PATA official: Bali tourists resilient after bombings

BANGKOK -- Peter Semone, vice president-development of Pacific Asia Travel Association, made a trip to Bali to scope out the effects of the recent bombings.

He reported that the public and private sectors of the tourism community are working well together to respond to the bombings, though it is difficult to assess the effect on tourism at this time.

"It seems that tourists are becoming more resilient to these sorts of events," he said. "As you walk around the streets of Jimbaran and Kuta one would almost think that nothing has happened here. People are still dining in restaurants, walking around and shopping, enjoying the beach and enjoying their holiday."

Semone said he did not know of any cancellations to scheduled flights in and out of Bali so far. The government committed itself to a thorough investigation of the incident and a heightening of security.

For more information on the Bali bombings, see www.PATA.org/news.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at [email protected].

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