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Neighborhood Relations

East Java Regency of Banyuwangi Send Cultural Troupe to Bali to Promote Tourism

(3/30/2012) Banyuwangi - the easternmost regency and departure port on the island of Java for ferries crossing to Bali, held a special tourism promotional night in Bali on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel.

Attended by members of Bali’s tourism industry - including travel agents and hoteliers, and members of the diplomatic community, the gathering included East Javanese cultural presentations and a group of accompanying officials.

As reported by Radar Bali, the regent of Banyuwangi, Abdullah Azwar Anas, opened the evening, saying: “We with to change the image of Banyuwangi that is sometimes seen as an area of unrest of black magic. We want a direction that is better, especially as regards tourism.”

Banyuwangi is often known as “Kota Gandrung” in recognition of a popular courtship dance performed during nightlong parties in East Java. A dance performed during the special gathering held in Bali.

The head of Banyuwangi’s tourism office told the audience that the decision to promote their tourism products in Bali reflects the role of Bali as the tourism gateway for Indonesia and the island’s close proximity to East Java. By promoting Banyuwangi in Bali it is hoped that Bali visitors will invest the relatively short period of time needed to travel and explore East Java.