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 # 086 - 21 October 1998
BALI PROMO will be holding an important meeting at
1400 hours on Thursday, 22 October at the Nusa Indah Hotel. The purpose
of the meeting will be to present an initial proposal for a "Bali and
Beyond" (B&B) newspaper proposed for publication by BALI PROMO to be
placed in all starred hotel rooms on the island.
Luther Barrung, Debe Campbell and myself will be
on hand to outline the business strategy of the magazine including a mock-up
of the newspaper's first edition which will hopefully be ready to appear
in early 1999.
This is an important meeting for the local industry
and local hotels and tourist attractions are urged to attend.
We promise to keep it brief and interesting!
The Museum Puri Lukisan," in the very heart of Ubud
some 25 minutes north of Denpasar, will host a painting exhibition by
more than 14 leading Ubud area artists. The artists have teamed together
naming themselves the "Reinkarnasi Group."
The grand opening of the "Reincarnation" exhibition
is set for this Thursday at 1700 hours and will run for one month.
MEMBERS SAVE 50 PERCENT
ON PTN ADS
Miller Freeman Pte. Ltd., publisher of PATA Travel
News (PTN), is extending to PATA members a 50 percent discount on PTN
advertising rates for 1999. To qualify, advertising bookings must be
made by March 31, 1999. The magazine is distributed to PATA member companies
plus thousands of individual travel and tourism professionals. For details,
please contact Mr. Kenneth Phua. Fax: (65) 298-5534. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DINE AND DANCE IN NAGOYA
The Industry Council Dinner/Dance, a social highlight
of every PATA Annual Conference, will be held during PATA '99 on Monday,
April 19 in Nagoya, Japan. The ticket price has been changed to US$89
per person, but the special entertainment and spectacular Japanese cuisine
promise to make this a value-added event for delegates. To attend the
dinner/dance, please include US$89 per person with your PATA 1999 Annual
Conference registration fees. For a registration form, please contact
the PATA Annual Conference Registrar in San Francisco. Fax: (1-415) 834-0420.
SHERATON LAGUNA ACTIVE
IN NUSA DUA FESTIVAL
The Sheraton Laguna along with the other five star
Resorts from that hotel enclave will join the Opening Ceremony and Parade
that follows the commencement of the Nusa Dua Festival schedule to run
from November 25 until December 3.
According to Erhard Hotter, General Manager of The
Sheraton Laguna, the procession will include over 60 staff from various
departments within the Hotel dressed in traditional Balinese dress, Balinese
girls dressed in green, red and gold with ""gebogan"", flower and fruit
arrangements on their heads carrying offering style. Colourful Balinese
"umbul umbuls," umbrellas, and flags will also be used. The procession
will be led by Balinese marching band.
Each Hotel from Nusa Dua participating in the Festival
will feature a different facet of Balinese Culture and Food. On 27th
November 1998 Sheraton Laguna will present a Balinese cooking demonstration
with foods seasoned with fresh herbs, spices and sambals. Tourists and
guests of the various Hotels can sample the flavours of the Spice Islands
that make up the rich culinary tradition of the Archipelago.
Sheraton Laguna will also have on display different
Balinese themes and to entertain will be the Hotel's very own Rindik
Trio playing a gamelan with Balinese hostesses in traditional dress to
greet customers and explain the dishes.
The Nusa Dua Festival is shaping up to be one of
the island's premier events of the year.
PATA: YOUTH MARKET IS
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has underlined
the size and economic potential of the youth travel market in its latest
"Issues and Trends" newsletter. Often overlooked due to the lack of available
data, the youth market's lower-than-average daily spend is offset by dramatically
longer than average length of stay.
Realizing the potential of this market segment, the
Australian Tourism Commission (ATC) have invested heavily in developing
two important segment of the youth market: backpackers and language learners.
According to the PATA report, youth tourism may represent
as much as 20 percent of all international travellers. Moreover, a report
by the UK consulting group, Aviation and Tourism International (ATI),
suggests the highest growth in the youth travel market during the 1990's
has taken place in the Asia-Pacific region.
While careful economic analysis on this market sector
is still sorely lacking, the ATI experts postulate that youth tourism
tends to bring rewards to the lower (read: local) economic strata of
society. This is due to variety of factors including the tendency among
youthful travellers to purchase items of local handicrafts; the lower
level of capital investment necessary to attract this market; the youth
market's role as a vanguard in visiting new "emerging" destinations; and
the ability to re-sell a destination to a satisfied youth market for at
least the next 50 years or so.
The Bali Update continues to grow with hundred of
recipients across Bali and around the World. Changes are underway in our
technology that will improve both the format of the updates and how it
Watch this space - our new format is coming soon!
CALLING PATA HQ IN
PATA has recently moved its headquarters to Bangkok
- a fact well publicized in the regional travel press.
What seems to be missing from all the various announcements
is a PATA's new address, telephone, facsimile and e-mail contacts.
Hello, hello wherever you are! Bangkok . . .this
is Bali calling! Please share with us your new contact information and
we will happily share it with our readers.