Bali Discovery Tours
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 (0)361 286 283
Bali Fax: +62 (0)361 286 284
24h: +62 (0)812 3819724
BALI UPDATE # 084 - 13 October 1998
BBC NEWS - SORRY TO DISAPPOINT
The Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) Congress drew
to a close on Sunday after 4 days of meetings, speeches, concerts and
rallies on many of Bali's main streets. Some estimates placed as many
as 500,000 PDI supporters from areas outside Bali on the islands for this
Throughout the event, the Bali-Hindu ethic which
esteems social harmony prevailed and no major incidents were reported.
Prior and during the event, BBC TV News ran reports
on the PDI convention in Bali containing the ominous prediction that "violence
was expected" during the Congress.
Expected by whom? Dear BBC, so sorry to disappoint,
but Bali remains peaceful and calm.
HRBC RESORT SPOTLIGHTED
Bali's very unique Hard Rock Beach Club Resort (HRBC)
was the subject of a focus in the most recent edition of PATA's Issues
and Trends newsletter. The HRBC was singled out as an example of increasingly
more imaginative concepts in hotel design being created to meet the demands
of the market for innovation in hotel offerings.
The 417 room HRBC is located on a 3.5 hectare site
on Bali's famous Kuta Beach and is built around a "rock and roll" theme.
The PATA Newsletter dubbed the HRBC as "a mix between a small theme park
and a resort."
Imagine your typical hotel and then imagine something
totally different again: that's the HRBC. A lobby built around a performance
stage; Nintendo hook-ups in every room; the island's largest free-form
swimming pool complete with a central sand oasis; a recording studio for
the production of your own video clip; a New York style deli; an in-house
radio station; and an old guy in lobby who looks a lot like Elvis - welcome
to the Hard Rock Beach Club.
Or as my loyal companion Toto was heard to remark
during a visit to the Hotel, "Jack, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
The HRBC - a "must see" on your next visit to Bali.
PLANS FOR MILLENNIUM
Perth-based travel journalist, Ian Jarrett is asking
what special activities to mark the Millennium are planned by members
of the Bali Tourism Community. Interesting events will be mentioned in
an article Ian is now producing for the publication M&C Asia Pacific.
Bali-based operators are urged to send details of
their Millennium events to Ian Jarrett at <email@example.com>.
Please copy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
so I can accumulate a list of various 2000 events and include them
in a coming edition of this newsletter.
BALI UPDATES - PRAISED
BY FOREIGN WHOLESALER
Special thanks to Paul Tilling at Premier Holidays
in the United Kingdom for the kind praise bestowed on BALI UPDATES in
his recent newsletter to the U.K. travel industry.
It's nice to be appreciated.
URGENT PRESS LEAD
Andrea Adelson is a reporter for the New York Times
working on a story detailing where travel bargains can be found as a result
of the Asian economic crisis. She is interested in cases where prices
are demonstrably lower than one year ago. Her deadline is late Tuesday
in New York (Wednesday morning in Bali). Send details of any special offers
that you have as a result of the economic crisis directly to her at <email@example.com>
MELIA BALI HAS SPECIAL
MELIA BALI HEALTH AND FITNESS PACKAGE. For just US$330
net, single occupancy, $365 double, guests can enjoy three nights, use
of fitness centre, Balinese massage, one time Jacuzzi use, sauna, pool,
tennis court or paddle ball courts, breakfast, daily newspaper, and afternoon
tea/coffee. Valid: through Dec. 20, 1998, and Jan. 6-March 31, 1999.
MELIA BALI NEWLYWEDS' PACKAGE. RATE. For US$248
net this package includes 3 nights executive suite use, bouquet of flowers,
candle light dinner, honeymoon cake, American breakfast in bed, and a
massage at the Spa, and 6 p.m. check-out. Valid: until March 31, 1999.
(Dec. 23, 1998-Jan. 6, 1999 excluded).
For more information contact Melia's Singapore Sales
office at facsimile (65) 334-2065, E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
OPPORTUNITY FOR WTM
Travel Works, a Bali-based PR and Marketing consultancy
for the travel industry, is offering an economical opportunity for representation
at World Travel Mart (WTM) in London November 17 - 19, 1999.
For only Rp. 4.6 million, Bali hotels, tour companies
or tourism attractions can contract Travel Works to represent them in
London. This cost will cover representation by a Travel Work Representative
at the Indonesian stand at WTM , distribution of sales material, representation
in a sales kit representing 10 non-competing travel products, press releases
and a follow-up sales report after WTM.
For details contact Travel Works at e-mail <email@example.com>
or telephone (0361) 424754 or facsimile (0361) 423596.
ACTION ASIA MAGAZINE
Both the editor and the advertising manager of "Action
Asia" magazine will soon be in Bali to prepare for a special 10-12 page
focus on Bali in their December/January edition of that publication.
For advertising details or to submit news items for
possible inclusion, contact Warwick Barnes at e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BALI NETS MAJOR COSMETIC
The Asian Societies of Cosmetic Scientists (ASCS)
have chosen Bali as the venue for their 4th world-wide conference to be
held here April 7-9, 1999.
Some 500 delegates from 37 countries are expected
to visit the island for this event with pre and post conference programs
planned for other tourism destinations in Indonesia.
"WISH YOU WERE HERE"
Last weel a BBC film team from the popular travel
program "wish You Were Here" finished filming a segment on the island
of Bali. This important visit to Bali was coordinated by Mr. I.B. Lolec
of Bali Tours and Bali Promo, who worked together to extend an invitation
to the BBC film team and helped facilitate the film permit application
The program will be broadcast to an estimated audience
of some 15 million viewers.
In Update #078 I included the Great Hotel and Resorts
Indonesia web site with a typo in the address. The correct WWW address
should have been <http://www.greathotels.co.id>