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The 2nd Asia Pacific Media Forum at Bali International Convention Center November 26-28, 2006.
The 1st Asia Pacific Media Forum was successfully launched in Bali in March 2005. Around 300 participants and speakers attended the conference from the Asia Pacific Region, USA, UK and Europe. The conference discussed advertising media trends, technology development, changes that impact upon advertising and media research.
Seeking to create better understanding within the Asia-Pacific Marketing Communications industry through friendship, exchange of information, and enrichment of knowledge the 2nd Asia Pacific Media Forum will return to Bali November 26-28, 2006.
The venue for the 2006 event is the Westin Convention Center, Nusa Dua, Bali.
Radio Australia Broadcasts Now Available Via Paradise FM in Bali.
Radio Australia has entered into an historic agreement with Radio Republik Indonesia that will bring hourly news bulletins and other Australian radio programs to Bali visitors and residents.
Under the terms of the agreement, Radio Australia - the international service of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) - will be heard on the Radio Republik Indonesia's (RRI) Bali-based station - Paradise FM.
The head of Radio Australia, Jean Gabriel Manguy, says the deal marks a significant development in relations with Indonesia's public broadcaster and builds on a similar agreement Radio Australia has with RRI in Jakarta.
Indonesia Win's 'Best Exhibitor' Prize at ITB
Adopting a Balinese Theme, Indonesian Booth at ITB Travel Exhibition in Berlin Reaps "Best Exhibitor" Prize.
Indonesian tourism received a much-needed morale boost by winning "The Best Exhibitor" award among all Asian countries participating in the just completed ITB -2006 travel fair in Berlin, Germany.
Considered by many the biggest travel event of its kind, ITB-Berlin has been held for 40 consecutive years drawing more than 10,800 exhibitors and over 150,000 visitors during the 4-day exhibition held March 8-12, 2006.
Organized for all of Indonesia on a last-minute and collaborative basis by Bali Village - a stakeholding organization in the Bali Tourism Board; the accompanying pictures on balidiscovery.com demonstrate that the Indonesian booth had a very Balinese feel.
According to Herdy Sayogha of Bali Village, some 48 Balinese travel companies participated at ITB receiving over 8,000 visitors over the course of the show.
Bali Invests in the Future
Swiss-Belhotel to Set Open New Suite and Villa Development on Ungasan Peninsula.
With investors obviously convinced that Bali's current business downturn is a short-term phenomenon, the soon-to-be-opened Swiss-Bellhotel Bay View will be adding 78 luxury suites and 58 villas onto Bali's accommodation market. Expected to commence operations in Septmber 2006, the project is estimated to represent an investment of Rp. 290 billion (approximately US$28.4 million)
Owned by PT Bali Regency 21 and being developed on a owner-investment basis, the first phase of the project – the 78 suites are set to come on the market this year with the remaining villa development scheduled to be built in 2007-2008.
The 78 two and three bedroom suites are being marketed at between Rp. 1.2 -2.7 billion (approximately US$118,000 – US$265,000), with reportedly 50% of the units already sold to both local and overseas owners. The second-phase of the project comprised of 58 villas will go on sale at projected prices of between Rp. 2-3 billion (approximately US$196,000 and US$294,000).
The new development is located in the Taman Mumbul area, nearly half-way between Nusa Dua and Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Deadline Looms for Prepaid Phone Card Users
Prepaid Phone Card Users Who Fail to Register Before April 28, 2006 will See Stored Value Evaporate.
Stricter security controls that will compel all prepaid telephone card users to provide detailed person data are set to be introduced - ready or not - on April 28, 2006.
As reported on balidiscovery.com [ See: Prepaid Phone Card Users Must Now Register], Indonesia's Minister of Communications and Information decreed in late 2005 that the final deadline for ownership registration of phone cars would fall on April 28, 2006.
The Minister of Communications and Information, Sofyan A. Djalil, warned in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, "the Government will not extend the deadline for number registration for pre-paid telephone cards, meaning that any remaining value on still unregistered cards will expire on that date."
The Minister is using the remaining time until the late April deadline to urge the Nation's cellular operators to intensively socialize the new regulations to their customers. With nearly one month and a half remaining until the deadline, only 34.36% of all prepaid card holders, or about 17.3 million customers, have even bothered to take the time to provide the required personal data.
