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Bali Update Turns 7

March 2, 2005 – The Day Bali Update Turned Seven. Some Notes of Best Wishes From A Few of Our 15,000 Plus Readers World-wide.

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Visit our archives at and you'll find all 442 back issues of Bali Update. Started as a simple e-mail to friends and travel industry colleagues in the early, tumultuous days of Indonesia's first steps towards democracy, the newsletter has now become a weekly bulletin sent each Monday to more than 15,000 Subscribers around the world. Here's a few kind notes from friends received by our editor as the Bali Update turns 7!

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Through thick and thin, Bali Update has been an uplifting, forthright and reliable ambassador of Bali tourism. Bali Update has earned the industry's respect by persistently placing the best interests of Bali tourism at the top of its agenda.

Peter de Jong, President and CEO, PATA

Sincere congratulations to the 7th. Anniversary of "Bali Update" to Bali Discovery Tours and Jack Daniels. Continue with the good work!

Peter Rieger, CEO, Ltd

Time has gone so fast, and now Congratulations on your 7th Anniversary of your Bali Update, Bali Update without Jack will not be the same as the Bali Update as it is known right now. I have known you for more than 30 years, and since then I already have seen that your head is always full of ideas and innovations. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and help Bali to be ever on the news.

Al Purwa, Chairman, PATA Bali & NTB Chapter

Congratulations on the Bali Update's 7th Anniversary. The Bali Update has been and is Bali's best and finest source of news, marketing and promotion. Fair and balanced, it tells it like it is! Others should follow the example.

Keep up the great job, the Bali Update makes me feel still involved with Indonesia's and Bali's tourism.

Jerry Picolla - Picolla International

Happy 7th Birthday Bali Update & Editor-in-Chief Jack Daniels, you have done a tremendously good deed on a weekly basis for one of the world’s greatest destinations and the world’s most beautiful people. I hope you continue to tell it like it is and colour in what other media often try to make just black & white.

Nigel Gaunt, Managing Director, The MINT Organization

Congratulations on seven years of providing insightful updates on Bali through Bali Update. Great stamina! Keep up the great work.

Mimi Hudoyo. Indonesia Senior Correspondent, TTG Asia/TTGmice/BTN Asia Pacific

Our heartiest congratulations on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of Bali Update. . . .Your unique publication fully deserves all our accolades and ardent support.

Tan Chee Chye, PATA Life Member, Managing Director, World Express Group (Singapore)

Congratulations to Bali Update on your 7th. Anniversary. And what years they were! For Indonesia, these were most historic years filled with crises. From the Asian monetary crisis to economic upheavals. This huge Archipelago and its diverse nation changed from an autocracy to a full democracy in the short span of less than a decade. Through inter-ethnic conflicts and terrorist attacks, through the SAR's threat, travel advisories, and the latest earthquake and gigantic Asian tsunami catastrophe at the end of last year, we experienced it all.

But today, we can, thankfully, say, "thank God", we have survived it all, so far. And so has tourism in Bali. In fact Bali has survived, still flying high Indonesia's tourism flag.

Through these most difficult years, Bali Update has never been absent, faithfully reporting tourism news from Bali to the world. Even when news about Indonesia in the international media was most biased and negative, you brought a spark of light and hope that said "do not count us out yet - Bali is still the idyllic destination you knew, despite all negative reports". And indeed, last year's arrival statistics have proven that tourists have returned to Bali in droves.

On your 7th. Anniversary, may I, on behalf of the Indonesia Digest, thank you, Jack Daniels, and all at Bali Update, most sincerely and from the bottom of my heart for your steadfastness and unfailing contribution to the survival of Indonesia's tourism. You and all at Bali Update have proven, indeed, that a Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed.

Tuti Sunario, Editor, Indonesia Digest

My heartiest congratulations on seven years of "telling like it is". Hard to believe it has been seven years since you started Bali Update providing exciting reading and up-to-date, useful information on happenings on your beautiful island. A bumpy road at times, however, the warm and friendly people of Bali have never changed and today they extend their smiley welcome to visitors as they have always done. Keep up the good work. I know I will continue to look for Bali Update every week for years to come. A precious publication indeed. . . Happy Anniversary!

Kurt Bodmer, San Diego, USA.- PATA Life Member

It’s hard to believe that it has been seven years. I remember when, in the midst of Kalimantan forest fires and the erosion of the rupiah, Jack hatched the brilliant idea of a focused, hard hitting and factual e-newsletter. It was the first attempt by anyone in the Indonesia travel and tourism industry to do so and it has proven to be an invaluable tool for Indonesian tourism as it has navigated through some very turbulent years. I imagine that the in the absence of the Bali Update, the landscape of Indonesian tourism would be very different from what it is today. Congratulations!

Peter Semone, Vice President Development, PATA

Congratulations Jack... Hard to believe that it has been 7 years since the first Bali Update!Bali Update continues to be the ONLY regular & consistent voice for news on Bali! Your love for this Island and its people is unquestionable!

Melina Caruso, Director of Marketing,


Wishing you Greater Success in the future Bali Update Issues.

Bagus Sudibya, Chairman, ASITA Bali

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