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BALI UPDATE #1069 - 27 February 2017


Chinese Checkers Wanted
Chinese Travelers Expected to Become Bali’s Top Inbound Market in 2017

The Australian, echoing a prediction made by some months ago, says Mainland Chinese tourist “could soon overtake Australians” as Bali's top source of foreign visitors.

The leading Australian newspaper linked the surge in Chinese visitors to declining hotel rates, dropping occupancy levels and falling property prices., Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks have all identified the coming emergence of Chinese travelers as the dominant market to the Island. Australia travelers currently enjoy a 23 percent market share followed closely by the Chinese with a 20 per cent share. predicts that Chinese total visitors on a monthly basis will surpass Australian visitors sometime in the first half of 2017.

Bill Barnett of C9, commenting on the shift in rankings, said: “It’s a done deal. China will eclipse Australia as the largest international market into Bali this year. Tiger’s withdrawal will not help Australian arrivals numbers.”

The bad news is that the Horwath findings estimate that Chinese travelers spend only 25% of what is spent by European or Australian tourists coming to Bali. This is not good news for Bali where recent data from tourism officials indicate that overall length–of-stay is down to 3.2 days from 3.9 days.

The Horwath report said: “This is a double whammy for ­hotels, with lower yield per tourist and shorter length of stay.” The same report claims occupancies are declining and property values are also down.

Horwath says villa prices are down 13% over the past year.

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Plans Under Review to Limit Maximum Bus Length in Kuta, Bali to 5 Meters

Those in charge of transportation for the Regency of Badung (Dishubkominfo), are evaluating the maximum length of buses allowed to operate in the heavily congested area of Kuta.

The head of Dishubkominfo, Tofan Priyanto, said on Monday, February 20, 2017: “We will review again the length of buses that are 7 meters long . . .maybe we will make the maximum length (allowed in Kuta) 5 meters.”

Currently, buses of more than 7 meters and trucks longer than 5 meters are not allowed to enter Kuta under a 1996 regulation issued by the Regent of Badung.

Tofan said traffic congestion in Kuta is cause by vehicles that are too large and by the number of taxis operating in the area. He promised that both the size of vehicles and taxi access to Kuta would be reviewed by his office in the near future.

Meanwhile the head of traffic control for the Bali Police, Bonaparte Silalahi confirmed that buses longer than 7-meters are not allowed to enter into the Kuta area from the Jalan Dewi Sartika, Jalan Raya Tuban or Jalan Sunset. Police said they would ticket any bus of more than 7 meters trying to travel through Kuta.

If the maximum length of vehicles is reduced to 5 meters then access would be limited to Hi-Ace or Isuzu Elf Busses.

A Night for the Birds
More than Rp. 20 million Raised at Bali Starling Night at Big Tree Farm by Begawan Foundation

Rainy weather did little to deter enthusiastic local residents from attending “A Starling Night” held on February 10, 2017, presented by the Begawan Foundation and hosted by at Big Tree Farms in Sibang Kaja.

The evening featured original artwork by sixteen 4th grade students from SDN 4 Sibang Gede (grade school). “A Starling Night” also featured auction items and refreshments donated by local businesses.

wan Foundation and Big Tree Farms began their active collaboration in April 2016 when a pair of released Bali Starlings decided to nest within the Big Tree grounds. Concerned for the safety of the pair of endangered birds, it was decided to involve members of the community in the birds’ care and nurturing. Beginning from August 2015, Begawan Foundation held a 10-week education program working the students at SDN 4 Sibang Kaja and educating on the importance of protecting the free-flying birds that are the official mascot of the Province.

ial education program has expanded to include 8 elementary schools and 3 kindergartens. Plans are to expand the program in June 2017 to include a middle school module. The ten-week course incorporates the theory of “Learning by Doing” in which the students are encouraged to be interactive with their mentor, discuss topics in groups and express their opinions. The program is comprised of topics covering endangered bird conservation, clean water, and the impact of plastic on wildlife and waste management solutions.

l two lessons of the program are a creative that aims to benefit the Bali Starlings population and the community. Most recently, the 4th grade class of SDN 4 Sibang Gede chose to create artwork to raise awareness for the plight of the Bali Starling in their community.

