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Getting a Bull Out of a China Shop

How to Earn Back the Good Will of the Mainland Chinese Traveller

Commenting on the continuing controversy over the sale of fraudulent tour packages to Chinese tourists, the Consul-General for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Bali, Guo Haodong, told Beritabali.com that tourists coming from his Country have the ability to purchase quality tour packages, blaming the current crisis on unscrupulous tour operators.

The Chinese Consul-General said there are six elements Bali needs in order to attract high quality tourists from the PRC. First, quality culinary offerings, including Balinese cuisine. Second, 3, 4 and 5-star quality hotels. Three, quality transportation equipped with air conditioning. Fourth, a destination that presents a range of nature and cultural attractions across the entire breadth of the Island. Fifth, staged cultural presentations, religious ceremonies, and local handicrafts that can be purchased as souvenirs of their visit. And, sixth, well-prepared tourism products that package stage performances, cultural ceremonies, and shopping stops.

Gua Haodang said that by following the six elements he outlined Bali would be able to attract well-heeled Chinese travelers who would stay in good hotels, eat at popular restaurants, and attend religious and cultural presentations. In this way, it would be impossible, he said, for people to sell tourism packages priced at only Rp. 800,000 for a five-day stay in Bali.

Gua said that the Chinese government was prepared to work with the Balinese tourism industry to improve the level of service offered to Chinese tourists and then assist in promoting Bali to the PRC marketplace.

In response, Bali Governor Wayan Koster thanked the Chinese Consul-General for his understanding and support. Koster also said that new policies were now being prepared for Bali tourism to improve the service provided to the Island’s visitors, including Chinese nationals.

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