Kintamani will become a more attractive tourist destination. This tourist area having cool atmosphere will be enriched with tourist attraction utilizing the potential of local nature. Bangli government is going to develop a nature-based tourism (TWA) in the forest area of Kintamani. It was revealed when the Bangli Regent I Made Gianyar accompanied by Regional Secretary Rai Darmayudha and a number of leaderships of the regional working unit organized a hearing with Chairman of the Indonesia Nature Tourism Association David Makes and Manager of the Sustainable Tourism PT Bukit Penelokan Hijau Teguh Hartono, the investors that would develop the plan, some time ago.
Teguh Hartono said the nature-based tourism was a model of sustainable tourism development. In other words, the development of the area would not destroy the nature, but remained to maintain as its original condition. The community living within the area of the nature-based tourism would be placed as the players not only as spectators. According to him, at least 25 hectares of land were required for the development of the nature-based tourism. Based on research, the forest area of Suter village was the most appropriate place for the nature-based tourism development. In addition to be supported by the condition of nature, the location was also strategic as being close to Penelokan tourist attraction, denoting the center of Kintamani tourist attraction.
The type of tourist attraction to be developed included the bird park, trekking, jungle trekking, horse riding as well as educational tourism and research. There would also be a restaurant on the tree and the outbound facilities and hanging house on cliff top. “The essence of this nature-based tourism is to harmonize the tourism development with the condition of nature,” he said. In the forest area of Suter village would also be built the Bangli Welcome Center (BWC) as a tourist information center for Bangli on the whole. The BWC was expected to enhance the tourism development in Bangli County. “All information about tourism in Bangli County can be accessed here,” he said.
Regent Made Gianyar delivered that his party fully supported the plan of PT Bukit Penelokan Hijau to develop the nature-based tourism and Bangli Welcome Canter. However, all of the legal requirements for the development of this area should be met. “Bangli chiefly Kintamani has a lot of very promising potentials of nature that can be developed into tourist attraction. However, they have not been exposed and managed to the maximum,” he said. Moreover, the nature-based tourism, explained Regent Made Gianyar, had the same concept as the Geopark namely promoting the nature conservation. “Hopefully, the nature-based tourism and the Bangli Welcome Center can be realized immediately, so that Bangli County will have more high class tourist attractions and can gradually enhance the glory of Kintamani tourism,” he hoped. (BTN/015)