MICETraditional dress for opening ceremonies will be mandatory under new guidelines.

Bali governor calls for conference dress code

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Bali’s governor believes the wearing of traditional dress at conferences will help to underline the island’s uniqueness. Photo Credit: Cahaya_Images/GettyImages
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Governor Wayan Koster wants the use of Balinese script and the wearing of Balinese traditional dress at all national and international conferences held on the Island, local media report.

Bali’s governor has called for a new dress code for conferences to reinforce the uniqueness of the island as a MICE destination.

Governor Wayan Koster wants the use of Balinese script and the wearing of Balinese traditional dress at all national and international conferences held on the island, local media report.

The Governor’s ruling was sent to all ministerial departments, non-government agencies, the foreign consulates, institutions, private corporations and event organisers.

Bali has become an increasingly popular destination for MICE business, topped by 2018’s annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and The World Bank that attracted more than 30,000 international participants.

Along with the requirement for Balinese traditional dress be worn in hosting international and national conferences held in Bali, Koster has ruled that Balinese script be given priority over English on main stage backdrops. 

Koster wants members of organising committees to wear Balinese traditional dress at conference opening ceremonies, while other participants should wear Balinese traditional dress or native costumes from their respective home regions.


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