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State-of-the-Art SMS World-Wide Warning System Offers Added Peace of Mind to Holidaymakers and Coastal Residents.
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The Fast Tsunami Alarms System works everywhere
in the world covered by the GSM telephone network.
Any telephone logged into the early warning
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information from a multiplicity of seismic measuring
stations and tsunami warning stations located
throughout the world.
Wherever you can use your mobile telephone
for calls, your Tsunami Alarm System will also
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of an earthquake anywhere in the world considered
large enough to generate a potential tsunami
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message at any time of day or night with information
detailing the location of the earthquake, its
intensity, and any areas likely to be affected
by a tsunami. The Tsunami Alarm System reliably
ensures that subscribers can take life-saving
precautions several minutes before the arrival
of a destructive tsunami.
Coastal residents, tourists, water sports enthusiasts,
tour guides and tour operators can subscribe
to the Tsunami Alarm System by submitting their
mobile phone number via the official website.
The Alarm System is available immediately and
nothing has to be installed or be downloaded.
How the Warning System Works
A large number of technical skills and resources
are necessary in order to warn quickly and reliably
of possible occurrence of tsunamis: Seismic
sensors measure earthquakes; pressure and speed
sensors in the oceans assess fast changes in
water quantities in the sea. Additionally, satellites
constantly observe the earth and the seas by
means of radar. If noticeable changes are ascertained,
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exactly located. Other technologies like the
measurement of the complex electrical resistance
or changes in radon and other gas concentrations
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While no one can predict earthquakes modern
technology does permit highly accurate advance
warnings of the threat of a tsunami. Becuase
of this, if you receive a warning from the Tsunami
Alarm System on your mobile phone, you can be
reasonably sure that the warning is as reliable
and that the alarm and the position findings
Reasons to Subscribe to the Tsunami
• Peace of Mind at the Seaside - The
Tsunami Alarm System on your mobile telephone
gives you additional protection against the
threat of Tsunamis. If local public warning-systems
are not available or were to break down, then
the Tsunami Alarm System gives you, on your
mobile telephone, the best possible prior warning
of Tsunamis. As sadly demonstrated in the Tsunami
that struck the coast of South Java on July
17, 2006, public warning systems frequently
do not work or warnings are not distributed
effectively to the general public in time to
• Protection for Family and Friends -
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you can make additional protection possible
not only for you, but you can also protect your
family, friends, traveling companions and your
fellow travelers against the threatening danger.
• Alerts at Any Time - The Tsunami Alarm
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Tsunamis. Especially at night, this is of great
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Tsunamis, such as the withdrawing of the sea
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• Determine the Period of Subscription
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just for your coming seaside holiday or stay
permanently on the warning system.
• Alerts at Any Time - The Tsunami Alarm
System informs you at any time of impending
Tsunamis. This is of great advantage, especially
at night, since the characteristics for impending
Tsunamis, such as the withdrawing of the sea
or sprays on the horizon, cannot be identified
at night. The Tsunami Alarm System offers protection
around the clock and lets you sleep more tranquilly.
• Worldwide Alerts - The Tsunami Alarm
System warns you everywhere around the world
of Tsunamis. You do not have to make your destination
known to the warning center beforehand and you
do not have to buy specific SIM-cards. If a
threat of a tsunami exists, you will be warned
directly on your mobile telephone anywhere in
the world and receive accurate information about
the affected areas, the time when the earthquake
occurred and about the intensity of the earthquake.
• Change of the Mobile Telephone Number
- If you have a new mobile telephone number
or use different SIM-cards on your trips, you
can, at any time, change your mobile telephone
number easily and directly on your personal
• Transfer the Tsunami Alarm System to
Your Family or Friends - If you subscribe to
the Tsunami Alarm System for a whole year, then
you have the possibility to transfer the subscription
to your family or friends. You just have to
change the particular mobile telephone number
on your personal customer page.
Customers can subscribe immediately to the
tsunami alarm system via the link provided.
The one-year subscription cost is only €29.95
. There is also a monthly subscription available
for holidaymakers available for the price of
of Public Holidays for 2007
Listing of All Official
Holidays for 2007 Including Officially Designated
Long Weekend Holidays.
