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BALI UPDATE #496 - 13 March 2006

Love-Love: Between BIWA and the Kids of North Bali
Bali International Women's Association Sponsor a Tennis Tournament to Educate and Feed Needy Children April 1-9, 2006.

Bali International Women's Association (BIWA) is again organizing a charity tennis tournament to raise much needed funds for nutrition and scholarship programs for the underprivileged children of Kaliasem Village in North Bali.

"Last year we collected Rp. 10 million (approximately US$1,080) which went to the purchase of 40 sets of school benches for elementary school SD Seraya Barat Bali Timur," said Mayke Boestami, the President of BIWA in announcing the tournament.

Organized by members of BIWA in cooperation with the Bali Tennis Academy, the tournament will take place April 1-9, 2006 at the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa. Open to public, the tournament sets four categories of play: Junior, Amateur, Senior and Open.

"We are looking forward to beat last year's participation of 120 to reach at least 150 participants this year," commented Joyce Nelwan, a member of BIWA’ tournament committee.

Register Now

Registration for the tournament will close on March 27, 2006, with "Draws" scheduled for March 29, 2006. Registration forms are available at:

• BIWA Center telephone ++62-(0)361-285552

• Bali Tennis Academy telephone ++62-(0)361-773377

• Istana Regency Tennis Courts telephone ++62-(0)361-727862.

Registration fees start from Rp. 50,000 (approximately US$5.45).

About BIWA

BIWA is a non-profit organization comprised of Indonesian and expatriate women who meet on a monthly basis and undertake projects in support of the community, with special emphasis on education and health care issues.

Formed to foster friendship and understanding between women of different nationalities, as well as contribute to the cultural development of women in general, BIWA was founded in 1974 in response to a famine crisis, the original BIWA members organized their first successful charity fundraiser. Since then BIWA has been at the forefront of sourcing, funding and carrying out social welfare projects in Bali.

BIWA currently boasts 207 members from 21 countries.

More information: BIWA Web Site


A Day of Silence Sealed with a Kiss
As Bali Prepares for the Official Day of Silence Some are Worried that Bali will Soon be Compelled to 'Kiss Goodbye' to the Very Special Day that Follows.

It's official. Bali will celebrate Nyepi - Bali famous "official day of silence" starting from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2006 and ending 24 hours later on Friday, March 31st.

Nyepi literally means Quiet!- at once both a label and strict imperative enforceable under the law - the name given to the day each year when it is the religious obligation of every Balinese Hindu to dedicate an entire day to quiet introspection and spiritual cleansing before embarking on a New Year in the Balinese lunar calendar.

What's On and What's Not!

An official circular issued by Bali's Governor stipulates that during the official period of silence:

• No lights may be lit

• No work can be done

• No travel may be undertaken

• No amusements enjoyed

On a practical level, this means that Nyepi will be observed by the devout through the abstinence from food and drink, human speech, and even the lighting of fires or lamps. As a result, Bali will resemble a ghost town with all businesses and thoroughfares closed. Traditional village security - pecalang - will patrol the Island permitting the passage of only emergency vehicles and sternly rebuking neighbors who allow noise or light to escape from family compounds.

Bali's Answer to Mardi Gras

Marking the first day of the Balinese Saka calendar (1928), the day of silence is always preceded by a night of wild revelry. During the evening hours, young men from local banjars, recklessly fueled by copious quantities of arak, parade the streets carrying large ogoh-ogoh floats: huge Papier Mβchθ effigies lovingly constructed over the past month only to be consumed in flames or uncermoniously ditched on street corners as the young men scurry home to evade the day-light curfew and "quietly" nurse their horrendous hangovers.

By sunrise on March 30th all will be required to take refuge in their hotels or homes before sunrise - there to remain until the following morning. Major hotels, with the permission of the Island's government, generally permit their guests full use of their various outlets with the understanding that guests will not venture outside the property'a grounds. To ensure services to guests are not interrupted, special arrangements are made for the hotel's staff to stay overnight at their place of employment as normal traffic between their homes and place of employment is impossible on Nyepi day.

Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is closed throughout the designated 24-hour period. Flight are allowed to transit the airport on Nyepi, but no passengers will be permitted to enter or leave the terminal area until the holy day has passed. Special exemptions, however, are made for technical and emergency landings, as well as medical evacuations.

