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(From The Jakarta Post)
In the last few months, Bali's travel and tourism industry faced a very difficult period following the aftermath of the bombings on Oct.12, 2002 and the decline in international tourism due to security issues and the outbreak of the deadly flulike disease Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The impact on the local tourism and hospitality industry was horrendous, but many were optimistic that they could find solutions to the obstacles endangering their businesses.
Among hundreds of hotels and resorts on the island, the Bali Intercontinental Resort launched a number of major renovation projects in a bid to attract more visitors to the island.
"Yes, we are now facing a critical period, but I am convinced that it will be temporary. At this time of …