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BALI UPDATE #044 - 06 JUNE 1998
URGENT ALERT TO BALI-BASED READERS
We have just been advised that the Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture for the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Marzuki Usman is making a sudden visit to Bali on Saturday, June 06.
A special session has been set up for 9 p.m. Saturday night at the Grand Bali Beach Hotel Ballroom.
All members of the Bali Tourism Industry are urged to attend this important event!

 
ACTION ASIA MAGAZINE TO VISIT BALI
ACTION ASIA, the Hong Kong-based consumer travel oriented publication is planning a special section on Bali in its August/September edition. The section is planned to be 10-12 pages in length and will reportedly be focussed on emphasizing that, despite negative press reports and U.S. Embassy warnings, Bali is safe and continues to operate as usual. They will also be pointing out that Bali has always been 100% free of haze.
The bulk of the articles will try to show the wide range of activities available to visitors to Bali. This will be done by featuring experiences, trips, images, etc., of a visit to Bali. They are looking for 25-30 small pieces of about 100 words each - little anecdotes featuring the range of activities to be enjoyed.
The editor-in-chief of the magazine, Mr. Robert Houston, is tentatively scheduled to visit Bali June 21-27 to see first-hand the situation in Bali.
If you think your product qualifies as a unique and interesting Bali experience and would like to be considered for inclusion in the articles, contact:
John Higginson
Staff Writer - Action Asia
Direct Tel: (852) 2521 4297 Facsimile (852) 2868 1799
E-mail: aaswrite@asiaonline.net

 
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR!
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advised in an announcement dated 04 June that political tensions in Indonesia are continuing to ease and security conditions in Jakarta and Elsewhere in the country are returning to normal. "Accordingly, the Department's recommendation contained in its Travel Advice of 25 May, that Australians should consider deferring non-essential travel to Indonesia (except for Bali) for the time being, is now withdrawn."
The same announcement says, "the situation in Bali is calm and services for tourist are operating normally."
Good on ya, Australia!
Great beaches, cheap grog, friendly locals, almost no yanks - what more could you ask for in a holiday?

 
GOOD NEWS FROM SIA
During the recent spate of travel warnings on Bali, the SQ flights were arriving with only 30-40 passengers. On Wednesday morning, 03 June, the SQ flight arrived with 117 passengers from London, Athens, Frankfurt, Brussels, Dubai, Tokyo and even two brave Americans from JFK!
Andrew Chee, local Manager for SIA, also reports that requests are coming in for the Bali Promo fams sponsored by SQ.
Let's hope this signals that we are turning the corner and on the way to recovery in Bali Tourism.

 
BALI HOTELS OFFER "TWO YEARS IN BALI"
BALI hoteliers launch a "Two Years in Bali" promotion this weekend to "kick-start a demand" for summer bookings. Initiated by Sheraton Resorts Indonesia (SRI), the promotion will encompass at least 30 Bali hotels and several airlines.
Singapore Airlines (SQ) manager for Bali, Andrew Chee, said packages, to be launched first in Singapore with SQ, will include three to five nights in a participating hotel in three price categories: deluxe, superior and first class, including breakfast, discounted food and beverage for adults, free meals for children, and children under age 11 in parents room for free. For each package, guests receive a certificate for three free room nights, to be used by December 1999. Guests may extend their stay or use it next year, said SRI marketing director Angus Maclachlan.
Other markets being considered for promotion are Europe, West Coast USA and Hong Kong with other carriers and packages. Details for the Singapore launch are being finalised for release June 6. The commissionable packages will be sold by SQ designated agents.
"SQ is working hard to put Bali back on the map," said Chee. He is confident that SQ and the Bali hotels can expand the promotion worldwide.

 
AP ARTICLE HINTS AT WHAT MAY BE BEHIND THE BAN
An article carried by the Associated Press on June 4, may suggest what's really behind the continuing ban on American travel to Indonesia.
In the same article that reviewed the continuing ban on travel by Americans to Indonesia - despite the fact that almost every other nation in the world have lifted or reduced their warnings - a senior Clinton Administration official was quoted as saying that the United States wishes to pressure Indonesia's new President, B.J. Habibie, to establish a clear timetable for direct elections of a new parliament.
The article also quoted Aurelia Brazael, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, as telling a congressional panel that the United States will be watching closely to see whether the new leadership can make progress on East Timor. Meanwhile , President Habibie stated on Wednesday that the former Portuguese colony of Timor is to remain an integrated part of Indonesia.
In the absence of any other plausible explanation as to why America remains virtually alone and quite steadfast in refusing to lift its travel ban on Indonesia, the possible explanation that the Clinton Administration is using tourism as a political football to pressure the Government of Indonesia gains some credibility.
Can this possibly be true? If it is, shame on you Bill Clinton. Your friends deserve better treatment!
J.M. Daniels
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA Bali Chapter
 
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