Kiss Me Ketut?

The residents of the village Banjar Kaja in South Denpasar must be worried that current legislation now being considered by National Legislators will mean that their unique ritual tradition of med-medan for celebrating the New Year may soon become a thing of the past.

Practices with roots clouded in the distant past, the members of Banjar Kaja always gather on the village green on the day immediately following Nyepi to engage in an activity that may soon become punishable by a fine and serious jail time. On that day, young boys and girls of that community gather on the local green; boys to the left, girls to the right, gradually advancing towards each other before breaking into a charge by both sexes culminating in an exchange kisses with the opposing gender. Tradition dictates that one charge of the lips brigade is seldom enough, mandating that relentless bussing occur in an area knowm locally as the kissing fields.Where med-medan started no one is sure. Where it ends is less a mystery; many married couples trace their "first xontact" to a celebration of med-medan in years past. The proper and complete observance of the festival is mandatory for the youth of the Banjar who quickly abandon any residue of reticence in the face of stories of natural and personal disasters that have befallen those who failed to participate in the special ritual.

And, as with all special events in Bali, God's blessing is always sought first via a solemn procession to the community temple before undertaking the important task ahead. Prayers completed, the boys and girls then separate into two groups; there to pluck up their courage and pucker their lips for what follows.

Concerned parents, perhaps playing a role that will be assumed by policemen in the future, bring buckets of holy water to cool off the romantic ardor of their children accidentally overcome by the moment.

And Now for the Bad News

While spectators are generally welcome at all local cultural events in Bali, participation at med-medan is strictly limited to local lads and lasses in traditional dress.

Med-Medan traditionally takes place in the early afternoon on the day after Nyepi, this year on Friday, March 31, 2006, on Jalan Raya Sesetan in Banjar Kaja in South Denpasar.


Bali's Pasar Malam Dining Experience
Bumbu Bali's Newest Winner: A Night Market Dinner Venue on Tanjung Benoa.

Heinz Von Holzen and his wife, Puji, founders and operators of the award-winning Bumbu Bali Restaurant and Cooking School, have just launched a new dining experience on the southernmost tip of Bali. "Pasar Bali" - Indonesian for "Night Market" - offers a wonderful interactive dining sojourn through nine separate Balinese style pavilions, each featuring a particular aspect of the Island's cuisine. Intended to open a whole range of Balinese food and drink to Bali's visitors in the course of a single evening's dining, Pasar Malam provides live demonstrations in the following pavilions:

• Bale Panjang. - Upon entering the Pasar Malam guest encounter a stand containing an entire range of Indonesian cooking spices including – nutmeg, cloves, peppers, cinnamon and other ingredients for visitors to view, smell and hold in their hands.

• Wantilan – Arakery. A traditional cock-fighting pavilion has been transformed into a "micro distillery" demonstrating the production of Bali's traditional alcoholic beverages - Arak and Brem. The pavilion also allows visitors to taste freshly distilled palm brandy.

• Bale Banjar – Vegetables. A live preparation on how Balinese prepare the vegetable dishes that complete every meal, including the very tasty mixture of long beans, spices and shredded coconut - Jukut.

• Bale Gede – Coffee. A traditional Balinese coffee shop where visitors can witness coffee being roasted and brewed. As you might expect, the aroma is captivating.

• Puri – Fruits and Vegetable. The more than 50 different kinds of fruits grown in Bali make rotational visits to this pavilion, depending on season. Be sure to sample the traditional spicy rujak fruit salad or sample some hot ginger soup.

• Kambang – Rice. The secrets of the planting and production of Bali's main food staple of rice are demonstrated here on a daily basis against a backdrop of a traditionally equipped working Balinese kitchen. Sample the taste differences between the varieties of rice: white, black, red, and glutinous rice.

• Paon – Main Kitchen. The Main Kitchen is where meat and fish dishes are prepared. Succulent sea foods fresh from the daily market are carefully spiced and cooked along side meets braised in sweet soy and coconut milk. Don't forget to try the Balinese specialty of duck and chicken roasted in banana leaf.

To make the Balinese dining experience complete, there are daily cultural entertainments presented every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night.



