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• Bali Bombing Memorial


Sultan scores a victory

Relatives and friends of victims of the 2002 Bali bombings gathered at the Kuta beach in Bali mid- October to pay tribute to the 202 people killed in the blasts five years ago.

Scores of people, from countries such as Australia which lost 88 people, Japan and New Zealand placed flowers at Kuta’s ground zero where the explosions ripped apart a nightclub strip on the resort island, sparking a deadly inferno.

The attack, blamed on the militant Jemaah Islamiyah network linked to Al-Qaeda, claimed the lives of people from 22 countries.

Australia, which for years saw Bali as its playground, had the most victims. Tears and flowers marked the sunset ceremony in the waves off Bali's shores. Visitors are returning to the island, yet Bali is still

• Sunset On Kuta Beach


Eco tours to bring in $190 million

The number one contributor to the country’s coffers, tourism, particularly ecotourism, is expected to bring in $190 million in foreign exchange through the 1.3 million visitors flocking to the land-locked country in Asean this year.

By comparison, Laos recorded 1.2 million tourist arrivals and $173 million in revenues in 2006, making the sector the country's second largest foreign exchange earner after mining.

Laos, which has been promoting ecotourism to appeal to the European market, has set a target of 2 million arrivals by 2010 generating revenues of 290 million for the country, currently ranked among the world's poorest nations.

• Kayaking in Laos


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