Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Bali Tourism Industry Meets VP Jusuf Kalla
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

++62 361 286 283

++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)

U.K. Fax:

Australian Fax:

++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

Bali News

Bali Tourism Industry Meets VP Jusuf Kalla

VP Kalla and Top-Ranking Jakarta Officials Have Face-to-Face Meeting with Bali's Tourism Industry.

Bali News:
Click Image to Enlarge


In Bali on Monday, March 20, 2006, to attend an top-level investment conference being held on the Island, Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla; the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono; the Minister for Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik; Bali's Governor Dewa Bertha; and the Head of the National Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Muhammad Lutfi held a rapidly-convened "town meeting" with 120 leading business players drawn from Bali's tourism industry at The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali.

The Vice President Speaks

In addressing Bali's tourism industry, Vice President Jusuf Kalla assured the people of Bali that their interests were never far from the heart of the nation's leaders.

Among the points made by Indonesia's VP to his audience included :

• The freedom enjoyed by the Press should not be used to damage Indonesia's image abroad or the attractiveness of Bali as a world tourism destination. News of unrest, violence and demonstrations should be presented in a proportional way that will encourage a more conducive atmosphere for business and tourism.

• The Central Government and the provinces must cooperate with the media in overseas promotional efforts.

• Media communication plans must be developed that are designed to fit current market mixes.

• The Middle East has strong potential as an inbound market for Indonesia and, in light of that fact, flight capacity from the market needs to be increased.

• Bali needs to unify its promotional efforts, presenting a single voice for the entire island in seeking tourism visitors.

• The Minister of Culture and Tourism must be tireless in promoting Bali because of the Island's acknowledged position as a national tourism icon.

• Indonesia must emulate Singapore Airlines' role as a leading player in national tourism promotion, giving Garuda a lead role in selling Indonesia to the world.

Bali Tourism Board

During a question and answer session, Bagus Sudibya, Chairman of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), called on the Central Government to make a rapid disbursement of the Rp. 67 billion (approximately US$7.3 million) already allocated for the recovery of Bali's tourism industry. In the future, according to Sudibya, Bali needs an annual minimum of Rp. 150 billion (approximately US$16.3 million) for tourism promotion activities suggesting one-third should be funded from the State Budget, one-third from the Provincial budget via Hotel and Restaurant taxes; and one-third from private sector initiatives in Bali. Sudibya also called for all tourism promotional activities to be coordinated between the Department of Tourism and the private-sector Bali Tourism Board.

Representing the 9 stake holding organization of the BTB, Sudibya called for the revision of the current one-month validity for the visa-on-arrival to be extended to 3 months. He also called on the Government to recommence European flight service by Garuda Indonesia, completely suspended over the past few years; for the government to review the 1983 tourism law now seen as out of step with the needs of the Industry; for steps to be taken to stamp out the destructive practice of "auctioning tourists" practiced in the inbound Chinese market to Bali; and for the nation's leaders to urgently review the controversial anti-pornography bill now being considered in Jakarta.

The leader of the BTB also underlined to the top-ranking visitors from Jakarta the need for more professional management of tourist attractions, with more involvement by tourism stakeholders in the management of such objects, and firm sanctions to be imposed whenever a tourism object's management was found to be performing poorly.

Complaining that Bali's airport continues to fall below International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, Sudibya called for an urgent repair and upgrade of Bali's air gateway in order to anticipate the demands of the new Airbus 380 aircraft.

Sudibya also used the forum to repeat his call for a crackdown on Bali's villa sector. Complaining that there are an estimated 4,000 unregistered villas operating in Bali, with the BTB Chairman saying this results in a loss of 10% in hotel occupancy and a corresponding amount in tax revenues. He called for a tighter control on permits, operation and the taxation of villa operations in Bali with an eye to their eventual integration into the Island's hotel system.

Jusuf Kalla Responds

After a lively exchange of comments with the BTB Chairman and other key tourism leaders attending the meeting, the Vice President responded:

• The Vice President instructed the Minister of Culture and Tourism to accelerate the disbursement of the Rp. 67 billion allocated for Bali tourism recovery in order that hasten the Island's comeback.

• Indonesia's VP also told the Coordinating Minister for the Economy to reserve an annual US$5 million for Bali tourism promotion commencing with the 2007 budget. As a follow up, Kalla asked that the BTB formally send a letter to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy on this point.

• VP Kalla instructed Bali's Governor to coordinate more closely with municipal and regency governments in Bali to find the best solution for the care and upkeep of tourist attractions, including the repair of roads and streets leading to these objects.

• The VP promised that he would coordinate with the Minister of Communications on how best to increase the capacity and facilities of the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. He also reminded the head of immigration at Bali's Airport to provide polite and friendly service to visitors without jeopardizing the need to maintain security.

• Kalla called for greater attention to be paid to public order, particularly as it affects tourists, and urged the mass media to present the best image of the Country abroad.

• The VP stated his support for moves to improve the training and quality of Indonesia's professional guides.

• The VP voiced his support for calls for financial subsidies in support of overseas promotional efforts on behalf of tourism. He recommended that the Coordinating Minister of the Economy reduce the burden of the fiscal tax for tourism workers traveling on promotional trips.

• The VP assured his Balinese audience that the rights and interests of the Balinese people would not be ignored in the current efforts to pass an anti-pornography law in Jakarta.

© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Infrastructure First: Seaports and Airport
Transportation Minister Says Bali’s Airports, Seaports, and Passenger Terminals Must be Enhanced to Support Growing Passenger Numbers
Another Renovation for Bali’s Airport?
Minister of Transportation Wants Carrying Capacity of Bali’s Airport Increased to 35 Million Passengers per Year
Move Underway to Trump Chinese Tourists?
DPR-RI Vice Chairman Seeks Repeal of Wide-Ranging Visa Free Status for Indonesian Visitors
Departure, No Return
Garuda Accused of Incorrect Procedures in Death of Passenger Flying from Jakarta to Melbourne
Infrastructure First!
New Hotel Projects Set for Nusa Penida in Dire Need of Water and Electricity Support
Bali Welcomes 3 Millionth Visitor
Bali by the Numbers: BPS Says 43.3% More Foreign Visitors to Bali in August 2016, Passing the Year-to-Date Mark of 3 Million
In Need of a Designated Driver
European Couple Die in Motorcycle Mishap After a Night of Partying on Pererenan Beach in Bali
Bad Smells from the Kitchens?
Drainage Ditch at Bali Airport Filled with Foul-Smelling Pollutants Suspected to Come for Airline Catering Building
Cherishing the Children
St. Regis Resort Bali and Laguna Resort & Spa Raises More than $20,000 for UNICEF at Lavish Beachside Moonlight Dinner
It’s a Bali Holiday
Official National Holidays and Shared Holidays in Indonesia for 2017
Me and My Guitar
West Bali Police Send Home 18 Punkers on a Personal Sojourn in Bali
Passport to a Clean Bureaucracy
Indonesian Immigration Service Joins the Anti-Corruption Campaign
All [News]!