The first step of organized tourism in Balinese history was made in 1924 when the Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij (KPM) established a weekly steamship route between Bali and Batavia (Jakarta), Singapore, Semarang, Surabaya and Makassar. The first tourists were from the Dutch colonial administration. The schedule was that the passengers disembarked on a Friday morning, made a round trip on the island by car and left on Sunday. They slept on the ship or in rest houses. Four years later, in 1928, the first international hotel in Bali was opened by the Dutch shipping company KPM: the Bali Hotel in downtown Denpasar, built on the site of the 1906 Badung puputan. Today the hotel still exists, holding a different name: Inna Bali Hotel.
size image: 44 cm x 69 cm
Poster by Dutch artist Albert Pieter Hahn advertising the colonial exhibition in Semarang in 1914. The exhibition in 1914 was the biggest art event ever held in Indonesia and was even included as one of the 10 World Expo’s (World Fair). The image depicts a Javanese bride wearing traditional costume.
size image: 41 cm x 64 cm (M) or 76 cm x 115 cm (L, on canvas)
Decorative poster of KLM’s 1934 flight schedule and route map from Amsterdam to Batavia , a 14.350 km long route. KLM proudly advertised that it took five and a half days to reach the Dutch East Indies. Compared to 6 weeks on a ship it sure made a difference! Shown is a globe presented as if seen from outer space, a starlit sky fills in the spaces around the globe which shows the route map. The aircraft shown is a Fokker F-XXXVI.
size image: 62 cm x 89 cm (canvas)