The students were given the opportunity by Big Tree Farms to prepare their artwork in the chocolate factory where they were mentored by volunteers and Begawan Foundation education staff. The children created original works of art for auction - all inspired by the Bali Starling. The paintings formed the centerpiece of “A Starling Night” with the students’ artwork auctioned to raise fund for Begawan Foundation’s conservation, educational and community programs in the Sibang Kaja and Sibang Gede areas. 20% of the funds raised were given to SDN 4 Sibang Gede.

Leading up to “A Starling Night”, the students were given an exclusive behind-the-scene tour of Big Tree Farms to learn more about chocolate making. Guest Relations Officer from Big Tree Farms, Nova Indriani, informed the students of the benefits of sugar derived from coconut trees.

“A Starling Night” raised over 20 million rupiah through the auctioning of the students’ artwork; auction prizes donated by sponsors; and the sale of refreshments.

Begawan Foundation Education Officer, Amy Dunstone, said “We are extremely proud of the unique artwork our students have created for this event. We hope the students will grow in confidence to become active ambassadors for the Bali Starling species and other endangered Indonesian birds. We are thrilled with the community attendance to 'A Starling Night' and hope this will be the first of more to come.”

Begawan Foundation

Begawan Foundation was founded in 1999 by Bradley and Debbie Gardner to assist local environmental and conservation projects. The Bali Starling Conservation Project was soon commenced aiming to breed and release the critically endangered birds and bring the Bird Starling back from the brink of extinction. At the time there were only 16 Bali Starlings in the wild, driven to near extinction by poaching.
Begawan Foundation

Prepared for Tourism Takeoff
Transportation Minister Outlines Massive National Airport Development Program

As reported by, the Minister of Transportation has voiced his support for the target set by President Joko Widodo of 15 million foreign tourists to visit Indonesia in 2017.

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi told a meeting at the Ministry of Tourism on Monday, February 20, 2017, that tourism is now the main tool for increasing the nation’s income and, for that reason, deserves the support from every sector of the economy.

The Minister outlined the current program to develop and improve a number of airports, such as the upgrading of Hanandjoeddin Airport in Tanjung Pandan to become an international gateway.

The Sibisa Airport in Parapat (North Sumatra) is being improved to increase visits to the Lake Toba area and the Yogyakarta International Airport that will soon be built. In addition, the groundbreaking for the new Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang has taken place and is scheduled to begin operation in 2018.

In Pontianak the Tjilik Riwut Airport allocated at Palangkaraya will open in late 2017. The Syamsudin Noor Airport in Banjarmasin is scheduled to open in 2018.

The Minister also mentioned the Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport in Malang that will increase tourist flows to the Bromo-Tennger-Semeru tourism corridor and the development of the Pitu Airport in Morotai.

“I appreciate the support of the regional governments in developing airports. For instance, the regional governments of Banyuwangi, Papua and West Java that have used regional funding to build airports in order that the limited funds available to the Transportation Ministry can be used in other locales,” said Sumadi.

The Minister said that the total number of domestic air passengers handled by Indonesia airports in 2016 totaled 89.3 million while 23.4 million international passengers flew.

Rp. 16 Million = 5 Years of Jail Time
Police to Charge American Expat Paul Hoffman with Armed Robbery for Series of Convenience Store Robberies in its continued coverage of Paul Anthony Hoffman - a 57-year-old American expatriate living in Bali charged with a series of armed robberies of convenience stores, says the man undertook 8 separate robberies over the span of a 6-month period.

Police arrested Hoffman, who lists his address as Jalan Tunggak Bingin in Sanur where he lives with his Indonesian wife and newborn child, on February 16, 2017, in Kuta.

Wayan Sumara of the Kuta Police Precinct says Hoffman will be charged with armed robbery because he used a knife to threaten cashiers to surrender money and scattered merchandise off the store’s shelves before making his getaway from the mini-markets.

