Villages urged to develop tourism - Dec 20, 2011Bank Indonesia and the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) have launched an initiative to assist villages across the island to develop village-based, eco-friendly tourism. The central bank will provide the funds while the association will provide the expertise. As many as seven villages have agreed to participate in the initiative. The villages are Pinge in Tabanan, Petulu in Gianyar, Penglipuran in Bangli, Belimbingsari in Jembrana, Pancasari in Buleleng, Jasri and Budakeling in Karangasem. The initiative will organize training and workshops aimed at improving villagers? hospitality skills, among other skills. The initiative would also see renovation and construction projects aimed at converting villagers? houses and the village community halls into lodging and dining facilities.
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