(7/29/2006) Indonesia has published the list of
official holidays for 2007. The schedule of official
holidays - the subject of a joint Ministerial
decision from the Minister of Religious Affairs,
the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, and
the State Minister for Administrative Reform –
sets the dates for both official and religious
holidays and the recently introduced "shared
holidays" or "cuti bersama." "Cuti
Bersama" ares the officially declared long
holidays established to stimulate national tourism
and increase efficiency in the operation of government
Holiday Calendar for 2007
• Monday, January 1, 2007 – New
• Saturday, January 20, 2007 - Islamic
New Year 1428 Hijriah
• Sunday, February 18, 2007 - Imlek –
Chinese New Year 2558
• Monday, March 19, 2007 - Hari Nyepi
– Bali’s Day of Silence and Hindu
New Year 1929 Saka
• Saturday, March 31, 2007 - The Birth
Date of the Prophet Muhammad
• Friday, April 6, 2007 - Good Friday
• Sunday, April 8, 2007 - Easter Sunday
• Thursday, May 17, 2007 - Ascension
Day of Jesus Christ
• Friday, May 18, 2007 – Shared
Holiday by Government Decree for an Extended
• Friday, June 1, 2007 - Hari Raya Waisak
• Saturday, August 11, 2007 - Isra' Miraj
Nabi Muhammad – Celebrating the Ascension
of The Prophet Muhammad
• Friday, August 17, 2007 - Indonesian
• Friday, October 12, 2007 - Shared Holiday
by Government Decree for an Extended Weekend
• Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14,
2007 - Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1 Syawal 1428 Hijriah
• Monday & Tuesday, October 15 –
16, 2007 - Shared Holiday by Government Decree
for an Extended Weekend
• Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Hari
Raya Idul Adha 1428 Hijriah
• Friday, December 21, 2007 - Shared
Holiday by Government Decree for an Extended
• Monday, December 24, 2007 - Shared
Holiday by Government Decree for an Extended
• Tuesday, December 25, 2007 - Christmas
to Bali From AU$169
Jetstar Set to Rock
Holiday Market with Cheap One-Way Introductory
Fares from Australia to Bali and the Rest of Asia.
When Jetstar, the new corporate offshoot of Qantas,
commences operations to Asia in November 2006
you can expect that all the seats on its fleet
of four Airbus A330-200 jets will be filled with
people taking advantage of their amazingly low
In announcing the fares to Asia which start
as low as AU$169 for a one way passage from
Sydney or Melbourne to Bali, a Jetsar spokesperson
proved himself a master of understatement when
he said, "We'll have an extremely competitive
offering on these routes and destinations."
The fares offered by Jetstar will be pitched
at rates that are "up to 30% below"
fares currently offered to the same destinations
Jetstar - as the low-cost-airline alternative
to Qantas, will commence services to Honolulu,
Bali, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Osaka flying
from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Eventual plans call for a trebling of the Airline's
fleet to include 12 aircraft by 2009/2010.
Initial response to the announcement of special
fares has exceeded Jetstar's ability to handle
the surge in demand. The Airline’s website
crashed just days after the launch of the special
fare promotion, unable to cope with the sudden
influx of web-based customers.
Garuda Welcomes the Competition
Garuda Indonesia has welcomed the introduction
of no-frills carrier Jetstar to Bali, seeing
it as endorsement of the island’s continuing
strength as a tourist destination.
“Garuda Indonesia has always retained
a strong confidence in the resilience of the
Bali market and we are pleased to see this reinforced
by Jetstar's entry. The promotional activity
generated can only serve to further hasten the
recovery,” said Garuda Indonesia's Regional
Manager, South West Pacific, Suranto Yitnopawiro.
Suranto dismissed the commercial threat of
lower fares from Jetstar on the market insisting
that his Airline’s fare and product "remain
"Garuda Indonesia is a full service airline,
offering both Business and Economy class with
full meals, drinks and entertainment at no extra
charge," said Suranto. Adding, "Garuda
Indonesia is able to cater for the needs of
all passengers, including the physically handicapped
and unaccompanied minors. And we are able to
offer children's fares to this popular family
"All in all, Garuda Indonesia is comfortable
with its position in the Bali market and we
are confident that Jetstar's endorsement of
our island destination will only prove beneficial
to both Garuda Indonesia and the Balinese,"
Bali's Rag Trade
Bali's Local Textile
Association Report 15,000 Layoffs and Widespread
Bankruptcies Following the 2005 Bali Bombing.
The downturn in the Balinese economy following
the second Bali bombing on October 1, 2005, has
had a disastrous effect on the Island's garment
industry which, according to a report in the Indonesian-language
Tempo Interaktif is near collapse. According to
the report, of 120 businesses in the garment trade
prior to the bombing 70 are bankrupt due to declining
orders from both international and domestic customers.
"Our situation is critical," said
the Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association
(API), Mahendra, who estimates that through
July 2006 some 15,000 textile workers have lost
their jobs. Moreover, according to the API Chairman,
there have been no steps by the government to
alleviate the situation.