Hoffman’s arrest came after his alleged latest robbery of a mini-mart on Jalan Sunset Road that was recorded by CCTV cameras. Several days after the robbery, police spotted a man driving a motorcycle that fitted the general description of the person who robbed the store. Police followed the man to a Kuta address where they discovered a knife concealed in his pocket and clothing matching that worn by the thief in his accommodation. Police say the knife is the one used in the robberies.

Police say Hoffman would carefully survey each shop he planned to rob and would select shops where only one sales clerk was on duty. During the actual robbery, police say Hoffman would wear a motorcycle helmet and a pollution mask to shield his identity.

Police estimate that the robbery of 8 mini marts netted Hoffman a total of only Rp. 16 million. Hoffman who has lived in Bali for 4 years told police the robberies were done out of economic necessity.

Police say the American will be charged with armed robbery under section 365 of the criminal code carrying a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.

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Massive Monarchial Movement
Eight Aircraft to Bring King of Saudi Arabia and Party of 1,500 to Bali for Holiday Visit March 4-9, 2017

King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Royal Head of Saudi Arabia, will visit Jakarta and Bali March 1-9, 2017 accompanied by an official entourage of 1,500 people using an armada of 8 aircraft.

NusaBali reports that Indonesian Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, sees the Royal Visit to Bali, set for March 4-9, 2017, as having the potential to boost Indonesian tourism. “If the King comes his people will follow,” said Yahya.

King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud will make an official visit to Jakarta March 1-3, 2017, followed by a holiday visit to Bali March 4-9, 2017.

Arief underlined that the visit to Bali is a holiday visit for the Royal Household. Adding, “This is a golden opportunity for Indonesia to promote tourism. We are prepared to promote our tourism in a big way.”

The Indonesian Tourism Minister hopes the visit by the King of Saudi Arabia will increase Middle East visitors to Indonesia. Bali welcomed 48,824 visitors from the Middle East in 2016, of which 10.243 were from the Kingdom Saudi Arabia.

The visit by the Saudi Royal Family is a group number 1,5000 will represent a 15% increase in visitors from the Kingdom in a single stroke.

Indonesian tourism officials say Middle Eastern visitors to Indonesia are high spenders at around US$2,000 per visitor per visit.

The Minister said the last visit of the Saudis Royal Family to Indonesia took place in 1970.

In anticipation of the Bali visit, PT Angkasa Pura I, who manage the Ngurah Rai Airport, have prepared a special parking area for the King’s Boeing 777 private aircraft during the March 4-9, 2017 visit to the Island.

The 1,500 strong contingent traveling with the King will be flown on two Boeing 777s, four Boeing 747s and two C-130 Hercules transports.

Among the special equipment being positioned to Bali is a special aircraft stairway that operates as an escalator for the Boeing 777 used by the 81-year-old Monarch.

Airport officials say Bali’s airport will be closed for at least 45 minutes during the slots designated for the arrival and departure of the VVIP party.

Airport authorities may send some of the aircraft to Surabaya or Jakarta to park during the visit due to limited apron space in Bali.

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Take it to the Bank
Government Asks World Bank and Udayana University to Mediate Benoa Bay Reclamation Controversy

The Jakarta Globe reports that the Indonesian government has formally asked the World Bank to undertake a detailed review of the controversial Benoa Bay Reclamation Project.

The request to the World Bank was confirmed by a senior minister of the Indonesian Government on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Indonesian tycoon Tommy Winata announced the project in 2012 and then orchestrated a high profile mangrove planting exercise involving then President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and football star Cristiano Ronaldo. This was quickly followed by a presidential decree in the final months of SBY’s presidency changing the Bay area from a protected environmental area to an area approved for commercial exploitation paving the way for the project to proceed.

By turning the matter over to the World Bank, officials are looking to defuse an explosive situation that has repeatedly brought thousands of angry demonstrators onto the streets of Bali protesting the reclamation development.

It is assumed that the future fate of the project will be largely determined based on the final recommendations made by the World Bank.

Bali’s Udayana University will join the World Bank in preparing the recommendation resulting from the review.

