Small Business, Big Impact: Knowledge Sharing on Regenerative Tourism Practices in Bali and Hawaii

A collaborative event between Kopernik and YSEALI dedicated to fostering regenerative tourism practices among small businesses. This event offers an opportunity to exchange experiences and explore innovative approaches to sustainability in Hawaii and Bali.

Discover the principles and advantages of regenerative tourism during a thoughtful panel discussion at Mana Earthly Paradise in Ubud, Bali, on Sunday, November 19, 2023.

In the realm of global tourism, the term “regenerative” has taken center stage, signaling a shift towards sustainable practices that not only minimize environmental impact but actively contribute to the restoration and well-being of local communities. Two paradisiacal destinations, Bali and Hawaii, are leading the way in championing regenerative tourism through the efforts of small businesses that are making a big impact.

In Bali, a lush Indonesian island known for its vibrant culture and stunning landscapes, small businesses are weaving regenerative practices into the fabric of tourism. Initiatives include community-led reforestation projects, waste reduction programs, and sustainable farming practices. By engaging with local communities, these businesses are not only preserving Bali’s natural beauty but actively working to enhance it.

One notable example is the rise of eco-friendly accommodations such as homestays and eco-villas that emphasize responsible tourism. These establishments often collaborate with local farmers, source organic produce, and implement eco-friendly infrastructure, creating a holistic experience that benefits both tourists and the local community.

To further amplify the impact of these regenerative practices, knowledge sharing platforms have emerged. These platforms connect businesses, local communities, and tourists, fostering a collective commitment to sustainable tourism.

Workshops, seminars, and online forums serve as spaces where small business owners, sustainability experts, and community leaders exchange ideas and best practices. Through these channels, the knowledge gained from successful initiatives can be disseminated, inspiring others to adopt regenerative practices.

Furthermore, across the Pacific, Hawaii is exemplifying the spirit of “Aloha” by intertwining traditional values with modern sustainability. Small businesses in Hawaii are implementing regenerative tourism practices that honor the islands’ rich cultural heritage and prioritize the delicate balance between humans and nature, however, Hawaii has a big issue such as over tourism.

Local initiatives include beach clean-ups, cultural immersion programs, and collaborations with native communities to protect and restore natural habitats. By integrating traditional Hawaiian wisdom with innovative solutions, these businesses are creating a tourism model that respects the land and nurtures the well-being of both visitors and locals.

“We can learn from a case study of one of the speakers in Hawaii. Negative things that happened in Hawaii should not occur in Bali, such as over-tourism, disturbance of residential areas, and a decline in the economy,” said Rahmi Fajar Harini, COO of Eco Tourism Bali. Rahmi added that we meet with other stakeholders and together mitigate environmental issues. Stakeholders have their respective roles and collaborate among themselves in mitigating climate change issues, making Bali a sustainable destination.

Writer: Deska Yunita