Meanwhile, cellular telephone providers are becoming concerned that their personnel and software systems may become overburdened with the massive number of last-minute registrations. In order to hasten the registration process, telephone operators are sending regular reminders by SMS to existing customers reminding them of the legal obligation to register their identities or risk losing their cellular service.
Building a Cyber Village for Sanur Community
One of Bali’s Oldest Sea Side Villages is Making a Bold Trip Down the Cyber Highway Leading to the Future.
The people of Sanur community on Bali’s far southeast coast proudly trace families, temples and local historic artifacts back more than a thousand years. Ancient stone markers unearthed at Sanur’s Pura Blanjong are dated to AD 914 and represent the earliest Balinese inscriptions mentioning a royal household.
To the proud folks of Bali's Sanur Village Community, however, strong connections to Bali's past are no cause to avoid being on the cutting edge of the island's technological future. This fact is well demonstrated by Sanur’s ongoing efforts to create Bali’s first Cyber Village. Working with a local Internet company, Bali Medianet, the people of Sanur have made the crucial initial steps of installing a 12 kilometer long fiber optic cable running the entire length of the historic seaside community. Following on shortly after the cable's introduction, Sanur installed the first 18 of a village-wide network of CCTV surveillance cameras. [See: Keeping Their Eye on Security]
The Chairman of the Sanur Development Foundation (YPS), IB Sidharta Putra, recently told the press that Sanur’s Cyber Village, now being introduced in stages, should be completed by 2006.
Dani Sudradjat of PT Sarana Insan Muda Selaras, the owning company of Bali Medinet, reports that an initial Rp. 2 billion (approximately US$196,000) has already been invested of a projected Rp. 15 billion (approximately US$1.47 million) needed to create the Sanur Cyber Village.
Sanur: Below Sea Level?
One of the more innovative aspects of Sanur's Cyber Village will be the ability to visit from any hotel room in Sanur a live mini-cam connection keeping an eye on Sanur's colorful underwater reef.
Community Television at its Best
In late February a new Cable Television system became operation in Sanur courtesy of the new fiber optic network. Customers on the system can now access tens of local and international television stations as well as special educational programs broadcast especially to the 27 banjars that comprise Sanur community. Down the road plans are being discussed for Sanur TV - a community-based broadcast and information network.
Broad Band Internet Access
Currently going operational throughout Sanur is a high-speed Internet access system that will make surfing the Web at high speed available to most Sanur residents at affordable prices. With Sanur community leaders becoming increasingly cyber-minded, folks in Sanur's popular coffee shops can be overheard eagerly discussion VOIP teleconferences, e-governance, and e-medicine - all aimed at making Sanur Community a better place to live and a destination at which tourist visitors will want to linger.
Doing Something about the Weather and Tsunamis
Weather and Wave Detector Installed at Cross Channel Connection Point for Java and Bali. Tsumani Detectors for South Bali Set to Operate by Mid-year.
The channel connecting Bali and Java made a significant step forward in improving the standard of weather and seismographic reporting with the installation of an automatic weather system monitor (AWS) at Ketapang Harbor, near Banyuwangi, in East Java.
Able to instantly detect changes in wind, water and air temperature, current and wave height - the data recorded by the AWS is immediately accessible to ships and shipping companies. Maintained by the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, the AWS forms part of a growing network of early warning systems being installed throughout Indonesia in the wake of the tsunami disaster of December 26, 2004.
Ketapang is the critical crossing point from Java to Bali with 22 ferries operating between the port and Gilimanuk in west Bali on a 24 hour basis.
6 separate Tsunami Early Warning Detectors for monitoring the sea approaches to Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur and Jembrana are expected to be operational by mid-2006.
According to the Chief of the Denpasar Meteorology and Geophysical Department, S. Budianto, "this equipment can automatically sound a serene warning in the event of a tsunami in as little as 5-10 minutes following an actual earthquake."
According to Budianto, while Bali does not have a history of suffering damage from tsunamis, there are numerous recorded incidents of large waves causing damage on the island's beaches and Bali's position near major geological fault lines could portend a future earthquake sending a tsunami that would touch Bali's shoreline.
Manufactured in France, the new Tsunami Early Warning Detection System are part of a nation-wide system being installed following the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami tragedy.
Positioned to protect Bali's most populous beaches, the warning devices will eventually have real-time connections to cellular telephones and the electronic media.
