Pinge hamlet, Baru village, Marga subdistrict is now officially becoming a tourism village. Inauguration ceremony for the event was conducted by the Regent of Tabanan, Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, on Wednesday (Jan 29) marked with the signing of inscription. “Having been launched in 2004, now the Pinge hamlet is officially becoming a community-based tourism village,” said Chief of Pinge customary village, Made Dena Yasa. Dena Yasa doubling as Chairman of the Pinge Tourism Village Management, said that Pinge as community-based tourism village was expected to preserve the natural environment and indigenous culture of Bali. “With predicate as a tourism village, we hope to preserve Balinese culture based on the teachings of Tri Hita Karana,” he said.
In its operation, the Pinge Tourism Village is managed by a governing body offering a variety of tourist attractions. Among others, there are trekking passing through the area of Subak Pacung and Blaluan, home stay, Bumbung Gebyog Dance and Leko Dance. “Our mission is to increase the public awareness, to preserve ecotourism as well as to empower people,” he added. This tourism village has 27 rooms of home stay intended for tourists. In 2010, the number of tourist arrivals to Pinge village amounted to 1,041 people. In 2011, it reached 1,408 people and 146 of them stayed overnight at the village. Meanwhile, among 749 tourists visiting the village in 2012, 187 people of them stayed overnight.
Meanwhile, Regent Eka stated that to create a professional tourism village it was needed the support from all parties. Tourism village was one of the evidences that local community could maintain the indigenous wisdom, culture and nature of Bali. “Currently, Tabanan has 8 tourism villages and will constantly be developed to 30 tourism villages,” she added. On that occasion, the Regent Eka accompanied by the Head of Tabanan Culture and Tourism Agency, Wayan Adnyana, and tourism businesspeople made a visit to the home stay, enjoyed a variety of activities ranging from pounding rice, painting until preparing ritual oblation. (BTN/015)