According to comments made by the Chief of the Bali Tourism Authority, I Gede Nurjaya, in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Bali, Bali is still awaiting promised supplemental promotional funds to hasten local tourism's recovery following the October 1, 2005 terror attack.
Of the recommended Rp 59 billion (approximately US$5.85 million) in additional support suggested to the Central Government to enhance Bali's security and support various promotional activities, reportedly none of that amount has yet to make its way to Bali.
The proposed budget for Bali's recovery included additional funds to bolster security on the island, a series of hosted trips to Bali for the press and international travel industry, overseas promotional missions to key markets, and the establishment of a Bali Press Center.
With many hotels experiencing occupancies below 30%, many local tourism figures are calling for an immediate and urgent response from the government to prevent a deepening of the economic fallout from the post-bombing downturn in tourism to Bali.
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