After nearly three years as the Chief of the Bali Tourism Authority, Dr. I Gede Pitana Brahmananda, Ph.D. is leaving that post to resume a position with the Agriculture Faculty at Bali's Udayana University.
A graduate of the Australian National University where his research thesis was entitled "In Search of Difference: A Sociology of Contemporary Bali," Dr. Pitana also holds a Master's degree in Social Development from the Manila University in the Philippines and a Bachelor of Arts degree in rural sociology from Udayana University.
Dr. Pitana's was thrust into the number one post in Bali tourism during the local industry's most challenging period when Bali's tourist arrivals suffered wave after wave of setbacks resulting from 9-11, a terrorist attack in Bali, the war in Iraq, SARS, changes in the national visa policy and the latest challenge – Bird Flu.
On leaving his post, Dr. Pitana metaphorically thanked the Governor for providing him with a "soccer field" on which to play while apologizing to the public if injury time prevented him from scoring goals.
Dr. Pitana said he was looking forward to returning to campus where he can once again undertake research, write and teach.
Stay tuned to balidiscovery.com and Bali Update for details on Dr. Pitana's successor as Chief of the Bali Tourism Authority.
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