Tri Hita Karana (THK) Awards Program was born because of the encouragement of pride mixed with troubled and concerned. Proud because of growing tourism sector into a locomotive development in Bali and the largest contributor to the formation of regional gross domestic product, expanding the field of business and employment opportunities. There also some concerns arise also because of growing tourism increase exploitative attitudes, individualistic, and materialistic with destructive tendencies subsystem ecological, socio-cultural, and aesthetic (related towards elements of THK concept: Palemahan, Pawongan, and Parhyangan)
As a result, the management of THK based tourism that emphasizes the principles of unity, balance and sustainability far from the truth. Tourism slogan for Bali was deviated towards Bali for Tourism. Thus, instead of balance and sustainability are created. Nor prepare the Balinese as the main perpetrators of the tourism business in Bali. Created instead of environmental damage and deterioration of Balinese Culture.
Indicate discriminatory treatment, local communities are systematically eliminated from the scene of tourism, so that eventually lead to disharmony between tourism people and public relations that provide a buffer Bali tourism.
It also eventually led a group of people who care about Bali to initiate the program THK Awards. This program was originally driven by those working in the media (journalists) who collaborated with the team leader of the study the cumulative environmental impacts (environmental impact study on cumulative – SOCEI) and the Center for the Study of Bali (BALI PUSAKA), and in 2000 confers THK Awards for hotels that have implemented the concept of THK in their management.
Given the THK concept implementation can only be known by yourself, then the most knowing if agencies or hotels that have implemented the concept of THK in its management environment are also yourself. But to make the evaluation results happened, if the agency or the hotel has implemented this concept, then we need additional six other components on the top of assessor team THK Awards Committee. Thus, it is hoped will not happen disharmony for hotels which have received THK Awards.
The seven components that are involved in the assessment of THK Awards, are:
1. Hotel Management (represent yourself) as the main respondent
2. Communities around the tourist area is assessed, including the Villager (Bendesa and Banjar), traditional leaders, religious leaders, youth leaders
3. Other tourism components (if the hotel, then that becomes a component of other appraisers are tour-guide who takes guests to the hotel
4. Components of the press, particularly the specialized travel press
5. Travelers who stay at the hotel
6. Employees of the hotels
7. Assessor team THK Awards
Since the year 2010 the implementation of THK Awards & Accreditation program is implemented by the Foundation of Tri Hita Karana Bali that its founder is a combination of several components that share a common vision and a mission to rescue and preserve the eco-friendly certification program based on the value of local wisdom of Tri Hita Karana.
Tri Hita Karana-based award program is very well received from various parties. One of them is since 2001, under the Provincial Government of Bali Governor I Dewa Made Beratha consistently provide relief fund of 100 million rupiahs each year through the budget of Bali. This assistance up to 170 million rupiahs in 2007, but in 2008 declined to a value of 130 million rupiahs due to elections, and in 2009 and 2010 still has the support of the Provincial Government of Bali through Bali provincial social welfare programs.
From 2000 to 2008, Tri Hita Karana Awards program participants absolutely free for participants, because the program is a voluntary program. Another reason is because of support from local governments to raise awareness of Bali tourism activity eco-friendly basis realize the value of local culture.
In his journey, in 2009, Governor of Bali Made Mangku Pastika through the Environmental Impact Management Agency (Bapedalda)-now the Badan Lingkungan Hidup (Environment Agency)-was inscribed into Tri Hita Karana Awards Organizing Committee signaled that the aid was stopped from 2009.
Related to the letter, Tri Hita Karana Awards Committee inscribed the entire hotel and is incorporated with the organization of Observer and Actor Tri Hita Karana (P3-THK), whose membership consists of Bali hotels and attractions who participate THK Awards. In this letter, the Committee of THK Awards ask participant to contribute to support THK Awards Program. The committee of P3-THK made the decision to require all participating hotels THK Awards program to pay because there is no accreditation or certification program in the world that is entirely free.
Meanwhile, good news also came from the Office of the Governor of Bali that the money to support the Tri Hita Karana Awards Program is continued. As the information came late after the decision of P3-THK, then for THK program participants from the world of tourism remain obligated to pay, and the 100 million rupiahs support from the Governor of Bali is directed to a program of Tri Hita Karana Widya Nugraha and Tri Hita Karana Praja Nugraha targeting government offices, schools and government offices will be free, including assessing tourism destination program.