Analogi Pohon dalam Pariwisata Budaya

Beberapa waktu yang lalu ada seorang mahasiswa yang menyampaikan secara berapi-api ke saya bahwa pariwisata di Bali sudah membuat Bali di ambang kehancuran. Menurutnya dari artikel-artikel yang dia baca di media, sangat jelas bahwa pariwisata menghancurkan budaya, menghancurkan mental bahkan berpotensi menghancurkan jati diri “ke-Bali-an”orang Bali. Komentar  saya  sambil tersenyum “OK, kalau begitu bagaimana kalau kita bubarkan saja pariwisata? Stop saja turis datang ke Bali dan tutup semua hotel yang ada di Bali”. Jawabnya “Jangan bu, nanti kita makan dari mana tanpa pariwisata?”

Dialog singkat tersebut merupakan potret bagaimana pariwisata budaya Bali selalu dikecam namun disatu sisi dibutuhkan. Keterikatan Bali dengan pariwista bukan hanya sekedar “sayur tanpa garam” namun sudah menjadi “bread and breath of Bali”.

Dalam perspektif pariwisata dan budaya hampir selalu menjadi sebuah dikotomi, dua kutub magnet yang saling berlawanan. Saat pariwisata berkembang pesat, maka asumsinya saat itu juga akan terjadi degradasi budaya lokal. Menjawab ini saya sangat setuju dengan konsep Analogi Pohon atau tree analogy yang disampaikan oleh Pitana (2006),Picard (1996), Geriya (1991) dan McKean (1978). Konsep ini kemudian saya coba visualisasikan dan berikut penjabarannya.


Dalam analogi pohon sebagai ekspansi dari konsep pariwisata budaya di Bali,  akarnya yang kuat  dari pohon tersebut adalah Agama Hindu. Batangnya yang kokoh adalah budaya secara umum, baik berwujud (tangible) maupun tidak berwujud (intangible). Daunnya yang lebat dan indah adalah kesenian Bali baik yang berupa kesenian visual (visual arts) maupun kesenian atraksi (performing arts). Pariwisata adalah bunga dan buah yang dapat “dipanen” sehingga nantinya dapat diperuntukan bagi kesejahteraan masyarakatnya.

Hasil dari pohon yang berupa bunga dan buah inilah yang dapat “dijual”, namun pendapatan yang dihasilkan dari penjualan tersebut harus diinvestasikan kembali ke pohon tersebut. Saat akar dan batang pohon tersebut kuat maka analoginya akan mampu menghasilkan daun yang sehat serta buah dan bunga yang manis.

Dengan mengaplikasikan analogi pohon maka antara agama, budaya, kesenian dan pariwisata tidak akan lagi menjadi sebuah dikotomi. Masing-masing bagian akan bersinergi untuk memperkuat satu sama lain, dan masyarakat Bali telah teruji untuk mampu menyeimbangkan pariwisata melalui analogi pohon.



Air Bersih di Pantai Kapur: Analisis Pemanfaatan Teknologi SWRO (Sea Water Reverse Osmosis) di Kawasan Wisata Pantai Pandawa

I’m currently proposing a research to see whether it is feasible or not of having a SWRO plant installed in Pandawa Beach of Kutuh Village. The technology itself has been implemented in several countries in the world, and I am certain that it’s also possible to install it in Indonesia, especially Bali.

As a green researcher, I’m trying to formulate the feasibility study of having such plant installed in Pandawa Beach. To begin, this pilot reasearch will focus specifically on the economic and technical aspects which also include the projection of visitor coming to the destination in the next 5 years. I’m hoping that this reseach can contribute in giving sollution of water problem in Bali.

Even though the technology is now commonly being used in other parts of the world,  it is still very new for us here in Indonesia. So, to give a clearer insight here’s a brief video of SWRO technology from SUEV environment.

I will be sharing the outcome of this research once it has been finalised.

Stay tuned! 🙂

Marketing Class – 5th Semester 2014 ADH Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Bali

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever
~ Mahatma Gandhi

From my perspective, the success of teaching lies on your student’s feedback; not just based on a piece of paper. Did you make any changes on their behavior? Does the subject that you teach inspires them? Motivate them? Change the way they think? Expand their knowledge?

