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BALI UPDATE #100 - 04 DECEMBER 1998
IN THIS UPDATE
- Praying together in Bali
- Melia Wins Honours at Nusa Dua Festival
- Bali Host to Group of 77 Congress
- Special Course on White-Water Rafting
- 100 and still going strong!
PRAYING TOGETHER IN
While the international media has recently carried
news of the outbreak of religious violence in some parts of Indonesia,
harmony between the various religious groups living in Bali continues
A case in point was a meeting held last Sunday at
UNUD University Campus in Denpasar to mark the Islamic holiday of "Isra'
Mi'raj." Representatives of the Islamic, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist
faiths were invited to participate in an open dialogue on the topic of
religious tolerance. The conclusion at the end of the lively discussion:
violence and intolerance are outside the teachings of the world's great
religions and fundamentally opposed to the peaceful society which is the
ideal of every individual.
While this may all seem very obvious and mundane
to the readers of this newsletter, in difficult times such as these such
obvious truths would seem to need to be restated.
Following the meeting attended by over 100 people,
sacred songs and dances drawn from the various religions present at the
gathering were presented.
Our recommendation: Try this at a place of worship
MELIA WINS HONOURS AT
NUSA DUA FESTIVAL
Melia Bali Resort placed first out of 9 entries in
this year's Nusa Dua Festival, just held from November 25 to December
1, at the Nusa Dua enclave of world-class resorts on Bali's most southern
tip. Participating hotels were judged on the quality of their participation
in the 1,000 person opening parade and the various activities created
by all the hotels in Nusa Dua in support of the Festival.
Melia's Bali award-winning parade participation consisted
of more than 100 resort staff drawn from the various departments of the
hotel in traditional Balinese dress. Within the parade procession, Melia
Bali's team demonstrated authentic wedding attire and "Lelunakan" clothing
worn at a Balinese cremations. The centerpiece of the hotel's parade performance
was a unique fruit carving, more than 2.5 metres in height and carried
by 15 staff wearing black and white "Saput."
On the other days of the festival, Melia Bali provided
a comprehensive display of Balinese flower arranging and traditional cooking
techniques. The resort's spa provided body polish, massage, and body scrubbing
demonstrations using natural recipes to soothe the mind and body.
This year's Nusa Dua Festival saw more than 1,200
participants and 8,000 guests attending the 6 day event. Based on the
very positive response of this year's event, everyone is looking forward
to next year's 3rd annal Nusa Dua festival.
BALI HOST TO GROUP OF
The Group of 77 High Level Congress on Regional and
Sub-Regional Cooperation is taking place in Bali December 2 - 5. The conference
was scheduled to be opened by Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Mr. Ali Alatas,
representing Indonesia in its capacity as Chairman of the economic grouping
Since the Group's founding in 1964, the membership
in the Group has grown from 77 to 133 countries, represented by top echelon
officials from member governments who recommend and devise policies to
promote equitable world economic development. Last year, during a meeting
in San Jose, declarations were made dealing with South-South cooperation,
finance and investment.
SPECIAL COURSE ON WHITE-WATER
29 white-water rafting guides, including 4 guides
from outside Bali, are currently undergoing special training in Bali.
The course, which will run through 06 December, focuses not only on enhancing
the safety of white-water rafting tourism but will also assist guides
in communicating to their guests the unlimited potential of nature and
the earth's natural resources.
In opening the training course, Bali tourism officials
underlined the need for the establishment of uniform standards of operation
for the very popular and fast-growing white-water rafting industry.
100 AND STILL GOING
This is the 100th edition of the BALI UPDATE. Started
in March of this year, this newsletter endeavours to publish information
related to Bali Tourism and try to correct misinformation that occurs
from time to time in the international media on the Bali security situation.
A voluntary effort of the Bali Chapter of the Pacific
Asia Travel Association (PATA), this newsletter now has nearly 1,000 subscribers
around the world, among which are leading journalist and travel organizations.
Recent changes in our style of presentation allow hyper-links direct to
archived material and related sights on Bali tourism.
In coming issues we hope to offer regular listings
on special package offers for Bali tourism.
Sincere thanks to all our patient readers and a special
vote of thanks to all of you who have taken the time to share their comments
and send material for inclusion in this newsletter.
100 newsletters and some 500 plus pages later, the
BALI UPDATE Newsletter looks destined to become a regular feature on the
Bali tourism scene.
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