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Norway Coming Our Way?

Norwegian Ambassador Calls on Bali's Governor and Urges Greater Tourism Ties Between Oslo and Bali.

(3/21/2005) Norway's Ambassador or Indonesia, H.E. Bjorn Blokhus, paid a courtesy call on Bali's Governor on Thursday, March 17, 2005.

Underlining the strong potential for tourism visits by Norwegians to Bali, the Ambassador expressed the hope that direct flight connections between Oslo and Denpasar might someday be established in order to stimulate tourism flows. Norwegians represent a large block of visitors to other Southeast Asian destinations, such as Phuket (Thailand) and Sri Lanka.

In addition to expressing his wish for better air access, the Ambassador applauded current efforts to establish a Bali Crisis Center to handle all nature of civil emergencies. According to the Governorís office, a Crisis Center is currently being developed on a pilot project basis in Bali with assistance from the French government.

Responding to the call for direct flights, the Governor supported such moves pointing out, however, that air access and air rights are determined by the Central Government in Jakarta.