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BALI UPDATE # 060 - 24 JULY 1998
SPANISH DANCERS COME TO BALI
Bali has traditionally been a centre for dance and
music and from July 25-28 the Melia Bali will provide an international
touch for local dance fans. During these dates the Hotel Melia Bali, located
in Nusa Dua, will host a Spanish Festival featuring Flamenco dance.
Directed by Manuel Segovia y Violeta Ruiz, the internationally
renowned "Iberia De Danca" Dance Company is being flown in directly from
Spain to perform at the festival. A special Spanish Buffet will also form
a part of the festival.
Did you know that dance plays an important part of
Melia Bali's guest activities? In addition to this special event, this
hotel maintains its own professional dance troupe providing regular evening
shows for visitors to the island.
SPECIAL JATA DELEGATION
VISIT TO BALI
From July 18 to 21 a special delegation from JATA
(Japan Association of Travel Agents) visited Indonesia and undertook a
series of meetings with Government and Industry leaders to discuss security
Japan currently has a Level 1 warning in place for
Bali and a Level 2 warning for the rest of Indonesia. A level one warning
only allows Japanese Travel agents to sell a destination after warning
a traveller of a potential security risk while a Level 2 warning absolutely
forbids the sale of package holidays to areas where a Level 2 warning
is in effect.
After a series of very positive meetings in Indonesia,
it is hoped that the JATA team returned to Tokyo and made immediate representations
to the Japanese Department of Foreign Affairs for the removal of all travel
warnings to Indonesia.
JOOP AVE - BACK IN TOURISM
The Indonesian Tourism industry was very happy to
learn that President Habibie has appointed the former Minister of Tourism
, Post and Telecommunications, Mr. Joop Ave, to assume a role as a special
Presidential Advisor on Tourism and Culture.
Mr. Ave, a former Minister of Tourism, Post, and
Telecommunications is known internationally as an expert on tourism development
and is widely seen as the inspiration behind the development of the national
tourism industry dating from the early 1980's.
This advisory position, reporting directly to the
President, will allow Mr. Ave to call on his many years of experience
and unquestioned expertise in tourism to advise the Government on how
to quickly revitalize the national tourism product.
Welcome back, Pak Joop!
APPEAL FROM U.S. TRAVEL
Well known U.S. travel editor, Jim Ruggia, is preparing
an article for Newsweek International on Special Interest Travel to Asia.
He is interested in hearing urgently from anyone who has information on
Bali-based tours which include art classes, painting classes with Balinese
painters, wood-carving classes, dance classes, and cooking classes.
Visitors to the Central Javanese Kingdom of Yogyakarta
between the dates of July 11 and July 19 were treated to magnificent pyroclastic
displays as Mount Merapi exploded, sending lava flows down the western
face of the volcano. At the height of the explosions, some nearby villages
on the slopes of the mountain were evacuated but have since been allowed
to return to their homes. Major tourist areas and nearby Yogyakarta were
never at risk during the most recent volcanic activity on Mount Merapi.
Fine volcanic dust, however, was deposited over
a 20 kilometre radius, including the Buddhist monument of Borobodor and
the nearby Hindu temple of Prambanan. Local workers are now busy removing
the dust with brooms and water hoses.
Tourists are reported flocking to the area and taking
advantage of what is described by the regional head of volcanology, Dr.
A. Ratdomopurbo, as almost unequalled views of the volcano from nearby
Meanwhile, in nearby Yogyakarta, the rumblings last
week of the volcano represent the only noise in an otherwise peaceful
landscape. The much respected and revered Sultan of Yogyakarta, His Excellency
Hamengkubuwono X, has lead a peaceful local movement for political and
democratic reform. The Sultan, in cooperation with the Governor of Yogyakarta,
Paku Alam VIII, have lead mass prayers for peace and, by so doing, have
done much to guarantee the continuing tranquillity in Central Java's Ancient
CNN - THANK YOU !
While I have not spared the megabytes in taking CNN
to task for what many of us in the industry view as less-than-completely-accurate
reporting on Indonesia in the past, let me also take the opportunity to
congratulate Maria Ressa for her report on "Let's Go Indonesia" aired
on CNN over the past few days.
This coverage emphasized the very positive aspects
of current nation-wide efforts to revive the National tourism industry
and emphasized a central theme of this newsletter that tourism can help
lead the way to national healing and recovery.
In short, Indonesia offers unparalleled travel bargains
to foreign visitors at present and visitors can come to our beautiful
islands in full anticipation of a safe and enjoyable visit.
PATA CHAPTER FORMED
Through the urging and support of PATA BALI CHAPTER
and PATA INDONESIA - JAKARTA CHAPTER , a PATA Satellite chapter has been
formed in Manado, North Sulawesi. The Association represents the first
cohesive organization of tourism based organizations in North Sulawesi. Association
activities will focus on attracting foreign tourist and foreign investment
to North Sulawesi.
Manado, the provincial capital, is a convenient and
easily reachable base from which to explore the many natural wonders of
North Sulawesi. Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado has regular
non-stop flight service to/from Singapore and Davao, Philippines as well
as other areas of Indonesia.
North Sulawesi has an abundance and variety of accommodation
and facilities available to meet the needs of travellers from backpackers
and budget class to four star resorts. The natural wonders of North Sulawesi
make it well suited to both organized and adventure travel. The full spectrum
of scuba diving activities is available in North Sulawesi. Diving ranges
from steep walls and magnificent coral gardens of Bunaken Marine Park
and Bangka Strait to walls of fishes and underwater volcanoes in the Sangihe
Islands to the unusual and rarely seen critters of Lembeh Strait. Whales
and dugongs attract visitors and scientists alike.
Land-based activities focus on rain forest hiking
in Tangkoko nature Reserve (home to the largest concentration of black
crested macaques and the world's smallest primate, the tarsier) and Dumoga
Bone national Park (home to the fabled babirusa pig deer and other endemic
mammals), along with viewing scenic waterfalls, volcano climbing and river
rafting. The Tomohon/Tondano highlands area, rice paddies, coconut plantations
and flower gardens are easily accessible. Hot springs, horseback riding
and a variety of cultural diversions round out the land based activities.
For more information contact:
Jeremy H. Barnes PATA Chairman/ North Sulawesi
Angelique Batuna PATA Secretary / North Sulawesi
PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION
NORTH SULAWESI CHAPTER
PO BOX 236 MANADO, NORTH SULAWESI INDONESIA 95123 PHONE: (62-438)
32504 FAX: (62-438) 31400
EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org
PATA BALI issues a warm welcome to its brother-chapter
in Manado! Yogyakarta - you're next!
Editor/ Vice Chairman PATA BALI CHAPTER
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