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BALI UPDATE # 059 - 19 JULY 1998
OUR READERS SPEAK UP
This newsletter's last edition (#058) carried comments
critical of CNN's Maria Reesa coverage of Indonesian Tourism in which
she used a June 7 news clip from the Tourism Minister on a report aired
5 weeks later, on July 14. The Minister's comments reflected the situation
at the time they were made and not the vastly improved security situation
at present. Nonetheless, CNN aired his comments without indicating in
any way that these comments were recorded more than a month earlier and
had a definite context in time. I had lunch with the Minister within the
past 2 weeks and know that he views the current security situation as
being much improved.
As the result of my newsletter, Maria Reesa sent
me an e-mail to let me know she is not amused with my criticism of her
reporting on Indonesia. Understandably, my view that CNN's reporting
on Indonesia lacks balance, objectivity and precision is not a view
shared by Maria.
Incidentally, the same CNN report from Maria that
prompted my most recent comments also stated "All heads of government
ministries have been changed three times since February." Here I go again,
but I count only two changes in Ministers since February and think Maria's
exaggeration of this fact lends credence to a view of tremendous instability
in the current Government and demonstrate, yet again, CNN's tendency
to stretch the truth in its mission to paint a grim picture of Indonesia.
Maria scolded me for my piece and pointed out that
she was preparing a positive piece on Indonesia's "Let's Go Indonesia"
program but had to put that aside until some distant future date as she
had to answer my allegations first. Maria . . . Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa!
But, doesn't Maria's linking Indonesian tourism's right to a balanced
report to the a seemingly greater need for Maria to set me straight,
speaks loads about CNN's professionalism, the importance it places on
the Indonesian tourism industry, and how their correspondents use the
power of CNN to punish those who have offended.
Maria, will I ever be forgiven? Shall we punish
the boy and send him to bed without TV privileges? Please do, please
. . . especially if CNN is the only channel to watch.
Following publication of newsletter #058 not a few
of this newsletter's readers sent words of encouragement, joining a growing
chorus that says "CNN just doesn't get it right."
The Hyatt Yogyakarta wrote to say they've decided
to cancel CNN and switch to BBC television news who, according to that
hotel's General Manager, tend to get "right" more often than CNN. Lincoln
Tan of the Bali Mandira Hotel has suggested hotels stop paying their CNN
subscriptions as a sign of "silent" protest.
Now let's not get carried away here folks. Just
reflect on the following for a moment: Mr. Ted Turner founded both CNN
and the TNT Cartoon Network. Is it not possible that the head of the
TNT Cartoon Network represents the most senior position at Turner Broadcasting
and that all we are witnessing is intense competition taking place to
demonstrate whose best qualified to program news "ala Mickey Mouse?"
Naw, couldn't be.
As I tried to point out to Maria, unbalanced and
biased reporting on Indonesia causes real hardship to Indonesians who
earn their livings from tourism. Sadly, every day there are an increasing
number of Indonesian tourism workers who remove their children from
school and put less food on their table at night because tourists have
decided not to visit this marvellous country based on the incorrect and
sensational reporting by CNN.
If Maria thinks this is an over-dramatization of
the situation, then she has really missed the story.
THANK YOU ALBY THOMAS!
Alby Thomas of Australia's Escape Holiday was interviewed
on Sydney's 2UE Radio, the leading radio station of New South Wales on
Alby told his fellow Australians that Bali is peaceful,
wonderful value and urged all Australians to visit Bali and do their bit
to assist in the recovery of the Indonesian economy.
Bless you, Alby! Thanks for telling it like it is!
OBEROI CELEBRATES 20TH
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, The Oberoi Bali
is offering complimentary romantic dinners on spectacular Kuta Beach for
guests staying a minimum seven (7) nights now through December 20, 1998.
Emblematic of the special "value added" deals currently
available in Bali, The Oberoi is already extending complimentary jeep
use for Villa guests staying a minimum of 5 nights or a complimentary
lunch to any guests staying at their new resort - The Oberoi, Lombok.
The romantic dinner for two is held at a table especially
laid out on a corner of The Oberoi's private beach with lighting provided
by traditional Balinese "obor-obor" torches and banana leaf wrapped candles
- all set below the stars of Bali's unpolluted skies.
The Oberoi have also reduced their rates during this
special promotional period. Contact Joy Kelley, Director Marketing, Oberoi
Resorts at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
BALI MYSTIQUE, HILTON
For just $90.00 per night you can enjoy a wonderful
resort, a spacious deluxe room, a Balinese Welcome cocktail and a fruit
basket upon arrival, daily breakfast buffet for two, late check out until
1800 hours, free use of the spa facilities, the gym and the squash courts.
If that weren't enough - let's throw in a 20% discount
at all food an beverage discount and a 50% discount on buffet meals for
children under 12 years.
Where can you find such a deal? At the Bali Hilton
International, that's where. Proof again that both your dollar and your
rupiah buy more than ever before in Bali.
Garuda Germany's Sales Department will again host
its road show this November that is targeted to make contact with more
than 1,000 German agents in 5 cities.
The price of participation in this year's Road show
has been reduced dramatically to assist the Indonesian agents struggling
with the current financial crisis. Last year's price of DM 2,250 has been
reduced to only DM 1,000 which will include a ticket economy class to
Frankfurt and transportation to the five cities. Hotel costs in Germany
are estimated to be another DM 1,100 based on twin sharing, 8 nights,
with American breakfast.
The current schedule for the road show is as follows:
06 November Depart Frankfurt by bus to Munich
07 November Travel Mart in Munich
08 November Bus transfer to Hamburg
09 November Travel Mart in Hamburg
10 November Bus Transfer to Dusseldorf
11 November Travel Mart in Dusseldorf
12 November Bus Transfer to Cologne and Travel Mart
13 November Bus Transfer to Frankfurt and Travel Mart
14 November Depart to your next destination
In an important change to past years, Garuda is also
opening the opportunity to a selected number of German Tour Operators
will also be allowed to join the Road Show in order to stimulate business
form retail agents to Indonesia.
Interested? Contact Sigmund Schwarz, Marketing and
Sales Manager - Germany, GARUDA INDONESIA at telephone (49) - 069 - 2380627
, facsimile (49) - 069 - 2380691 or e-mail at sales@GarudaIndonesia.de
Registration deadline is 28 July.
MABUA EXPRESS BACK IN
"Bali and Beyond" tourism just got easier with the
return to service of the water-jet-powered "Mabua Express" which after
an absence of 2 months is again offering daily fast-ferry service between
Bali and Lombok.
Special re-introductory rates are on the market.
This is definitely the best way to travel between Bali and Lombok and
take advantage of the excellent offers from the fine resort properties
just across the Lombok Straits from Bali.
"BALI . . .NOW, BETTER
THAN EVER" BANNERS
My hard-working secretary, Ms. Tusi, still has supplies
of "Bali . . .Now, Better than Ever" Banners and Balinese-style "umbul-umbul"
at a cost of Rp. 100,000 each. These colourful banners now decorate most
hotel and travel agents across the island.
Fly the colours of Bali Promo and order your banners
today. Call Tusi at (0361) 286283 or facsimile (0361) 286284.
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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