On Friday, September 13, 2002, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Indonesia Chapter presented Bali Update and Bali Discovery Tours with an Award of Excellence as the best promotional efforts to publicize Indonesia to the world in 2002.
The award for PATA Best Promotional Activity was presented by the Chapter's Chairman, Alistair Spears at a special award dinner ceremony held at the Le Meridien Hotel in Jakarta.
Inaugurated in March of 1998, Bali Update was started by the then Vice-Chairman of the PATA Bali Chapter, J.M. Daniels to counterbalance the uneven and very biased news coverage on Indonesia and Bali metted out by the international media. Initially circulating simple e-mails to friends and colleagues in the world's travel industry, additional requests to be included in the distribution quickly flooded in giving birth to the Update. Now, four years and over 300 issues later, Bali Update is sent each week to more than 15,000 readers.
Cited by Time Magazine as "Bali's Truth Ministry." the Bali Update is the authoritative voice on Bali tourism, quoted regularly in the region's travel press as well as a leading newspapers and magazines worldwide.
This represents the 3rd time PATA has acknowledged Bali Update or its Editor, J.M. Daniels.
Mr. Daniels was voted "Travel Personality of the Year" by PATA Indonesia Chapter in 1994 and PATA Bali Chapter in 1999.
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