Hotels Promoting Responsible Travel

If you have ever been to Bali, you know that it is a fascinating place with beautiful culture and beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, international tourism has taken its toll on this slice of paradise. Plastic waste litters the island, including its beautiful beaches. To help turn the tide, the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) is proud to announce the launch of the first Sustainable Food Festival. It will start on September 27 and run through October 16th. More than 30 major hotels will participate and demonstrate best practices in sustainability.

The festival will reduce waste by encouraging composting, recycling and alternatives to plastic. Participating hotels will host special events and workshops around sustainability. Sustainable food planning includes food and beverage produce that is ethically produced, processed, distributed and disposed of in ways that support local economies and livelihoods.

“Hotels will share best practices to help our sector recover and restart in a new, more sustainable manner,” says Jean Helière, Chairman of BHA. “This food festival will promote responsible travel, encouraging our hotel members and guests to reduce food waste and plastic waste.”

The festival opens September 27, which is World Tourism Day. Hotels and their restaurants will showcase the innovative work they have been putting in during these times to shift to more sustainable operations. Hotels are preparing both a two-course lunch menu and a three-course dinner menu. To be featured in the program, menus must include:

  • Ingredients used must be 100 percent sourced from Indonesia;
  • Encourage a minimum of 75 percent organically grown items;
  • Respect fair trade principles; and
  • All seafood must be certified sustainable and poultry must be from free-range sources.

“We are thrilled to showcase the best of Bali. We invite guests to come, enjoy and discover the new taste of Bali during the festival period,” says Kevin Girard, Environment Director BHA.

The festival will conclude on World Food Day. You don’t need to be a guest at participating hotels to enjoy the festival. To book your reservation, visit www.balihotelsassociation.com and the Sustainable Food Festival section to find participating hotels, their menus and to make a booking. Participating hotels include:

1. Alila Ubud

2. Amadea Resort & Villas

3. AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

4. Bali SereS Springs Resort & Spa Singakerta

5. Conrad Bali

6. COMO Uma Ubud

7. COMO Uma Canggu

8. Grand Hyatt Bali

9. Hard Rock Hotel Bali

10. Hilton Bali Resort

11. Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali

12. Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach

13. Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach

14. Hotel Tugu Bali

15. Intercontinental Bali Resort

16. Jimbaran Puri A Belmond Hotel

17. Jumana Bali Ungasan Resort

18. Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali

19. Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa

20. SenS Hotel & Spa Ubud

21. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

22. Six Senses Uluwatu Bali

23. Sofitel Nusa Dua

24. The Apurva Kempinski Bali

25. The Laguna Resort & Spa

26. The Samaya Seminyak

27. The St. Regis Bali Resort

28. The Trans Resort Bali

29. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua

30. W Bali Seminyak

BHA also launched a new website to help travellers navigate travel to and around Bali safely and responsibly. The website provides travelers with the most recent, official information about the current situation in Bali.

“With the pandemic remaining fluid, the government continues adjusting policies and procedures regularly. This is a dedicated platform to disseminate official/verified information about travel to Bali,” said Helière.

The website is www.welcomebacktobali.com It will help travelers make informed decisions. The site includes official updates on customs, health, safety and quarantines. It also includes Consulate details and many other helpful links.

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