2nd G20 TWG Delegation Enjoy Balinese Cultural Arts While Sailing on Phinisi Ship

Bali, September 23rd 2022 –

The 2nd Tourism Working Group (TWG), one of the working groups of the Indonesian Presidency of the 2022 G20 Summit, takes place today, Friday (23/9/2022), at the Grand Hyatt, Nusa Dua, Bali.

This meeting is a forum to exchange ideas, experiences, and best practices carried out by G20 countries, guest countries, and international organizations in an effort to push tourism recovery and make tourism more inclusive and resilient.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy/Tourism and Creative Economy Agency as the organizer of the 2nd Tourism Working Group, at the end of the TWG meeting entertained all delegates in a welcoming sunset dinner which was held aboard the Sea Safari Cruise ship.

Not only as the closing of the 2nd TWG, delegates were also invited to sail and have dinner while enjoying the night atmosphere and the beauty of Balinese cultural arts.

The delegates departed from Tanjung Benoa Harbor and sailed around the Benoa Sea waters for about one hour. Under the bright Balinese sky, they were treated with Balinese cultural arts, one of them was Sekar Jagat Dance.

Usually performed by women, the movement in Sekar Jagat Dance depicts peace in the universe, as well as presents a flower-scented atmosphere. No wonder this dance has the main characteristic in the form of flower ties held by each dancer.

This welcome dance also illustrates the joy of the dancers in welcoming guests who are present. This suddenly made the delegates at the Sea Safari Cruise to be fascinated. Not a few of them record the moment on their own gadget.

The Acting Deputy for Resources and Institutions of the MOTCE, Frans Teguh, said that the cultural arts performances at the welcoming dinner were expected to leave a good impression on the delegates about the beauty and diversity of cultural arts in Bali.

“This can be a means of effective promotion of the tourism and creative economy for the delegates. So that later, they can tell more about how beautiful and interesting Bali’s nature and culture are,” Frans Teguh said.

The Director for Inter-Institution Relation of the MOTCE, Diah Martini Paham, expressed her gratitude for the presence of the delegates at the welcoming dinner after a day full of discussion on various matters in an effort to encourage tourism recovery and make tourism more inclusive and resilient.

She also thanked Grab Indonesia for their support so that the “Sunset Welcoming Dinner activity could run well.

“Thank you for the presence of all delegates. Today was a long day for us. On behalf of the MOTCE, once again, we express our gratitude and welcome to the Wonderful of Bali,” according to Diah Martini Paham.

Meanwhile, the Head of Public Affairs, Policy, and Social Impact at Grab, Shally Pristine, expressed her pride for the opportunity given to her party in supporting this activity, which is an effort to encourage the recovery of quality and sustainable tourism.

“In addition to the welcoming dinner, we also prepare electric scooters and e-bikes at the venue that can be used for free by all delegates. Please use them and feel the experience to enjoy Bali,” Sally said.

Previously, Minister Sandiaga, in his opening remarks at the 2nd TWG, expected that the delegates could enjoy Balinese natural and cultural beauty. Moreover, according to TripAdvisor, there is almost no other island in the world that is more alluring than Bali.

“I hope, apart from being a delegate at the G20 meeting, you can also take the time to be a tourists in Bali, and enjoy all the wonders Bali has to offer,” according to Minister Sandiaga.

Regarding the TWG, he hoped that the delegates could complete the last mile of the Tourism Working Group meeting at the G20 Summit and reach an agreement on several problems or issues, so as to finalize the Bali Guidelines.

The G20 Bali Guideline will later be agreed upon by the Ministers at the Tourism Ministerial Meeting (TMM) which is the final series of the Tourism Working Group. TMM is scheduled to take place in Nusa Dua, Bali, on September 26, 2022, and will be attended by approximately 127 delegates.

Also attending the occasion was the Head of Communication Bureau of the MOTCE, I Gusti Ayu Dewi Hendriyani.

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