March 15th Bali Public Hearings on Ponography Bill
Growing Opposition Movement in Bali to New Ponography Legislation Expected to Appear in Force at Wednesday's Hearings.

As reported on balidiscovery.com, [Too Sexy for My Bali] there is widespread oppositeion in Bali to sweeping legislation on ponography and morality currently under consideration in Jakarta. Measures contained within in the proposed law are seen as failing to protect the interests of minority religious and cultural groupings within Indonesian society, inimical to the overall rights of women, and potentially threatening to Bali's tourism industry.

Public Hearings Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Provincial Parliament of Bali (DPRD) will be conducting public hearings at the Parliament Builing in Renon on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, satarting from 11:30 a.m..

The Chairman of the Provincial Parliement, IBP Wesnawa, is seeking widespread input from all groups in Bali at the proposed hearings saying, "We urge the public, community and religious leaders, NGOs and other organizations to submit their written statements on the bill during the hearing"

Wesnawa's appeal for public participation in the deliberative process came following a meeting with two representatives of the Bali's People Component (KRB), I Gusti Ngurah Harta and Ida Pedanda Gede Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa on Wednesday, March 8th, when they called on the DPRD to take a formal stance towards the proposed pornography and morality legislation.

Wesnawa, who has also invited Bali's Governor to testify at the hearing, has promised that once all opinions have been heard the DPRD will formalize the official stance of the Government and People of Bali to be sent to the House of Representatives and the President.

Photo provided with the kind permission of Wayan Juniartha at [http://jiwamerdeka.blogspot.com/]


Mandara Spa Shifts its Headquarters to Malaysia
Fast-Growing Mandara Spa Asia Relocates its Corporate Headquarters to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Steiner Leisure Limited have announced that Mandara Spa, its premier resort spa brand, is relocating to new corporate headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The move from Mandara Spa's birthplace in Bali to the Malaysian capital is in response to the growing demand for the Company's services as spa operators in the premium and luxury segments. A company spokesman said that Kuala Lumpur will be the gate-way to Asia and the other region for Mandara Spa.

Commenting on the move, Trent Munday, Managing Director, Mandara Spa Asia said: "Mandara Spa is now a truly global company. There is no other independent spa management company in the world with the combined global reach, resources and experience to match Mandara Spa. Moving our corporate headquarters to Kuala Lumpur will give us a strong corporate base from which we will drive the expansion of our brand."

Whilst the move was necessary to facilitate growth and was reportedly very strategic in nature, Mandara Spa Asia will still be maintaining its training, production and distribution centers in Bali in order for the Company to remain true to its original roots and its trademark Balinese traditions of spa services.

Munday added, "We will be investing over USD $100,000 into our Training Centre and Production & Distribution facilities in Bali to gear up for this expansion. Bali was the birthplace of Mandara Spa and will always remain at heart of the company as an integral part of our culture and philosophy."

Mandara Spa, founded in Bali in 1995, now operates more than 75 spas worldwide, including Bahamas, Bali, Caribbean, China, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Japan, Las Vegas, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Saipan, Thailand and on board cruise ships. Mandara Spa Asia is owned by Steiner Leisure Ltd.

The company's short-term expansions include opening its spas in Sunway Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur and a flagship outlet in Kazakhstan and Oman this year.

More information: Mandara Spa Web Site


SKAL Bali Appoints Board for 2006
Seasoned Bali Travel Professionals Named Board of Officers for Revitalized Bali SKAL Club.

"I've got a great team and I'm looking forward to a super year of fun, fellowship and membership growth in 2006," said Jamal Hussain, General Manager of Hard Rock Hotel, and newly elected President of SKAL Bali as he greeted his 2006 Board of Officers of the SKAL Club of Bali following their election on March 3, 2006.

The Newly elected Board of Officers for SKAL Club of Bali are:

• President: Jamal Hussain, Hard Rock Hotel

• Vice-President: Sybil Baldauf, Bali Triloka Chandra Tours.

• Secretary-Treasurer: Malcolm Scott, Bali Discovery Tours.

• Development / Communications: Jeremy Cooper, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa.

• Events & Promotions: Goestamar Ardibrata, Bali and Beyond Magazine.

• Auditor: Urs Klee, Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel.

• Auditor: Margaret Helback, Bali Hai Cruises.

