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ASITA Calls for Reopening of Tourist Info Centers

Agung Prana Cites Need to Support Tourism's Revitalization.

(12/22/2003) The Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Association (ASITA), Mr. Agung Prana, has called on the Government to re-establish the overseas Tourism Development Centers (PPPI) in order to disseminate information regarding Indonesian tourism to the world.

Mr. Prana told the Indonesian-language daily newspaper Bisnis Indonesia that now was the time to re-open Tourism Information offices in Tokyo, Frankfurt, Canberra and Los Angeles in order to assist national efforts to return vitality to the tourism sector of the economy. The four Indonesian Tourism Information offices have been closed by the Government dating from the economic crisis of several years ago, citing their "lack of effectiveness" in promoting national tourism.

"We ask that the PPPI offices that once operated under the tourism industry be re-opened because many tour operators in Europe, the U.S.A., and Australia are encountering difficulties in obtaining information on Bali.