A preliminary recommendation is expected with one-two months.

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Grenier Prefers Greener
Hollywood Actor Adrian Grenier Comes to Bali to Lobby for Clean, Plastic-Free Oceans

A Hollywood screen star, Adrian Grenier, joined the battle on plastic polluting the world’s seas when he attended the World Ocean Summit held in Nusa Dua Bali, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The State News Agency Antara quoted the Actor who said that he has the mandate to collaborate with other in the protection of the seas.

Grenier, the popular star of the HBO series Entourage is inviting the public change their lifestyle and mentality in order to reduce the use of plastics.

The 40-year-old actor is concerned with the destruction being imposed by mankind on the oceans, the dumping of plastics and the eventual disastrous effect this will have on the total ecosystem.

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Grenier founded the “Lonely Whale Foundation” in 2015 in to help focus his effort to address pollution of the oceans. The Foundation is involved in educational programs to bring the public to a closer understanding of the world's surrounding seas and the need to conserve ocean life.

Supporting Grenier in his anti-plastic campaign are other celebrity UN-Ambassadors Hamish Daud who hosted the My Trip My Adventure program and well-known actress-model Nadya Hutagalung.

When Your Girdle is Killing You
South African Woman Caught at Bali Airport with 1.1 kilograms of Methamphetamines Stashed in her Corset

A South African woman, Olwethu Sizwekazi ‎Macinga (27), was apprehended upon arrival at Bali’s airport on Thursday, February 23, 2017 with 1.1145 kilograms of methamphetamines in her possession., and reports the narcotics were hidden stuffed inside a corset the woman was wearing.

Customs officials say a close inspection of the woman was prompted by her peculiar behavior upon landing in Bali.

Olwethu Sizwekazi ‎Macinga arrived at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport off Qatar Airways QR 960 from Doha at around 11:00 pm.

The head of Customs office for Bali, NTB and NTT, Budi Harjanto, said the woman had to rolls of methamphetamines concealed in the passenger’s undergarments.

The woman told officials the drugs were for distribution in Bali.

She will be charged under the narcotics law of 2006 and faces a jail sentence of between 1 to 10 years and fines between Rp. 50 million and Rp. 5 billion, if convicted.

Royals to Annoy All in Bali?
Bali Police Promise Extraordinary Security During Visit of Saudi Arabian King March 4-9. 2017 reports that the Bali Provincial Police have declared their intention to provide maximum security to the Saudi Royal Family led by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud during a coming holiday visit to Bali March 4-9, 2017.

Traveling on 8 aircraft, the entire contingent of family and staff traveling with the 81-year-old Saudi monarch is estimated at 1,500 people.

Hengky Widjaja, the spokesman for the Bali Police, said security for the visit is being coordinated with all the relevant agencies in Bali.

“In fact,” said Widjaja on Thursday, February 23, 2017, “sectoral coordination has also been undertaken in Bali. Meetings have been held with the Provincial Government of Bali and the Armed Forces (TNI). We are undertaking extraordinary security for the Kind of Saudi Arabia during the coming visit.”

The Saudi visitors will be staying at Nusa Dua within the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) Complex. Widjaja said he did not know which hotel at Nusa Dua would be used for the visit and expressed the hope that the actual hotel to be used not be widely publicized by the media.

Special security measures will also be put in place for all areas to be visited by Middle Eastern royalty.

Visitors to Bali during the period of the Royal visit should expect to some delays due to heavy security during the stay. Airport authorities have already confirmed that Ngurah Rai Airport will be closed for 45-60 minutes each during the arrival and departure time of the King’s party.

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Connecting Communities Through Film
BALINALE – Bali International Film Festival September 24-30, 2017

The Bali International Film Festival – BANLINALE is recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming incorporating Indonesian and international independent and award-winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films. BALINALE also serves as the axis for a number of high-quality associated events where international filmmakers partake in the festival's relaxed and familiar atmosphere to discuss films, filmaking trends, co-production opportunities and the demands of the growing, fast-paced Indonesian film industry.

ival’s audience is drawn from the diversified mix of discerning locals and participants from across the globe that eagerly awaits the festival each year.

