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Bali Tourism Workers' Union Unite Behind Minister Wacik

Bali Tourism Union Chief Calls for President Not to Replace Minister of Culture and Tourism in Coming Reshuffle.

(4/28/2007) The Indonesian-language Bali Post reports that the Bali Tourism Workers Union (SP-PAR) have called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to exempt Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik from any reshuffle of the Presidential cabinet expected in early May.

According to the Bali Chairman of SP-PAR, I Ketut Karda, tourism's prolonged crisis can not be the only parameter against Minister Wacik's performance is measured. "To do so," explained Karda, "would be to over-simplify the problem, because the crisis in tourism pre-dates Jero Wacik's appointment as a Minister."

Karda went on to say that any objective and fair assessment of the current tourism situation reveal evidence of growth, even though that growth may be below our expectations. Current arrival figures covering the first quarter of 2007, according to the Union Chief, demonstrate that Minister Wacik's programs are making headway.

Karda added. "the current crisis does not only touch tourism, but affects the Indonesian economy as a whole."

Karda also said that the role of Baliís government also plays a deciding role in Bali's tourism fortunes. Calling for more decisive action from Bali's leaders, Karda said, "until now we have not seen any proactive and creative steps to bring Bali out this crisis."