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Bali to Host World Federation of Tourist Guides in 2009

Bali Beats Out Macau and Singapore for World-wide Gathering of Professional Tourism Guides.

(2/3/2007) In tough competition with Macau and Singapore, Bali reigned victorious to be selected as the host of the 13th World Federation of Tourist Guides Association (WFTGA) conference scheduled for January 2009.

Bali was selected by direct vote among delegates from 27 countries attending the 12th WFTGA held in late January 2007 in Cairo, Egypt.

In the final vote to select the next conference venue, the 27 countries eligible to vote cast 14 votes for Bali, 8 votes for Macau and 5 votes for Singapore.

Organizers of the coming WFGTA conference in Bali are anticipating 400 delegates to attend.

The Chairman of the Bali Guide Association (HPI), Nyoman Kandia, told the Indonesian-language Bali Post that while the Singapore and Macau bid received substantial financial and personnel assistance in presenting and delivering their bid, the Bali bid managed to prevail with only a modest subsidy from the Government to cover registrations fees in Cairo for the Bali delegates.

Kandia called on all components of the local tourism industry in Bali to support HPI in its role as hosts for the 2009 WFTGA event.