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 # 085 - 17 October 1998
NUSA DUA FESTIVAL 15 NOV - 01 DEC
Mark on your calendar the Nusa Dua Festival scheduled
for 25 November to 01 December, 1998. Over this period Nusa Dua, on the
very southern tip of the island, will host a number of special events
organized from the luxury hotels in that locale. Seminars, food festivals,
and special artistic performances are all part of this festival designed
to promote Bali and its arts.
The Festival will be opened with a mass "peed agung"
procession involving some 750 artists.
Not to be missed is a gala charity performance of
"The Spirit of Indonesia" scheduled for the festival's closing. This
event will involve hundreds of dancers and musician and will be staged
by the renowned Guruh Sukarno Putra. "Guruh" is the Country's leading
dance choreographer and the son of the Republic's first President.
My passion is cook books. An entire section of my
personal library is dedicated to books on the culinary arts. Have I cooked
every recipe? No, not yet. But every life must have its unfulfilled dreams;
not unlike my life-long search for the World's "second-best" chocolate
It was this passion for cook books that recently
brought to my attention one of Bali's most exquisite resort properties
- the exquisite 8 villa hotel "The Damai" located near Lovina in north
Bali. The Hotel aptly labels itself "A Gourmet Retreat" with a kitchen
supervised by Danish Chef Per Thostesen, the author of the sumptuous cook
book that initially caught my eye and a former sous chef to France's
"enfant terrible" of the kitchen, Paul Bocuse. Reports coming back to
my office from those who have dined at "The Damai" would indicate this
is one of Bali's top 5 restaurants - all the more remarkable given this
"restaurant and hotel's" relatively remote location in the seaside hills
of North Bali.
It is hardly surprising that a hotel which pays such
careful attention to the presentation of nature's nourishing bounty, has
also prepared 8 romantic Balinese villas replete with luxurious touches
such as in room spas and fine antiques. Mr strong recommendation: visit
soon before the world discovers this gem and the prices go up!
Exotic tropical nights, good wine, and outstanding
food made with the finest ingredients - all elegantly served - now there's
the movie I hope they cast me in. Now showing daily, with a hopefully
very long engagement - at "The Damai" in Lovina.
Telephone 62 (0) 362 41008, facsimile 62 (0)362
41009 or visit them at their web site at <www.damai.com>
PHOTOJOURNALIST TO VISIT
US-based photojournalist Tom Ives will be in Bali
for 3 weeks, arriving Nov. 18. His focus will be nature, adventure and
the outdoors. He writes and photographs for Geo and National Geographic,
among other such quality publications. Several Bali hotels and operators
already have extended hospitality invitations to him. He will be in southern
Bali for some days before heading to Ubud, Candi Dasa and Bali Barat National
Park. Anyone wishing to extend hospitality, product ideas and leads to
him can contact directly at: <Sevit@aol.com>
GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL,
DO NOT PASS GO!
A new board game has been launched in Bali, called
"Baliopoly." Seemingly modelled on a popular board game with a similar
sounding name, "Baliopoly" allows up to six players with markers in the
form of geckos, coconut trees, golf shoes and Balinese statues to compete
around a board as they acquire properties and build houses and bungalows.
The game also come complete with "play" rupiahs and is packed in a sturdy
I assure you this is not a hoax and this game is
destined become popular with game board enthusiasts.
Suggested retail price is USD 35.00. Retail and wholesale
enquiries welcome to e-mail at <email@example.com>
or telephone to Colleen Humphrey at 62 - (0)361 - 730772 or facsimile
61 - (0)361 - 7380824.
PATA AND TIME TO HOLD
PATA and TIME Magazine will sponsor a Communicators
Workshop in Singapore October 20-21, 1998 dealing with topic such as
destination publicity campaigns, the organization of media trips, crisis
management, cyber communications and dealing with the media. Cost of the
two day seminar is only US $ 50 with special rates available at the Trader's
Hotel in Singapore for seminar participants.
For more details contact the PATA Singapore Office
at facsimile 65 - 225 6842 or telephone 65 223 7854. E-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
SCREENING DATE FOR WISH
YOU WERE HERE
The ITV Production "Wish You Were Here" in which that
film team's recent visit to Bali will be featured is scheduled for screening
on TV in the United Kingdom on 20 October.
Watch for it!
INDIA AS A POTENTIAL
At the Annual General Meeting of the Indian Ocean
Tourism Organization recently held in Kuala Lumpur, the potential of Indian
and Indian Ocean Tourism was highlighted. Mr. Uttam Dave of Tourism
Futures, Ltd. showed that outbound travel from India has grown steadily
throughout the 1990's and spoke of the enormous potential that India offers
as a high spending source market for visitors in the coming years.
The World Tourism Organization (WTO) Regional Representative
for Asia and the Pacific, Dr. H. Varma, also presented projections indicating
that Indian Ocean Region tourism arrivals would grow 6.3% per annum between
1995 and 2020 - outstripping projected world averages set at 4.3% per
Because of ethnic and long standing historical links,
Bali may be well positioned to reap more than its share of this promised
growth and local operators may wish to consider enhanced visibility in
this market, including possible participation at the Indian Tourism Expo
scheduled for New Dehli January 22-24, 1999.
ANOTHER REQUEST FOR
Shirley Brady, a Hong Kong based reporter for TIME
- Asia Edition is also looking for news on millennium events in Asia.
She will be featuring a regular column in TIME entitled "2,000 Things
to Do" and would welcome any news you have on special offers and special
events in connection with the Year 2000 celebration.