The 2017 theme of Connecting Communities Through the World of Film will serve as the impetus for a program of films that project a shared vision of wider exposure of films promoting tolerance and acceptance of diversified cultures.

NALE is also known for its role in promoting Indonesian cinema, art and culture – serving as a platform of support to both established and aspiring local filmmakers via workshops and seminars. Outreach programs seek to support the community with charity programs, school visits and its dedication to free open cinemas – a long-standing Indonesian tradition known as “layar tancap.”

Back this year also is the official venue partner of BALINALE 2017 is the CINEMAXX multiplex theater at the Lippo Mall Kuta on Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta Bali.

The festival was founded in 2007 by Bali Film Center (BFC), a private company that has been providing professional services for film and television productions across Indonesia since 2002. BFC is a Business Member of the Location Managers Guild International of experienced career professionals in the motion picture, television, commercial and print production industries, ATA Carnet Film Organization and Founding Member of Asian Film Commissions Network of 18 countries.

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Close Every Door to Me
Sriwijaya Flight from China to Bali Returns to Guangzhou to Close a Door

Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 1159 was en route from Guangzhou to Bali on Thursday, February 23, 2017, when the aircraft was forced to “return to base” when it was discovered that one of the cabin doors was not completely closed.

The South China Morning Post and a number of other international media report that the plane was more than a half-hour into a 5-hour flight when it urgently flew back to Guangzhou with 192 passengers and crew on board.

Videos are circulating on social media showing angry passengers expressing suspicions about “holes found in the plane.” Sriwijaya Air is denying these reports and says a door that was shown as “closed” on take-off suddenly showed as “open” on the control panel of the aircraft.

The plane returned to Guangzhou and underwent a complete safety check before it departed at 10:30 am.

21 passengers of the original 180 on board reportedly refused to fly out on the delayed flight. The plane landed in Bali at 2:30 pm local time.

Tax as a Target
Bali Governor Wants Price Controls on Bali Hotels

Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika is urging that hotel prices in Bali be standardized as a step to secure hotel and restaurant (PHR) tax revenues collected by the province.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Pastika, speaking at a regular town meeting on Saturday, February 25, 2107, said: “In this way, small hotels will die. But that is the risk of trying to create quality tourism.”

Pastika’s statement was reportedly in response to a complaint from the chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Association of Travel Agents (ASITA) regarding the ongoing price war taking place in four-star-and-below hotels in Bali and declining occupancy rates.

The Governor explained that if, for example, the tariff for a certain standard of starred hotel was set at Rp. 1 million, then the PHR would be 10% of that amount.

Continuing, the Governor said: “So, if a hotel wants to sell its rooms for Rp. 300,000 per night, the PHR would still remain 10% of Rp. 1 million. Like it or not, hotels would have to sell at Rp. 1 million. If not, they would die.”

In announcing his controversial idea, the Governor did not rule out a compromise that would safeguard quality tourism would be possible.

The Governor explained that the ability to implement a moratorium on new hotel development remains with the regents and mayor of Bali. While he, as Governor, has unsuccessfully tried to create a moratorium, including writing to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to halt new hotels being built in South Bali.

At the same meeting, the chairman of ASITA-Bali, Ketut Ardana, repeated his association’s call for a halt in the construction of new hotels in Bali’s badly overbuilt market. Adding: “If we are going to build (new hotels), this should be done outside South Bali. In our opinion every corner of Bali is interesting to visit, we just need better access.”

Ardana said that many five star hotels have lowered their rates. With hotel occupancies averaging only 53%, he claims there are starred hotels selling rooms for only Rp. 250,000 - including a complete breakfast for two.

Ardana warned that if the current rate war continues, it would endanger Bali’s desire to create a quality tourism product.

