Hotels association toasts awards, achievements and awareness
Bali Hotels Association (BHA) last night celebrated a year of achievements and milestones as its Board of Directors addressed a cocktail event held at Royal Beach Seminyak Bali resort.
The past year has seen BHA’s education and scholarship program reach its tenth anniversary: most alumni are now employed in the hotels that sponsored them. At the same time, the year saw an impressive 23% decrease in plastics usage in BHA member hotels, noted Jean-Charles Le Coz, BHA chairman.
On a more serious note, Mr Le Coz also noted that with 2012 being the anniversary of the first Bali bombing, he was proud of BHA, its members and local law enforcement agencies in developing sound security policies.
He also went on to note that the association’s efforts to promote a positive image of the island were working.
“As well as favorable press coverage, which is often a challenge for an island destination like Bali, our ‘Bali is My Life’ Facebook page is now followed by more than 3,600 people, and our association has achieved a staggering amount of print and online media impressions,” said Mr Le Coz.
Bali has also earned a place in all high-profile travel publications’ best-of-the-best lists. Awards garnered in the past two years include Travel + Leisure’s Best Island in Asia (2011 and held for 10 consecutive years); DestinAsian’s Best Island Destination (2010 and 2011); BBC travel’s World’s Best Island (2011); and Smart Travel Asia’s Asia’s Best Island Destination (2010 and 2012).
More than 100 BHA members’ hotel executives as well as the media attended last night’s event. Mr Le Coz thanked them all and toasted the ongoing success of Bali’s tourism industry.
“As you can see, together as stakeholders in Bali’s future, we have won hundreds of awards, as well as certificates of excellence, first prizes, and as the best in the world. This is definitely a good reason to be proud and to raise our glasses,” he said.