The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture visited
Bali this past weekend. Unfortunately, sudden changes in the Minister's
schedule caused the cancellation of a meeting planned for 2100 on Saturday
night. On the next afternoon, however, the Minister met with leaders of
the Bali Tourism Industry at the Grand Bali Beach.
Requesting that those in attendance address him by
his name rather than his title, "Bapak Marzuki" led and encouraged a
refreshingly open and frank 2.5 hour discussion of tourism issues confronting
The Minister advised the audience that the Government's
financial resources are very limited in the current monetary crisis and
therefore asked members of the Industry to take the initiative to revive
the tourism sector. Acknowedging that Bali is the "primadona" of Indonesian
tourism, the Minister declared that he was placing the National Tourism
Product in the hands of Bali for safe-keeping. Promising to visit Bali
on a frequent basis and create a situation where he is accessible to the
tourism industry, Bapak Marzuki stated that it was his Department's responsibility
to facilitate the private sector by removing bureaucratic obstacles, increasing
government efficiency, and speeding the process of necessary change in
the reformation of the tourism sector.
CALL TO SANUR RESIDENTS
A local community action committee of Sanur residents
will meet on Monday, June 15 at 1930 hours at the Radission Hotel. All
are invited to attend this organizational meeting to discuss concrete
community-based steps to improve the environmental and general quality-of-life
for residents and visitors to the Sanur area. For more information contact
Miranda Suryadjaja via e-mail email@example.com
or telephone at 0361 - 288476.
CNN - 09 JUNE 1998
The morning "Today in Asia" broadcast from CNN carried
a travel segment this monring in which CNN Reporter, James Lee, reported
that all of Southeast Asia is free of Haze.
In the same segment, James Lee interviewd a Hong
Kong based travel-expert who indicated that travel to Bali, Lombok, and
Yogyakarta should be considered safe and visitors to Indonesia were currently
obtaining oustanding values in airline and ground packages.
LAND OF THE BRAVE ?
Just days after this newsletter (edition # 042 - 03
June) called attention to the seeming incongruity of a Singapore-based
Ambassador from a country that warns its citizens that Bali is unsafe,
chosing to park his multi-million dollar yacht in Bali the yacht with
its signature green helicopter on the top deck sailed away from Bali.
It's unclear if the Ambassador didn't appreciate
the increasing interest of reporters in his expensive toy or, perhaps,
he was seeking safer anchorage. Let's see . . .Eritrea ? The Gulf?
Dear Ambassador - it's O.K. to bring your boat back
to Bali. We promise it's very safe and we'll even ask the press to leave
SQ LAUNCHES SPECIAL
BALI OFFER IN SINGAPORE
The SQ "Fantastic Bali Triple Delight" promotion
hit the Singapore market on Friday, in time for the Singapore school holidays.
SQ Bali Manager Andrew Chee said the 16 consortium agents selling the
package are usually closed on weekends but stayed open both Saturday and
Sunday to meet customer demand for the package. The first arrival on the
package arrived in Bali on Sunday, June 7, one day after its launch and
some 100 customers had arrived in Bali by Tuesday evening.
Talk about springing into action! Mind you, this
is a package that was discussed on Monday, June 1 among hotels and SQ.
It hit the press Friday and by Sunday the first arrival landed in Bali.
The package, in three room categories (that's the
triple delight) starts from S$458 including air, four days/three nights
accommodation, daily breakfast and airport transfers. With the package,
comes three nights free accommodation, to be used by Dec. 1999. Packages
must be booked by June 22 and used by Aug. 31, 1998.
I say, thank you Mr. Chee, Bali Manager for SQ, you
have proven the industry should have the greatest confidence in YOU AND
SQ's dedication to Bali. This would not have been possible otherwise.
Hats off, too, to Sheraton Resorts Indonesia marketing director Angus
Maclachlan who came up with the idea in the first place, on behalf of
Hey, Garuda, now it's your turn!
BALI'S PETITION - THE
WORLD TAKES NOTICE
Bali Promo's presentation of more than 11,000 signature
on a petition to President Bill Clinton, asking him to lift the travel
ban on Bali was picked up by the Indonesian wire service- Antara, the
Associated Press and Reuters.
Bali's Director of Regional Tourism, Mr. Luther Barrung,
urged President Clinton to change the travel advice as soon as possible.
"The unfavourable statement not only greatly disadvantages the Balinese
community but also does not reflect the real condition, because Bali is
in fact safe and in good order." Mr. Barrung was quoted as saying.
"BALI . . .NOW, BETTER
Bali Promo's local campaign to increase awareness
among visitors in Bali and the local tourism industry has been launched.
Themed "Bali . . .Now, Better than Ever" this program is being publicized
via banners (spanduks) and traditional Balinese Bamboo Banners (umbul-umbul).
These banners are very attractive and include the new BALI PROMO logo.
If you would like to see the format of the banners
(in Black and White) send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
including your facsimile number. We'll send you a drawing by return. To
order contact Tusi at Telephone (0361) 286283 or facsimile 286284.
The price fora "spanduk" or a "umbul-umbul" is only
Rp. 50,000 each including free delivery in Bali. Overseas orders are accepted,
but please provide a DHL acount number so we can express your banners.
Beautiful banners - real collector pieces. Order
some now for yourt hotel or agency. Bali promo makes Rp. 5,000 per banner.
Now, how's that for transparency?
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA Bali Chapter
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