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Jetstar Bali sale cops criticism

But bookings to the Indonesian island remain strong

As two Australian men face executions in Bali, Jetstar has been criticised on social media for promoting cheap fares to the Indonesian island.


Amid a campaign to “boycott Bali”, the low cost carrier is advertising one-way fares to Denpasar starting from $99 – and many Aussies have taken to social media to voice their disapproval of the sale.


On Facebook, Michael Barry wrote, “Absolutely disgusted by Jetstar advertising cheap flights to Indonesia and Bali in particular - at a time when the world is trying to bring influence on the Indonesian government to review death penalty for non violent crimes”.


Another Facebook user, Liam Juicey said: “Goddamit #Jetstar - does anyone proof your campaigns?!?.”, while on Twitter, LJ Loch tweeted “Not very sensitive”.


Despite the groundswell of support for the two Australians on death row, Andrew Chan and Myurun Sukumaran, a Jetstar spokesperson said there had been no change in bookings to Bali.


According to News Corp, travel agencies also indicated there had been no sign travellers were actively avoiding the island province.


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If there were a backlash against Bali, Australian Federation of Travel Agents CEO Jayson Westbury said it would probably not become evident for many months.


“When you have something like a natural disaster or terrorist attack, the impact (on bookings) is immediate,” Westbury told News.


“It may not be until much later this year until we know if people have chosen to book a holiday elsewhere, as a result of the executions.”


Jetstar regularly offers deals across its network, and the current sale extends to flights to Bangkok and Phuket as well as Bali.


Is it insensitive of Jetstar to advertise cheap fares to Bali at this time? Or should it be business as usual?


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 18 February 2015

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