The Regent of Badung, Anak Agung Gde Agung committed to support Kuta Carnival which will be held in the area under his administration. Regent's commitment was expressed when the organizing committee made a courtesy visit to his office. “We fully support any tourism promotion held in Badung, including Kuta Carnival”, Regent Gde Agung said. Regent Gde Agung was accompanied by Government Secretary, Wayan Subawa, District Head of Kuta, and Village Head of Legian and Seminyak.
Regent Gde Agung said that the annual Kuta Carnival which is coming into its 7th year has to be continued for its strategic support to tourism promotion of Badung, and therefore the Regency Government of Badung will give its best to support the event. “We have to hold Kuta Carnival every year, and should never miss a year out. Missing out an annual event like Kuta Carnival will affect other events as well as Bali tourism image”, he added.
The event is getting even more important to restore public trust after the terror attack at Mega Kuningan, Jakarta. Public turst will be affected of the event was cancelled. Regent Gde Agung said that his government will give both financial support as well as other facilities. “We will never decrease our support. We may even give more financial support than the previous years”, he said. However he refused to expose the exact figure. Last year in addition to injecting financial support, the Regency Government of Badung also waived promotion tax.
Regent Gde Agung reminded the organizing committee of Kuta Carnival to work hard for better quality, so Kuta Carnival can become a really high quality promotional event. “Kuta Carnival has to be well organized, including its events”, he said.
The Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Kuta Carnival, Ketut Nugra, expressed his appreciation for the Regent's commitment. Being a promotional event to maintain and improve brand image, Kuta Carnival needs support from the authority. Even with a number of potential cancellations from foreign participants, the committee remained in a full spirit to ensure every success of the event, and expected presence of the Minster for Culture of Tourism, Jero Wacik, to officially open the mega event on Saturday, September 19th.
As in the previous years, parade will take place at the last day on Sunday, September 27th along with closing ceremony by Regent Gde Agung.