The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Conference to be held in Bali April 13-17, 2003, will be officially opened by Indonesia's President Megawati Soekarnoputri. The confirmation of the President's participation was made by Mr. Setyanto Santoso, the Chairman of the Indonesian Host Committee for the Conference and Chairman of the Indonesian Culture and Tourism Promotion Board.
Estimates on the number of people expected to attend the conference range from 800 to 1,500 people, with Mr. Steyanto calling on the Indonesian travel industry to show their support by registering for the Conference. Indonesian participants are being offered a 50% discount of the conference registration fee to help stimulate participation by members of the cash-strapped local travel industry.
President Carter Not to Attend
Earlier reports that former U.S. President and Nobel Prize Laureate, Mr. Jimmy Carter would address the Bali PATA Conference are now being discounted.
Although an invitation was sent to Mr. Carter, other commitments prevented him from accepting the invitation issued by the organizers of the Bali conference.
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