Bali Discovery Tours
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 286 283
Bali Fax: ++62 361 286 284
U.S.A. Fax:(toll free) 1-800-506-8633
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BALI UPDATE # 056 - 10 JULY 1998
GOLFING MAGIC AT LE MERIDIEN BALI
Without a doubt, the 18-hole Greg Norman designed
golf course at the Le Meridien Nirwana Bali Resort ranks as one of the
world's most beautiful and most challenging golf courses. This spectacular
golf course is surrounded by cascading rice fields, natural creeks and
the Indian Ocean. Now, how's that for a water hazard?
The Le Meridien Nirwana Golf & Spa now offers a
"golfing magic" package which provides for an ocean view deluxe room
and an 18 - hole round of golf for just US$ 95.00 ++ per person (based
on twin share). For the truly fanatical golfer this package can be booked
for as many additional nights as the guest wishes.
Golf widows please note: A non-golfing travelling
companion in the same room only pays US$ 45.00 ++ per night.
Additional nights without the golf are available
at US$ 75.00 ++ per person, based on twin share.
Executive upgrades to suites available. Children
occupying the same room with their golfing parents are accommodated at
no additional charge.
Now there's an idea, Dad . . .save money on caddies
and make the kids tote the golf bag.
BALI PROMO OFFERS SPECIAL
RATES AT NATAS HOLIDAY 98
BALI PROMO has negotiated a special discount for Bali
tourism industry members wishing to promote at the NATAS HOLIDAY 98 consumer
travel show in Singapore, September 4 - 6, 1998.
This consumer show, organized by the National Association
of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), is an annual mega travel show which
is attended by some 30,000 Singaporeans, many of whom book travel at
NATAS is holding a special area at the show especially
for BALI PROMO and within the spirit of cooperation forged between Singapore
and Bali, are extending a special 20% discount to participants booking
under this special BALI PROMO VILLAGE offer.
PLEASE NOTE : A maximum of 10 spaces are available
in an area to be designated as the BALI PROMO VILLAGE and the absolute
deadline for confirming space and paying is 25 July.
Two exhibition options exist. A shell scheme for
9 square metres ( 3 x 3 metres) at a cost of SID 1,296 or on an open space
scheme for 9 square metres at SID 1152. These prices represent a special
20% discount to BALI PROMO who is coordinating the space at no charge
to the local travel industry.
Only a maximum of 10 spaces are available in the
BALI PROMO VILLAGE. Space is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Contact email@example.com or send a facsimile
to 0361 - 286284 for more details or to book a space.
LET'S GO INDONESIA!
A nation-wide initiative from the Indonesian tourism
industry will get underway this month with the launch of the promotional
program "Let's Go Indonesia!"
Announced by the President of the Republic, B.J.
Habibie, on June 30th, "Let's Go Indonesia" is a three-part program intended
to reassert Indonesia's position as a leading world tourism destination.
The program will commence in July when a day is randomly
designated 'Happy Day" and visitors arriving in the Country on that date
will receive a number of attractive travel benefits. Depending on the
destination, visitors will receive free meals, tours and accommodation
for that day or a coupon that will permit them to extend their current
stay for another day at no additional costs. The national airlines will
also be offering free and discounted round-trip domestic tickets to selected
tourism destination in order to reinvigorate tourism in Indonesia's provincial
The second part of the program, scheduled for the
month of August, will be designated "Magic Month" in which visitors to
Indonesia will receive a number of value-driven or value-added packages
for travel throughout the archipelago.
The third and final part of the program will feature
the "Best of Indonesia" and will be launched simultaneously with the 1998
Indonesian Travel Mart, scheduled for September in Jakarta. This will
be a long-term program intended to raise the image and positioning of
Indonesia in the world travel marketplace through themed media campaigns
and public relations initiatives.
26 COMPANIES TO BE SUED
FOR CAUSING FOREST FIRES
Indonesia's Minister of Forestries and Plantations,
Muslimin Nasution, has revoked the licenses of 154 logging companies who
have been proven to use "slash and burn" techniques, with 26 of these
companies under police investigation for possible further legal action.
Forest fires in the last part of 1997 and the first
quarter of this year caused tremendous loss of habitat in Kalimantan
and Sumatra and created a haze problem which blanketed large areas of
western Indonesia. In Kalimantan , some 519,752 hectares of forest were
destroyed this year alone.
Bali, in the eastern part of the nation, was never
affected by haze, but arrivals suffered nonetheless due to the misrepresentation
in the international media that all of Indonesia was covered by smoke
and haze. Unfortunately, international media, such as CNN in this case, when
having to choose between being precisely factual or taking a "broadbrush
generalist" approach in their reporting on haze in Indonesia, generally
choose the easy option. Sadly, the truth takes more effort and, seemingly,
the international media just couldn't be bothered
Thankfully, haze has disappeared from Indonesia's
skies and any lingering embers of fire in Kalimantan and Sumatra are
being extinguished by the La Nina meteorological effect which is bringing
unseasonably late rains to the archipelago.
Meanwhile, Indonesia's Department of Forestry has
put into place a system of early warnings on forest fires in the hope
of avoiding a repetition of the terrible fires of the recent past.
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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