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A Death Unexpected
65-year-old American Expatriate, John Thrasher, Found Dead in his Candidasa, East Bali Villa

An American living in Bali, John Irvin Thrasher (65) was found dead in a private villa in Candidasa, Karangasem, East Bali on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

As reported by DenPost and Bali Police Headquarters, the family of the deceased has agreed to a police request for an autopsy to be performed on Thrasher’s body to determine the actual cause of death.

The American was said to be in good health and attended a local fitness center 3-4 times each week prior to his death.

Thrasher’s lifeless body was found at 11:30 am after Thrashers 30-year-old daughter, Allison Mae Thrasher, who was in Ubud, could not contact Thrasher and called a fitness instructor and friend of her father living in Candi Dasa to check on the man.

A short time later, the fitness instructor, Wayan Sudarsana (36) found the American dead in his bed.

Police continue to investigate the man’s death.

(Photo: Bali Police)

Nothing Above a Whisper, Please
Hindu Leaders Remind Public to Stay Home and Stay Quiet on Nyepi Day, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Devout Balinese Hindu have been told by religious leaders that they are forbidden to take a “selfie” photograph in front of Bali’s deserted streets on Nyepi – Bali’s day of absolute silence – that falls on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Marking the beginning of the Hindu New Year of Saka 1939, the Island of Bali will “close down” beginning from before sunrise on March 28th until sunrise the following morning. All sea and airports will close, broadcast stations - including cable networks will go silent, streets will empty of all traffic, and visitors will be confined to their hotel or villas for the entire period. Religious rules – honored by both Hindus and non-Hindus alike – demand Catur Bratha Penyepian guidelines encouraging meditation and reflection be honored that stipulate:
  • Amati gni – no open fires or flames
  • Amati lelanguan – no pleasurable activities
  • Amati karya – no work or labor
  • Amati Lelungan – no journeys
During this day – held after a day of parades and merriment the night before Nyepi  – community law enforcement officials (pacalang) will circulate to make sure no persons, no light and no noise emanate from any homes in the community.

As reported by NusaBali, the chairman of the The Indonesian Hindu Religious Council (PHDI), Professor Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, reminded people that “selfies” or self-portraits made with cameras during Nyepi are not allowed.

Sudiana said the public, particularly Balinese Hindus, are not allowed to make “selfies.” He called on Hindus to serve as a good example to others by avoiding the tendency to venture forth from their homes and document the quiet streets with their hand phone cameras. Officials complained that violators of Nyepi rules can be found playing on the empty streets, riding their bicycles or even playing soccer on the say of silence. The Hindu official said such activities are absolutely forbidden on Nyepi.

Adding insult to injury, many people make photos of themselves on empty streets and then post them on Social Media.

Sudiana reminded pecalang guards and member of the police are also not allowed to make photographic self-portraits over the Nyepi holiday.

Ngurah Sudiana said: “The momentum of 'Nyepi' is the best time to stay at home in order to introspect and meditate on our lives over the past year. Nyepi day has also been proven to have a positive effect on the natural environment.”

Hotel operators in Bali promoting “Nyepi Packages” are reminded to honor the spirit of Catur Bratha Penyepian by explaining to their guests proper behavior and the need to not venture off hotel grounds during the 24-hour period. Guest must be told not to go for walks along the beach. Hotels that fail to keep their guests confined to their properties risk being summoned and censured by community and regional government bodies.

Nyepi rules provide travel beyond one’s place of residence is only allowed in emergencies when someone is ill and needs medical attention.

Power Sharing
PLN Bali Has Sufficient Power Surplus for the Coming Few Years

The State Power Board (PLN) estimates that the consumption of electricity in Bali will grow 11.7 percent in 2017, largely due to the rapid growth in new hotels.

NusaBali quotes the chief of distribution of PLN Bali, Sandika Aldianto, speaking at a press conference in Denpasar on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, who said that power consumption in Bali reached 5.1 million kilowatt hours – an increase of 11% over the previous year.

Aldianto predicts a similar rate of growth in electrical consumption in 2017.

The PLN official said the biggest increase in electrical power demand comes from hotels, such as those found in Ubud and Nusa Penida. Sandika said power consumption parameters in Bali remain within safe limits with a current surplus in supply of 452 megawatts.