SKAL International, founded in 1934, is the largest organization of travel and tourism professionals in the world with 23,000 members in 500 clubs in 87 countries. Members are derived from every sector of the travel and tourism industry. SKAL aims to promote global tourism by giving members access to its worldwide network, and also works to benefit the community at large.

SKAL Club of Bali was launched in 1991 and is currently the only club in Indonesia. Since 1997, the local club has raised in excess of US$40,000 to aid local orphanages and charities, as well as providing scholarships to Balinese travel industry students.

Members meet for lunch once a month at alternating venues around the Island.

Shown on balidiscovery.com are, left to right, Goestamar Ardibrata, Sybil Baldauf, out-going SKAL Bali President Phil Hill, Jamal Hussain, Margaret Helback, and Malcolm Scott.


Imaginary Dialogue
An Exhibition of Art by Pande Gde Supada March 21 - April 14, 2006 at Ganesha Gallery.

The art of the Balinese artist Pande Gde Supada is notable for its haunting imagination.

The observer finds him or herself wrestling with the meaning of the Artist's emotionally charged figures, some hidden in the shadows and leaping forward, luminous and bright.

Supada's inspiration is found in contemplation and meditation, an interior dialogue with himself and a collective consciousness. The layered, scratchy surfaces of many of his paintings are reminiscent of ancient caves.

And, as in entering a cave, so is the experience of viewing Supanda's work. At first examination you are blinded for a moment as your eyes adjust to the low light. Then comes an uncertainty: Are the forms displayed on the walls natural formations created over the centuries, or ancient paintings - faded and covered with layers of time.

Gradually the silhouettes of animals and humans become recognizable.

At last, a special moment of understanding ignites as we find ourselves spontaneously caught in a mιnage en trois, a mysterious, deeply private three-way dialogue between the artist, his imagination and our own.

Imaginary Dialogue

Imaginery Dialogue an exhibition by Pande Gde Supanda at Ganesha Gallery Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from March 22 through April 14, 2006.

For more information, call the gallery at telephone ++62-(0)361-701010.


Playing Cricket with Bali
Australian Cricket Greats on Historic Cricket Tour of Bali in April 2006.

A team of former Australian Test and State cricketers will tour Bali in April to demonstrate Australia's support for the Balinese and to promote the fledgling game to locals on the "Island of the Gods."

Playing under the name "Garuda Indonesia Aussie Legends" are Jo Angel, Ryan Campbell, David Colley, Wayne Holdsworth, Paul Wilson, David Fitzgerald and Richard Chee Quee. All great names from Australia's long cricket tradition who between them they have represented Australia in 26 Tests and One Day Internationals, and their States on more than 900 occasions.

For Richard Chee Quee the tour is particularly special. He is the first player of Chinese origin to play First-Class cricket in Australia, and is passionate about helping to spread the game throughout Asia.

Organised and funded by Garuda Indonesia, the team will play a series of six-aside matches with Indonesian players, undertake coaching clinics and workshops, and visit schools to spread the message about cricket.

The matches will not only help foster cricket in Indonesia and strengthen relations between both countries, but raise money for local Balinese charities.

Garuda Indonesia will fly the players to Bali from Sydney and Perth on April 3, and return on April 9. During their visit the players will stay in the Hotel Sanur Beach Bali Resort.

Garuda is also taking kits of cricket equipment, clothing and merchandise to donate to Balinese cricket clubs.

A Strange Sport for Bali?

Cricket in Bali is not as unusual as it may sound. The island has five active clubs which play in three cricket leagues (Under 15, Under 19 and open), a girls' competition and an expanding schools program.

Bali's main oval is roughly the size of the Adelaide Oval. It has a compact grandstand, nets and a centre square with five turf pitches, tended by a groundsman.

The early April tour has the support of the International Cricket Council, The Indonesian Cricket Foundation, Cricket Bali, Cricket Australia and various State cricket associations.

"It will be a great experience for some of our younger players who are coming through our leagues to play with and against legendary Australian players," said Ian Jasper, President of Cricket Bali. Adding, "the tour will do wonders to help promote cricket in Bali and other parts of Indonesia."

Guess Who's Coming to Bali?

