section Head of Tourism Guidance, I Gusti Ngurah Ary Wisnawan, said the training aimed to sustain the tourism in Badung and maintain the sustainability of tourism potential. “Kapal village has considerable tourism potential considering there has been the effort by local community to develop the concept of community-based ecotourism,” he said.
The ecotourism was, explained Gung Ary, a concept of tourism containing the environmental preservation and respect for local culture. Kapal village also had some potentials that could be further developed other than the outside area of Purasadha like some springs scattered throughout the watershed (DAS) of Penet River and the agricultural areas where the Kapal village had a fairly extensive paddy field area.
Besides, Kapal village had a traditional craft of pottery having been well known since the past time and had developed into concrete products such as concrete blocks, pillars, paving block dan so forth. Similarly, it also had a tradition of Mendak Paluh denoting a unique tradition in honor of water as one of the most important elements of farming life.
In addition, there is a tradition known as the tipat (rice bag) war posing an expression of gratitude to God for the abundance of harvest and this tradition was carried out every fourth month in Balinese calendar (around October). “To preserve all the traditions, it is required adequate human resources to manage and preserve the tourism potential,” he concluded. (BTN/015)