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BALI UPDATE #010 - March 19, 1998
MR LYONS-ARE YOU LISTENING ?
Salute to the Bali Oberoi's Joy Kelly who sent the
following letter to John Lyons, Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. I
am sure that Joy has no objection if anyone wants to use part of her letter
as their own comments in communicating our current situation to your clients
Having just returned from attending one of the world's
largest tourism marts in Berlin, Germany, I was most concerned to read
the articles in Sydney Morning Herald.
Over the last two weeks many tourism representatives
based in Indonesia have attended this important forum, emphasizing to
our clients that tourism attractions throughout Indonesia remain perfectly
safe and a unique experience for the holiday-maker, despite negative impressions
which sensationalist media articles have portrayed.
Since my return we have welcomed tour operators and
travel agents from Europe, United States and Australia. They have invested
their own time and money to visit Bali and see for themselves the continued
peaceful harmony of this beautiful island, delighted by the incredible
bargains in local handicrafts and general holiday packages.
It is the case that over 40,000 expatriates have
left Indonesia, however this was mainly due to Indonesian businesses failing
during the rupiah devaluation and many companies have downsized, closed
or stopped future projects. This fact was not reported, in fact the article
inferred that expatriates were leaving out of fear for their lives. I
feel that these articles do an immense discredit to the people of Indonesia.
I hope that the Australian tourism industry will be able to reassure your
countrymen that such sensationalist comments do not portray an accurate
In the three years of living in Bali I have been
warmly welcomed by the Balinese, have never felt in any danger and I continue
to enjoy the company of friendly and helpful local people. The Balinese'
warm nature makes for an excellent service industry on the island which
is enjoyed by expatriates and tourists. While one cannot predict the stability
of any country, current media coverage of Indonesia by the international
press runs to dangerous speculation based on rumour and innuendo, contributing
to Indonesia's problems by discouraging travel to a nation that desperately
needs the foreign exchange created by tourism.
In the past Bali has greatly benefited from articles
resulting from media familiarisation trips. We would be delighted to host
a journalist visit from your newspaper, as soon as possible, so they can
provide you with a more accurate view of life in paradise-as I know it!
I look forward to hearing from you.
Joy M. Kelly
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
PROBLEMS FOR TOURISTS IN BALI-SUITCASES ARE TOO
(Bali- Indonesia's Capital of Tourism) Due to Indonesia's
recent massive devaluation of the Rupiah, visitors to Bali can now enjoy
unprecedented bargains in hotels, shopping and restaurants. This has brought
windfall gains to tourists with foreign currencies visiting Indonesia.
Tourists and the tourist destinations remain very safe and far removed
from isolated incidents of public unrest. PATA Bali's Chairman, Mr. Darma
Setiawan, emphasised this point when he said "Bali continues to be calm
and peaceful with our biggest problem at present being frustrated visitors
trying to figure our where to pack all the art, handicrafts and clothing
their new found wealth has permitted them to buy while on the island".
"OUR LOSS IS YOUR GAIN"-COVERAGE
FROM AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL PRESS
THE QUORUM-Australia's International Incentive & Convention
magazine have covered the "Our Loss is Your Gain" campaign in their latest
edition "Xpress" Newsletter.
They carried our initial press release including
comments form our PATA Chairman, Darma Setiawan. The article also quoted
Garuda's Melbourne Sales Manager. Ian Murton, who said negative coverage
had only a slight impact on meeting and incentive groups. Ian said, "Bali
is pretty much isolated from the rest of Indonesia and it's business as
usual although local businesses are aware of the economic situation and
doing whatever they can to survive."
In the same article, Ian added, "we have just organized
100 travel agents to tour Bali and plans are going ahead as scheduled..
there is absolutely no reason to postpone it."
GARUDA-FURTHER CUTBACKS IN SERVICE ?
We are still awaiting formal confirmation from GARUDA
INDONESIA that service from Paris will cease this month and that services
from the United States will soon be withdrawn . Agents are already receiving
cancellations from clients in these locations who have been informed of
GARUDA'S withdrawal of services-but, still no formal word from Garuda
to its travel partners in Indonesia.
Senior Representatives from Garuda visited Bali some
months ago to underline that we are their partners in promoting travel.
If that is the case, why must we always learn of major changes at Garuda
that impact our business from clients and the newspapers?
A message from the Bali Travel Industry to Garuda
TALK TO US! we are all on the same team!
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