Indonesia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism is
vowing that the bombing in Bali on Oct. 1 will not undermine the
country’s determination to fight terrorism as well as ensure the
safety of tourists to the region.
“The explosion of three bombs in the island of Bali
is a tragedy for all Indonesians as well as for all our friends
around the world,” said Jero Wacik, minister of culture and
The ministry said that after the bombing the Bali
tourism industry saw only limited travel cancellations and no
cancellations from any of the airlines flying to Bali. According to
the Bali Hotels Association, hotels did not experience a mass
exodus like after the 2002 bombing when tourist arrivals declined
23 percent the following year.
After the bombing earlier this month, the
government moved to reinforce safety in Jakarta as well as all big
cities and tourist areas around the country. Officials said
additional security measures also are currently being discussed and
should be announced before the end of the year.
Tightened security at airports, hotels, shopping
centers as well as main tourist areas have been in effect for over
three years but will be further reinforced and extended to more
areas in the country. Proactive security measures have been in
place in Bali Hotels Association members since October 2002.
The bombings came as Bali said it hosted 1.52
million visitors last year, a record for the island and marking 29
percent of all arrivals to Indonesia far ahead of Jakarta which had
a market share of 19 percent.
From January to July 2005, Bali was on its way to
achieve its best year so far, with 887,450 international visitors,
up almost 7 percent over last year.