The Bali Chapter of the Association of Indonesia Tour & Travel Agents (ASITA) held a beach-side dinner party at Sanur's Puri Santrian Resort on Saturday, April 30, 2005, to celebrate the launch of its new monthly newsletter Piknik.
The full-color publication 12-page inaugural edition, printed entirely in Indonesian, carries information intended to fill the gap in information and data existing among members of the local travel industry. With in-depth interviews with local tourism figures and analysis of news developments impacting on Bali's tourism scene.
Also featured in its first edition was an interview with Bali Discovery Tours' President Director, J.M. Daniels, examining the issues delaying the recovery of Bali's meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition industry.
With an initial print-run of 4,000 copies distributed to ASITA members and other tourism stakeholders, Piknik hope to eventually become a bi-lingual publication that encourages a lively dialogues between all components of Bali's tourism industry. Scheduled to be published once each month for its first four months of operation, Piknik hopes to become biweekly thereafter.
Preceding the signature endorsement of a symbolic inaugural issue by I Gde Nurjaya, the Chief of Bali Tourism, and representatives of all of Bali's main tourism organizations, the Chairman of ASITA-Bali, Bagus Sudibya, gave and inspiring and spirited address. Sudibya emphasized the need for Bali to take control of its own tourism industry by calling on Bali's government and tourism players to invest heavily and aggressively in tourism, striving over time to place majority ownership of the local tourism industry in local hands.
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