Jakarta floods are a dampener for Bali - Tourism Indonesia




Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Jakarta floods are a dampener for Bali

Leaders of two influential tourism associations in Bali have expressed concern over the negative impact the recent floods in Jakarta would have on the country's tourism image, particularly as it had just kicked off the 2008 Visit Indonesia tourism campaign.

Jakarta was paralysed by heavy flooding last weekend.

"What we should worry about is the impact of the flood on the image we would like to present to the world during the 2008 Visit Indonesia Year," executive director of Bali Hotels Association, Djinaldi Gosana, told the Jakarta Post.

The Bali chapter of the Association of Indonesia Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) expressed similar concerns.

"The news of the closure of the Soekarno-Harta International airport must have travelled far and wide in the international community by now," said ASITA head Al Purwa, adding that such an incident wasn't the kind of positive image the country's tourism industry wanted to convey to its global potential market.

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