A Resort to Spiritualism
Amandari Resort Celebrate Bali and the 17th Anniversary of a Balinese Temple.
From April 10 -13, 2006, Purnama Kedasa - the passing of the full moon – marks the 17th anniversary of Bali's Amandari Resort’s Balinese temple with a three day program of workshops, dance performances and a tradition piodalan ceremony including a procession from the main temple of Kedewatan to the Resort.
Bali has a rich spiritual legacy with its unique form of Hinduism permeating the fabric of the Island's culture. This is reflected in numerous ceremonies and festivals held throughout the year at temples and palaces. Ceremonies to purify and harmonize relations between the human world, the environment and the world of the Gods are especially of great importance and take place in and around the temple precincts according to the Balinese calendar.
Purnama Kedasa is such a ceremony and is celebrated with the full moon of Bali's 10th lunar month. Commemorating the 17th anniversary of the founding of Amandari's Balinese temple, guests will have the opportunity to witness and experience three days of authentic Balinese ceremonies and traditional celebrations.
Tuesday, April 11
From early in the morning of 11 April, staff and villagers will bring offerings to Amandari's main shrine in front of the hotel as a preparation for the annual cleansing ceremony. Amandari's shrine took its inspiration 17 years ago from the ancient tiger carved into the rock above the Ayung river's sacred pool. Before enjoying the colorful scene of this purification and harmonization ceremony (Mecaru), guests can learn, through a workshop at the Indonesia Institute of Arts and Dance, how Balinese music and dance are related to temple ceremonies. In the evening, an informative session explaining the morning's events and how spiritual life and secular life in Bali are inseparably linked will take place.
Wednesday, April 12
The peak of the celebrations occurs on 12 April. Carrying holy water from Kedewatan village's main temple, guests can join staff and villagers in a 10-minute procession to Amandari's shrine for the formal Piodalan ceremony. The High Priest (Pedanda) chants incantations asking the Gods to descend and partake in the celebrations, and a blessing of holy water is sprinkled upon all present. Dances are performed to entertain the Gods, such as the Baris Warrior Dance and the graceful Rejang dance, performed solely by women. Guests will also have the opportunity to watch a renowned local mask maker transform a simple block of wood into a highly sophisticated, stylized mask of great beauty.
Thursday, April 13
The final day of 13 April is principally devoted to bidding farewell to the Gods who will return to heaven after having dispensed their blessings. Enjoy a guided walk to a series of meditation caves along the steep gorges of the Pakrisan River, just a stone's throw away from Ubud. Resembling the famous rock temples found in India, these ancient remains bear witness to the fact that Balinese spiritual beliefs and ceremonies are rooted in the island's long history. The three day program closes with a Barong dance performed in the hotel’s lobby.
Amanresortswas founded by Adrian Zecha who envisioned a collection of intimate retreats in beautiful surrounds with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private residence.
Top Indonesian Performers Singling Seriously for Charity on Friday, March 24, 2006 at the Mercure Sanur Resort.
Primavera Events & Entertainment will once again bring an evening of memorable classical opera to Bali on Friday, March 24, 2006, at the Mercure Resort Sanur.
Say "Love & Peace" – A Charity Concert
Say "Love & Peace" – A Charity Concert with three of Indonesia's most outstanding operatic voices accompanied by an equally celebrated pianist:
• Albert Wishnu – Tenor. Born in 1965 in Jogyakarta he has studied voice both privately and at the Indonesian Institute of Arts. A regular winner in the Central Java Radio and Television Vocal Competitions, he has also represented Indonesia aboard performing the Indonesian entry in the Theme Song Contest for Disabled Persons in South Korea. Active as a soloist in concerts and recitals nation-wide, he has recently performed in a contemporary opera Candakirana Raja Bali by Vincent MacDermott and as the featured tenor in Handel's The Messiah. Sought after as a teacher of voice on both a private and workshop level, Wishnu trains church choirs and aspiring popular singers in addition to serving as a professor of voice at two leading universities in his home town.
• Kriswanti – Soprano. Born in Surakarta in 1980, she finished her initial tertiary musical education in Jogyakarta in 1999 before going on to receive special vocal training at the Indonesia Arts Institute from which she graduated in 2004. The winner of several championships at regional Radio and Television Vocal Competitions, she has appeared in the 1st ASEAN International Concerto Competition and as a soloist in various concerts across Indonesia. She works as a vocal coach and examiner with a number of music schools in both Jogyakarta and Jakarta.
