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BALI UPDATE #030 - 13 May 1998
POSTCARD FROM BALI
The following "Postcard from Bali" appeared in the
Adam Tam column of the May 08 edition of TTG Asia. We share it with you
today as it more-or-less portrays the kind of holidays happening everyday
in Bali: a stark contrast to the international media's depiction of havoc
everywhere in Indonesia:
THIS must be the life - the real life, I mean, If
like me, you too are dulled by computers, skyscrapers and traffic, Bali
will jerk all your senses back to life. From the colourful dances, the
intricate masks and endless rows of shops in Kuta with their batik shirts
and bags, Bali is a treat for the eyes. Then there is the haunting sound
of the gamelan which follows you no matter where you are - be it in a
posh hotel lobby or walking in a padi field. I dumped my Walkman in the
first 24 hours and gave in completely to its soothing sounds, Smells of
grilled fish and lobster, ripe jackfruit on breakfast tables and the appetising
lure of "nasi goreng" and "satay" teased and tested my willpower. Needless
to say, I gave in at every turn. Then there is the hospitality of the
Balinese themselves. Their inviting smiles, ever inquisitive questions
(Where come? When came Bali? First time? You like Bali?) To sincerity
(Come house, take you motor) is touching. My senses took a leapfrog when
I lay on the beach and allowed knowing hands to caress my body (total
pleasure). The background music of the gamelan, the smell of jasmine oil
and soon I was far away, in that lovely place one finds between sleeping
and waking. When I did come around, I felt brand-new. The massages continued
with a variety of oils, every single day of my stay! At night, I wandered
into local bars for a cold Bintang beer, chatting to locals and the many
tourists. Every single time, I was greeted with smiles and laughter and
never once did I feel threatened. I left this last time, as I have done
countless times before, knowing I would return.
TTG EDITORIAL SALUTES
The May 1 edition of TTG ASIA featured an editorial
entitled "Indonesia Must Act Now" and urged a united approach between
the Public and Private sectors to overcome the current crisis in tourism
"A crisis communication centre, a public relations
campaign to dispel the wrong impressions, a strong marketing strategy,
the will and commitment to solve its environmental problems, there are
the actions Indonesia must take. Its leaders can no longer keep quiet
and forever blame the economic crisis and lack of funds for doing little
"Just look at Bali and what it is doing to stem the
drop in arrivals and occupancies. The visit of its leaders to Singapore
last week to meet their counterparts has opened the door for both destinations
to be twinned."
" . . .For the Bali-Singapore initiative it was the
private sector which took the lead. Imagine how much more effective and
stronger the effort can be if respective governments gave their whole-hearted
"God helps those who help themselves, so the saying
goes, and the rest of Indonesia should follow Bali's lead. No problem
is insurmountable if the leaders have the vision and everyone chips in
and pulls his weight.
TABLE TOP SHOW WITH
REMINDER. . . Some 33 local operators have registered
for the PATA BALI CHAPTER Table- top show to be held at the Grand Bali
Beach Hotel on Friday, 15 May. The event will start promptly at 0900 hours
and conclude with lunch hosted by the Chapter.
13 Swedish Travel Operators will be in attendance.
Cost is Rp. 50,000 per participant including lunch at the Hotel.
For details contact Ruscita at the PATA BALI Secretariat
at email@example.com or telephone
her at 0361 - 288511 extension 1120.
One of Indonesia tourism's "true friends" Greg Johnson
of Greg Johnson Associates has been asked by SIGS Conferences to organize
a gala Indonesia evening in conjunction with the October 19-23 JAVA computer
conference in San Jose, California.
This conference will attract some 3,000 computer
industry leaders and be publicized in mailings to over 78,000 people in
the United States.
JAVA Software is linking its software with an evening
themed "The Road to Java" organized by Greg Johnson who is personally
underwriting the cost of the production.
Your help is needed! A donation of US$ 150 from industry
members to help underwrite the cost of the production and "Luck Draw"
prizes from Indonesia are needed. For this small amount of money, participants
will get exposure to over 3,000 people attending the event and listing
in all pre-publicity sent to 78,000 computer software professionals.
Interested? Need more details on this event? Contact
Greg Johnson at:
Greg Johnson Associates
Seven Penn Plaza - Suite 200
New York, New York 10001
Telp. 212 - 563 - 2480
Fax. 212 - 563 - 9748
Everyone knows the road to Java, passes through Bali.
So, please support this event.
BALI PROMO MEET GOVERNOR
This morning, Mr. Luther Barrung - Chief of Bali
Tourism, Mr. Anak Agung Gede Rai of the Bali Tourism Development Corporation,
and myself were received by Bali's Governor at his office in Denpasar.
The purpose of the meeting was to present the final
report of BALI PROMO including a promotional plan to rescue our all-important
The Governor of Bali continues to be very supportive
of BALI PROMO'S efforts on behalf of Bali Tourism and is now studying
our report and exploring means of possible funding for the various crash
programs designed to enhance the islands world-wide promotion.
The Governor is scheduled to travel abroad shortly
but promises to have some news for BALI PROMO in early June.
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA Bali Chapter.
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