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Sanur Raya No. 27
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Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 (0)361 286 283
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BALI UPDATE # 058 - 15 JULY 1998
PATA VILLAGE AT GULF SHOW
The PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Europe
Division is organising a PATA village at the first-ever Gulf '98 travel
exhibition, to be held in Manama, Bahrain, Oct. 5-8. The new travel and
tourism exhibition presents PATA members the opportunity to explore an
important emerging market. Registration is priced at US$1,400 for PATA
members and US$2,400 for non-members. The deadline for registration is
July 31. For more information, contact the PATA Europe Division at fax
(377) 92 05 61 33. E-mail: email@example.com.
PATA PRESENCE AT ASIAN
The PATA Asia Division will be maintaining booths
at a number of trade shows in Asia this fall, including the Korea World
Travel Fair (KOTFA), Sept. 25-28 in Seoul; IT&CMA, Oct. 27-29 in Kuala
Lumpur; and the China International Travel Mart (CITM), Oct. 29-Nov. 1
in Shanghai. PATA members and other delegates are invited to stop by our
booths. For details, contact the PATA Asia Division at fax (65) 225-6842.
BALI PROMO OFFERS SPECIAL
RATES AT NATAS HOLIDAY 98 (REPEATING)
BALI PROMO has negotiated a special discount for Bali
tourism industry members wishing to promote at the NATAS HOLIDAY 98 consumer
travel show in Singapore, September 4 - 6, 1998.
This consumer show, organized by the National Association
of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), is an annual mega travel show which
is attended by some 30,000 Singaporeans, many of whom book travel at
NATAS is holding a special area at the show especially
for BALI PROMO and within the spirit of cooperation forged between Singapore
and Bali, are extending a special 20% discount to participants booking
under this special BALI PROMO VILLAGE offer.
PLEASE NOTE : A maximum of 10 spaces are available
in an area to be designated as the BALI PROMO VILLAGE and the absolute
deadline for confirming space and paying is 25 July.
Two exhibition options exist. A shell scheme for
9 square metres ( 3 x 3 metres) at a cost of SID 1,296 or on an open space
scheme for 9 square metres at SID 1152. These prices represent a special
20% discount to BALI PROMO who is coordinating the space at no charge
to the local travel industry.
Only a maximum of 10 spaces are available in the
BALI PROMO VILLAGE. Space is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
or send a facsimile to 0361 - 286284 for more details or to book a
Order now as spaces are being taken up quickly!
CNN - DOES IT AGAIN
Maria Ressa, CNN's Bureau Chief in Jakarta filed
a story on July 14 under the heading "Tourists avoid Indonesia in the
wake of Violence, economic crunch" and in conformance with what now appears
to be a trade mark of the media giant - got it largely wrong.
Strike One. Maria reported how Garuda is finding it
difficult to fly around Indonesia's "14,000 islands." The fact is Indonesia
has 17,508 islands. Shucks, what's 3,000 islands, anyway?
Strike Two. Maria also reported "that the tourism
industry is still reeling from the effects of widespread forest fires
which hit Indonesia last year. The Fires spread a blanket of smoke through
many parts of Southeast Asia and chased tourists away." With the coming
of heavy rains to Kalimantan haze has stopped being an issue in the region,
but why miss a chance to stir up old memories and reinforce the misperception
(courtesy of CNN, too) that large parts of Indonesia were covered in
smoke when, in fact, the smoke and haze when it did exist was limited
to the western regions of the country.
Strike Three. In the same report Maria reported that
the "United States Government continues to tell its citizens to avoid
travel to Indonesia unless the trip is essential." Wrong again, Maria.
The current travel advisory for Indonesia issued by the U.S. State Department
contains no such advice warning its citizens to avoid travel to Indonesia.
Strike four and head for the showers, Maria. To
give some authenticity to her coverage of Indonesia, which increasingly
appears to be grounded more in Maria's personal bias than in hard facts,
a film-clip showing Indonesia's Minister of Tourism, Marzuki Usman, was
shown in which he commented on the safety of tourists saying "no one can
guarantee it . . .even (military chief) General Wiranto (can't) say that."
What Maria failed to do in her July 14 story was to mention that the Minister's
comments were from a interview filmed in early June, shortly after the
ascension of the new government to power. Clearly, a more current interview
with the Tourism interview would have given a much different tone to
But then again, why let the search for balance and
truth get in the way of CNN's approach to its negative portrayal of Indonesia?
Come on Maria, Bali Tourism calls on you to do the
"right thing" and correct your report. A failure to do so should cause
Indonesian readers of this newsletter to ask their Government what purpose
is served by the continuing presence of a reporter in Indonesia who is
at best very sloppy in her work, and at worst consciously misrepresenting
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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