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BALI UPDATE # 063 - 31 JULY 1998
3,200 BALI ARRIVALS CELEBRATE "HAPPY DAY"
Some 3,200 tourists from around the world arriving
in Bali on Thursday were pleasantly surprised with gifts of extended complimentary
stays, free meals, free tours, complimentary entrance to tourist attractions,
and free domestic air tickets.
These special gifts were all part of the "Let's Go
Indonesia" - "HAPPY DAY" celebration designed to help spread the good
news that Indonesian tourism is up, running, and eager to receive visitors. The
special bonuses to the visitors arriving in Indonesia on Thursday varied
slightly, depending on gateway, but in Bali included free rooms at selected
hotels, 50 percent discounts on a future domestic flight valid for one
year, and complimentary domestic air tickets for visitors undertaking
a domestic journey within one week of 30 July.
A special welcoming committee backed up by a traditional
dance troupe was on hand at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport to
welcome the delighted visitors arriving on "Happy Day."
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE OCEAN
A number of important events to mark the International
Year of the Ocean (IYO) have been organized in Indonesia including a dramatic
flotilla sail by of tall-ships set for Manado in North Sulawesi on 24
September which will be presided over by President Habibie.
Of no less importance are a number of important local
and international seminars set to discuss issues related to preserving
the oceans. Some of these events include:
> LIPI training program on Research Methodology of
Coral Reefs in Flores (20-31 August)
> Workshop of the Tropical Molluscs Programme in Mataram, Lombok (19-23
> Mangrove Ecosystems IV in Pekanbaru, Riau Province (15 - 18 September)
> Seminar on Marine Bio Technology in Jakarta (14-15 October)
> LIPI course on Acoustics for Fish Stock Assessments in Jakarta (October)
> Seminar on Marine Science and Fisheries Science in Bali (7-9 December)
For more details contact the IYO 98 National Committee
at telephone (62 21) 872 3429 or facsimile (62 21) 871 1849 or Ms. Emiati
Djojosoebroto at the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board via E-mail email@example.com
BRITISH AIRWAYS REDUCES
FLIGHTS TO JAKARTA
British Airways has announced that it is reducing
its 6 weekly flights per week between London and Jakarta to only 2 flights
a week starting from October 25, 1998. Commenting on the decision, Ms.
Claire Hatton, BA Country Manager for Indonesia, said "By reducing our
schedule to two flights a week, we are able to continue our presence in
the Indonesia market and strengthen it again when the economic conditions
lead to an increase in passenger demand."
Of particular concern to Bali Tourism is British
Airways' inability to obtain approval from the Indonesian Government
for their application to operate services from London to Bali. Again,
according to Ms. Hatton, "British Airways has been seeking alternative
schedule options, such as direct flights to Bali, in order to maintain
frequencies to Indonesia. But unfortunately current regulations do not
Bali Tourism asks: What's going on, here?
U.K. arrival statistics to Bali continue to demonstrate
growth and in the face of a general downturn in tourist arrivals to Indonesia,
what possible justification can there be for impeding any airline wishing
to fly to Indonesia? The simple fact is that tourism is driven by air
accessibility and in light of the mounting economic and management problems
of our national carrier, does Indonesia have any viable option but to
open its skies to foreign carriers?
BALI PROMO research shows that one job is created
in Bali for every 8 airline seats that fly to the island.
Seats = Tourist = Jobs = An important step to solving
the Indonesian Economic Crisis.
ISLAND HOTEL OCCUPANCIES
APPROACHING 65 PERCENT
Regional Director of Tourism for Bali, Mr. Luther
Barrung, was quoted recently in the national daily KOMPAS as saying that
hotel occupancies in Bali were approaching 60-65 percent at the end of
July. In comments made to KOMPAS on Wednesday (29/7), Mr. Barrung emphasized
that the 60-65 percent level represented an average with some hotels reaching
as high as 90 percent occupancy.
These figures give new encouragement to the Bali
tourism industry which suffered from drastic downturns in tourist arrivals
in the first half of this year. February arrivals were down 10 percent,
March decreased 22 percent and May was down a dramatic 60 percent. Arrivals
have been on the increase for June and July as demonstrated by the ever-brightening
hotel occupancy rates.
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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