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Must Culture and Tourism Be Joined at the Hip?

Bali Tourism Board Official Laments New Government's Failure to Separate Culture from Tourism.

(10/25/2004) Quoted in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, the Assistant Director of Media and Public Relations for the Bali Tourism Board (BTB), M. Iqbal expressed his disappointment that culture and tourism continue to be housed under the same government department.

Iqbal said that BTB's position has long been that the tourism and culture functions within the government should be separated. "If we see the progress that has been made by tourism in Malaysia and Singapore, tourism must be separated from culture," said Iqbal.

He went on to explain that if tourism is to achieve its rightful role as a major contributor of foreign exchange to the Country, a fuller, more professional concentration on the management of the industry will be required than has been the case in times past.