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BALI UPDATE # 065 - 07 AUGUST 1998
BALI AIRPORT TAX INCREASES
Effective 01 August the international departure tax at Ngurah Rai Internartional Airport increased from Rp. 25,000 per passenger to the new level of Rp. 50,000.
Although this increase represents a 100% increase over the old rate, in U.S. dollar terms the new rate of something slightly more than US$ 3.00 still represents one of the lowest international airport service charges in the region.

 
BALI INBOUND STATISTICS - FIRST HALF OF 1998 VS 1997
Nationwide, total foreign arrivals in the first 6 months of 1998 were down nearly one half million people, a decrease of 22.7 % when compared to 1997.
Bali suffered a downturn of some 91,000 visitors, a drop of 15% for the same period in 1997.  Many local hotel operators will find it hard to believe that arrivals dropped "only" 15% in the first 6 months of this year, given the even greater drop in their business during the same period. In this regard, it should be noted that the 15% drop only reflects international arrivals at Bali's Airport,  with an even more dramatic decrease likely to have taken place among domestic arrivals and from international tourists who traditionally enter Bali domestically after entering the Country via another gateway.
Not unexpectedly, the largest drop in visitors to Bali occurred in June when arrivals were down 35.7%  - some 40,000 visitors less than in the same month last year.
With 1.5 million visitors nation-wide in the first 6 months of the year, Indonesia will be doing very well to break 3.5 million visitors before the end of the year. Last year Indonesia recorded something over 4 million international arrivals.

 
MINISTER OF TOURISM ARRIVES IN BALI
Indonesia's Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture, Mr. Marzuki Usman will make a two-day visit to Bali commencing Friday, August 07. The Minister's schedule will focus on the meetings with  the cultural leaders of the island with a town meetings with representatives from the Jembrana, Tabanan, and Denpasar on Friday. On Saturday the Minister will strike out on a fanning motion tour of the island,  visiting Buleleng, Karangasem, Bangli, Klungkung and Gianyar,  along the way.
The Minister's frequent visits to Bali are in keeping with his declaration that Bali holds the key to National Tourism recovery.

 
PRESIDENTIAL ADVISOR JOOP AVE TO VISIT BALI
Newly appointed Presidential Advisor on Tourism and Culture and also the former Minister of Tourism for Indonesia, Mr. Joop Ave, is visiting Bali on the weekend of 21 August at the invitation of BALI  PROMO.
BALI PROMO will be seeking Mr. Ave's advice on how best to promote the Bali Tourism Product and how best to finance the operation of our newly formed marketing group. An informal lunch with the Bali Tourism Industry is planned for 22 August.
Watch this newsletter for more details on this luncheon which will be open to all members of the tourism community. Current plans are for a simple "nasi bungkus" luncheon where  Mr. Ave can be expected to engage in a lively exchange with the local tourism industry.

 
STILL 3 BOOTH AVAILABLE FOR NATAS HOLIDAY 98
From 04 - 06 September the National Association of Travel Agents - Singapore (NATAS) will hold the NATAS HOLIDAY 1998 travel show at the Suntec Exhibition Centre Halls in Singapore.
Singapore continues to be an important market to Bali as demonstrated by the strong response to the recent "Fantastic Bali Triple Delight" program which secured hundreds of additional bookings from Singapore within days of its launch.
The NATAS Holiday 1998 show is expected to bring some 30,000 consumers to the show, many of whom will book holidays on the spot. Because of Bali's close proximity to Singapore, attractive travel packages for Bali presented at this show will bring additional business - something we all need right now!
BALI PROMO has secured 6 adjoining booths that the NATAS HOLIDAY 1998 show at a 20% discounted rate. These booths will be grouped together in a BALI PROMO VILLAGE which will provide even higher visibility to the participants.
The special price for the 3 metre x 3 metre booth is SID$ 1,296.
Only three spaces remain in the BALI PROMO VILLAGE. Book your space immediately with Ms. Tusi at SPICE ISLAND CRUISES at telephone (0361) 286283 or facsimile (0361) 286284.

 
GOVERNMENT LIBERALIZES TOURISM INDUSTRY LICENSING
Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture, Mr. Marzuki Usman, has signed a decree giving greater autonomy to regional tourism offices in the issuances of licenses for tourism-related businesses.
The decree  will impact  hotels, restaurants, marine tourism, entertainment, event organizers, tourism consultants and MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference and Exhibition) operators.  Under the new rules, investors wishing to businesses in these areas only need to submit their application to the relevant provincial tourism office.  Applications, which must be accompanied by the required environmental impact study for the proposed project, permits from local administration and necessary building permits, will be processed within a maximum of 30 working days.
The new decree will simplify the application process and also provide greater control on the local level, ensuring new projects are not disruptive to the local culture.
Bali's Regional Director for Tourism, Mr. Lither Barrung, heralded the new decree in statements quoted in The Jakarta Post. Mr. Barrung pointed out that the new licensing approach will allow local governments to continually monitor and control development of the local tourism product and encourage a more widespread, multi-sectorial approach to development of the tourism infrastructure. According to Mr. Barrung, all sectors of tourism are open for tourism investment in Bali, but most investors focus only on hotel and travel agencies resulting in  an imbalanced growth profile.

 
65 AND STILL NOT RETIRED
This marks our 65th edition and our mailing list continues to grow
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