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Bali Update at 15's 'Bali Update' Celebrates 15 Years of Publishing News on Bali and its Tourism Industry


With Edition #861 of the Bali Update sent on Monday. March 4, 2013 – our award-winning weekly newsletter from Bali has turned 15.

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The first edition, sent on March 2, 1998, was a simple email sent to friends providing a Bali view on the island and helping to set the record straight on what we saw as the sometime unbalanced view on Indonesia coming from the international media.

Both the times and Bali Update have changed over the past decade-and-a half. Our mailing of subscribers numbers nearly 30,000. Bali Update articles rank consistently high in Google and other new disseminators, while our articles are regularly cited as an authoritative new source by media around the world. And, as Bali has entered a period of unprecedented tourism growth, Bali Update tries to keep track of both the Island's success and failures in managing modernity.

Much of the material in Bali Update is culled and re-edited from the international and Indonesian media. Each week we monitor hundreds of press releases, websites and print material to find articles we hope will be of interest to the readerships. We also perform statistical analysis via installments of "Bali by the Numbers" - trying to deciphers the deeper meaning of the Island's arrival statistics.

Chief among our news sources are the Indonesian print and electronic media that we interpret and translate for our English speaking readers. And, if, as some have claimed, Bali Update has grown bolder and more controversial over the years this is simply a reflection of the very lively and very open dialogue that characterizes the press in modern-day Indonesia.

Over the past 15 years Bali Update has received numerous awards and recognitions, but none more precious than those of you who have taken the time to drop a line and let us know we from a part of an adictive weekly “news fix” on Bali.

Thanks are also due to Juliawan and Gabriel in’s IT department. Without their assistance and sacrificed weekends, our editor would not be able to get the more than 20 articles we publish each week on our website and distributed to our large mailing list.

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