Bali has 1,263 megawatts of power available with peak consumption hitting 811 megawatts, leaving a surplus of 452 megawatts. Sandika said present supply levels mean Bali can meet a 10% annual growth in electricity demand for several years into the future.

Sandika said the 11% increase in power demand in 2016 shows an improving economy in Bali after an increase in demand of only 5.5% in 2015.

The manager of planning for PLN Bali, I Gede Agung Singu Putra, explained that Bali’s power supply comes from coal power generating station at PLTU Celukan Bawang (380 MW), a submarine high power cable across the Bali-Java Straits (340 MW), the gas generating station PLTG Pesanggaran (187 MW), the gas generating station PLTG Gilimanuk (130 MW), the diesel generation station at Pesanggaran (100 MW), the gas generating station PLTG Pemaron (80 MW) and the diesel generating station PLTD BOT (45 MW).

Singu Puta went on to explain that Bali will soon obtain an additional 2,000 megawatts from the “Bali Crossing” high voltage power lines that will be suspended across the straits between Java and Bali expected to be operational in 2019. In conjunction with the Bali Crossing project, a cable capable of carrying 500 KVA will be installed form Gilimanuk to Antasari, Tabanan.

The Bali Crossing high-voltage cable will stretch a distance of 1.5 kilometers across the straits at a record-high height of 357 meters above sea level – the highest high voltage towers anywhere in the world.

Plans are also underway to installing several solar energy plants capable of producing 100 MW each.

A Bali Adventure in Compassion
Bali Adventure Tours Comes to the Rescue in Songan Helping Landslide Victims

Bali Adventure Tours in cooperation with its subsidiary companies of the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, Ubud Adventure and Function Center, and Bali Adventure Rafting took a day off from their normal duties to undertake a humanitarian mission to three areas recently devastated by landslides in Kintamani at Bangli Regency.

The mission was organized to provide the landslide victims with emergency funding and material support that included food, medicine, and cooking utensils.

A massive landslide swept the hamlet of Songan in Kintamani on Friday, February 10, 2017 killing 7 people. The death toll quickly climbed to 13 as further landslides soon hit the adjacent villages of Awan and Sukawana.

n, the Bali Adventure Team reached out to Wayan Wirtana who lost three family members; Ketut Mertajaya who lost his wife in the disaster; and the family of Jero Penyarikan who lost three family members. The aid given by the tourism workers was in the form of basic necessities, kitchen utensils and money.

Meanwhile in Sukawana, aid was also given to Wayan Gunawan and Kadek Artedana, both of whom lost family member and saw their homes ruined by the landslide. Also provided assistance were the surviving families of Ni Kadek Rini and I Gede Kembar.

the relief mission were several department heads from Bali Adventure Tours and the general manager of Bali Adventure Tour.

t’s heart breaking to witness the poor condition of the victims living at the shelter. And it’s quiet scary to realize how hazardous is a landslide by looking at the condition of the areas where the landslide occurred. Hopefully this unfortunate event can be a reminder for human to stop exploiting nature and start thinking what might happen in the future if we keep on harassing nature. We also hope other fellows from the tourism industry to send a helping hand for the landslide victims, because many of them need aid,” said Arifin Tirta Wijata, general manager of Bali Adventure Tours.

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Four Season Bali and The Ayana Villas Wins Coveted Stars from the Forbes Travel Guide

In its first-ever star-rating program for Indonesia, Forbes Travel Guide has awarded five-stars to three Bali properties: The Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Jimbaran Bay; The Fours Seasons Resort at Sayan; and The Ayana Villas.

Forbes saluted the two Four Seasons Resorts’ "virtually flawless service and amazing and facilities."

The star rating from Forbes affirms the three resorts that won star ratings for their long-standing among the leading luxury resorts on the Island.

Modeled on an authentic Balinese Village, the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay recently renovated all of its 147 pool villas, including completely new Premier Villas and the highly anticipated Royal and Imperial Villas.

