A new `Back 2 Bali` campaign has been launched by national carrier Garuda, the UK Indonesian Embassy, and the…
A new `Back 2 Bali` campaign has been launched by national carrier Garuda, the UK Indonesian Embassy, and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Jakarta.
One of the key aims of the new campaign is to encourage the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to take a fresh look at the current security situation in Bali, with a view to changing its advice to travellers.
The Bali Regional Police are now working with an international team of investigators from the UK, the US, Australia, Germany and Japan. So far 17 suspects have been detained, and the first trials of those accused are expected to begin in Bali in February.
Some 5,084 police personnel are now working in Bali, in close co-operation with the military, and have taken a wide range of security measures to increase safety and security. This new security net includes heightened security at hotels, public gathering places, and foreign consulates, plus new checking systems for all luggage and goods at airports and seaports.
Said Bruce Watson, Sales Manager at Garuda: The swift action by the Indonesian Police to apprehend suspects has been highly praised by the international community.
We hope that our campaign to encourage tourism in Bali will be joined by as many interested people as possible in the UK. We also hope that the FCO advice will soon be changed and people will continue to holiday in Bali.
The Back to Bali campaign will also be drawing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office`s attention to the advice being given by other countries. The Dutch `Calamietencommissie`, the government agency that deals with this currently believes that `the situation in Indonesia does not give any reason to maintain the negative travel advice which was issued after the events of 12 Oct 2002`. Similarly the German government is not advising against travel to Indonesia.
A `Friends of Bali` group, which includes travel agents, and other interested parties in the UK has been set up as part of the Back 2 Bali campaign. This will supply members with the latest information about the situation on the island, the FCO advice, and other tourism related details as quickly as possible.
On March 31st Garuda will be resuming flights to Bali, the only direct services from the UK. All these flights will be via Singapore.
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