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Top Level Bali Delegation in Japan

Governor Leads Bali Recovery Team on 3-Day Visit to Tokyo to Reassure Island's Number One Source of Inbound Visitors that Bali is Safe.

(10/30/2005) A delegation of top Bali tourism and security figures led by Governor Dewa Beratha departed with Garuda Indonesia for Tokyo on Saturday, October 29, 2005, to seek Japanese support and understanding in the wake of the most recent bombing attack on 3 Bali dining venues.

During the three day visit to Tokyo the Bali delegation, representing the "Bali Recovery Team," will be communicating a number of points to their Japanese hosts, including:

• Bali's sincerest sympathy and condolences to all the victims and their families of the tragic October 1, 2005, attacks, which included one Japanese death and a number of serious injuries.

• The people of Bali have been propelled into rescue, relief and restoration efforts by these horrendous attacks which have sullied the good reputation of Bali. The people of Bali are calling on the Japanese and the rest of the world not to surrender to terrorism by refusing to visit the island; to do so would constitute capitulation to the forces of evil and terror.

• The people of Bali have responded efficiently and well in assisting the victims of the latest attacks, providing, together with assistance from the government in Jakarta, free-of-charge medical assistance to all affected.

• Bali has been proactive in providing clear and transparent information surrounding the bombing through the establishment of a Media Center.

• Complementing a long-standing tradition of community policing in Bali, Bali is now establishing a Bali Security Council intended to coordinate security measures and crime prevention on an international, national and local community level.

• The new Bali Security Council will include participation by elements of the police, local villages, representatives of Bali's tourism industry, local village security teams (pacalang), the military, and a security force numbering 3,000 members on the island.

• Steps are underway that will require hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions to install security equipment and employ trained security personnel.

• Bali's international airport continues to maintain a high level of security, regularly and successfully undergoing safety audits by Indonesian civil aviation authorities as well as a number of foreign aviation review agencies.

• The Government of Bali is presently upgrading security procedures and equipment at its four entry seaports.

• The Government of Bali has established a Bali Recovery Team charged with formulating a detailed international marketing plan to accelerate the rate of Bali’s recovery.

• The Government of Bali remains optimistic that, despite the recent bombing, total tourism targets for foreign visitors to the island will reach 1.6 million.