– Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati also responded to the emergence of the issue of Bali made as tourism that is more Muslim-friendly. He recalls the vacation of King Salman in the Land of the Gods.

In a press release received by AFP, the figure who is also the chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) of the Bali Province initially stressed that the Government and the people of Bali had agreed to stipulate that tourism developed in Bali was Cultural Tourism which was determined byBali Provincial Regulation number 2 of 2012 concerning Bali Cultural Tourism. In addition to elaborating cultural-based tourism with local wisdom in Bali, he also stressed that Bali is a very friendly and tolerant region for anyone who comes there regardless of religion and background.

“Never mind tourists, a Muslim semeton who has interacted in Bali for hundreds of years does not have discrimination, tolerance is very beautiful,” said the man who is familiarly called Cok Ace.

Cok Ace also responded to the revolving discourse around halal tourism or Muslim-friendly in Bali. Even though the issue itself is still confusing, various responses have emerged.

“The condition of Bali tourism has been going well and all the tourists who come can be well servedIndonesia’s tourism reputation even began to skyrocket when the Middle East Conde Nast Traveler 2019 awarded Bali a Favorite Adventure Destination for tourists from the Middle East 2018/2019 period. Bali tourism does not need to be contested anymore, because it is already running and well managed by the Balinese people, “he said.
“King Salman of Saudi Arabia was on vacation and even extends his vacation in Bali, and there were no complaints at all,” he said, referring to the moment of mid-2017. “So it is not true if there is a statement that shows as if Bali is not friendly to Muslim tourists.”

Likewise, before this, Indonesian House of Representatives member I Wayan Sudirta also gave an example of King Salman’s vacation to Bali in response to the publication of news about the discourse of Bali and Lake Toba transformed into a destination that is more friendly to Muslim tourists.

“If there is such a statement, it corners people and tourism in Bali which seems unfriendly to Muslim tourists. In fact, King Salman extends his holiday in Bali for a few days more, there is no complaint that Bali is not friendly to Muslims because in fact, Bali develops tourism with cultural diversity, its hospitality for all human beings, even all beings, according to the teachings of Tri Hita Karana; glorify fellow human beings, nature and God, “said Sudirta.


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