KARANGASEM – Bali Governor I Wayan Koster’s innovative steps to protect local Balinese products are truly extraordinary. After protecting it with regulations, Koster continues to fight to protect Balinese arak from being paired with other world-class drinks.
Most recently, Koster will put Balinese wine on the honorable stage of Bali tourism. If previously Balinese arak was hostile to, now it gets a respectable stage, and the great thing is that it has become a typical Balinese beverage industry that is getting ready to again become a leading product in the world of tourism.
“With the Bali Governor Regulation Number 1 of 2020 concerning the Management of Balinese Fermented and / or Distilled Beverages, I feel grateful, our farmers have a legal umbrella, and indirectly this Arak drink will be able to improve the welfare of the people in Karangsem Regency and Bali,” Thus said the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster who was greeted by boisterous applause by the arak farmer from Tri Eka Buana Village, Sidemen District, Karangasem during a working visit with the Deputy Governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace), Secretary of the Province of Bali, Dewa Made Indra, The chairman of the Karangasem DPRD, I Gede Dana, as well as all OPD Heads in the Bali Provincial Government on Saturday (8/8) using an antique car.
Furthermore, Wayan Koster revealed that his struggle to make this Balinese heritage drink get an honorable stage has been started by the Chairman of the PDI Perjuangan DPD Bali Province when conducting Tos Arak Bali with the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan, and the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Wishnutama Kusubandio, Thursday (30/7) during the Declaration of the Tourism Program in the New Era of Bali Life Order and the Digitalization of QRIS-Based Tourism in the Integrated Tourism Area of ITDC Nusa Dua.
“Every dinner, current guests must be treated to one shot of Arak. So the Deputy Governor of Bali, who is also the Chairman of PHRI, I asked that this Arak be promoted to hotels and restaurants. So that in tourism activities, people who visit Bali bring souvenirs of Arak Bali, ”he asked.***
Editor – Igo Kleden