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BALI UPDATE #090 - 05 NOVEMBER 1998
"CODE SHARING" - ONE
The debate in the nation's capital, Jakarta, drags
on regarding how best to protect the traffic rights of Garuda from the
onslaught of more efficient foreign carriers who might be persuaded to
promote Indonesia and bring the additional tourists so desperately needed
to bolster tourism's sagging fortunes. Despite efforts by some to paint
a different picture, it is not a matter of bi-lateral negotiations negotiated
to make sure the National carrier's interest are not discounted: the simple
fact is that Garuda is not applying for additional international traffics
rights and is currently more concerned with reducing routes, staff, and
armada than in opening up new markets.
Bureaucrats strut and pose, proclaiming to "protect"
national interests for a badly weakened national carrier which is , momentarily
at least, unable to be a player in the international aviation game. Against
this backdrop of playing tough, a national tourism industry is on its
knees fighting a losing battle to remain solvent and keep their staffs
Meanwhile, the President has proclaimed "open skies"
only to have his comments amended by the relevant ministry which indicates
only charter operators are welcome under the President's "open skies"
And the band played on . . .
One solution, relatively unexplored, would be to
encourage regional carriers, such as Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines
and Thai to show "through codes" from major markets in Europe and the
U.S. to Bali. This has been proven step to stimulate traffic as passengers
are then able tp book single flight numbers from their home countries
to their ultimate destination - even when they, in fact, may change aircraft
at intermediate hub cities. Without the purchase of a single aircraft
or the addition of a single flight, the consumer and the travel trade's
perception immediately becomes that there are more "direct" flights to
places like Bali and the bookings usually follow in turn.
Almost all that's needed is the agreement of the
airlines involved to use shared or "through" codes which is not a problem
as the airlines readily recognize the benefits of booking long-haul traffic.
Please note that I did say "almost" all that's needed.
What's also needed is the agreement of the destination country civil aviation
authority, in this case the Indonesian DCA, to permit the use of these
"through" codes which have a proven ability to increase inbound traffic.
SPECIAL FARES ON SIA
FROM THE USA
SIA does it again! In our neighbours efforts to support
Bali tourism, SQ has launched television advertisements in selected U.S.
markets and in the Wall Street Journal offering air fares to Bali from
the United States at $US 868 and $US 928, respectively.
Just think what SIA could do with "through" codes.
OAD REIZEN RETURNS TO
This morning, Thursday, 05 November, OAD Reizen of
Holland returned to Bali with their weekly charter from Amsterdam to Bali
In a special welcoming ceremony provided by BALI
PROMO and attended by representatives of the Bali Tourism Community, some
272 passengers and 10 crew were welcomed with floral garlands and a traditional
performance of a "baleganjur" orchestra.
OAD reizen suspended its popular weekly charters
to Bali last May in the midst of the social upheaval occurring in other
parts of Indonesia. Despite such setbacks, Dutch arrivals to Bali continue
to be strong with more total visitors from that market in the first 9
months of 1998 already exceeding the total for the entire year of 1997.
Van Harte Welkom in Paradijs - OAD Reizen !
Y2K AT THE RAMADA BINTANG
To mark the Millennium, the RAMADA Bintang Bali Resort
is preparing a spectacular program in the resort's ballroom. In keeping
with the date being celebrated, the price will be US$ 199.90 net per adult.
For this price guests can enjoy a gala dinner prepared by the Executive
Chef of the Hotel, Mr. Hans Schonman, followed by a dance show and dancing
with music by a live band until the early hours of the next century.
Has you hotel got a special Millennium event? . Tell
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Y2K AT THE RITZ CARLTON
Bali's Ritz Carlton has pulled out all the stops
for 2YK with a package called the "ultimate experience" from Tuesday,
December 28, 1999 to Sunday, January 2, 2000.
The Ultimate Experience is priced at US$100,000 for
six nights, is available on a "first-come-first-served" basis to the first
couple booking this package at the hotel's The Ritz-Carlton Suite, and
includes a private reception for 20; 24-hour private concierge, chef,
housekeeper, masseur, butler, and interpreter; A chauffeur to escort during
the stay in a Mercedes-Benz; a police motorcade escort from the airport;
a men's 18kt Gold Chronograph Bvlgari crocodile-skin strap watch; a ladies'
18kt Gold Quadrato Bvlgari watch with classic Tubogas bracelet; a Commemorative
photo album; and engraved stationery and other special package amenities.
While the Hotel is offering only one "ultimate experience"
they have a number of less expensive Millennium packages utilizing the
Hotel's villas, suites, club suites and standard guest rooms with extra's
ranging from Bvulgari handbags, scarves, neck ties and a range of special
facilities and events at the hotel.
Radisson Bali Indonesia obviously thinks old age
should have its own rewards. In fact, the older you are the less it now
costs to stay at the Radisson in Bali.
If you are in your 60's you will enjoy 60% off the
Published Rates. If you are in your 70's it's 70% off. 80 years old and
above, that's right, you guessed it, 80% off. Those in their 90's gets
90% off and anyone showing up who's over 100 years old stays for free.
This offer is only valid until 20 December 1999 and
is subject to availability. ID required at time of check in.
For details contact Jenny Sulistijowati at the Radisson
Bali at Facsimile 62 - (0)361 - 281782 or e-mail at email@example.com
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