Friday, June 17, 2005

Australians travelling to Bali hit a record high



... Supporters of Schapelle Corby had called for a boycott of the holiday destination to protest the 20-year prison sentence handed down to the convicted drug smuggler by a Bali court last month.

But Garuda officials said yesterday bookings remained "consistently strong" as Australians continued to holiday in Bali in record numbers...

Well I guess they all must thought that Corby is guilty, so they have no reason not to come to Bali, right mate? :)

Or maybe you'll think that they coming here to show their support for Corby? Yeah right. Think again. :p

Corby boycott calls fail to stop us visiting Bali

Steve Creedy, Aviation writer
June 17, 2005

CALLS to boycott Bali seem to have fallen on deaf ears with record Australian tourist numbers prompting Garuda Indonesia to add an additional flight from Sydney.

Supporters of Schapelle Corby had called for a boycott of the holiday destination to protest the 20-year prison sentence handed down to the convicted drug smuggler by a Bali court last month.

But Garuda officials said yesterday bookings remained "consistently strong" as Australians continued to holiday in Bali in record numbers.

Australians travelling to Bali hit a record 267,520 in 2004 and figures for the first quarter of 2005 were 7 per cent higher than last year.

Garuda said 20,690 Australians headed to Bali in April, bringing the number visiting the holiday island to more than 80,000 for the first four months of the year.

It said the consistently strong bookings showed Bali was on track for another record year and it would therefore add a fifth weekly flight, using a widebody Airbus A330.

"Australians are holidaying in Bali in record numbers and reaping the benefits of a strong Aussie dollar, which buys 7300 rupiah in Bali," said Garuda Indonesia general manager Australia-USA Suranto Yitnopawiro.

Competitor Qantas backed Garuda's claims, saying strong May bookings had followed improving figures in June.

"There has been an increase in new bookings for June and July in recent weeks and that's typical of the late booking trend we are seeing," a Qantas spokeswoman said.

"We expect bookings to continue to improve as we move towards the school holiday period in early July."

A survey of Australian travel wholesalers and airlines in the run-up to the Corby conviction suggested the outcome would not greatly affect tourism to Bali, despite strong feelings within the community about the verdict and jail sentence.

Balinese tourism operators, sensitive to the boycott threat, issued an impassioned plea for Australians to continue visiting the island after more than 120 travel agents said they would not promote the destination if Corby was found guilty.

32 Comments:

Anonymous Ray said...

then it is concluded. Let's all go back to our previous life, the life before corby's news have takenn our attention =)
(i'm tired arguing/repeating anyway)

bye!

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel so sorry for Schapelle Corby and I hope, that she will go back to Australia free or with reduced sentence. But, if she will cannot escape from this heell, then will be better when she will die as soon as possible. Death is better than "life" in Kerobokan hell. I hope that she will soon either free or dead. A matter of course better be, than she will escape alive from hell.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 comment only: not all Australians are...(censored) ..
that's why we still want to go to Bali...:D

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Aussies go to Bali, they are stupid. I hope, that it will be next October 12, 2002 and al-qaida will kill them. I hope tat will be not 200, but minimum 2000 victims now.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corby is innocet (or guilty in particular cirme), it is crime, that filthy indos jailed her in filthy jail with crueal condition. Her jail is slowly torture. So I hope, that she will do away with herself. Suicide is now best chance for her. Death is better, than "live" in cruel, filthy indos jail.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One question… Why, if she was heading to Bali and living in Brisbane, would she travel to Sydney first??? Wouldn’t that increase the cost of her airline ticket?
That’s a little weird….
The fact is, on the evidence presented, she would have been found guilty in any country, state or territory on our planet…. Give the Indonesian judiciary system a break, and lets stop acting like spoilt little children when it comes to her issue…..

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hardly see how boycotting Bali would solve Schapelle's problems.

PT

12:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hardly see how boycotting Bali would solve Schapelle's problems.

It won't, in fact it's perfectly clear that nothing will help her problems. That is why people such as myself are boycotting Indonesia.

Just give it time... you aren't likely to see any damage yet, because holidays would have already been planned, but this Christmas will be one of the worst for Bali tourism.

And so it should be.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you so cruel to them? Balinese people are innocent. They have nothing to do with Corby's case... please give a little sympathy to them..

