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BALI UPDATE # 062 - 30 JULY 1998
HAPPY DAY IS HERE
STOP PRESS. Today, Thursday, 30 July, has been officially
proclaimed "Happy Day" - the kick off promotion of the "Let's Go Indonesia"
International Visitors arriving at a major gateway
in Indonesia today will be welcomed by special delegations and receive
a number of special gifts, including - depending on local and participating
hotels - extra free nights at hotels, complimentary meals, free tours,
complimentary admittance to selected tourist attractions, and free and
discounted domestic flights from the National Carrier.
If you receive this newsletter in a location that
still permits you to arrive on a flight before the official close of "Happy
Day" at 0600 hours on Friday. 31 July, you might consider flying to
Indonesia and partaking in the many benefits planned for visitors arriving
over the coming hours.
AN IMPORTANT ANNIVERSARY
An important Balinese anniversary was marked on Wednesday,
July 29. 24 years ago, on that date, the SANUR BEACH HOTEL opened its
doors and welcomed its first guests.
Bali in July of 1974 saw a very different island
than it is today and the Sanur Beach a somewhat different property than
its present incarnation. The hotel was opened by a youthful (now, that
hasn't changed) Scottish hotelier, Mr. Stanley Allison, and had only 240
rooms (that has changed, it's grown to 400 rooms).
In 1974 there were only three major hotels on the
island - all of them located on Sanur Beach. The Hyatt Hotel opened in
the same year, about one month earlier than the Sanur Beach. Slightly
to the north and further down the beach was the multi-storied Grand Bali
Beach - which is still the Grande Ole Dame of Sanur Hotel Society.
The opening ceremony was presided over by a number
of dignitaries including the then Minister of Transportation, Mr. Emil
Salim, and Mr. Wiweko Soepono, President Director of the National Carrier,
Garuda Indonesia Airlines.
Stanley Allison who still lives on the island, tells
a wonderful tale which encapsulates how much Bali has changed over the
past 24 years. As the story goes, in preparations for the opening it was
suddenly discovered that their were insufficient dinner plates on hand
to serve total number of guests expected at the gala opening dinner.
Various heads of department were dispatched on their motorcycles to the
local shops in Denpasar only to discover no shop carried plates of sufficient
quality or in adequate quantities for the number of VIP diners expected.
Finally, one member of staff mentioned that a nearby antique shop had
a "bunch of very old Chinese Plates" that could be purchased for two
dollars each. With no other alternative at hand, the plates were purchased
from the shop and were used for the evening's dinner. In fact, the dishes
were the beige and blue "kitchen Ming" plates - all about 450 years old
and readily available at that time in local antique kiosks were they were
sold as "old plates." Today, if you could find these same plates, the
price would, sadly, no longer be $2 each and the antique shop would probably
take American Express.
In fact, I have my own childhood (!!!, ehmmm, yes??)
memories of visiting the Sanur Beach Hotel during its first 6 months
of operation, way back in 1974, and still remember a hotel with high standards
of service and friendliness that remain its trademark today. I recall
that I particularly liked their "kiddies menu."
In all seriousness, to the Sanur Beach's current
General Manager, Wayan Gindra, and his hard-working team - happy birthday.
"PROMOTE BALI FIRST"
TOURISM EXPERT SUGGESTS
Mr. Umar Juoro, a researcher for the Centre for Information
on Development Studies (CIDES), said on Tuesday that instead of using
the name of Indonesia, promotional campaigns should focus on specific
tourist areas such as Bali, Yogyakarta or Toraja.
Mr. Juoro's reasoning was that general tourism promotion
campaigns, such as "Let's Go Indonesia," following so close on well-publicized
social unrest in major cities will be less effective than specific destination
campaigns because "no tourist wants to go to a riot-torn area." His comments
were made at a seminar sponsored by the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant
Association (PHRI) entitled "Economic Recipe for the Recovery of the Tourism
Citing examples in Germany, South Africa, the Philippines,
and Yugoslavia where tourism arrivals to specific destinations within
those countries remained largely unaffected by ongoing social unrest in
other parts of those countries, Mr. Juoro said: "If we wait until the
whole political situation settles down, we will never start our work,
because the political activity will never cease. Thus, the tourist industry
must be able to present tourism packages that allow tourists to feel isolated
from troubled and unsafe areas."
"The key is to tell tourists the truth, tell them
which are the dangerous places and which areas are safe and secure to
them," Mr. Juoro said.
Mr. Juoro's comments were reported in the Wednesday,
29 July edition, of the English language INDONESIAN OBSERVER.
STILL 2 PLACES LEFT
AT NATAS BALI VILLAGE
Bali Promo has secured a total of 6 spaces at the
NATAS (National Association of Travel Agents - Singapore) HOLIDAY '98
show to be held September 4-6, 1998 in Singapore. 2 spaces are still available
at a very special 20% discount price for Bali Operators of only SID 1152
Some 30,000 consumers are expected to attend and
this is an excellent opportunity to transact direct holiday business
on the spot.
Call my hard-working secretary, Ms. Tusi at (0361)
286283 or via E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve one of the 2 remaining booths. Don't delay! Booths will go
on a "first-come-first-served-basis."
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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