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(10/14/2006) balidiscovery.com’s, recent coverage [Garuda to Abandon Bali as Secondary Hub] drew spirited responses from a number of readers.
• Linda Baker, writing from Australia, said:
"We fly Garuda each time we come to Bali. If the flights out of Sydney go via Jarkarta then onto Bali we will definitely never use them again. What a giant pain it would be not to have a direct flight. Bad decision."
• Greg Lowe, also from Australia, contributed :
"I now have to fly Adelaide to Melbourne to Bali...if I have to travel through Jakarta as well, I won't bother with traveling to Bali at all. Even now travel to Bali is much dearer than Malaysia or Thailand...are you trying to cut Australia from your tourism market?"
• Still on the same topic, Rodney Gray from Australia, said :
"I am very concerned that Garuda is even thinking about abandoning Bali. If tourist numbers are down, Garuda should be heavily promoting a return of tourists from traditional markets. To make these people fly to Bali via Jakarta will cause enormous harm and ensure that tourism does not recover. This sort of economic terrorism and sabotage is not what Bali needs. It hands a victory to the terrorists."
• And finally from Australia, Paula McKenzie-Blair wrote to say:
"If Garuda do this their advantage of direct flights will no longer be in place making the choice of Garuda over Qantas non-existent. There will be a huge backlash from Australian visitors who have been using Garuda for direct Bali flights. Flying via Jakarta must add at least three to four hours to a 6-hour flight - totally unacceptable (from the perspective of this regular Brisbane/Denpasar traveler)."
Our story [Bali Works to Reduce Plastic Waste] got a favorable response from many readers.
• Stephen McMullen wrote to say :
"Great news that they are working on plastic waste problem. I regularly drive around the 'bukit' near Udayana University and unfortunately note that plastic bags and other non-biodegradable plastic items litter the whole area including the University grounds. One wonders if the University could start an educational programme for the locals (and themselves) as it seems trying to lure more visitors will work better if they do not have to drive past unsightly garbage."
The report [Bali Carrefour Project Draws Protests] prompted :
• A New Zealand reader, Maria Ziegler, to write :
”Constructing shopping malls and large and small supermarkets should be prohibited. They are curses in the western world and would take any trade chances away from the small vendor-operators. So many in Bali are already struggling to make a living. And it would take all charm out of Bali if the small operators and "tokos" disappeared."
The Editorial [Drawing Lines in the Sand] evoked the following :
• Mike Collier from the U.S.A. wrote to comment generally, saying:
"My compliments on the content and subjects of the 525th edition of 'Bali Update.' The articles about the Australian legislators visit to DPR, Garuda's plans to eliminate Bali as a second hub, beach development infractions and the potential for Bali to become a cruise ship port were interesting and insightful. Keep up the good work!"
• While a Swedish reader, Peter Lyngdorf commented :
"First thing every Monday morning is the Bali Update. I have just been reading 'Drawing Lines in the Sand?' I very much hope your fight for Bali and the Balinese in this respect will succeed. We have seen too many beautiful beaches ruined by egoistic so called developers around the world. . . Bali is a very small island."
And here's a final note of general comment from Diana Dunkley in Lawrence, Kansas (USA) who made our day by writing to say:
"”I returned from a month in Bali last month and it was an amazing and wonderful experience! We traveled the entire island, experiencing common tourist sites, staying in lovely resorts as well as wandering around in the more rural areas, meeting Balinese and learning about their lives, and staying in homestays. In other words, we really experienced the diversity of this beautiful land. In getting your e-publication for a few months prior to our trip, I found out about two things that we chose to do - both of which were excellent experiences. The first one was sketching/painting from the live model at Pranoto's Gallery in Ubud. I belong to a "sketch" group here that is structured identically to Pranoto's, so I was very curious about it. The people attending and Pranato were very gracious and made me feel right at home. The model was very good and professional. I really enjoyed the experience and getting to meet some local artists on a more low-key personal level. In contrast, the second experience was to take my travel buddy to the Mosaic Restaurant for her 60th birthday dinner. It was the most exquisite fine dining experience I have ever had, from the setting and ambience, to the service, the menu, the recommendations, and, by all means, the great food! I would not have known about these opportunities except for Bali Update, so I wanted to say thank you!"
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