Tuesday, October 28, 2008

U.S. to use new media technology to help promote tourism in Bali

U.S. Ambassador Cameron Hume said Monday the U.S. government was ready to help promote Bali to American citizens, acknowledging the Indonesian government's seriousness in maintaining the island's security.

"I want to bring together tourism professionals from both countries so there will be a more serious and large-scale tourism campaign to bring more Americans to this island," Hume told reporters after a closed meeting with officials from the Bali Tourism Board (BTB) in Denpasar.

The U.S. government was among those which recommended against its citizens visiting Bali over security concerns following the Bali bombing attacks in 2002 and 2005.

The lifting of the travel restriction made earlier this year signified a major improvement in U.S. government foreign policy toward Bali.

Hume said apart from conducting regular information campaigns about Bali, they could promote the island through the latest media formats, including GPS (Global Positioning System) technology available on the Google Earth application on the Internet.

By August this year, Bali's tourism agency recorded that almost 47,000 Americans visited the island.

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