Speech by H.E. Ambassador Nicholas T. Dammen at Bali Sales Mission 2009



Speech by H.E. Ambassador Nicholas T. Dammen

at Bali Sales Mission 2009

on 8 Dec. 2009 at Koreana Hotel, Seoul



         Mr. Tjokorda Gde Agung, Vice Regent from Klungkung Regency, Officials from Bali Provincial Government Tourism Office,

Directors and staff from the Korean and Indonesian Tourism Industry, Friends from media,

Manager and staff members from the Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO)


         It is indeed a great pleasure for me to be with you all today in this Bali Sales Mission 2009, together with the strong team of officials from the Bali Provincial Government Tourism Office led by Vice Regent of the Klungkung Regency in Bali, Mr. Tjokorda Gde Agung who came all the way to Korea to promote Bali, the Island of Paradise.


-           I am aware that Bali is the most favorite destination of Korean travelers, especially honeymooners and golfers, however the number of Korean tourists has declined these years, probably due to the global financial crisis and the worldwide spreading swine flu. But now Korea’s economy has returned to its track as one of the fastest countries coming out of the financial crisis, and the H1N1 infections have slowed down in pace that Korean government plans to lower the level of flu alert. So today’s  Bali Sales Mission event is very timely and promising.


-          According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia, in the period of January to October 2009 the inbound flow of foreign tourists into Indonesia reached 5,16 million people, an increase of 1.31% compared to the same period last year 5,09 million tourists. Mostly were Australian, followed by Malaysian and Chinese tourists. From this number, around 2 million tourists visited Bali, an increase of 13.2% compared to the previous year.


         In the period of January to August 2009, outbound tourists from Korea reached 1 million people per month, with the majority flying to Hong Kong and Singapore, but Korean tourists flying to Bali only reached around 180,000 persons, a decrease of 10.7% compared to last year.


-           As Korea has broken its groundbreaking record of 7 million inbound tourists this year, Korea has set an example that strong determination and vigorous tourism campaigns will eventually get its reward. Therefore I am most certain that with such an optimistic effort and enthusiastic promotion, Indonesia will follow suit in absorbing more Korean tourists to Indonesia with Bali as its spearhead.


         Indonesia is a huge archipelagic country extending 5,120 kilometers from east to west and 1,760 kilometers from north to south. It encompasses over 17,000 islands. With more than 600 different languages and 33 provinces having unique ethnicity and culture, Indonesia is just an ideal place for you to visit to experience the unity in diversity.


-           Ladies and Gentlemen, it would be my fervent hope that through this Bali Sales Mission Korea 2009, Bali will win the hearts and minds of the Korean people as their most attractive holiday destination.


-           Thank you very much.


                                               Seoul, 8 December 2009