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Australian Travel Writers Visit Bali

Oz's Leading Travel Writers Accept Invitation to See Bali First Hand.

(12/9/2001) The Committee of Australian Society of Travel Writers, a group of seven led by its President Lee Mylne, visited Bali in late November to familiarize themselves with the safety and security situation in Indonesia.

Hosted at the Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta, the group also visited other parts of Indonesia after their Bali meeting on post-trips hosted by Garuda Indonesia.

While in Bali, the Committee was addressed by the Australian Consul General for Bali and Lombok, Mr. Ross Tysoe, who assured them that Indonesia was 100 per cent safe and secure. "It is our role here to inform and assist the Australian traveler to Indonesia about all manner of things and safety and security is a high priority. We would not be doing our job properly if we were not regularly posting safety reports with DFAT," he said.

During post meeting inspections the participants split visiting either the Serai Hotel in East Bali, The Oberoi Resorts in Seminyak and Lombok, and the Shangri-La in Surabaya for a visit to historic Mount Bromo.

Summarizing the sentiments of the writers who joined the trip, President Lee Mylne said, "It is easy to understand why Bali and the rest of Indonesia is such a popular destination for Australians. The value and diversity coupled with the friendly smiling locals is a definite draw card."