As someone who is still very green in marketing, I learned so many things from my students. We share thoughts in marketing, we create new concepts, and we dreamed of creating a better world with what we call Societal Based Marketing in Tourism and Hospitality.

Be good you all! 🙂

What is ASEAN Economic Community?

After being questioned by some of my students, I am sharing a brief description about The ASEAN Economic Community, which is scheduled to start being a reality next year (2015).

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) shall be the goal of regional economic integration by 2015. AEC foresees the following key characteristics: (a) a single market and production base, (b) a highly competitive economic region, (c) a region of equitable economic development, and (d) a region fully integrated into the global economy.

The AEC areas of cooperation include human resources development and capacity building; recognition of professional qualifications; closer consultation on macroeconomic and financial policies; trade financing measures; enhanced infrastructure and communications connectivity; development of electronic transactions through e-ASEAN; integrating industries across the region to promote regional sourcing; and enhancing private sector involvement for the building of the AEC. In short, the AEC will transform ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour, and free flow of capital.

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Finally on YouTube!!

Hi All,

After years and years of watching, I’m finally on YouTube!! 😀

I have uploaded some videos, which I intend to use for my student’s learning.

Do feel free to subscribe on my channel and view videos at the following link Diah Sastri’s Videos on YouTube as I’ll be sharing the latest tips, updates and information related to Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality

Ps: Here’s a glimps about what I’ll be sharing on YouTube

All the very best! 🙂



Bali Tourism Institute – Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata (STP) Bali Logo

Dear Students,

I realised that some of you are facing difficulties in finding the colored Bali Tourism Institute logo. Therefore, I would like to share with you some mid res logo’s of Bali Tourism Institute – Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata (STP) Bali and Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy that you can use for any purpose.  I have also add logos in PNG which will be beneficial when you’re  inserting the logo in coloured background. Cheers!





Sustainable Tourism |12 Aims for Sustainable Tourism

From the  basic concept of sustainable tourism; it’s clear that sustainable tourism was designed not to stop tourism but to manage it in the interests of all three parties involved – the host habitats and communities, the tourists and the industry itself.  It seeks a balance between development and conservation.  It seeks to find the best form of tourism for an area taking into account its ecology and its culture.  It may mean limits to growth, or in some cases no growth at all. The precautionary principle is important here. Continue reading

Sustainable Tourism | Basic Concepts

Tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and is a major source of income for many countries. Being a people-oriented industry, tourism also provides many jobs which have helped revitalise local economies.

However, like other forms of development, tourism can also cause its share of problems, such as social dislocation, loss of cultural heritage, economic dependence and ecological degradation. Learning about the impacts of tourism has led many people to seek more responsible holidays. These include various forms of alternative or sustainable tourism such as: ‘nature-based tourism’, ‘ecotourism’ and ‘cultural tourism’. Sustainable tourism is becoming so popular that some say that what we presently call ‘alternative’ will be the ‘mainstream’ in a decade.

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Marketing 3.0


Leading companies now understand they must reach highly aware, technology savvy customers. Kotler, Kartajaya and Setiawan say that the ‘old rules’ of product-based and consumer-based marketing will fail to do this. Companies need instead, to focus on creating products, services and entire corporate cultures, which are customer value driven at a more multi-dimensional, fundamental level.

To give a general idea, the following are the main differences between the three concepts:

Marketing 1.0 – product-centric, or the marketing of the industrial age, when marketing was about selling factory outputs. Marketing was transaction orientated: how to make a sale.

Marketing 2.0 – consumer-based, where marketing is relationship orientated -how to keep customers coming back and buying more.

Marketing 3.0 – value driven marketing, the linkage of three building blocks

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Word of Mouth Marketing


Happy customers are your best advertisers.
If people like you and like what you do, they will tell their friends.

Adapted from: Word of Mouth Marketing:  How Smart Companies Get People Talking by Andy Sernovitz,  here are basics of Word of Mouth as your effective Marketing Tool.


Rule #1: Be Interesting

Nobody talks about boring companies, boring products, boring ads. Everyone can be interesting. Before you run an ad, before you launch a product, ask your spouse about it. Trust me…if he or she finds it interesting, you’ve got a winner.

Rule #2: Make People Happy

Create amazing products. Provide excellent service. Go the extra mile. Make sure the work you do gets people energized, excited, and eager to tell a friend. Continue reading