Bali has been the focal point for inbound tourism to Indonesia. Few other places offer more options to discover. It often serves as a hub to explore the many other, worthwhile destinations within the country. In many fields Bali has set high standards since its early days, when surfers and backpackers discovered the island. It now has grown into a destination adhering to high, international standards. From the onset of this great journey, destination management companies (DMCs) have played a significant role in introducing Bali and the rest of Indonesia to the outside world. While building vast networks of travel companies and customers worldwide, they were able to build profitable businesses offering jobs to thousands of people.
Like companies active in other sections of the economy, Indonesian DMCs are increasingly aware of their ‘footprint’. As responsible tourism practitioners, they realize they have a task to offset the negative impacts of their activities as much as possible.
There are many paths to enhance such a vision. While each DMC should decide for itself how to achieve maximum sustainability and how to adhere to the highest health and safety standards, there is one area in which Indonesian DMCs decided to put hands together. The result is IDSC or the Indonesian DMC Sustainability Collaboration, currently consisting of Happy Trails, Destination Asia, Khiri Travel and Lotus Asia. Soon, we will reach out to more companies to join this initiative.
The Indonesian DMC Sustainability Collaboration (shortly known as IDSC) was initiated by Destination Asia, Happy Trails, and Kelana DMC. Shortly after, Khiri Travel and Lotus Asia joined a group of motivated companies in working together to collect data from their suppliers.
The basic idea of IDSC is to collect data on the application of sustainability and health & safety principles throughout their business practices. The Collaboration designed a comprehensive set of questions and attached to it a comprehensive and easy to read scoring model.
It is easy to see the benefits. The task of obtaining vital data from suppliers is shared by a number of companies. The collection of data is grouped. Less redundancy in questionnaires means interested suppliers will have to spend less time on the matter.
IDSC also has an active educational program for suppliers who want to know more about the HOW & WHY its members collect their data. There are regular workshops, during which IDSC highlights the importance of sustainability and the application of health and safety standards throughout the business processes. IDSC thus is an active player in raising awareness of these issues.
It should be noted that IDSC collects data on sustainability and health & safety from its suppliers on behalf of its members. Data is collected through electronic media and onsite visits. It does not judge these data but rather leaves the use to each of its members as they deem fit. IDSC is now collecting those data mainly from member suppliers in Bali but will expands its activities across Indonesia. Most of the IDSC members operate all over the country. Companies cooperating will be able to view the score they received from IDSC.
My name is Irma Ariyanti and I work as admin for IDSC. I’m a native to Bali and I feel directly of the impact on the current development on the island in the past 20 years. Bali was a more of green and lush with all the trees growing in the backyard, now we’d notice the buildings arising in between the Balinese houses and the mother nature. I believe there’s a balance we can create to counter the growing of tourism here and in Indonesia in general. And that’s also why I am here.