The Australian players slated to play during the Bali tour include :

• Jo Angel - right arm fast bowler, left hand batsman. Australia & Western Australia. 4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 121 First-Class, 94 List A matches. Took 616 wickets in his representative career.

• Ryan Campbell - right hand batsman, wicketkeeper. Australia A & Western Australia. Two ODIs, Australia A, 98 First-Class, 105 List A matches. Scored more than 8,400 runs in his representative career, including 12 centuries. Took 411 catches and made 27 stumpings.

• Richard Chee Quee - right hand batsman. New South Wales. 21 First-Class, 24 List A matches.Scored almost 2,000 runs for NSW, including two centuries.

• David Colley - right arm fast bowler, right hand batsman. Australia & New South Wales. Three Tests, One ODI, 87 First-Class, 14 List A matches. One of only seven NSW all-rounders to take more than 200 wickets (260) and score 2,000 runs (2,528).

• David Fitzgerald - right hand batsman. South Australia & Western Australia. 67 First Class, 44 List A matches. Scored more than 5,500 runs with 15 centuries.

• Wayne Holdsworth - right arm fast bowler, right hand batsman. New South Wales. 68 First-Class, 35 List A matches. Took more than 250 wickets for NSW.

• Paul Wilson - right arm fast-medium, right hand batsman. Australia, South Australia, Western Australia. 1 Test, 11 ODIs, 51 First-Class, 84 List A matches. Took 570 wickets in his representative career,

Bali Schedule of Play>

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

- 10.30 a.m.: Udayana Cricket Club at the Udayana University in Jimbaran. First of three six-aside matches start against different Balinese teams. Each match will last for around 60 minutes, with short breaks and refreshments between matches.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

- Training sessions at three locations (in the three Regencies of South Bali). The players will be divided into three groups at local schools.

Thursday, April 6, 2006

- 10:30 a.m.: Gianyar Cricket Oval. A 20:20 match.

More Information

For more information on any matches contact Alan Wilson of the Indonesian Cricket Foundation at telephone ++62-(0) 81 2380961.

As shown on balidiscovery.com, Australian fast bowler David Colley practising with his team mates. In the background is Dennis Lillee, regarded as the world’s finest fast bowler, who shared the new ball for Australia with Colley.


Dina Laegreid Joins InterContinental Resort Bali
Norwegian Hotel Professional Named Director of Operations for Club InterContinental at Bali Property.

InterContinental Resort Bali has announced the appointment of Dina Laegreid as Director of Operations Club InterContinental.Laegreid, a Norwegian national, comes to the Resort with a solid background in hospitality and years of experience with the InterContinental Group. She began her career at InterContinental Hotel Dubai, United Arab Emirates in Guest Relations, before moving to the Hotel Princesa Sofia InterContinental in Barcelona, Spain where she worked as Assistant Front Office Manager.

For the past 6 years Laegreid has operated her own 87 room resort situated in the fjords of her native Norway.

Educated at the prestigious International Hotel & Tourism Training Institute in Switzerland, Laegreid graduated with a BA in Hospitality Management in 1996. She also has a Higher Diploma in Hotel Management as well as a BA in Hospitality Management from the renowned Bournemouth University, England.

Fluent in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and English as well as possessing conversational skills in French and German. Laegreid spends her spare traveling, alpine skiing, doing art and cooking.

He Bali appointment will see Laegreid's take overall responsibility for the daily operations of the exclusive Club InterContinental.



Abu Dhabi and Bali Connected Via Jakarta
Fastest Growing Middle East Carrier Committed to Growing Tourism and Trade to Indonesia.

Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates, will commence non-stop service to Indonesia from its base in Abu Dhabi on March 16, 2006.

Flying four times a week, EY 423 will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 01:45 hours, arriving in Jakarta at 13.30 hours; on the return, EY 424 will take off from Jakarta at 15.20 hours to land in Abu Dhabi at 20.45 hours. Flying time from Jakarta to Bali is only 1.5 hours with numerous easy connections available on a number of carriers operating between the two destinations.

"Etihad's decision to fly non-stop to Jakarta is welcome news to both our business and holiday guests as well as to our cargo customers, because Indonesia is a popular destination and has a thriving business community," said Ian Ferguson-Brown, Head of Brand Management & Communications, Etihad Airways.The announcement of the new Indonesian route is the latest in a series of new destinations announced by Etihad in recent weeks, including Manchester, Manila, Muscat, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.

