In comments published in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, veteran Bali travel professional Ida Bagus Surakusuma (Lolec), repeated the commonly reported theme that safety and security are the cornerstones to the recovery of Bali tourism, particular in the meetings, incentive, conference and exhibition sectors.
Lolec, the Managing Director of Pacific World Bali, said negative travel warnings and travel advisories discouraging travel to Indonesia called for a more outspoken and radical approach from the Central Government. "The President and the leaders of the various political parties must speak a common language and openly say that the nation is opposed to terrorism," Lolec explained.
Without such a unified expression from the government, according to Lolec, any information (we deliver) on the situation in Indonesia receives a chilly reception overseas. Moreover, he feels that over time there is the added risk that any representation of safety will be viewed with skepticism and negative presumptions.
While providing background on the lucrative incentive business, Lolec outlined that such programs are usually reserved for the most senior executives of any company, automatically necessitating that the highest security and safety standards be maintained in the chosen destination. Because of this, said Lolec, "for the short term, we can not begin to hope to attract such markets, particularly incentives."
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