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Sanur Raya No. 27
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BALI UPDATE #052 - 29 JUNE 1998
BALI AND BEYOND MEETING - BALI PROMO - VENUE
Bali-based readers are asked to note that the coordinating
meeting called by BALI PROMO to assist in the marketing of destinations
beyond Bali will take place at the Regional Office for the Department
of Tourism, Arts and Culture and not at the NATOUR hotel.
Time and date are the same. Tuesday, 30 June at 0900
WALL STREET JOURNAL
- THE ART OF TRAVELLING CHEAPLY
The June 24 edition of the Wall Street Journal (USA
edition) carried a front-page article entitled "Puppet Regime: Or the
Art of Travelling Cheaply in Indonesia." The coverage focussed on the
tremendous bargains available in Central Java due to the downturn in business
and the massive devaluation of the Rupiah.
The article pointed out that bargains abound everywhere
in Indonesia and that: "Indonesia has been peaceful for more than a month
- since Suharto resigned on May 21. The tourist island of Bali stayed
nonpolitical and nonviolent throughout."
SCHEDULE OF SPECIAL
The full-page promotional advertisements on Bali
sponsored by JAPAN AIRLINES have run and will run on the following schedule:
25 June Asahi Shimbun Evening Edition
25 June Asahi Shimbun Evening Edition Osaka
02 July Yomiuri Shimbun Evening Edition Osaka
03 July Yomiuri Shimbun Evening Edition Tokyo
This extraordinary outreach program to the Japanese
public will include a special message from the Minister of Tourism, Art
and Culture, Mr. Marzuki Usman, assuring the Japanese public of a safe
holiday in Bali.
These are two of Japan's leading newspapers with
a total circulation exceeding 8 million.
Last year over 380,000 Japanese visited Bali. BALI
PROMO says thank-you to JAL for its valuable support of Bali Tourism.
UBUD'S SENIWATI GALLERY
Among the many interesting art galleries of Ubud,
just 25 minutes north of Denpasar, is the unique Seniwati Gallery of Art
by Women. The Seniwati Gallery of Art by Women is the only gallery of
its kind in Asia. Its aims are to expose the world to the long-understated
brilliance of independent women artists of Bali; to train and encourage
young Balinese female artists; and provide income for struggling women
artists in Bali.
Coming exhibitions at Seniwati Gallery include "Women
in Moment and Motion" by Kerry Pendergrast from 5th to 31st July and "Big
Story in Small Spaces by Pauline Solon from 2nd to 28th August.
The Seniwati Complex is located on Ubud's High Street,
Jalan Raya Ubud and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. For further information,
Update Readers can contact Ms. Mary Northmore, the Gallery's Founder
and Director via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Seniwati
web site at http://www.seniwatigallery.com
WHAT'S DRIVING MISS
One of Indonesia's most senior travel journalists,
Daisy Hadmoko, questioned the patriotism of BALI PROMO in her weekly travel
column published in last Saturday's edition of the INDONESIAN OBSERVER.
Quoting American and Australian journalists who she met at a recent conference
in Australia, Mrs. Hadmoko asks "Are there plans for Bali to secede from
Questioning BALI PROMO's political "aspirations,
" Mrs. Hadmoko admonished the Bali tourism industry to think about other
parts of the Country and wondered out loud if "Indonesia" was a part of
BALI PROMO'S letterhead.
Shame on you, Daisy. Yes, BALI PROMO has been aggressive
in promoting the island as a safe and haze-free destination. We have also
been on the front line calling for moderation in travel bans issued against
Indonesia and have pulled no punches in calling on foreign governments
for a more balanced appraisal of the entire country, including Bali.
Tomorrow, BALI PROMO is hosting representatives from 12 surrounding tourism
destinations to devise ways to cooperate in joint marketing programs.
But, for Mrs. Hadmoko to question BALI PROMO'S patriotism
is, to put it plainly - scurrilous, reckless, and fundamentally unfair.
The Government's Regional Director of Tourism for
Bali, Mr. Luther Barrung, has sent a formal rebuttal to the Editors of
the INDONESIAN OBSERVER which will hopefully be published in the coming
Meanwhile, long-time friends and admirers in Bali
of this award-winning travel journalisti are very disappointed. BALI
PROMO welcomes any input and suggestions on how best to spread the word
on Bali tourism as part of our overall plan to restore health to the national
tourism product. But, please, in making you point don't resort to "cheap
shots, " such as calling our patriotism into question.
Really, Daisy, an apology is in order.
Such criticism from an old friend, following so
closely on the heals of the abortive "Let's Go Indonesia" meeting in Bali
last week, has many of us in Bali wondering "what's driving Miss Daisy?"
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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