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Be Alert to Terror Threat in the October-November Period

Bali Police Caution Hoteliers Not to Let Booming Tourism Business Diminish Vigilance in Maintaining Safety and Security.

(8/24/2009) Beritabali.com quoted Bali's Chief of Police, General Sutisna, as warning hotels in Bali to be on guard for possible terrorist acts during the coming October November period. The Chief's timely warning reflects the high publicity value that another terror attack on the world famous holiday island would bring and the fact that past attacks have occurred during the October - November time slot.

Speaking on August 18, 2009, General Sutisna reminded hotel managers to increase their security levels, both within hotels and the immediately surrounding areas. Perimeter defenses, according to Sutisna, can best be strengthened through close cooperation with Bali's traditional villages and local civilian defense teams (Pecalang).

The Chief of Police said he hoped the higher than normal occupancies being reported by the Bali tourism industry will not distract hoteliers from their overriding responsibility for safety and security.

Bali tourism is currently booming with daily arrivals topping 7,200 tourists as compared to normal daily averages of 5,000 tourists at this time of year.