• Pola Martiana – Soprano. A student of voice since her high school days, she pursued her musical education with the Indonesian Institute of Arts. Active as a teacher and a performer, Amrtiana teaches at the Prokuneo Conservatory, the Higher School of Music in Bandung, a high school in Bandung and the Yamaha School. The winner of several musical awards from competitions in Bali, Jogyakarta and Jakarta - she is now pursuing post graduate studies in composition from the Indonesian Institute of Art in Jogyakarta.
• Job Rusli – Piano. Playing the piano from the tender age of 6 years, Rusli eventually honed his talents at the Sydney Conservatory of Music where he completed a degree in orchestral studies before returning to his native Indonesia in 1990. Active as a teacher of piano as well as a performer, in 1997, together with the late Harry Roesli, he composed the score for "Indonesia tjintakoe." He was a guest pianist, together with the famed Catherine Robert, at the UNPAD Concert. Rusli also collaborated with four other leading Indonesian young composers in a performance of the works of the Indonesian musical legend Ismail Marzuki played by pianist Ananda Sukarlan in a performance of ”Reinkarnasi Selendang Sutera” with the Twilite Orchestra. He has arranged and conducted orchestras for various major national performances and now spends the majority of his time preparing orchestral works for the Twilite Orchestra and the Nusantara Symphony Orchestra.
• Think of Me Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" (Kriswanti) • Pieta Signore Alessandro Stradella (Albert Wishnu) • Torna A Surriento De Curtis (Pola Martiana) • Mattinata Leoncavallo (Albert Wishnu) • O Mio Babino Caro (Kriswanti) • Nina G B Pergolese (Pola Martiana) • Music of the Night Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera" (Albert Wishnu) • Amigos Para Siempre Don Black with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Kriswanti & Albert Wishnu) • INTERMISSION • Serenade (Stanchen) Franz Schubert (Albert Wishnu) • Un Bel d'Vidremo from "Madame Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini (Kriswanti) • Dain ist mein Ganzes Herz Franz Lehar (Albert Wishnu) • La Spagnola Vineonzo d' Chiaro (Kriswanti) • Cintaku Jauh di Pulau Indonesian - F.X Soetopo (Pola Martiana) • E lucevan le stele Giacomo Pucini (Albert Wishnu) • Il Bacio L. Ardeti (Kriswanti) • You Rise Me Up Rolf Lavland and Bredan Graham (Kriswanti, Pola Martiana, & Albert Wishnu)
The concert commences at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2006, at the Mercure Resort Sanur on Jalan Mertasari in Sanur. The performance will be preceded by a cocktail party and painting exhibition.
Ticket prices are Rp. 200,000 (approximately US$21.75) including the pre-show cocktail. Students who present a current student identity card can attend the concert for only Rp. 100,000 (approximately USD$10.87).
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Ibu Pertiwi Foundation (YKIP).
Government to Help Rebuild Tourism and Stimulate Investment by Hosting Major Tourism Summit in November 2006.
Temp Interaktif reports that the Indonesian Government will hold a Tourism Summit in November 2006 as part of the Coordinating Minister for the People's Welfare program to help re-launch the Indnesian tourism industry.
In announcing the coming summit, Edy Putra Irawadi, the Deputy for Industrial and Commercial Relations for the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, said: "This event will be a summit meeting for leaders who shape the tourism industry."
According to Edy, the event is aimed at encouraging networking among international tourism players while at the same time rebuilding Indonesia's tourism image damaged by recent terrorist incidents. In addition, the November summit will also provide a format for encouraging investment in tourism projects and a venue for important seminars and workshops on tourism and economic development.
The final location for the coming Tourism Summit and its final program have yet to be announced.
Bali: Definitely Not the No Bikini Atoll
Photos from MarediModa Swimwear Exhibition in Nusa Dua Prove that Lovely Ladies in Beautiful Swimsuits are Alive and Well on Bali’s Beaches.
From March 14-16, 2006, Bali played host to the first Asia-based exhibition of high-profile producers from the European beachwear industry - comprising spinners, weavers, and converters of accessory producers.
Organized by the MarediModa Association - the exhibition aimed to create networking opportunities between European beachwear and beachwear fabric manufacturers and customers in the Far East and Asia Pacific region.
Held at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC) in Nusa Dua, the three-day event complements similar exhibitions organized by MarediModa in Cannes and Munich.
