Indonesia hosted the 10th World Water Forum and Bali was chosen as the location for the global event which is held every three years. Quoted from Antara news agency, Bali Province was officially decided as the host of the 9th WWF in Dakar, Senegal, on March 19. WWF provides a platform where the water community and key decision makers can collaborate and make long-term progress in addressing global water challenges. The 10th WWF brought together participants from all levels and fields, including politics, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector.
Opening of the World Water Forum on May 18, 2024 will take place at the same time as Tumpek Uye Day or a ceremony to express gratitude to animals for helping human life, then the implementation of Segara Kerthi, namely the purification and glorification of water sources as a source of prosperity and happiness in human life.
The 10th WWF will be held at Melasti Beach and will last for 7 days. This beach is one of the beaches used by Balinese who want to carry out self-purification ceremonies, usually before the Nyepi holiday celebrations in Bali.
“In addition, we will also carry out a ceremony according to our local wisdom which coincides with Tumpek Uye Day, and we want the delegates to witness the ceremony live,” said Sang Made Mahendra Jaya, acting Governor of Bali.
The big theme of the 10th WWF in Bali is water for shared prosperity amidst the challenges of climate change and increasing community needs.
Sang Made Mahendra Jaya added that the implementation of international activities could encourage the level of visits by foreign tourists, especially for the tourism business sector organizing meetings, incentive trips, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).
Currently, he continued, Bali tourism in 2023 has revived, although it is not the same as the conditions in 2019. He recorded that the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Bali in 2023 will reach 5.2 million people or exceed the target of 4.5 million and domestic tourists will reach 9.8 million. million people.