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Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 (0)361 286 283
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BALI UPDATE #038 - 28 May 1998
BALI OFFERS FREE STAY TO JOURNALISTS
The hundreds of foreign journalists who have descended
on Jakarta to cover recent events in the Capital are being offered an
unique "R&R" (i.e., Rest and Recreation) break by Bali's tourism industry.
Bali Promo, the promotional body for Bali Tourism,
is extending a complimentary 4 night stay at one of Bali's star-rated
resorts now through the end of July for any accredited foreign journalist
working in Indonesia and wishing to take a break in Indonesia's paradise
Mr. Luther Barrung, Chief of the Bali Regional Tourism
Office, pointed out that Bali has remained a safe and secure haven during
all the recent political upheaval in the nation's capital. "By extending
a complimentary stay to the foreign press now working in Indonesia, the
Bali tourism industry hopes to show the world press first-hand why Bali
continues ranks as one of the safest and most beautiful destinations for
tourists anywhere in the world," Mr. Barrung added.
The recent swearing-in of Mr. B.J. Habibie as President
and his program of wide-ranging political and economic reforms have brought
foreign journalist to Jakarta, the nation's capital, in record numbers.
The offer of free accommodation is open to reporters
and journalist with press accreditation now working in Indonesia, either
on an assignment or semi-permanent basis. Reservations can be made by
sending a copy of the press credentials and preferred dates of travel
to Bali Promo care of facsimile 0361 - 286284. The hotel name will be
confirmed by return facsimile . This offer includes free hotel accommodation
for four nights including transportation between the hotel and airport
in Bali. The visiting journalists are encouraged to relax and enjoy the
island however Bali Promo isl also prepared to coordinate requests from
visiting journalist wishing to cover events or undertake interviews during
(Press are invited to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
if they require a copy of the above press release)
CNN VISTS BALI
A film team from CNN was in Bali for one day yesterday
to do a story on the impact of the downturn in arrivals on the local economy.
Interviewed during their stay were Mr. Luther Barrung - the Chief of the
Regional Tourism Office, Mr. A.A. Gede Rai of the BTDC and J. Daniels
of PATA INDONESIA Bali Chapter.
According to CNN, the story will be edited on Friday
in Tokyo for airing sometime within the next week.
BALI PROMO TO MEET THE
NEW MINISTER OF TOURISM
Bali Promo's request for an urgent meeting with Indonesia's
new Minister of Tourism, Mr. Marzuki Usman, has been tentatively confirmed
with the Minister's Secretary and a team of representatives from Bali
Tourism will depart for Jakarta, probably sometime within the next 7 days.
The team will be briefing the Minister on the fundamental
importance of tourism to Bali's economy and seeking funding for the establishment
of the BALI PROMO Office.
BALI TOURISM CHIEF TO
ISSUE REGULAR UDPATES
In response to requests for regular "official" announcements
on the security situation in Bali, Mr. Luther Barrung has begun to issue
regular updates. The full text of the first update follows:
BALI TRAVEL UPDATE
28 May 1998
This travel update is issued by the Bali Regional
Office for Tourism, Culture, and Arts in order to provide the latest information
on travel conditions on the island. This information is intended by use
by local overseas members of the travel industry.
>Despite the tremendous social unrest in Jakarta
earlier this month, Bali has remained very peaceful and calm with no single
incident reported in which the political protests have caused any disruption
in the delivery of tourism services to the islands visitors.
>With the appointment of the new government in Jakarta and its very active
program of political reform, protests have largely ended and business
activities are resuming a normal pattern across the Country.
>During the upheavals in Jakarta travel warnings were issued by many countries
recommending against travel to Indonesia. The United Kingdom and Australia
have wisely treated Bali as a "separate case" and correctly told their
citizens that Bali remained safe and calm and did not represent a risk
to visitors. Over the past 24 hours Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
have lifted their travel bans on Bali, with other countries expected
follow suit over the coming days.
>Weather continues to be excellent in Bali. As always, skies are clear
and haze-free. The raining season is now drawing to a close and visitors
during this period are enjoying warm and sunshine-filled days with comfortable
evenings when temperatures range around a pleasant 24 degrees centigrade
(75 degree Fahrenheit).
>Preparations are in full swing for the BALI ARTS FESTIVAL - a month long
celebration of the performing arts which will take place 14 June - 11
July. Centred at the Bali Arts Centre in Denpasar, this event will be
a month-long celebration of Balinese handicrafts, traditional architecture,
photography, cooking, dance, drama, and music.
Mr. Luther Barrung
Director of the Regional Tourism Office - Bali
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA Bali Chapter
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