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BALI UPDATE #095 - 19 NOVEMBER 1998
IN THIS UPDATE
- Bali's Director of Tourism Issues Security Statement
- Indonesian Arrival Targets difficult to achieve
- Four Seasons Resort at Sayan out to curry favour
- Bali Skal Club named 2nd Best Club in the World
BALI'S DIRECTOR OF TOURISM
ISSUES SECURITY STATEMENT
In a printed statement issued November 19th by the
Regional Director of Bali's office for Tourism, Art and Culture, Mr. Luther
Barrung , announced that "Bali remains calm and peaceful with visitors
to the island enjoying normal holidays."
Emphasizing that his office maintains constant contact
with local police authorities, Mr. Barrung confirmed that no reasons exists
for potential visitors to the island to cancel or postpone a holiday in
In his statement issued to travel organizations,
hotels and foreign ambassadors in Indonesia, Mr. Barrung added: " Over
the weekend, students briefly staged a sit-in protest at Bali's International
Airport to emphasize their call for political reform. This event was
peaceful and did not cause any delays in passenger movements. Various
prayers and political speeches have been made by student groups at the
local government-owned TV and radio station and at the the local ruling
political party's headquarters. All these events have taken place without
major incident and with close and cordial cooperation between the students
and police authorities in order to maintain the peace and the good reputation
Local and overseas travel operators requiring a copy
of Mr. Barrung's statement should contact his office at telephone 62 (0)361
- 225649 or 233474 or facsimile 62 - (0)361- 233475. E-mails can be addressed
INDONESIAN ARRIVAL TARGETS
DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE
The revised national tourist arrival target of 4.6
million will be difficult to achieve, according to Mr. Feisol Hashim,
a board member of both the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association
(IHRA) and BALI PROMO.
According to Mr. Hashim, tourist arrivals for the
year through the end of September totalled 2.56 million, a fact that makes
him very pessimistic that the year's target is achievable.
Echoing Mr. Hashim's sentiments, was Mr. Arievaldy
Kumarga, the Chairman of the Inbound Tour Operator Club (ITOC) who feels
a total of 3 - 3.5 million arrivals is the best that can be hoped for
For the first 9 months of 1998 total arrivals via
Indonesia's 11 international gateways was down 20.74%, compared to the
same period in 1997.
Bali continues to play a key role in the revival
of the nation's tourism fortunes. Total international arrivals to Bali
for the first 9 months of 1998 totalled 848,490, a decrease of only 10.8%
from arrivals in the same period of 1997 and virtually on a par with arrivals
in the same period of 1996. The General Manager of Oranye Tour, Mr. Dimas
D. Suhendar, underlined the pivotal role of Bali in national tourism when
he stated "the contribution of foreign arrivals via Bali has the largest
impact on arrival statistics."
Not shown in the statistics, however, is the shortfall
in domestic arrivals due to a reduction of foreign visitors through other
gateways who no longer continue their journey onto to Bali, reduced domestic
flights to Bali, and the general drop in domestic passengers due to the
local economic recession.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT
AT SAYAN OUT TO CURRY FAVOUR
In far-away north Sumatra, in the city of Medan, a
famous Indian eatery called the "G.S. Koh I. Noor Meal House" is owned
and operated by Mrs. Mohinder Kaur.
This restaurant, renowned for it chicken korma braised
with coconut garam masala, cinnamon and cumin; kofta-minced lamb dumplings
and peas in an aromatic broth; sambar-yellow lentil and long bean stew;
and delicious Chapatis and Naans was discovered some years ago by a wandering
Four Seasons Executive on an Indonesian holiday.
Two years ago, Mrs. Kaur was flown to Bali by the
Four Seasons to cook for a limited engagement at the Four Seasons Resort
at Jimbaran. Her skills in the kitchen caused something of a minor food-riot
with one guest describing her cooking as having "taste that makes your
The big news is that Mrs. Kaur is back, this time
at the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan cooking from November 31 through December
10th at the Resort's Ayung Terrace.
Judging from two years ago, reservations would be
a very good idea.
Contact the Resort's Director of Restaurants and
Bars, Benny Rai at telephone 62 - (0)361 977 577 or facsimile 62 (0) 361
- 977 588. Visit the hotel on the WWW at www.fourseasons.com
BALI SKAL CLUB NAMED
2ND BEST CLUB IN THE WORLD
Bali's Skal Club has just been named the Second Best
Skal Club from among 533 Clubs worldwide. The announcement has made at
the 59th Annual Skal World Congress held in Montreal, Canada.
Bali's Skal Club is headed by well-known travel journalist,
Debe Campbell, who was on hand in Montreal to receive the award on behalf
of her Bali Skalleagues.
Skal is a club comprised of travel professionals
who undertake community betterment projects as well as hold informative
and lively monthly luncheon meetings. The Club's name is derived from
the Nordic toast of "Skal" and, appropriately enough, the members seek
out all kinds of things to toast - almost anything will do! Ergo, the
large number of "lost afternoons" after a typical Skal luncheon.
Second best Skal Club in the World . . .now there's
something to drink to!
To all skalleagues everywhere . . .friendship, good
health, long life - SKAL!
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