Mahendra laments that the textile sector is
burdened by high interest rates and the lack
of any tax relief, despite the current depressed
economy. This is in sharp contrast to the period
following the 2000 bombing of the World Trade
Center (WTC) when local government deregulated
the textile sector and reduced interest rates
in order help Bali garment operators survive
and avoid mass layoffs.
Mahendra called on the government of Bali to
take a more proactive role by lobbying Bank
Indonesia and the general banking community
to help to help correct the current situation.
Bikinis and Martinis
at Bali's Canggu Club
Private Members Club Opens its Pool and Welcomes
Members and Guests to a Relaxed Afternoon of Drinks,
Fashion and Fun.
Chilled Martinis flowed and sultry bikini-clad
models paraded on a stunning flower-laden catwalk
at the launch of Body and Soul's new bikini and
resort line collection at the Canggu Club's poolside
deck on Saturday, July 22. 2006.
As shown on balidiscovery.com, gorgeous swimwear
models flanked by torch-bearing male attendants
showcased 45 of the very latest creations in
swim and resort wear. A highlight of the afternoon
was a show-stopping children's fashion show
displaying Body & Souls "Bambini"
The gala fashion show cum swinging soiree also
marked the inauguration of the Club's 25 meter-long
six lane swimming pool. In the reception centered
around the pool, 350 Club members and invited
guests sipped martinis and snacked on gourmet
canapés prepared by Executive Chef Chris
While parents hobnobbed at the Main Pool, children
were busy at an "Itsy Bitsy Pool Party"
in the Clubs' Splash n Play Park where they
were entertained with pool games and a special
The completion of the Canggu Club's represents
the final phase of the opening of the 3,650
square meter Clubhouse which includes a three-tiered
Tappers Pub, Pandan Restaurant & Terrace,
private dining room, meeting & function
room, gym & fitness center, sauna &
steam rooms, massage rooms, private locker rooms,
children's playroom, library & lounge, teenage
zone, pool, & poolside café.
The Club also feature Bali's first air-conditioned
Squash Center and under-cover tennis courts
set to be open in September 2006.
Visit the Canggu Club
The Canggu Club is open for inspection tours
on two consecutive Saturdays, August 5 &
12, 2006 from 10 a.m until 6.00 p.m., offering
complimentary food and beverages. The Club is
located on Jl Pantai Berawa, Banjar Tegal Gundul,
Telephone the Club at ++62(0)361-8446385.
Shown on balidiscovery.com are photographs
taken during the July 22nd celebration at The
More information: The
Canggu Club Website
Bali Art Auction
Draws Crowds and Top Prices
'Undying Spirit of
Bali' - Larasati Auctioneers First Major Fine
Art Auction for Ubud and Bali.
Spirited bidding by some of the region's leading
private collectors of fine art were the hallmarks
of the first-ever auction of international standard
to be held on the island of the Gods on Saturday,
July, 15, 2006 at the Maya Ubud Spa & Resort..
Staged as one of a series of Bali Revival Events,
the auction was intended to breathe new life into
the local art market by staging an international
caliber art auction on the Island.
Over 150 people were on hand in the saleroom,
filling the room to overflowing. Aggressive
bidding saw most lots going under the hammer
at prices far in excess of initial estimates.
At the final hammer, over 83% of the lots were
sold generating total sales of Rp. 4.7 billion
(approximately US$ 520,000), exceeding targeted
sales for the day of Rp. 3 billion (approximately
Underlining the high level of interest in Balinese
art, 99% of all Balinese painting lots were
sold during the day’s bidding.
Among the highlights of sales concluded:
• Arie Smit's "View of a Temple"
sold for Rp. 561.6 million (approximately US$
62,140), an amount three times higher than initial
• I Nyoman Lesug’s "Bali Life"
sold for Rp. 140.4 million (approximately US$
• I Wayan Djudul's "Preparing for
a Show" sold for Rp. 72.54 million (approximately
• Ida Bagus Made Pugug's "Bali Life"
sold for Rp. 70.2 million (approximately US$7,770).
• I Nyoman Daging's "Bali Life"
sold for Rp. 64.35 million (approximately US$
• Willem Dooijewaard's "A Balinese
Girl Selling Fruit" sold for Rp. 210.6
million (approximately US$23,300).
• Sunaryo's "Barong" sold for
Rp. 257.4 million (approximately US$28,480).
• Roderick Knudslien's "Pink Fighters"
sold for Rp. 81.9 million (approximately US$9,060).
• I Made Sukada's "Kendang Player"
sold for Rp. 152.1 million (approximately US$16,830).
