The Opening of Nusa Dua Fiesta 2008
From 10 to 14 October 2008, the Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) is again holding the annual Nusa Dua Fiesta at the Peninsula, Nusa Dua, Bali, the same venue that hosted the Climate Change conference in December 2007, which was attended by thousands of delegates from around the world.
Following up on the Climate Change conference, and as a reminder that the tourism industry depends greatly on a clean environment to enable economic growth, the theme for this year’s Fiesta is “Green Tourism”.
This theme inspires the many artistic, cultural, music and sports events, exhibitions, and fun games that will continue throughout the Fiesta. The Green Culture Parade will feature all the Fiesta’s sponsors, promoting the best from their respective regions and encouraging environmental awareness.
The Nusa Dua Fiesta will also conduct a series of environmental awareness programs, such as the Green Camp, in which visitors will try to eliminate plastic garbage from the Nusa Dua area, and quizzes and games on the themes of handling of solid trash and preventing dengue fever.
The Smart Nature program will publicize better ways to handle household garbage through direct assistance and evaluations at schools. The Active to Clean program will gather plastic waste from the environment and provide venues for processing household waste.
“The Green Tourism theme for this year’s Nusa Dua Fiesta demonstrates that the BTDC is the first region to receive Green Globe Award certification. The BTDC is also promoting the diverse range of arts and culture found in Indonesia and strengthening good relations amongst the many stakeholders in the tourism industry,” says BTDC’s President Director I Made Mandra.
Exciting competitions such as Sand Sculpture, Fruit & Vegetables, Photography, Painting, Karaoke, Golf and Aerobics will enliven the Fiesta, with attractive prizes as well. The Fiesta will conclude with a concert featuring the country music of Tantowi Yahya, a cabaret show, and Padma Nareswari, produced by Guruh Soekarno Putra.
Nusa Dua is recognized as an elite tourism area and has received many awards. Since 1996, the BTDC has held an annual festival featuring arts, culture, sports, music and exhibitions supported by all components of the local community, called the Nusa Dua Festival. To keep up with the changing times and shifting market, since last year the name has been changed to the Nusa Dua Fiesta. The new name and more modern packaging give this event a unique color and lifestyle that make it stand out among the many other local festivals now being held. The Nusa Dua Fiesta is also part of the government’s Visit Indonesia Year 2008 program.