Bali Hotels Association International Coastal Clean-up 2018
6,000 Staff from Bali Hotels Association Joined Island-wide Beach Clean Up on September 15, 2018
On September 15, 2018, 128 member hotels of the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) took part in the International Coastal Cleanup Day - a program initiated by the non-profit Ocean Conservancy in 1986 that has grown to involving 12 million volunteers worldwide today. Involving local communities, schools, and businesses, this year’s cleanup took place simultaneously in 15 different regions of Bali including Menjangan Island, Tabanan, Canggu Berawa, Seminyak, Kuta, Legian, Jimbaran, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, Karangasem, Klungkung and Lembongan Island.
This years International Coastal Cleanup Day saw 6,800 participants from BHA member hotels who collected 4,8 tons of trash.
“This initiative is one of our efforts to educate our members and their employees on the importance of preserving the environment – especially the ocean,” explained Wayan Warta, Director of the Environment for the Bali Hotels Association. “At the moment, BHA is the only representative in Bali that has participated in the initiative annually since 2013, and Bali has become a part of the global community of the Ocean Conservancy volunteers.”
The International Coastal Cleanup Day initiative covers vast areas along the riverbanks and coastal shores. Volunteers are advised to use eco-friendly tools, such as reusable trash bags. At the end of each cleanup, trash collected is categorized and sorted, weighed, and recorded before being sent to the proper waste management facilities. The resulting report is then submitted to the Ocean Conservancy headquarters.
Considered a leading tourism destination, Bali is known for its unique culture, art, and natural beauty – especially along its coast lines. Because of Bali’s popularity, the Island pruduces large quantities of waste and trash that wash up on its shores.
“The association, as one of Bali’s tourism stakeholders, will always give its utmost support to the officials for their ‘Clean and Green’ Bali program as well as encouraging our members to become eco-friendly hotels,” said Wayan. “Our members practice green efforts in their day to day operations such as minimizing paper and plastic waste, energy saving, and applying responsible means of managing their wastes. By doing this, we hope to be able to ensure a sustainable practice for Bali’s tourism.”
Bali Hotels Association is a professional group of star-rated hotels and resorts in Bali. Members include General Managers from more than 150 hotels and resorts in Bali that representing more than 25,000 hotel rooms and almost 35,000 employees in the tourism sector.