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PATA condemns bali bomb blasts

Asia Pacific tourism leaders meeting in the Malaysian capital condemned the cowardly bombing of tourists and local people in Bali…

Asia Pacific tourism leaders meeting in the Malaysian capital condemned the cowardly bombing of tourists and local people in Bali, Indonesia.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Chairman, Mr Nobutaka Ishikure, speaking during the association`s Board of Directors meeting in Kuala Lumpur tonight said: The travel industry and everyone who supports tourism as a force for peace and understanding wholeheartedly condemn this terrorist outrage.

He added: At this sad hour, all of us stand behind the people of Indonesia who have recently done so much to improve security and bring back tourism to Bali. We offer our full support to the Indonesian people and thank their authorities for responding quickly to this tragedy.

Mr Thamrin Bachri, Director General of Marketing, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Indonesia, and member of the PATA Board of Directors, said: Indonesia condemns in the strongest terms this senseless attack. Our government will do what it can to return the situation to normal as soon as possible.

PATA Vice President, Mr Peter Semone will fly to Bali to assess the full impact of this tragic event and help coordinate the tourism industry response.

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