The new service to Jakarta, operated initially with one of the airline's new Airbus A330-200 aircraft, will further boost the cargo capacity by adding around 200 tons of cargo space per month, in each direction.

Similarly, Etihad Holidays the tour operating arm of the Airline, has indicated that the new Etihad service to Indonesia will present enormous opportunities for guests flying between Abu Dhabi and Asia. In addition to Jakarta, guests can now fly on to Bali and a number of other Indonesian destinations.

"Etihad's new service to Jakarta represents truly global expansion on the part of the airline, and further supports our mission to link Abu Dhabi with the world's most important commercial and cultural centers," added Ferguson-Brown.

Etihad Airways was set up as the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates in July 2003 by a Royal decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, then the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Services.

More information: Etihad Airline Web Site


Developing Nations' Summit in Bali May 13, 2006
D-8 Summit to Seek Opportunities to Expand Trade Opportunities.

Indonesia will play host to the Developing 8 (D-8) group at a summit to be held in Bali on May 8. 2006.

The D-8, founded in 1977, is comprised of countries with large Muslim populations who have formed an economic development alliance. The current members of the D-8 are Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Migeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Each member country of the D-8 is expected to send high level delegations to Bali to jointly pursue the stated objectives of the D-8, namely: “to improve developing countries' positions in the world economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at the international level, and provide better standards of living."


February, Quite Contrary
Bali by the Numbers: February Arrival Figures Suggest that Bali's Recovery May be In the Doldrums.

Total Direct foreign arrivals to Bali for February 2006 hit 73,430 – a figure down -27.03% from the total visitors in February just one year before (100,638). The latest figures failed to demonstrate forwad movement on the slow struggle back to recovery for Bali's tourism industry, turning in a somewhat worse performance than January 2006 when bookings were down -21.78% month-on-month with one year before. Mitigating partially what could appear to February's setback is the fact that January’s arrivals were bolstered in part by Chinese New Year visitors. Tourism observers will be closely watching March arrival figures to see what clue, if any, they provide to the length and severity of the current business drought.


August-February Arrivals: A Five Year Perspective

As shown on balidiscovery.com, the pattern of pick-up following the latest Bali bombing (October 2005) largely mirrors patterns following the October 2002 terrorist attacks. While overall trends for August-February continue to lag substantially behind the record arrivals last year, February arrivals are still 8.83% ahead of February 2003 arrivals, a month also affected by post-bomb trauma.

Performance from Bali's Top Four Overseas Markets

Despite the current downturn in business, Bali's four main markets remain the same - namely, Japan, Australia, Taiwan and South Korea. Nonetheless, the downturn in business from these top producing countries has been profound, shifting from the former cumulative 57% market share to a 49.65% market share for February 2006.


• Japan - Bali's largest inbound market of Japan is showing no signs of recovery, with the only 15,353 Japanese visitors in February representing one the worst February's in recent memory for that market. Economic uncertainty at home, lingering security concerns and Japanese trepidation over bird flu are all combining to stall a comeback in Japanese visitors.


• Australia - Waiting for marketing initiatives aimed at reviving the Australian market to have effect, the Australians continued to stay away in droves in February, down -64.48% from the same month just one year before. The performance from the Australian marketplace is apace with February of 3 years ago when business was down 65% following the 2002 bombing incident.

The struggle back to healthy Australian arrival numbers will likely be more arduous this time round, unaided by the Air Paradise which commenced service in February 2002.


• Taiwan - One ray of modest optimism is provided by the Taiwanese market which is demonstrating strong resilience this time round. While February arrivals (9,793) were down -6.10% from one year before, this is a markedly better performance than February 2003 when Taiwanese arrivals lagged -23.14% following the first Bali bombing the previous October.


• South Korea - Perhaps mirroring Japanese fears over Avian influenza, South Korean arrivals for February totaled 5,463 - a figure down -36.65% from one year before and substantially worse that post-first-bomb February 2003 which was down only -23.17% from the previous year.

All Eyes on March

All eyes now shift to the arrival figures for March 2006 to see what indication they will provide on the future fortunes of Bali tourism.



 
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