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While you are right that it is not the fault of the Balinese people that Corby was convicted, it is understandable that people will steer clear of Indonesia in general, and probably fly airlines that aren't QANTAS. No one but Schapelle Corby herself knows whether Schapelle is guilty. Incidents like this where people prosecuting have no convincing evidence, as well as QANTAS in Australia seemingly covering their asses, really put doubt into the trustworthiness into international travel.

The reason why Australians travel to Bali is because it is a cheap destination. If you wanted to have a good holiday, you would head elsewhere. I doubt many Australians are going to change their Christmas plans from taking a holiday to Bali. The rest of Indonesia, on the other hand, that's a different story.

PT

7:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SLC received a fair trial.She has never explained if she packed the bag herself,was the bag in her possession at all times before she checked in at Brisbane,and why she did not secure her bag against tampering.Who carried the bag to checkin? She evaded these questions.The drugs were in the bag before she checked in.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the transcript of SLCs trial.
As there are no other witnesses that had been brought forward by the prosecution, Corby gave the following testimony.
Prior to the incident she lived in her father’s home with Katherine. Katherine and the suspect came to Bali to have a holiday at the House of Ali. They only carried a bum bag. When they were getting ready that night, they packed the rubber flippers and the boogie board to take to the airport with their baggage. They checked in and went to the waiting room. Katherine and James went on to another plane.
As the boogie board was overweight, it couldn’t be carried onto the plane and had to be checked in.

10:11 PM  
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11:47 AM  
Anonymous an Indonesian said...

I love to quote this one:

all those unconnected events, being highly improbable… The ones like the drug dealers decided to sent it from Brisbane to Sydney, not by road but using baggage handlers and deciding to do it using her boogie board and missing to take it out in Sydney and then she picks up from the carrousel in Bali without noticing the weight being doubled and is not refusing to open the bag and not admitting the “content” is hers but all those lying custom officers and then also lying police officers saying those things against her.

Recently there are also some issues continued to be discussed regarding the locking/unlocking, finger prints, how many hours it was not in her control, heavy/oversize etc:

Sure these days there are not many goods accepted into the cabin due to increased security and regardless of the weight the board would have been oversize possibly anyway. I cannot see any point in here whether or not it was not accepted into the cabin.

There are so many people travelling everyday much longer than 12 hours and naturally being away from their luggage as well. This would not prove anything. Similarly you leave your luggage in hotels during most travel which is accessible to the hotel personnel as well, where do we stop? Locking? How many people lock their bags with a real lock? Those tiny locks can easily be opened without much force and locked again or replaced with another similar lock if needs to be. I can almost hear the talks if her boogie bag was locked “these baggage handlers open the locks too, so many broken locks found in that area etc etc”

Finger prints? You would expect her finger prints to be on the bag, her friends and her relatives might have finger prints on the bag too, possibly many others, such as another traveller perhaps moving the bag on the carrousel. I am not sure if it is only in the movies that the criminals would use gloves when handling this kind of stuff. Also if you think about the baggage handlers, they would use industrial gloves when they handle the bags too.

So the defence is based on allegations, while they may all be possible individually, what is the probability of all of those to be possible in the same time? Not to mention that any of the defence allegations is yet to be proven.

12:03 AM  
Anonymous Martin (Slovakia) said...

t is very terrible, when her chances sluped. Even though I hope, that she will win her appel. But if she will loose, I hope that she will die soon as possible. If she loose, death will best for her. It will be her only chance. Death is better, than "live" in filthy indonesian prison. I hope that she will do away with herself, if she will loose. I hope that she will not suffer in prison. I wish her freedom or death.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you really slovakian, big mouth? how about slovakia's prison?

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is to say that the marijuana wasn't destined for Bali (rather than Sydney) anyway? The most logical probability of the drugs were that they were destined for Bali (from Sydney) and a number of baggage handlers at both airports had set up some unsuspecting traveller to take the eventual fall.

As to the weight difference, only a hopeless weakling would notice a change from 4kg to 8kgs.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous i m fed up with this case said...

martin from slovakia,
can you tell me where a jail is ,that has my own tv, internet access with bandwith, attached to luxury bathroom, wall is painted blue and white(my fave color)..and nice menus everyday. I want to be a drug dealer there.

1:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bali is a divine place and always has a relative advantage as a holiday destination for Aussies, in whatever the situation is. Bali is Aussies' destination as well as destiny. God bless you all.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no more comments? give up Corby's?

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no more comments, give up anti-corbys?

