Community-Based Tourism in Bali: On the Road Towards Empowerment? An Interview with Djinaldi Gosana
Mr. Djinaldi Gosana, the chairman of the Bali Community-Based Tourism Association (CoBTA) and the Executive Director of Bali Hotels Association, seeks to empower communities in Bali’s rural areas through community-based tourism (CBT). Bali CoBTA is an NGO that engages with CBT in Bali’s least developed regions and seeks to build stronger communities by assisting them in using, above all, their cultural assets to engage in a type of tourism that is financially beneficial for the community and at the same time helps preserve local culture. This interview was conducted during the author’s PhD fieldwork on CBT and empowerment in Bali. Community empowerment is a highly contested concept that seems to be easily achieved in theory but difficult to do in practice. Empowerment, along with the challenges that Bali CoBTA is facing, forms the focus of this interview.
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