Gala Dinner and Beach Fashion Shoot
In addition to the exhibition comprised of MarediModa Association members promoting quality swimwear, fabrics, spinners, weavers, and converters of accessory producers, the Bali event also included a gala dinner featuring a beachwear fashion competition among Asia and Australia up and coming student designers held on the evening of March 15th.
Dubbed the Mittelmoda Fashion Award the event provided finalists - young design students from Japan, Singapore, India, Australia, China and Indonesia – an all expense paid trip to Bali where they were able to meet leaders in the beachwear fashion industry and present their creations in a professionally produced fashion showcase. Nominated by the top design schools in the region, 7 finalists presented 36 individual swimsuits to a jury of fashion experts paraded down a catwalk by some of Bali's most stunning models.
Winning the competition and sharing the US$1,000 prize check were the Indian design team of Naresh Kukreja and Asha Baxi.
Closing the evening’s festivities at The Westin Resort was a fashion parade of more than 50 the latest beachwear designs produced by member companies of MarediModa Association.
Established in 1988 within the Italian Silk Association, The MarediModa Association has become a fixed point of reference for manufacturers of beachwear, who consider the quality of the fabrics and the precision of the service as fundamental to their continuing success. The Group consists of around twenty of the most important companies in the sector.
Through its regular exhibitions in Cannes and Munich over the past 5 years, and its most recent event in Bali, MarediModais known to be the most prestigious show of its kind, dedicated to the swimwear fabric and accessory industry.
As a special bonus to the numerous members of the local and international press attending the Bali exhibition and in order to help launch the promising careers of the Mittlemoda design finalists, a special sunrise fashion shoot was held on the beach at The Westin on Thursday, March 16th.
As shown on balidiscovery.com some images from the gala fashion evening and beachside fashion shoot held in conjunction with MarediModa Bali 2006.
We'll Huff and Puff and with Criminals Get Tough
Bali Tourism Police Receive Donation of 20 Polygon Bicycles from Banking Group.
On Saturday, March 11, 2006 a group of 20 banking executives from across Asia came to Bali's cultural and artistic center of Ubud to enjoy a weekend of team-building, pausing from their busy schedule of meetings and discussion, the bankers found time for a short bicycle excursion down the interesting back roads of Ubud on a fleet of shining, brand-new bicycles purchased especially for the occasion.
Team Building and Helping the Balinese
Following breakfast at the Uma Ubud Resort the group has little knowledge of what lied ahead, except that a morning's recreation has been arranged on their behalf. Driven to the foreyard of a picturesque local temple near Ubud, the group of bankers was greeted by the sight of 20 unassembled bicycles and the tools necessary to make the two-wheelers road-worthy. Under the careful supervision of skilled technicians from Indonesia's leading bicycle manufacturer, Polygon, the bikes quickly took shape, ending with a final seat adjustment, the fitting of a safety helmet and a quick briefing on safety concluding the handover process.
So far, so good. As the group contemplated the journey that lay ahead, a contingent of officers from Bali's Tourism Police arrived on the scene; working equally to clear a way down the roads for the visiting bankers and protect unsuspecting Bali street dogs whose wont it is to doze on the shoulder of village roadways.
Always a good idea to explore the Island with a "local," the group was soon joined by two distinguished bicycling members of the local constabulary: Senior Superintendent of Tourism Security for the Bali Police, I Gk Budiartha; and a Japanese Police Inspector on an extended assignment with the Bali Police force, Police Inspector Orito Makoto.
On a morning blessed with perfect weather, the group wound its way through local villages, pausing here and there to examine the architecture of road-side temples or chat with local villagers before emerging some time later on the streets of downtown Ubud for the final sprint to the Ubud Police Headquarters.
Dismounting the bikes and removing their helmets at the Police Station where cold towels and cold refreshment awaited their arrival, the group of ABN AMRO bankers then generously donated their brand new bikes and helmets to Officer Budiartha for use by the Tourism Police of Bali in their daily patrols.
Inspector General Dr. Sunarko D.A., the Chief of the Bali Police, thanked the bankers for their "kind attention to Bali's regional Police, adding that the "bicycles and helmet are useful for us (the police) to increase patrol activity in the tourism areas in Bali to preserve peace and tranquility."
Organizing the ABN Amro visit to Bali was The Event Company of Singapore.
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