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BALI UPDATE #088 - 29 OCTOBER 1998
The prestigious "Castle's Insight Indonesia Report"
in its last edition reported that "after curbing practices of corruption,
collusion and nepotism, Garuda Indonesia recorded a profit of Rp. 200
billion in August."
National Minister of State-owned Companies, Mr. Tanri
Abeng, was quoted in the same article as saying that load factors are
also improving and September was expected to post even more impressive
Merely by renegotiating its lease arrangements in
these post-reformation days, Garuda Indonesia has reduced its monthly
rent on an aircraft from US $1.1 million to only US $ 600,000.
SEMPATI TO FLY AGAIN?
The newspaper "Bisnis Indonesia," September 7 edition,
reported that P.T. Sempati Airline may fly again, initially operating
services Guangzhou - Medan - Jakarta - Denpasar - Perth.
Sempati has been grounded since May 5 when the airline
ran out of money and retrenched some 3,200 employees.
If the application currently before the Civil Aviation
Authorities is approved, the service will be operated with an A-300 Airbus.
BBC TRAVEL SHOW TO VISIT
A team from the BBC television programme, The Travel
Show, will be visiting Bali from November 18-20. They are planning to
film approximately eight, three-minute segments about Bali with a special
focus on shopping and accommodation. Other areas of interest include dance
performances, temple ceremonies, entertainment options and food.
This visit is being coordinated by Island Communications
and they are interested to hear from any Bali-based companies with special
offers or special events that will remain valid or topical for the next
six months. Special offers may also be included in the Ceefax teletext
pages supporting those items included in the program.
If you have any information you think of potential
interest, please contact Island Communications at e-mail email@example.com
Please indicate the words BBC in the subject header to ensure proper handling.
BALI PROMO PRESENTATION
Bali Promo was represented this past week at the IT&CMA
show in Kuala Lumpur where, on behalf of Bali Promo, I presented a half-hour
slide presentation on Bali's extensive Conference and Convention facilities.
Debe Campbell assisted greatly in the preparation
of two trays of slide covering the wide range of cultural attractions
and conference facilities available here.
Bali Promo is prepared to do this same presentation
for visiting fam trips of MICE organizers. Contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
to schedule a showing.
Special thanks to Malaysian Airlines and Hilton Hotels
for helping to defray the costs of BALI PROMO's appearance at IT&CMA.
Bali Promo continued to lobby strongly for "open skies"
at a "brain storming" meeting held among tourism leaders last Monday in
Jakarta at the Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board office. Bali Promo pointed
out that in certain markets, conference and incentive business is being
lost due to an inability to obtain airline seats into Bali.
In a related development, Wednesday's Jakarta Post
carried the story that the Government is currently studying the possibility
of a limited "open-skies policy" which might include opening up all domestic
routes to international carriers in a bid to attract more foreign tourists.
A legislative package is being drafted for presentation
to President Habibie as early as next week that will reportedly allow
all foreign airlines to fly to any destination in Indonesia provided they
fly directly from the country of origin without picking up passengers
at any intermediate, third country.
The package is said to enjoy the support of the Association
of Indonesian Travel Agents, the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board and
the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association.
If approved, such a measure could offer a substantial
incentive for foreign carriers to increase their seats to and promotion
of Indonesia. For instances, if the badly depressed North Sulawesi market
could encourage a regional carrier like Cathay to fly to Bali with an
intermediate stop in Menado the impact on their tourism could be very
Now there's a thought.
PAUL TILLING - BULLISH
In an article carried in the October 16 edition of
TRAVELASIA, Paul Tilling, General Manager of Premier Holidays in the United
Kingdom, reported business from his company to Bali was very strong. Tilling
was quoted as saying that Thailand was up more than 90 per cent for Premier
and Bali up by more than 50 per cent for the past financial year.
The article went on to say, "the question however
is whether Thailand will continue to be a success story in 1999 or if
competitive Bali will steal the show. " According to Tilling, "Lower rates
and added value, coupled with the continued positive PR associated with
Bali (i.e. as a destination almost disassociated with the rest of Indonesia),
ensures that the customer will continue to demand Bali."
Bali Promo agrees.
While Thailand is " amazin", next year it's Bali
they'll be "chasin."
PROTESTS IN BALI
This newsletter would be remiss if it did not include
a few words about current protest demonstrations being carried out on
various parts of the island.
Balinese Hindus have apparently taken genuine offense
by recent comments by Indonesia's Minister of Agriculture, A. M. Saefuddin,
that were widely perceived to insult Hindus and to have disenfranchised
them from taking an active role in the Nation's political leadership.
Demonstrations have been held across the island at which representatives
from all the Country's main religions have been represented rejecting
the Minister's apology and calling for his removal from the Cabinet.
This newsletter has no desire to interject itself
into the middle of this ongoing debate but can offer several observation
as regards the impact of these protests on the island's tourism. First,
it is important to note that the criticism of the Minister HAS NOT polarized
the island's various religious groupings. The Minister's comments have
been condemned and criticized as inappropriate from all sides, including
the Minister himself who has twice apologized. Secondly, the tourism industry
remains largely unaffected by these protest rallies. Yesterday, cars were
briefly blocked from entering Bali's International Airport by protestors
calling for Minister's Saefuddin's removal. Quick-thinking police officers
avoided any confrontation by opening a second gate to the airport and,
following brief discussions with local authorities, the protestors went
home when one of their leaders told his followers to refrain from any
action detrimental to the island's tourism industry.
Full marks, once again, to Bali's pragmatic approach
AN INVASION OF DISC
Bali is slated to host "International Disc Jockey's
Festival Bali 98" from 29 through 31 December 1998. The event is scheduled
for each of these dates starting from 2100 hours at the Amphitheatre of
the Nusa Dua Complex.
Disc Jockeys will compete with contestants expected
from the U.S.A., U.K., The Netherlands, Japan and Indonesia. A portion
of the proceeds from this event will be used to purchase basic food items
for the Nation's poor.
Stay tuned for more details!
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