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Groups Reroute Bali Itineraries
Until the terrorist bombing that killed nearly
200 tourists in Kuta in October, Bali was a popular incentive spot.
But in the wake of the tragedy, the Indonesian island’s appeal has
been seriously jeopardized.
At press time, hotel occupancy rates had plummeted by 10
percent. At the Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa, incentive
programs through 2003 have been canceled, according to Paul Czuba,
the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.
Destination managment firm Pacific World reported that several
clients having programs scheduled for just after the bombings
rerouted from Bali to places such as Thailand and Vietnam.
At press time, the DMC, with seven North American incentive
programs to Bali booked for 2003 and three for 2004, had not
received further cancellations, according to Jane Schuldt, Pacific
World’s North American rep.
“There doesn’t seem to be the knee-jerk reaction of canceling
outright as there was after 9/11,” Schuldt said.
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