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BALI UPDATE #043 - 05 JUNE 1998
QUORUM MAGAZINE - SPECIAL ON BALI
QUORUM MAGAZINE - an Australian publication for the
international incentive and convention market is having a "Bali focus"
in its November/December 1998 edition. Kerri McNamara of Quorum will be
in Bali from June 29 until 04 July. If you would like to meet Kerri or
obtain more information about this special issue - send a facsimile to
61 - 2 - 98783016.
CATHAY PACIFIC IS GIVING
AWAY THE STORE
Right now, you can travel round-trip in Economy Class
on selected Cathay Pacific Flights from Los Angeles to Hong Kong for US$
500 plus taxes. No that is not a typo! (Your editor seldom makes mistakes!).
Called the "Hop to Hong Kong fare-sale," if you
are travelling from Fresno, Las Vegas, Monterey, Oakland, Phoenix, Sacramento,
San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose or Tucson the round trip to Hong Kong
is just US$ 600 plus taxes.
The "Hop to Hong Kong fare" is a limited time offer
and definitely ends 11 June, 1998 at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight time, unless
it sells out earlier. To take advantage of this promotion, individuals
must first register, free-of-charge, as a Cathay Pacific CyberTraveler.
To do this, visit the airline's web site at http://www.cathay-usa.com.
All travel must commence on one of the 10 departure
dates beginning 01 July and ending July 10. You must fly to Hong Kong
on CX 883 from Los Angeles and return on flight 882. You can stay a maximum
of five nights in Hong Kong.
NO THIS IS NOT THE HONG KONG TRAVEL NEWSLETTER!!!
If you'd like to visit Bali, you can do so for an additional US$ 100 each
plus taxes. Maximum stay in Bali is only 3 nights (boo! - should be longer!).
We suggest you book this very special fare to Bali
and Hong Kong NOW before the boss at CX finds out someone is giving away
PETITION FOR BILL CLINTON
HANDED TO AMERICAN CONSUL
On Thursday afternoon, 04 June, a delegation from
BALI PROMO consisting of Mr. Luther Barrung, Mr. A.A. Gede Rai, and J.M.
Daniels delivered a petition to the President of the United States to
Mr. Andrew Toth, the Consular Agent in Bali for the United States. The
petition contained over 11,000 signatures collected in just 2 days.
The petition contained the following statement:
Dear Mr. Clinton:
Your Government has imposed a travel ban on all of
Indonesia, including the island of Bali, declaring our island as unsafe
for visitors from your Country. This has been done despite the fact that
in keeping with the peaceful traditions of Bali-Hindu Culture, our island
has remained free of violent demonstrations and continues to be a safe
holiday destination, even for the citizens who visited us during the social
upheavals in far-away Jakarta several weeks ago.
It is our firm opinion that there exists no practical
or moral basis for the continuance of the travel ban on Bali from your
Government that is causing untold suffering on the more than two million
local people who derive their livliehoods from tourism. Furthermore, the
United States as the world-champion of human rights, has an absolute responsibility
to acknowledge that visitors to the island of Bali are safe from any personal
threat to their security and must, as a result, immediately lift its negative
travel advisory for Bali.
In the meeting with the American Consul and at the
press conference held front of the Consulate immediately following, the
delegation from BALI PROMO called upon the United States Government to
either immediately lift the travel ban on Bali or provide BALI PROMO with
specific security issues of concern so these could be addressed with
the proper authorities on the island. Calling on the U.S. Government to
be more transparent in its dealings with Bali, BALI PROMO expressed the
wish that the U.S. Government place clearly on the table any reasons they
feel Americans might be at risk on the island. Such openess is necessary
given the very peaceful situation that has prevailed on Bali throughout
the recent upheaval in far-away Jakarta and needed in order to remove
the growing perception that the ban on travel to Bali by the U.S. Government
is both an arbitrary and punitive stance against the people of Bali.
BALI PROMO also requested that the U.S. Government,
if it can not immediately lift the ban on travel to Bali, send an official
delegation to the island to examine first-hand the security situation
on the island.
AN OPINION FROM THE
EDITOR - CALLING A SPADE A SHOVEL
As a worker in the tourism industry of Indonesia and
one of many victims of what appears to be an unfair and unjustifiable
ban on travel to Bali, I read with great interest the almost daily travel
warning issued by the U.S. Government on the situation in Indonesia.
In each new statement issued over the past weeks,
the United States has repeatedly warned of the dangers of riding taxis
in Jakarta, citing the death of two foreigners in separate incidents.
What do these deaths have to do with the safety of
travel to Bali. Absolutely nothing. My concern is that these incidents,
admittedly tragic, and the reoccurring reference to them in U.S. Travel
Advisories are emblematic of the "knee-jerk" response to security so sadly
evident from the U.S. State Department.
Fact. Yes, two expatriates died in Jakarta in separate
incidents after boarding taxis in the Capital. Fact. These deaths occurred
during the height of the social upheaval of mid-May when, for a period
of a few days, public order had largely collapsed in the capital and the
criminal element, found in any large city, briefly had the upper hand.
Fact. In at least one of the deaths, it can be argued
that the victim who died was involved in imprudent and high-risk behaviour.
According to reports in The Jakarta Post, the victim was out late at night
during the height of the public unrest and was returning from a visit
to one of the city's more notorious nightspots in an area of Jakarta I'd
avoid in the best of times. The victim, a married man with a wife and
children, was returning to a local hotel in the company of a young woman
with whom he had hailed a cab on the street.
Fact. These incidents must be viewed within the context
of the situation at the time in Jakarta and the evident lack of good
judgement by at least one of the victims. In the nearly three weeks since
these deaths there have been no reports of similar attacks in the Jakarta
Press, lending credibility to the view that these unfortunate incidents
were isolated incidents during the riots and are not representative of
the general safety in using taxis in the Capital.
America's Secretary of State, Ms. Albright, is being
badly served by her diplomats transplanted from foggy-bottom to Jakarta
- who seemingly look at the local scene full of fear and trepidation,
but sorely weak of local understanding. As one who has lived in Jakarta
for nearly 20 years, I often joined many other private fellow Americans
in Jakarta who shake their heads in disbelief at the siege mentality
of the U.S. Embassy's Civil Servants who work behind barb-wire, bullet-proof
glass, iron bars and armed marine guards. No doubt, the riots of 3 weeks
ago have prompted a new spree of bunker building at the Embassy that will
provide yet, another, superfluous security blanket to folks who, in the
final analysis, just don't trust the locals.
For what its worth, this American offers an embarrassed
apology to my Indonesian neighbours for the witless behaviour of my fellow
Given the choice of walking ten city blocks in Washington
D.C. or Jakarta, Indonesia, I'd chose Jakarta as my safest bet, any day.
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA Bali Chapter
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