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Bali Update Readers Sound Off on a Variety of Subjects.

(6/24/2002) Feed Back on Turbulent Airport

Kevin Hinchcliff, kevhinch@hotm il.com, offered the following comments on Bali Update #300 article on the Bali Regional Government's efforts to obtain a larger share of the profits from the operation of the island's International Airport:

I am not at all surprised buy(sic) this further grab for cash by the Balinese hiraky(sic), there(sic) corrupt ways will finally be there(sic) ruin and that will be a very good day at the temple. Bali is in Indonesia, Indonesia is not Bali.

Bali Arrival Downs

Our coverage of falling arrival figures to Bali from Australia from Bali Update #296 evoked the following comments from Kevin in Australia, kevcas@chari t.net.au:

I am not the least bit surprised that Bali's popularity with Australians has suffered such a significant fall off. In less than 12-months, the average travel and accommodation cost has increased by almost 20%. Not only is it significantly more expensive to visit Bali, a reduction in the number of flight options on and off the island is also having a negative effect as it often means people must either shorten or lengthen their holiday. Costs have also increased due to local taxes and charges applied by the Australian Government... all of which adds more to the bottom-line. At the end of the day, Bali now offers much less for much more. Could this be a case of the airlines and hotel operators killing the goose that laid the golden egg? Quite possibly! Business needs to make a fair profit and selling two-dollar bills for a dollar makes no sense. But trying to extract a bigger profit out of a diminishing market is presumptuous and is unlikely to be a productive in the long run.

A significant percentage of the Tourism market is very price-driven - a point that is being very clearly underlined by the dramatic fall-off in visitor numbers to Bali this year... irrespective of September 11. Once the market is lost it will take a great deal of time and money to recapture it.


Juliet Brownfield of Australia brownfld@iin t.net.au, provided the following feedback:

Either speed up the immigration process or spread the arrival of large big Jets from Europe. It's not funny standing (note standing) inline with bags etc. while one person at a time is allowed up to the "desk." Many people who have stood in line for 2-3 hours make their next holiday to KL, Penang or anywhere else that does not have the problem. I do hope that the extra "8" people needed for the "new" desks are soon appointed.

Made in Heaven

Many readers wrote and shared our saddness at the loss of our beloved fellow employee and driver, Made Suarnyana, featured in Bali Update #296. Carole Sainte-Marie sainte_ arie63@hotmail.com, said the following:

By reading your story of this very simple person, we cannot help but also fall in love with him. Sincere sympathies to your staff and his family.

Ms. Elana Saks of Melbourne, Australia elanasaks@ho mail.com, wrote to say:

As a regular receiver of your wonderful newsletter, I read your very touching article about "Kadek" who was killed in a road accident. I was extremely moved by the wonderful words spoken about this special person, who I am sure will be sadly missed by all. I am in fact married to a Balinese man known as Made, therefore am quite aware of how it must have been for his young wife and little baby to have lost such a fine young person, and the sense of loss and shock for all that knew him. Even though I never knew this special man, I would like to pass on my condolences to all of his family, friends and work colleagues.

May Kadek be blessed with all things good in his next life.


Retired U.S. Ambassador Mr. Robert Pringle rpringle9@co cast.net,a customer of Bali Discovery Tours and a former passenger in a vehicle driven by Kadek wrote:

We were very surprised and shocked to hear of Kadek's death from your newsletter. He was indeed a thoroughly competent and most pleasant driver.

Frank Perry of Australia enquiries@a ist.com.au, e-mail us:

Whilst I do not recall meeting Kadek in person I must let the writer of the tribute to Kadek know how touched I was by his eloquence. My sincere condolences to Kadek's family.

Warm Wishes on Bali Update Edition #300

Ida Bagus Lolec of Pacific World Travel lolec@pacif cworld.com:

On behalf of the team here at PACIFIC WORLD NUSANTARA, we would like to congratulate you and your team on the 300th edition of the famous BALI UPDATE! Quite an achievement, Jack! Well done, and now.......... up to the 500th edition!

Andrew Sivijs andr w.sivijs@arts.qld.gov.au, of Australia wrote:

Congratulations to you, Jack, and the team on another milestone for Bali Update! As a regular visitor to Bali with a genuine interest in the island's development and well being, Bali Update is invaluable. A professional forum with an interesting flavor. It has been exceptionally useful in my post-graduate studies with snippets of information not accessible in the Australian press. Love your work and look forwarded to the next 300 editions!