Meanwhile, the Four Seasons Sayan in Ubud, Bali has continued to evolve with a soulful range of yoga and wellness program, new restaurant concepts and off-the-beaten-track adventures into the wilderness – offering guests opportunities to discover Bali.

a cliff overlooking Jimbaran Bay, the Bali luxury villas at The Villas at AYANA Resort Bali offers an excellent location in combination with a quiet and intimate locale that is perfect for honeymoons and others seeking a peaceful haven. Part of the AYANA Resort, the 78 spacious private pool villas in Bali features luxurious linens, indigenous artworks, separate living areas and enormous marble bathrooms.

Round-the-clock service is provided by a team of internationally certified butlers, complemented by a range of on-site facilities. A floating brunch in a private pool, a romantic candle-light dinner or soul-balancing massage are all part of the AYANA Villa experience.

"To have not one, but both of our Bali resorts awarded Five-Stars by one of the world's toughest rating systems, is a huge honor," said Uday Rao, general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali. "Every day, our team members make me proud in delivering seamless Four Seasons service. Just recently, a guest wrote to tell me of their experience: they checked out of Jimbaran Bay and left a shirt hanging in the wardrobe; when they arrived at Sayan, 75 minutes away by car, the shirt was hanging in the villa wardrobe there. The shirt had beaten them to Sayan, and they hadn't even realized they'd forgotten it! I love this story and how it highlights that service is what you remember the most, and it is our team who have achieved these Five-Star ratings with daily acts of kindness and thoughtfulness such as this one."

Clive Edwards, general manager of The Villas at Ayana Resort Bali and the larger integrated Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, in acknowledging the Forbes stars says Balinese-style hospitality comes from customs. “Bali is steeped in culture and guests new to the island will instantly feel the warm and genuine nature of the Balinese people. This wholehearted approach, coupled with the right training and support, makes Balinese hospitality among the world’s best,” he said.

Forbes Travel Guide rates properties in 42 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. It is the first time it has assessed hotels in Indonesia. Each year, Forbes sends 'incognito' guests to anonymously visit hotels all across the world and assess them against a stringent criterion of over 800 standards relating to quality of service and facilities. Standards include everything from room cleanliness and comfort to details such as whether used towels at the pool are stored discreetly, and whether menus have water spots.

Uninspired Environmental Destruction
Police Seize Four Turtles from Taman Inspirasi Mertasai in Sanur Bali

I Wayan Darma, the owner and operator of the Taman Inspirasi Mertasari (The Mertasari Inspiration Gardens) has been apprehended by police and seen four endangered turtles displayed at the Park seized.

Police raided the park on Monday, February 20, 2017, on the park that sells tickets to the public allowed to view the endangered and protected turtles.

According to, Darma does not hold the required permits to show wildlife to the public.

Reinhard Habonaran Nainggolan of the Denpasar Police precinct said the raid on the Taman Inspirasi Mertasari was made following citizen reports accusing the park of keeping protected species.

The four turtles have been sent to the Turtle Conservation Center  on Serangan Island to be prepared for release back into the oceans. Meanwhile, the police took Wayan Darma into custody to undergo interviews.

Law Enforcement is the Key
Bali Governor Tells Conference on Investment that Clear Rule of Law and Simplified Procedures Crucial to Economic Growth quotes Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika who told a national meeting convened by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) in Nusa Dua that a certainty in the rule of law is the best way to accelerate investment in the region.

Speaking at the conference on Friday, February 24, 2017, Pastika said that the clear rule of law must be accompanied by a coordination of policies between the Central Government and the regional administrations.

“Investment is important to national development. Political stability, security and the clear rule of law are three important factors to create a positive atmosphere for investment. Coordination between the Central Government and the regions have to be continually improved to improve the permit process and make the investment process easy, inexpensive and speedy in every region of the Country,” said Pastika.

The Governor praised the convening of the meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali under the declared theme of “Harmonizing Central Government Regulations and the Regions in Creating a Positive Atmosphere for Investment.”

This praise was underlined by the Interior Minister Tjahjo Kumulo endorsed the three criteria for encouraging investment named by the Bali Governor.

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