July 17, 2019, Sanur, Bali — CTC is now collaborating with Seawalker Sanur to support sustainable eco-tourism for everyone to enjoy, during a distinctive sea walking experience. On the 17th of July 2019, both parties signed an MOU at the CTC Center for Marine Conservation. This collaboration aims to educate and allow Seawalker guests to experience fun learning activities at CTC’s Center for Marine Conservation before they start their sea walking experience. The learning activities will introduce the guests to marine ecosystems such as mangrove forests, seagrass, and coral reefs, as well as marine species including coral and fish found at the Seawalker site. Their time at CTC will also teach them about being a responsible Seawalker.
As a first step in sustainable marine tourism, Seawalker is currently implementing a strictly eco-friendly sea walking experience. They already have said no to fish feeding, have removed plastic products from their pontoon, and use minimum chemicals, as part of the Green Fins code of conduct. The CTC will help Seawalker to develop their sustainable marine tourism practices through routine monitoring and evaluation around the Seawalker site, focusing on the implementation of the Green Fins code of conduct and sustainable adopt-a-coral program.
A week after the MOU was signed, the CTC and Seawalker worked together to provide a short marine ecosystem training session during the visit of Miss Tourism International. Visiting the Center for Marine Conservation were Miss Tourism and Miss My Beauty Tourism Ambassador from China, Zhang Wei Qi, Miss Tourism International 2017/2018 from the Philippines, Jennie Loudette Vicencio Alipoon, Miss Tourism International 2018/2019 from Indonesia, Astari Vernideani, and Miss Tourism World Best National Costume 2019 from Indonesia, Rennie Arumsari. They had the opportunity to learn about the CTC programs, marine conservation and coral life through the Cora the Coral video.
Seawalker’s managing director, Ida Bagus Gde Surya Tanaya mentioned that he has several goals for the partnership between the CTC and Seawalker. Through this collaboration, Sewalker hopes to be able to provide opportunities for everyone to give back to the environment, especially the marine environment, through learning about the importance of corals through their adopt-a-coral program. He also added that he hopes this could promote Bali on the international stage as an island that is eco-friendly and promotes sustainable tourism.