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BALI UPDATE #095 - 19 NOVEMBER 1998
IN THIS UPDATE
- Bali's Director of Tourism Issues Security Statement
- Indonesian Arrival Targets difficult to achieve
- Four Seasons Resort at Sayan out to curry favour
- Bali Skal Club named 2nd Best Club in the World

 
BALI'S DIRECTOR OF TOURISM ISSUES SECURITY STATEMENT
In a printed statement issued November 19th  by the Regional Director of Bali's office for Tourism, Art and Culture, Mr. Luther Barrung , announced that "Bali remains calm and peaceful with visitors to the island enjoying normal holidays."
Emphasizing that his office maintains constant contact with local police authorities, Mr. Barrung confirmed that no reasons exists for potential visitors to the island to cancel or postpone a holiday in Bali.
In his statement issued to travel organizations, hotels and foreign ambassadors in Indonesia, Mr. Barrung added:  " Over the weekend, students briefly staged a sit-in protest at Bali's International Airport  to emphasize their call for political reform. This event  was peaceful and did not cause any delays in passenger movements. Various prayers and political speeches have been made by student groups at the local government-owned TV and radio station and at the  the local ruling political party's headquarters. All these events have taken place without major incident and with close and cordial cooperation between the students and police authorities in order to maintain the peace and the good reputation of Bali."
Local and overseas travel operators requiring a copy of Mr. Barrung's statement should contact his office at telephone 62 (0)361 - 225649 or 233474 or facsimile 62 - (0)361- 233475. E-mails can be addressed to KWPPT@denpasar.wasantara.net.id

 
INDONESIAN ARRIVAL TARGETS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE
The revised national tourist arrival target of 4.6 million will be difficult to achieve, according to Mr. Feisol Hashim, a board member of both the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA) and BALI PROMO.
According to Mr. Hashim, tourist arrivals for the year through the end of September totalled 2.56 million, a fact that makes him very pessimistic that the year's target is achievable.
Echoing Mr. Hashim's sentiments, was Mr. Arievaldy Kumarga, the Chairman of the Inbound Tour Operator Club (ITOC) who feels a total of 3 - 3.5 million arrivals is the best that can be hoped for in 1998.
For the first 9 months of 1998 total arrivals via Indonesia's 11 international gateways was down  20.74%,  compared to the same period in 1997.
Bali continues to play a key role in the revival of the nation's tourism fortunes. Total international arrivals to Bali for the first 9 months of 1998 totalled 848,490, a decrease of only  10.8% from arrivals in the same period of 1997 and virtually on a par with arrivals in the same period of 1996. The General Manager of Oranye Tour, Mr. Dimas D. Suhendar, underlined the pivotal role of Bali in national tourism when he stated "the contribution of foreign arrivals via Bali has the largest impact on arrival statistics."
Not shown in the statistics, however, is the shortfall in domestic arrivals due to a reduction of foreign visitors through other gateways who no longer continue their journey onto to Bali, reduced domestic flights to Bali, and the general  drop in domestic passengers due to the local economic recession.

 
FOUR SEASONS RESORT AT SAYAN OUT TO CURRY FAVOUR
In far-away north Sumatra, in the city of Medan, a famous Indian eatery called the  "G.S. Koh I. Noor Meal House" is owned and operated by Mrs. Mohinder Kaur.
This restaurant, renowned for it chicken korma braised with coconut garam masala, cinnamon and cumin; kofta-minced lamb dumplings and peas in an aromatic broth; sambar-yellow lentil and long bean stew; and delicious Chapatis and Naans was discovered some years ago  by a wandering Four Seasons Executive on an Indonesian holiday.
Two years ago,  Mrs. Kaur was flown to Bali by the Four Seasons to cook for a limited engagement at the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran. Her skills in the kitchen caused something of a minor food-riot  with one guest describing her cooking as having "taste that makes your tongue dance."
The big news is that Mrs. Kaur is back, this time at the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan cooking from November 31 through December 10th at the Resort's Ayung Terrace.
Judging from two years ago, reservations would be a very good idea.
Contact the Resort's Director of Restaurants and Bars, Benny Rai at telephone 62 - (0)361 977 577 or facsimile 62 (0) 361 - 977 588. Visit the hotel on the WWW at www.fourseasons.com

 
BALI SKAL CLUB NAMED 2ND BEST CLUB IN THE WORLD
Bali's Skal Club has just been named the Second Best Skal Club from among 533 Clubs worldwide. The announcement has made at the 59th Annual Skal World Congress held in Montreal, Canada.
Bali's Skal Club is headed by well-known travel journalist,   Debe Campbell, who was on hand in Montreal to receive the award on behalf of her Bali Skalleagues.
Skal is a club comprised of travel professionals who undertake community betterment projects as well as hold informative and lively monthly luncheon meetings. The Club's name is derived from the Nordic toast of "Skal" and, appropriately enough,  the members seek out all kinds of things to toast - almost anything will do!  Ergo, the large number of "lost afternoons" after a typical Skal luncheon.
Second best Skal Club in the World . . .now there's something to drink to!
To all skalleagues everywhere . . .friendship, good health, long life - SKAL!
 
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