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Jimbaran/Kuta Square Bombing of October 1, 2005 Pacific Asia Travel Association Update

Date: Fri, 10/26/2007 - 21:38

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PATA Vice President-Development, Mr Peter Semone, has been in Kuta, Bali, since October 2. Here are his comments from the Bali Crisis Information Centre at the Kuta Ina Hotel in Kuta, Bali, October 4:-

"The public and private sectors of the Balinese and Indonesian tourism community are doing an excellent job in responding to the bombings in Jimbaran and Kuta. There is a real feeling of solidarity in dealing with the situation. I have been extremely impressed.

"Many of the recommendations made in the PATA Bali Recovery Task Force report (January 2003) are being followed, such as cooperation between all stakeholders at the national and provincial level; the provision of quick, accurate and transparent information to media and the public; and the stimulation of local demand.

"It is difficult to estimate the tourism impact of the incident at this point. It is, however, very different from the October 2002 bombing. Activity by tourists and locals continues. Those that have chosen to stay in Bali are continuing to enjoy their holidays.

"It seems that tourists are becoming more resilient to these sorts of events. As you walk around the streets of Jimbaran and Kuta one would almost think that nothing has happened here. People are still dining in restaurants, walking around and shopping, enjoying the beach and enjoying their holiday.

"The Balinese temple festival of Galungang starts on October 5 as planned. Families all over Bali are preparing for this colourful Hindu festival as usual."

Further information from PATA at the Bali Crisis Information Centre follows:-

Location of Bombs
General I Made Mangku Made Pastika, Provincial head of Bali's Police department, confirmed in a press conference on October 2, 2005 that there were three suicide bombs detonated at three locations. One in Raja's Restaurant located in the Kuta Square area Kuta and two at Jimbaran beach : Menega and Nyoman's Café. The bombs were detonated some five minutes apart.

Victims of Bombing
22 persons were killed including the three suicide bombers. 17 Indonesian nationals and five foreigners, four of which were identified as Caucasian and one as a North Asian. An additional 123 persons were injured, of which 37 have been identified as non-Indonesian nationals.

Tourism and Bali
Bali's 1,458,309 foreign visitor arrivals in 2004 represents some 35% of Indonesia's total foreign visitor arrivals. Tourism contributes over five billion US dollars to the Indonesian economy of which Bali attracts approximately half.

Jan - August 2001 - 2005 Tourists Arrivals Bali Highlighting Major Markets

 

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Japan

215,280

217,884

100,692

204,685

228,736

Taiwan

113,528

136,055

116,944

132,071

93,093

China

1,451

3,228

4,201

14,507

10,779

South Korea

22,798

31,566

23,884

53,573

61,319

Australia

166,052

137,026

79,479

175,374

186,517

New Zealand

17,927

15,734

10,044

14,288

12,649

The Netherlands

27,623

29,023

21,421

22,785

28,763

UK

78,252

71,253

33,563

32,302

52,611

Italy

25,995

26,074

8,820

14,868

15,520

Germany

55,524

52,567

31,974

44,538

51,107

France

31,784

34,167

19,939

28,063

31,434

Swiss

11,461

9,518

5,785

9,776

11,193

Russia

4,411

4,280

2,341

6,786

7,542

The Americas

76,635

57,230

34,869

49,019

55,888

Malaysia

11,323

14,121

21,345

33,510

47,458

Singapore

11,889

17,666

26,881

26,926

24,658

Thailand

10,259

9,893

6,956

9,964

6,030

Other

82,129

91,822

61,644

78,729

79,359

Total Arrivals

964,321

959,107

610,782

951,764

1,004,656


Direct Foreign Tourists Arrivals to Bali by Month

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

January

92,604

108,897

87,027

60,836

104,062

101,931

Feb/ry

104,083

99,040

96,267

67,469

84,374

100,638

March

110,582

115,997

113,553

72,263

99,826

117,149

April

109,634

117,040

104,960

53,726

111,022

116,272

May

103,939

111,115

119,284

47,858

117,191

116,615

June

122,352

128,792

130,563

81,256

131,544

136,369

July

142,946

138,150

147,033

111,828

148,117

158,453

August

144,324

145,290

160,420

115,546

155,628

157,229

TOTAL

930,464

964,321

959,107

610,782

951,764

1,004,656

(source: Bali Discovery Tours and Bali Tourist Office)

Flight Situation
PATA is not aware of any cancellations of scheduled flights in and out of Bali so far. Qantas put on two special additional flights on October 2, and one on October 3, to return visitors to Australia.

Garuda Indonesia has offered to waive cancellation fees for flights until October 16, 2005 and allow passengers to rebook earlier flights home without penalties. Garuda said it is maintaining a full flight schedule to and from Bali.

Visitor Movements
On average, there are between 5,000 and 6,000 daily international visitor arrivals and a similar number of departures via the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Below are the international passenger movements at the airport October 1-3, 2005 inclusive.

 
International Arrivals
International Departures
October 1, 2005
5,671
6,465
October 2, 2005
4,434
7,075
October 3, 2005
3,364
5,439

Hotel Situation

According to the Bali Hotel Association, occupancy rates at most hotels are relatively stable. An association spokesperson said there had been a few individual early check-outs, but the vast majority were choosing to stay. However, the Association is concerned about possible future cancellations of meetings and incentive groups.

Indonesia's Response – Government
Indonesia's Ministry of Culture and Tourism immediately responded to the October 1 incident by setting up a media/press centre at the Kuta Ina Hotel. The press centre provided complete internet and other facilities for international and domestic media.

The contact details are as follows:-

Bali October 1 Crisis Information & Media Centre
Kuta Ina Hotel, Kuta, Bali
Tel: (62-361) 750-333
Fax: (62-361) 750-777
E-mail: crisis-center@indotourism.go.id
Contact Mr Chadd McLisky

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held a press conference at 1600 on Sunday October 2 in which he indicated Indonesia's commitment to do a thorough investigation into the incident and at the same time heighten security in Bali. The press conference was followed by comments by Bali's Chief of Police, General I Made Mangku Pastika who explained that the police had successfully recovered the mutilated bodies of the three suicide bombers. This forensic evidence will be key in the investigation and pursuit of other persons who helped to plan and implement the October 1 bombings, he said.

Tourism Industry Response
The Bali Tourism Board, which is a grouping of Bali public and private tourism stakeholders, responded quickly to the incident. A Task Force was created immediately with posts at the airport, hospitals and media centre. The first priority has been to support the victims and their families. The Bali Tourism Board will continue these efforts and is also doing the following:

  1. Hosting the families of victims with hotel accommodation and other requirements (air tickets not yet confirmed).
  2. Continued collection of relevant statistics in order to monitor the true impact of this incident on Bali tourism.
  3. Providing welcoming flowers to visitors that arrive in Bali in the coming days.

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