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoops! Appears the Balinese officials helped themselves to half a kilogram of their marijuana. I told you so. This trial was a big smokescreen to deflect attention away from the Bali officials' drug-smuggling campaign. Half a kilo already going missing! Oops! Quick, maybe someone working for Bali airport can find some more to replace the missing half a kilo.

10:12 PM  
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Anonymous jeffry said...

AFP ' had no role in Corby photos'

December 12, 2005 - 6:33PM

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) had no role in the release of photographs of convicted drug trafficker Schapelle Corby and a man charged with marijuana dealing, chief Mick Keelty says.

Bali prosecutors are expected to seek access to the photographs of Corby ahead of an upcoming appeal against her current 15-year jail term.

The photographs, the existence of which were revealed by Melbourne's Herald-Sun newspaper on Saturday, were taken before Corby was arrested on October 8 last year, when customs officers at Bali's airport found 4.1kg of marijuana in her unlocked luggage.

Police found the photographs of Corby and the alleged dealer while searching his South Australian home as part of a joint SA-Queensland operation to bust an alleged marijuana-smuggling ring operating between the states.

Prosecutors in Denpasar are likely to request police hand over the photographs to cast doubt on Corby's claim that she had no contact with drugs or drug dealers.

Mr Keelty said the matter was in the hands of South Australian and Queensland police, and federal Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.

Mr Keelty said the AFP had "no role whatsoever" in the seizure of the photographs.

"That's a matter between the South Australian Police and the Queensland Police," Mr Keelty told reporters in Canberra.

He said it was now up to Mr Ruddock to decide whether to request the photos from state police in order to forward them to those deciding Corby's appeal.

"We are not in possession of the original photographs," Mr Keelty said.

"Whether they are used for the prosecution or in Indonesia will be a matter for the Australian government - whether they're used for the defence is also a matter for the Australian government.

"So it will be up to the Australian government to liaise as appropriate with the South Australian and Queensland police."

Mr Keelty said he had only seen copies and did not know who had leaked them to the media.

But he said there was always a risk that such evidence would surface.

"If any evidence existed about Schapelle Corby there was always a risk that it would come to light eventually," he said.

"But that's matter for the Indonesians and for the Australian government.

"If they are evidence of anything it will be a matter for the attorney-general's department in the Australian government to make a decision as to whether they should be provided to the Indonesians."

Corby's lawyers last month lodged an appeal with Indonesia's highest court, claiming lower court judges failed to consider evidence that would set the Gold Coast woman free.

She maintains the drugs were not hers and were planted in her baggage by an Australian drug gang using her as an unwitting drug courier.

But prosecutors in Denpasar have said they will fight the appeal, and plan to lodge a counter appeal against the court's decision to slash five years from Corby's original 20-year jail term.

A spokesman for Justice Minister Chris Ellison, who acts on Mr Ruddock's behalf in mutual assistance matters, said no request had been received from Indonesian authorities.

Such a request would be considered on its merits in accordance with the relevant act, he said.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. Many people say Boycott Bali and when it is pointed out that the Balinese people didn't do anything and that justice would not be served if innocent people are punished for the actions of others, they say, "Oh, well, that's the way the world is. They will suffer anyway because nobody will want to travel there. It's unfair but that's the way it is. There is no such thing as fairness. There is no such thing as justice." If you truly believe justice doesn't matter then why do you want justice for Corby?

I suppose back in 2005 everyone thought Corby was innocent but now in 2008 in light of all the revelations, I think most Australians now believe Corby is guilty.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

schapelle corby is a schoopid bitch. too bad she didnt get the maximum sentence!

2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She did the crime and is now doing the time.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone should get an airport job and put a few hundred pounds of cannibus in a few hundred of the tourists bags of the people who are visiting Bali. See how they like it. Aussies who visit Bali. You might be the next lucky girl or boy to be set up. Have fun on vacation, or maby in a Bali prison hell hole. Assholes.

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so sick and tired of this bogan and her moaning, She should have thought about it before she took the drugs in. I wish the paper would just stop wasting ing on her and her family. They have made enough money.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder why Scapelle's wonderful sister does not use some of her money to help buy her sisters freedom. She would never do that because there would be less for her to spend on her self.
To anon 1:47 PM, I hope you get aids and die in a pig sty. Bali and its wonderful people rely on tourists from OZ and other countries to survive. It is not their fault some stupid girl smuggles drugs and gets caught. She deserves what she is getting.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the firing squad was off on the day they should have followed through with justice.

3:20 PM  

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