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June 22, 2016

Bali Hotels Association No Zika Virus

Bali Hotels Association wishes to clarify the official statement issued by the Australian Government


There has been some recent hype surrounding the travel warning which is being sensationalized through the Australian Media.



We would like to inform you that based on information BHA received from a spokesman for the Indonesian Ministry of Health that Australians considering traveling to Indonesia should not be worried about contracting the Zika virus, despite a recent travel advisory from the Australian government.


Indonesia was not affected by the virus, citing a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) that excluded Indonesia from the list of countries experiencing an outbreak.
 
We can only deplore, as we have done so for the last few years, that the Australian travel warning system relays information that is often linked to hearsay, is not location specific and most importantly that each time new information (regardless of its importance) is posted, it pops-up as a 'change in travel warning' and every time replicating fears that are not founded.



Bali Hotels Association re-assures its readers, guests and partners that we are in regular communication with the  Indonesian Ministry of Health and the WHO besides safety related agencies to ensure that BHA member hotels and guests are well informed.
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