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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.
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 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.
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
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