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BALI UPDATE # 055 - 07 JULY 1998
BALI PROMO MEGA FAMS BEGIN
Indonesia's Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture, Mr. Marzuki Usman,  is in Bali today to welcome BALI PROMO'S first MEGA FAM Trips from Japan and France.
Some 75 French and 50 Japanese travel professionals will be personally welcomed today by the Minister and the Chief of the Regional Tourism Office for Bali, Mr. Luther Barrung,  at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport.
The visiting wholesalers and travel agents will fly in on GARUDA INDONESIA and   will be hosted to 5 days in Bali with the groups spread between the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, The Nikko, the Nirwana Meridien Resort and the Grand Bali Beach.
Flight loads coming into the island report almost daily improvements and hotel occupancies are similarly increasing, with many operators hopeful to be back  operating at near-budget levels by September of this year. The BALI PROMO MEGA FAM represents a bold statement by both  Bali's local travel industry and the international participants of the viability of Bali as an international tourist destination and as  an "island of peace."

 
SIA - FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
After reducing their 3 flight a day schedule to 2 per day during the May crisis, Singapore Airlines have announced that the growing uplift of passengers to Bali will necessitate a return to their full 3 flights a day a schedule from 10 July.
Singapore Airlines has proven themselves a valuable partner of BALI PROMO's effort to re-establish the health of the local tourism industry by initiating a number of special promotions to Bali.
Bali eagerly awaits SIA's request for additional capacity to Bali, over and above its scheduled 3 flights a day. 4 flights a day???
Bali's a winner. SIA's a winner. Why not?

 
NATAS HOLIDAY '98
The National Association Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) are organizing a consumer travel show in Singapore from 4 to 6 September 1998. The show "NATAS Holidays '98" will be held at the Suntec Exhibition Halls 403-404 in Singapore.
The show will divided into 4 niche market zones, namely:  Resorts; Adventure and Eco Tours; Sports, Leisure and Cruises; and Winter Tours.
This could represent an excellent opportunity to help revive the Singapore market to Bali. Participation costs are low at S$180 per 9 square metre shell scheme or S$160 for a 9 square metre open space.
For more information send your facsimile and contact details  to Ms.  Lee Ping Sie at NATAS e-mail: natas@asianconnect.com

 
BALI SKAL CLUB SECOND ANNUAL BALL SET
September 5th has been set for the date of the 2nd annual BALI SKAL CLUB Ball to be held at the Hard Rock Beach Club on Kuta Beach.  The themes for this year's event will be "A Night at the Oscars" with attendees coming in fancy dress inspired by celebrities from the worlds of music and film.
The  event promises to be a gala affair with last year's inaugural Bali SKAL Ball netting some US$18,000 for charity.
This years event, despite the current economic downturn, should be a rousing success as the travel community is in desperate need of a good night on the town and the Hard Rock Beach Club will be sure to pull out all the stops in making the evening of September 5 a night to remember.
Interest has been expressed by the SKAL Club of Perth, Australia,  in sending a group to attend this event. Ticket prices including dinner, dancing and soft drinks will be something between $US 35-40 (final price, yet to be confirmed). Overseas attendee are most welcome. Overseas readers wishing to attend or those wishing  to sponsor door prizes should contact Debe Campbell at e-mail :  76255.3012@compuserve.com.

 
DOKAR BLESSING
That's right:  "Dokar" blessing.
A "dokar" is the local name for the single-pony carriages that carry goods and people on the island of Bali.  The Government has recognised that using these carriages for tourist visitors to the island travelling over short distances and for special events, such as incentives and conventions, represents an excellent way to spread the economic benefits of tourism to people on the lower end of the economic spectrum. In fact, a recent survey by the local Denpasar government indicated that from among the 253 "dokar" registered in the City, some 173 or 68% reported a high rate of use by both domestic and foreign tourists.
On a recent visit to Bali, the Minister of Tourism, Art, and Culture suggested one way of increasing income for the "dokar" drivers would be to spruce up the ""dokars"" by calling on the talents of Bali's many painters.
As a result, a competition is now underway for the best decorated "Dokar" in Bali.
In keeping with local Bali-Hindu traditions, the Almighty's blessing will be sought before embarking on this contest intended to solicit the participation of the 253 ""dokars"" in Denpasar. Accordingly, a "blessing" ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 07 July, at 1430 hours at the Lapangan Puputan Margarana in the Renon section of Denpasar.

 
NEW HOTEL COMPANY LAUNCHED
Last week the RADDIN HOTEL GROUP launched itself with the rebranding of two hotels formerly operated under the PARK ROYAL label in Indonesia. Effective from July 01, the former PARK ROYAL ANCOL (Jakarta) and the former PARK ROYAL SANUR BEACH (Bali) will represent the first two hotels under the management of the newly launched RADDIN HOTEL GROUP.
The General Manager of the Group is Mr. Chris Ryan who served as the General Manager of the Park Royal Sanur. Mr. Ryan has left the Park Royal to head up the new Indonesian Hotel Company.
Specializing in 4 star, family-oriented properties, RADDIN will, in the words of Mr. Ryan, will build on the hospitality which is an Indonesian hallmark and "provide the prerequisites that people experience in their own home; safety and comfort in a family environment."
Both the newly-named RADDIN ANCOL JAKARTA and the RADDIN SANUR BALI are owned by P.T. Southern Pacific Indonesia, a subsidiary company of the PT Jan Darmadi Corporation which also owns the Bali Hyatt and the Grand Hyatt Hotels in Bali.
J.M. Daniels
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
 
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