Elated at the interest and proceeds generated
by Bali's first international standard art auction,
Daniel Komala, President Director of Larasati
Auctioneers said: "This has to be one of
the most exciting and memorable auctions ever
held in Indonesia. We achieved our goal, and many
collectors are now looking with a lot more enthusiasm
and respect at the Balinese works. Fantastic atmosphere,
fantastic crowd, and fantastic results!"
More information: Larasati
30th Anniversary Sale
World Famous Exporter
of Quality Ceramics Holds 3-Day Sale to Celebrate
3 Decades of Business August 17-19, 2006.
From humble beginnings in a small and crowded
workshop on Bali's Sanur Beach, Jenggala Ceramics
has grown into a modern and very spacious ceramic
factory in Jimbaran exporting millions of dollars
of stylish table settings and accessories to the
Founded by two Bali legends – the Brent
Hesselyn and Wija Waroruntu – now both
deceased, in cooperation with Wija's daughter,
Ade who carries on the business. The spacious
and well-presented showroom at Jalan Ulawatu
II in Jimbaran is a "must see" on
every visitor's Bali itinerary.
To celebrate 30 years of business in Bali,
Jenggala Ceramics will be holding their "Grand
Anniversary Sale" for three days only from
August 17– 19, 2006. Discounts of up to
70% will be offered on surplus items from the
company's massive inventories.
The showrooms and factory are located on Jalan
Uluwatu II in Jimbaran and will be open from
10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day during the
For More information telephone Jenggala Ceramics
More information: Jenggala
Who's New in Bali
Hotels and Resorts
Round of New Appointments
at Bali and Lombok Hotels.
Alila Hotels & Resorts have appointed Dutch
native Jork Bosselaar as the new General Manager
of the 56-room ALiLa Manggis in Karangasem. Bosselaar
comes to Bali from an assignment as Assistant Villa
Manager at the Amanpuri Villas in Phuket, Thailand,
prior to which he held the General Manager's post
at two separate boutique resorts in Thailand.
July 2006 has seen a flurry of new senior appointments
at hotels and resorts in Bali and Lombok.
• Jork Bosselaar – General
Manager of the AliLa Manggis.
A graduate in Hotel Management from Leeuwarden,
the Netherlands, Bosselaar honed his skills in
the Dutch Antilles before making his first move
• Mirko Agostini – Executive
Sous Chef at Grand Hyatt Bali.
Bali's 648-room Grand Hyatt Bali have appointed
Mirko Agostini as Executive Sous Chef.
A graduate from the School Hotelier in Milan,
Italy, Agostini has held appointments across Europe,
Australia and Guam. Prior to his assignment with
the Grand Hyatt Bali, Agostini was the Executive
Sous Chef at Hyatt Regency Guam for two years.
Born in Milan, Agostini has worked in more than
five hotels in Italy. In 1999, he joined the Hyatt
Carlton Tower London, UK, as a Sous Chef for their
Italian Restaurant "Grissini". After
3 years in London, Agostini travelled to Australia
where he was Senior Sous Chef at the Park Hyatt
Hotel in Canberra, Australia.
• Rainata Tjoa – Public Relations
Manager at The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua.
Rainata Tjoa has been named as Public Relations
Manager at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali. Majoring
in Graphic Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute
of Technology, Rainata first arrived in Bali in
Originally from Jakarta, Rainata now consider
Bali her home. Before joining The Westin Resort
Rainata worked with several boutique properties
in Bali, including participating in the pre-opening
team of The Bale Nusa Dua, Bali as the Marketing
Communications Manager and as the Marketing Communications
Manager of the Hotel Padma Bali in Kuta.
• Marc Denton – General Manager
at The Oberoi Lombok.
A dual nation of both his native Switzerland
and the U.K., Marc Denton brings 15 years of hospitality
industry experience to his new post as General
Manager of The Oberoi, Lombok.
A graduate of the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne,
Denton gained his first experiences in hotel management
in food & beverage with positions in Ireland,
the United Arab Emirates, Canada and Thailand.
He has held resident manager positions at the
Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa in French Polynesia
and most recently at the Beau Rivage in Mauritius.
This is Denton's first position with Oberoi Hotels
Ronaldo – A
Young Man on the Ball in Bali
4 Year-old Bali Soccer
Enthusiast Benefits from Unique International
Program - www.carryforkids.org .
Ms. Ros Trembath, an employee of Garuda Indonesia
in Adelaide, Australia, first encountered Ronaldo
in 2002 when he was only three months old. Left
at a Bali orphanage during the 2002 World Cup,
the staff decided to give the infant the name
of the Brazilian soccer star – Ronaldo.
