Bali Discovery Tours
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 286 283
Bali Fax: ++62 361 286 284
U.S.A. Fax:(toll free) 1-800-506-8633
U.K. Fax: ++44-20-7000-1235
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BALI UPDATE # 077 - 26 SEPTEMBER 1998
PRESIDENT HABIBIE DECLARES SKIES OPEN
Responding to the pleas from BALI PROMO and others,
to take dramatic and definitive steps to assist the National tourism industry,
Indonesia's President Habibie declared this week that foreign air carriers
will be allowed to enter all parts of the country.
The comments, made by the President during a short
impromptu speech last Thursday at the Indonesian Tourism Mart in Jakarta,
are very welcomed by BALI PROMO and the entire tourism industry in Bali
who have called for "open skies" to Bali.
Details of this new policy are now eagerly awaited.
TOURISM PROMOTION TO
BE TAX EXEMPT?
The President of the Republic, in comments made at
the same informal press conference, indicated that the monies spent on
the promotion of Indonesian tourism would soon become exempt from taxes.
Again, details are sketchy on how this plan will
be implemented, but many are hopeful that this step will allow the Indonesian
tourism industry to recover some of the 2% levy currently paid to Regional
Governments for the stated purpose of tourism promotion but in reality
diverted to the governments general budgetary coffers.
If, in fact, hotels, transportation companies, and
tour operators are allowed to declare tax exempt that part of their income
dedicated to tourism promotion, such a move would make available new
funds allow the national tourism industry the fund so desperately needed
This change in policy could also allow new financing
options for BALI PROMO for which funding still remains a fundamental
ENCOURAGING SIGNS FROM
THE INDONESIAN TRAVEL MART
The 5th annual Indonesian Travel Mart (TIME) has now
drawn to a close in Jakarta's Capital city after an uncertain start following
on the heels of the incidents of major social unrest there last May.
In what can only be seen as a vote of confidence
for Indonesia and it's long-term viability as a world tourism destination,
the market attracted some 137 buyers from 28 countries and over 25 foreign
journalists. On the seller's side, some 130 Indonesian tourism companies
representing 19 of Indonesia's 27 provinces were on hand to present their
Apparently, the entire event was upbeat which must
bode well for future business to the Country.
PANORAMA TOURS OFFERS
SPECIAL BALI PACKAGES
GRAY LINES Indonesia, operated by PANORAMA TOURS,
is offering exceptional package prices for Bali Holidays.
Each package is comprised of 12 nights accommodation,
buffet breakfast, airport transfers, 3 full day and 2 half day Gray Line
Tours, meeting service and Government tax.
Depending on the class of hotel used, the prices
(based on twin sharing) are truly exceptional:
Wina Cottage on Kuta Beach USD 159 per person
Rama Beach in Tuban (Kuta) USD 179 per person
Bali Safir on Legian Beach USD 189 per person
Risata Bali in Tuban (Kuta) USD 199 per person
Kuta Jaya Hotel in Legian USD 219 per person
Dewata Beach in Canggu Beach USD 229 per person
Radisson Bali in Sanur USD 239 per person
Elite Paradiso USD 259 per person
Melia Benoa at Nusa Dua USD 279 per person
Holiday Inn Bali Hai at Tuban USD 289 per person
Aston Bali at Benoa/Nusa Dua USD 299 per person
Patra Jasa Hotel at Tuban USD 299 per person
Bali Cliff at Ungasan Bali USD 299 per person
Single supplements are available as are additional
nights. GREY LINE also guarantee the best prices and will refund the difference
plus 20% from the difference if you can find a lower price anywhere.
How's that for a guarantee?
For more information or to make bookings contact
PANORAMA TOURS in Jakarta. Telephone (62 - 21 - 231 0333) or facsimile
(62- 21 - 385 6134/5) or e-mail <DMC@indosat.net.id>
HOTELS : A NEW WAY OF
DOING BUSINESS IN INDONESIA ?
The monumental devaluation of the Indonesian Rupiah
has impacted dramatically on the ability of many local hotel owners to
pay international management fees under the terms of existing hotel management
In a recent article in the Indonesian business newspaper
"BISNIS INDONESIA," Mr. Indra Setiawan, President Director of the Indonesian
managed NATOUR Hotel Group, is quoted as predicting that the current
economic crisis may cause many hotels to terminate their international
hotel management contracts and "go it alone" in the years ahead.
Fees paid to international hotel groups in U.S. Dollars
have, in some cases, become very burdensome to local hotel owners. According
to "BISNIS INDONESIA" their are 48 foreign hotel operators registered
in Indonesia managing 110 hotels with a total 26,259 rooms.
Over the past several months some 5 hotel contracts
have been broken for various reasons ranging from an inability to pay
management fees, to local owners feeling they can better manage and market
their own properties, to failure of international chains to meet owner's
Whether this trend will increase as the national
economic crisis continues is something that will be monitored by many
tourism professionals over the months ahead. No matter how you look at
it, change brings opportunity.
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