A man certain to be missed by many colleagues and friends in Bali's tourism industry will formally retire on May 1, 2006, after a distinguished career in the island’s government tourism service spanning four decades.
I Nyoman Suamba, more popularly known as Pak Suamba, got his start in tourism as a volunteer for the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Conference Host Committee in Jakarta in 1974. After that watershed PATA Conference, seen by many as the launching pad for modern day tourism in Indonesia, Pak Suamba returned to Bali where he patiently served as an honorary staff in the Bali Tourism Service for 5 years before finally receiving a formal appointment in 1980. During the intervening 25 years, he's headed no less than 6 separate divisions within the BTA, including tourism attractions, promotional materials, product development, tourism marketing, marketing development, and his final position as the Head of the Sub-directorate for Tourism Promotion for Bali.
On hand to witness and help guide Bali tourism through the exciting early days to its current role as the leading industry employing more than half the Island's workers, Pak Suamba has traveled the world proudly and effectively representing Bali at major travel events.
Married to Ni Nyoman Puspawati, Bapak and Ibu are proud parents to one son and two daughters.
balidiscovery.com wishes Pak Sumba a most healthy and happy retirement, fully expecting to see him reappear sometime very soon in a new guise which allows him to contribut his valuable expertise in the promotion of tourism to the Island he loves.
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