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Bali Hotel Association Issues Security Assurance

Hotels Report Normal Operations Following Bomb Hoax.

(9/5/2005) Bali Hotels Association (BHA) has reissued security guidelines and recommendations to its membership following the discovery of a suspicious package at the Kuta Paradiso Hotel on August 31, 2005, later termed a "bombhoax" by authorities.

In re-issuing the minimum guidelines for hotel security, the BHA is using the false alarm of the August 31st incident to remind their members of the need to remain vigilant in guaranteeing their guest's security.

The guidelines include the need for regular training on security issues, departmental and management briefings, augmenting the strength of security force in all hotels, the operation of boom gates, strict logging of access and controls on entrances, reviewing internal bomb threat procedures, and greater awareness of the fundamental role played by all staff play in being proactive and diligent in assessing and reporting risks to senior management.

"In this recent incident, the alertness and diligence of a hotel employee who immediately raised the alarm and the subsequential (sic) calling of the bomb squad demonstrated that procedures are followed in the event of any threat," commented Jamal Hussain, Chairperson of the BHA Security Committee.

No Apparent Downturn in Business

Local hotels and tour operators are not reporting any cancellations or sudden exodus of guests following the "bombing hoax."

Speaking on Thursday, September 1, 2005, Robert Kelsall, Chairman of the BHA said, "Bali Hotels are currently enjoying extremely high occupancies. With a public holiday tomorrow, most hotels are reporting to be full over the weekend and the prospects for the remainder of September are looking very positive with no cancellations reported. With the reassurance that we do take security very seriously, we imagine the impact from the recent 'scare' will be minimal and that business will carry on as normal."