In the effort to help Bali regain its Japanese market, currently down by over -60%, the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism hosted 50 Japanese expatriates living in Indonesia on a 2-day tour of Bali, December 22-24, 2005. Accompanied by members of the overseas Japanese press and the Indonesian national media, the group did a whirlwind tour of Bali including the island's north shore, Kintamani district, Pura Besakih, Candi Dasa and Central Bali.
The group, comprised of workers at many of Japan's leading Indonesian investments and their families - together with representatives from leading Japanese newspapers, were allowed to experience first-hand the quality, almost endless variety, and overall security of Bali's many tourism products.
Joining the group on their round-island tour were a number of key officials from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism including Minister Jero Wacik.
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