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BALI UPDATE # 051 - 27 JUNE 1998
JAPAN RESUMES TRIPS TO BALI
A series of full-page advertisements in major Japanese
newspapers promoting the island of Bali are marking Bali's relaunch
in that market. The advertisements feature a series of small articles
on the general safety of the island and attractions of potential interest
to Japanese visitors.
Some 380,000 Japanese visited Bali in 1997. Arrivals
from that market have largely stopped in the past 2 months. Tourism from
Japan has been further complicated by a weakened Yen which is depressing
the Japanese outbound travel market generally.
Local Japanese tour operators are optimistic that
business will return to something approaching 1997 levels by September
of this year.
LET'S GO INDONESIA
- LUKE WARM RECEPTION FROM BALI
A delegation representing "Let's Go Indonesia" -
the latest promotional initiative from the Indonesian Tourism Promotion
Board got a luke-warm reception when they called a meeting in Bali on
Wednesday, 24 June.
The program devised by the Indonesian Tourism Promotion
Board in Jakarta was seen by many in Bali as unresponsive to the needs
of Bali tourism. Members of BALI PROMO, quoted in the Thursday edition
of the BALI POST expressed concerns that the "Let's Go Indonesia" promotion
would impose multiple burdens on the local tourism industry without any
guarantee of positive results.
The proposed program, comprised of three parts, called
for a free night at all participating hotels and tourist attractions on
a yet-to-be-disclosed date in July, a "2 for 1" program in August, and
a "Best of Indonesia" promotion from September onward.
Discussions continue. Meanwhile BALI PROMO continues
preparations for a BALI PROMO MEGA FAM trip in July expected to host over
500 tour operators and travel writers on the island. Plans are also underway
for a special welcoming dinner, hosted by the Indonesian Minister of Tourism,
Art, and Culture at the Meridien Nirwana Resort in conjunction with this
BALI ARTS FESTIVAL CONTINUES
THROUGH 11 JULY
The 20th annual BALI ARTS FESTIVAL, which commenced
on 14 June, will continue until it closing ceremony on 11 July. On each
day until the end of the Festival, leading dance, theatre and musical
groups from across Bali will present exciting cultural programs - most
presented at the conveniently located Bali Arts Centre in Denpasar.
Details and times of the various shows are available
from most hotels' concierge desks.
BALI AND BEYOND - BALI
PROMO MEETING SET FOR 30 JUNE
In an effort to provide assistance to Indonesian tourism
destinations beyond Bali, a meeting has been called for 30 June at the
NATOUR HOTEL on Kuta Beach. Representative of tourism organizations from
across Indonesia have been invited to attend to exchange ideas on who
Bali can serve as the gateway to Indonesia's other destinations.
The concrete marketing programs expected to be agreed
at this meeting are in keeping with the program proclaimed by Bali's Regional
Tourism Director, Mr. Luther Barrung, who has set the promotional priorities
for Bali as Bali for Bali; Bali and Beyond; and Bali for Indonesia. This,
and similar joint promotion events planned by BALI PROMO, are in keeping
with the Minister of Tourism's recent instructions to the Bali Tourism
Industry to lead the way to recovery of the National Tourism Industry.
In the words of the Minister, "I place the safe keeping
of National Tourism in the hands of Bali."
OVER 70 PARTICIPANTS
AT PATA BALI'S ONE DAY SEMINAR
Over 70 of Bali's professional hoteliers and restaurant
operators attended a one-day seminar organized by PATA BALI on Thursday,
"Smart Operators in Difficult Times" presented leading
experts on general hotel manager, food and beverage operations, and housekeeping
who exchanged ideas on how to conserve cost without sacrificing quality.
GOVERNMENT AND ARMED
FORCES ASSURE SAFETY
After meeting with President B.J. Habibie on June
18, the Minister of Politics and Security, General Feisal Tanjung, reaffirmed
the Government together with the Armed Forces commitment to maintain security
and stability throughout the Country.
Following the riots and loss of life that occurred
last month in several cities in Indonesia, the Armed Forces have been
adamant in underscoring that they will never permit such a tragedy to
occur again in Indonesia. Peaceful demonstrations are permitted, but control
will be exercised when mass demonstrations with thousands of participants
This policy was very much in evidence in Jakarta
on June 24 when a large-scale demonstration planned in Jakarta by labourers
and students was called off. The Military Commander of Jakarta clearly
stated that he would not allow any demonstrations that might lead to anarchy
and, as a result, the response to the call to demonstrate was minimal
and the demonstration went on in a peaceful manner.
Foreign governments have lifted their bans on travel
to Indonesia, generally highlighting the peace that has prevailed without
interruption in Bali. Flights to Jakarta and Bali are reporting increased
load factors with a moderate business recovery expected over the coming
THE LIGHTER SIDE: CANNIBALS
We often receive unusual questions over the web from
people planning a visit to Bali, but among the most peculiar to date was
received from a Ms. Mary M. of the U.S.A. who wrote this week and enquired
after a report "from a friend" that there is a village of cannibals near
Ubud and asked if it was safe to go out at night.
Frankly, I give no quarter to such outlandish reports.
However, two nights ago when I was dining at a local pub in Ubud, I did
pause for just a moment when the waiter asked if I wanted the "Asian"
or the "European" menu.
Call me if you need a list of Bali's fine vegetarian
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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