27 November 2002
SPECIAL REPORT: BALI'S FIGHTBACK
SYDNEY - Any programme targeting the rejuvenation of the
Australian tourist traffic to Bali will have to be
initiated by Australian wholesalers, hoteliers and tour
operators in Bali, according to Peter Baily, chairman of
the Council of Australian Tour Operators.
Tourism authorities in Bali are anxious about the
immediate future and keen to assist, they have admitted
they have no funds.
Baily and his vice chairman Michael Hay have returned to
Sydney from Bali after a three-day visit involving meetings
with the Australian consul, Government tourist bodies and a
broad cross-section of the tourist industry.
Speaking on a TV Bali programme yesterday, Baily said
both he and Hay had been perfectly at ease visiting the
island's major tourist centres.
Although more than 300,000 Australians visit Bali every
year, neither Indonesia nor Bali have a tourism promotion
office in Australia, nor are there any plans to open
temporary offices to try and alleviate the current
Baily said Indonesian statistics revealed Australian
visitors spend an average of about A$1,800 (US$1,007) per
person on accommodation, food and beverage, vehicle rental,
shopping and day trips - an annual financial injection of
A$540 million, a major contribution to the Bali
He added, "Balinese hoteliers from five star to
backpacker establishments are now operating at between 10
and 15 per cent occupancy, so you can see how seriously the
industry is distressed."