The Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali has taken dramatic steps to strengthen ties with the surrounding community by signing of two memoranda of understanding (MUO) with community leaders in Kuta on December 28, 2009.
Part of an increasing level of cooperation between the hotel and its Balinese neighbors which has included the installation of lighting along the beachfront and around a nearby temple, the construction of a statue at a main intersection near the Resort, and the provision of a fresh water source for use by local fishermen and beach workers.
Under the terms of the just signed MOUs the resort assumed responsibility to cover part of the utility costs in the surrounding community and to become a major employer of community residents.
The Resort's General Manager, Stéphane Varoquier said, "It's all about a establishing a shared sense of belonging. We are excited at the prospect of cooperating with local leaders to improve the overall appeal of this exceptional beachfront locale."
Community representative, Dr. Mustika, made a brief speech following the signing. He commented, "I feel that there is passion and commitment within the boundaries of Holiday Inn. I am confident that the Resort will be recognized in the next Tri Hita Karana awards. This is a Balinese concept that acknowledges the harmonious balance between man, his environment and God Almighty. Hopefully this collaboration will become a pilot project for the local community and other hospitality based companies."
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