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Bali Discovery Tours
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 (0)361 286 283
Bali Fax: +62 (0)361 286 284
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BALI UPDATE # 078 - 29 SEPTEMBER 1998
OPEN SKIES OR NOT?
The last edition of this newsletter reported the
announcement by the Republic's President made last week that Indonesia
would host an "open skies" policy for foreign carriers wishing to undertake
direct flights to Bali.
As they say, the devil is in the detail.
Today's edition of The Jakarta Post reports that
the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Giri Suseno Hadihardjono, announced
that the open skies policy will now only apply to charter flights. If
this is indeed the official policy on open skies, it represents a giant
step backwards from the hopeful message delivered by the President just
one week ago.
The simple fact of the matter is that Indonesia has
technically always been open to charter services and the Minister's latest
announcement, if true, represents on one level no change at all from
the present policy.
What's needed to fill the empty hotel rooms across
the nation and keep the millions of workers in national tourism gainfully
employed is more passengers flying in on more airline seats. Charters
that operate at "cut rate" levels and generally only during the highest
seasons will be slow in materializing and when they do operate will likely
complicate the recovery of the national carrier.
On the other hand, scheduled air services will preserve
international marketing momentum for Indonesia and create a "normal fare"
and higher-yield group of passengers that will sustain a national carrier
when Garuda is once again able to assume a fully-functional role in flying
to and from the archipelago.
BALI PROMO needs to seek further clarification on
President's Habibie's announcement of open skies and the Minister of Transportations
Let's keep this very simple. British Airway's still
pending application to operate several services weekly to Bali needs
to be urgently approved. In these difficult times , there is not a waiting
list of airlines eager to open new routes to Indonesia and, because of
this, British Airways should receive every encouragement to carry through
their desire to fly to Bali.
BALI AND BEYOND FOOD
From September 28 until October 4, the "Bali and Beyond"
Food Festival is taking place at a variety of hotels in the Nusa Dua,
Sanur, Kuta, and Ubud Community regions of Bali. Participating hotels
have each focussed on specific culinary traditions from Indonesia's 27
Details are available at <http:\\www.balinesia.com>
This event is was the brainchild of BALI PROMO and
is being organized by that the Regional Office of Tourism for Bali, the
Indonesia Tour Association and the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association.
LAUDA AIRLINES DOING
Industry sources indicate that the Lauda Air weekly
service Vienna to Bali is doing well and the airline may be considering
VISIT INDONESIA'S TOP
HOTELS ON THE WEB
Indonesia's finest hotels are now featured, complete
with full details and photos, on the WWW. The site is supported by the
Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board in conjunction with Buku Antar Bangsa
and Editions Didier Millet's publication "Great Hotels and Resorts of
Indonesia." The web address: <http:\\www.greathotels.co.id>
Check it out!
PAK JOOP SUPPORT BALI
Presidential Advisor Joop Ave has endorsed Bali Promo
to become institutionalized and seek appointment from the provincial government
as Bali's leading market authority. He has supported "open skies" to
Bali and has underscored the industry's emphasis on culture and the island's
products to protect and foster development of local cultural values. He
also instructed Bali Promo and the provincial government will work closely
with local non-government groups to develop tourism policy and practices.
STRONG UK MARKET TO
Attending the Indonesian Tourism Mart in Jakarta last
week, UK-based Silverbird's Paul Graham says his business to Bali has
tripled this year. "It shows there are opportunities for operators who
TRAVEL WEEK TO PUBLISH
"LET'S GO INDONESIA" SUPPLEMENT
Travelweek Australia will be publishing a 'Let's Go
Indonesia" supplement that will be widely distributed throughout the Australian
travel industry. Publishing date is 11 November. For more information
contact Peter Hlywa at Travelweek Australia at e-mail <email@example.com>.
GETTING MARRIED IS BACK
In identifying trends in travel for the new Millennium,
BRIDES MAGAZINE in the United Kingdom reports some 318,000 wedding take
place each year in the United Kingdom, some 79% or 251,000 of which are
The same magazine estimates that an average US$ 4,
570 is spent by their readers taking a honeymoon. The total value of the
annual honeymoon travel market in the U.K. is estimated to exceed US$
Also worthy of note is the fact that 21% of the total
honeymoon market, those getting "hitched" for the second time are among
the most heavy spenders on honeymoon holidays.
All the above suggests that Bali tourism operators
who do not have a honeymoon package offer in place, complete with special
amenities to cater to this market, may be missing a major opportunity.
To our overseas readers wishing to contact a local
company able to organize everything from a wedding gown to a lavish tropical
wedding, contact BALI WEDDINGS - Ms. Katrina Simorangkir at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.