The Bali bombings: Tourism crisis management and conflict avoidance

Hitchcock, Michael and Putra, I. Nyoman Darma (2005) The Bali bombings: Tourism crisis management and conflict avoidance. Current Issues in Tourism, 8 1: 62-76. doi:10.1080/13683500508668205

Author Hitchcock, Michael
Putra, I. Nyoman Darma
Title The Bali bombings: Tourism crisis management and conflict avoidance
Journal name Current Issues in Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1368-3500
Publication date 2005-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13683500508668205
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 62
End page 76
Total pages 15
Place of publication Clevedon, U.K.
Publisher Channel View Books; Multilingual Matters; Portland Press
Language eng
Subject 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
1506 Tourism
Abstract The combination of the bombings, SARS, the Iraq War and bird flu has brought about an acute decline in tourism in Bali, but despite widespread unemployment and a collapse in living standards the island has not experienced widespread strife. Despite severe provocation from the alleged Bali bombers, all of whom are Muslim, Hindu Balinese did not seek retribution by persecuting the island's minorities. Bali's politicians and opinion leaders appreciated the potential volatility of the situation and called for restraint using all available media and Bali's network of village councils and urban wards. Various cultural and religious strategies, such as inter-religious worship and village security capacity building, were adopted to help manage the crisis. Rumours of 'ethnic cleansing' and the forced repatriation of non-Balinese, especially Muslim Javanese, appear to be unfounded. The widespread adoption of measures designed to avoid conflict appears to have helped restore confidence in Bali's tourism industry. Some Balinese responses to the bombings are probably culturally specific, but this example of crisis management may have wider applications within the context of tourism. © 2005 M. Hitchcock & LN. Darma Putra
Keyword Bali
Crisis management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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