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29 Nov, 2016

John M. Daniels, President Director, Bali Discovery Tours

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.


Date and Place of Birth: August 16, 1953, Michigan, USA


Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. B.A. Graduate 1975. Summa Cuma Laude. Phi Beta Kappa key recipient.

Certified Hotel Administrator, American Hotel and Motel Association.


Bali Discovery Tours – President Director – January 2000 to present

Spice Island Cruises – Managing Director – April 1984 – January 2000

Jakarta Mandarin Hotel – Director of Sales and Marketing – January 1981 – April 1984

Northwest Orient Airlines – Manager of General Sales Agency for Indonesia & Singapore – 1979 – 1981

Other Positions /Awards

2007 PATA Gold Award for Best Asia-Pacific Newsletter – Bali Update.

2005 Appointed by the Governor of Bali to Head the Communications and Press Section of the Bali Recovery Team.

2003 Awarded the “Karykarana Pariwisata” award by the governor of Bali for services to Bali tourism and culture.

2000-2003 Chairman of the PATA Bali Chapter and headed successful bid that brought the PATA Conference to Bali in 2003.

1995 Received “Adikarya Pariwisata” trophy from the Republic of Indonesia for contributions to national tourism development.

1994 Named “Travel Personality of the Year” by PATA Indonesia Chapter.

1994-1997 Member of the international PATA Advisory Council

1994-2000 Vice-Chairman of the Bali Chapter of PATA

1998-1999 Member of the Board of Director of Bali Promo

1990-1994 Director of SKAL Indonesia

1990-1996 Director of Indonesian Chapter of PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association)

1989 Co-founder of Citra Baru Foundation which provided surgical treatment to 400 children annually suffering from Cranial Facial deformities.

1984 Treasurer and fund raiser for project that built the American Studies Center at the University of Indonesia.