Bali receives Double Blow
2nd October 2005- Bali Hotels Association (BHA) is shocked and saddened by the latest terrorist attacks. Our condolences and sympathy go out to those who have been affected by this tragedy
BHA condemns this action. Fortunately no hotels have been affected and hotels are reporting “business as usual” with a minimal amount of people leaving the island following the tragedy as reported by hotels and travel agents. Hotels are not as yet seeing any cancellations however do expect to receive some cancellations however nothing like the magnitude of the previous tragedy.
Immediately following the report of three consecutive blasts, BHA moved immediately into gear with their emergency SMS system which notifies all Hotel General Managers. Hotels responded by conducting an immediate guest count and were advised to immediately contact the respective embassy of any missing persons. An emergency webpage has been established on their site for internal communication to members.
BHA is pleased with the immediate and professional response of all the emergency services and authorities who reacted quickly in handling this tragedy.
Proactive security measures have been in place in all member hotels since the October 2002 bombings and the use of boom gates, restricting access to hotels, as well as screening procedures have been communicated on a regular basis. BHA is confident that security is being well handled.
All Bali hotels are enjoying extremely high occupancies at present. Guests are being advised to stay in their hotel premises for the time being.
“We hope that the governments around the world will support Bali, as they did following the New York, Madrid and the London bombings, by not imposing travel advisories, since the people of Bali are so dependent on tourism. A ban on travel to Bali would be just playing into the terrorists hands and once again have a devastating effect on the people of Bali”, commented Robert Kelsall, Chairman, Bali Hotels Association.
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Posted: October 3, 2005, 8:17 am
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