Bali Discovery Tours
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 (0)361 286 283
Bali Fax: +62 (0)361 286 284
24h: +62 (0)812 3819724
BALI UPDATE # 072 - 01 SEPTEMBER 1998
BALI PROMO FIGHTS FOR OPEN SKIES
BALI PROMO has taken a definite stand and called
on the Minister of Transportation to declare an "open skies" policy for
In a letter sent to the Minister of Transportation
last week and copied to the Minister of Tourism and the newly appointed
Governor of Bali, BALI PROMO'S Board have pointed out to the Government
that more than 80% of the people of Bali live from tourism and questioned
whether the current goal of 11 million foreign visitors to Indonesia by
the year 2003 can be achieved without decisive steps in support of
tourism are taken by the government.
Clearly, the tourism industry in Bali is driven by
air seat availability and recent steps by the government to deny air access
to foreign carriers ,such a British Airways, in order to protect the
ailing national airline is both wrong minded and counter-productive.
Garuda's inefficiencies and non-commercial business approach are well
known and to hold back National Tourism Industry by denying air access,
will only cause further suffering to the National economy and further
unnecessary delays in the steps now underway to make the National Carrier
Bravo to BALI PROMO. Let's all support their call
on the Government to open the skies of Bali and, by so doing, help keep
the Balinese people at work.
MORE DETAILS ON BIMC
The brief mention of a new 24 hour Australian-standard
medical centre now in operation in Bali has elicited requests for more
details. The B.I.M.C. (Bali International Medical Centre) is centrally
located on the By Pass Nrugah Rai No. 100X - across from the Duty Free
Shop. Their telephone number if (0361) 761263.
In response to the demand for a more sophisticated
approach to medical services available to tourist visiting Bali, the BIMC
Medical consultations to travellers and residents
Australian standard General Practitioner Consulting, check ups and treatment.
An Australian standard clinic Accident and emergency facility for minor
Routine medical tests.
Liaison and transfer to local hospitals in Bali.
Medical Evacuation assistance.
Travel medicine advice and treatment.
On site pharmacy.
Referral services to hospitals and clinics in Australia.
The B.I.M.C. also states that they employ Australian-trained
local General Practitioners and Australian nurses.
BBC FILM TEAM CONFIRMED
Hard work by Mr. I.B. Lolec and the BALI PROMO team
has paid off again. The "BBC Holiday Programme" program will be visiting
Bali in September which will result in excellent coverage for the island.
Lolec and the BALI PROMO team are lobbying the Government
for a more liberalized approach to filming permits for companies wishing
to undertake promotional filming in Indonesia.
TWO BALI HOTELS TALK
TO THE CHILDREN ABOUT A GREEN WORLD
Environmental issues can only be addressed if people
are made aware of them. And there is no better starting point than reaching
out to children and educating them about their environment.
It is this belief which prompted two Bali hotels
and a local environmental group to get together last June. The result
of that initiative is the "Keep Bali Clean" programme launched in two
schools in Bali's Jimbaran district. It includes the distribution of
colouring and activity books, stickers and posters - all emphasizing
and explaining the importance of the environment to the children.
One of the partners in the project, the Bali Inter-Continental
Resort's General Manager, Mr Rolf Hubner, says: "This is a sustainable
project. If the children like it, they will spread the message to parents
and friends and that is how the circle will grow and more awareness will
be created in the community."
Mr Christopher Norton, General Manager Four Seasons
Resort Bali at Jimbaran, the other co-sponsor, agrees. "It takes a generation
to affect people's behaviour and attitudes. This colouring book is one
of the methods we are employing to develop this new generation and to
teach them to value and respect their precious beautiful island."
Packaged in a environmentally-friendly bag made from
cloth, all material is in the native Bahasa Indonesia and relates to how
any child can do his or her bit and make a difference in saving the environment.
Wisnu, the local environmental organisation and third
partner in the project, said considerable thought, money, time and effort
have gone into delivering the message in a fun and creative way. To capture
the children's attention and imagination, a puppet and dance routine is
performed by a local troupe in the schools just before the distribution
of the kits. The show illustrates different environmental themes such
as animal appreciation, recycling of water and organic waste.
The kits will be distributed to a total of 13 primary
schools in Jimbaran eventually. Wisnu said is already working with the
Bali Hyatt on a similar project for schools in the Sanur area.
CLASSICAL MUSIC COMES
On Monday, 7 September, the 14 member "Capella Amadeus
String Chamber Orchestra" will provide an evening of classical music in
the Grand Ballroom of the Bali Radison Hotel.
This unique orchestra, comprised of local musicians, has
been organized by Ms. Grace Sudargo in cooperation with the Music High
School, SMK Negeri No. 5 in Denpasar. The ensemble materialized in 1993
made up mostly of her best students. Ms. Sudargo named the group 'Capella
Amadeus', however, the orchestra does not restrict itself to performing
only Mozart's works. Indeed on this occasion the program features compositions
by George Philipp Telemann, Luigi Boccherini, Benjamin Britten as well
as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Any questions? Call the Radisson Hotel Bali at (0361)
281 781 and ask for the Guest Relations Desk.