A regular visitor to Bali, Ros always arrives
on the island fully loaded with clothing, food
and toys for distribution to some of the many
children cared for in Bali's orphanage. It was
during one of these trips to Bali 4 years ago
that Ros first met the infant Ronaldo.
When the staff of Airport Travel in Adelaide
recently gave Ros a soccer ball for "her
kids" in Bali, she immediately remembered
Bali's mini-Ronaldo and made sure that the ball
was specially set aside for him.
As the accompanying picture on balidiscovery.com
shows, Ronaldo is obviously delighted with his
new soccer ball from which he is now reportedly
Founded in the late 1980's by two travel industry
workers, Brenton Whittaker and Shirley Cribb,
www.carryforkids.org strives to improve the
lives of children in developing countries by
providing a vital link between travelers and
children's centers overseas. By providing information
and facilitation services for people prepared
to carry much-needed donations for needy children
on their holidays, the organization puts potential
donators, couriers and needy institutions in
active contact with each other.
In the process, institutions across the Asia-Pacific
region receive critical assistance in their
efforts to clothe, feed and humor the children
in their charge.
And, judging for the smile on Ronaldo’s
face, participating in the carryforkids.org
is not without its rewards.
More information: Carry for Kids Website
Lother Arsana –
A Man of Many Ingredients
A Balinese Culinary
Legend Calls its a Day Surrounded by Friends and
Admirers at a Farewell Fete at The Grand Hyatt
On Friday, July 28, 2006, Balinese culinary legend
Lother Arsana ended more than 3 decades in the
kitchens of the Hyatt Corporation at a gala cocktail
reception attended by colleagues and admirers
from across the Island.
Fresh from his graduation from the Hotel and
Tourism Academy in Bali, Lother began his remarkable
and meteoric career in 1974 at the Bali Hyatt.
In possession of a natural passion for cooking,
Lother was appointed Commis Chef in 1975, having
progressed to Sous Chef 15 years laters in 1990
when he left the Sanur property to join the
pre-opening culinary team at the new Grand Hyatt
Bali in Nusa Dua.
While at the Bali Hyatt, Lother wrote his first
cookery book "Paon Bali" - one of
the first published compendiums of Balinese
During his career with Hyatt, Lother proudly
presented Balinese and Indonesian cuisine around
the world in numerous food promotions in cities
that included Johannesburg, Moscow, Sydney,
Melbourne, Taipei, and Hong Kong. In 1994, Lother
wrote his second cook book - "Food of Bali,"
co-authored with jis mentor and then Executive
Chef of the Grand Hyatt, Heinz Von Holzen.
A Chef with an international reputation for
professionalism in the kitchen, Lother was often
called away from Bali to join the pre-opening
support teams for Hyatt Regency Surabaya, Grand
Hyatt Seoul and Grand Hyatt Shanghai. "Balinese
food has allowed me to visit and experience
other countries around the world," admitted
A defining moment in an illustrious career
was Lother's promotion to Executive Chef for
Grand Hyatt Bali in 1998, capping a career he
began in 1974 as a humble daily worker in the
Sanur Hyatt's kitchen.
A Most Fond Farewell
Universally loved and respected by all his
Hyatt colleagues, the evening was a sometimes
tearful farewell marking 32 years with Hyatt
Resorts Bali which included speeches from the
Regional General Manager of Hyatt International,
Peter Stettler, and the General Manager of the
Grand Hyatt Bali, Detlev Truernit, who presented
a kitchen knife to Lother that was given to
him by his own father.
After a distinguished career in the kitchen,
Lother says he will now focus on community and
village responsibilities, bringing with him
the honour of being the first Balinese Executive
Chef in Bali to assume that role in a major
5 star hotel.
Shown on balidiscovery.com is Grand Hyatt Bali's
General Manager, Detlev Truernit,(left) speaking
at the reception and issuing Hyatt's thanks
to Lother Arsana (right).
A Head – An
Exhibition by Filippo Sciascia
by a Bali Expatriate Artists at the Ganesha Gallery
from August 8 through September 1, 2006.
For nearly a century, resident expatriate artists
in large numbers have come to Bali where they
played a major role in the perceived "romance"
of Bali. Many came in hope of recreating another
modern paradisiacal myth – emulating Paul
Gauguin in Tahiti. By the time Filippo Sciascia
arrived in Bali in the late 1990s, the expatriate
artist syndrome had deteriorated badly into a
rather stereotypical portrayal frozen somewhere
in the early decades of the 20th century.
An edgy member of a new generation of artists
experimenting with concepts and new techniques,
Filippo is not interested in capturing idyllic
Balinese scenes but more inclined to explore
the interaction between the artist, his subject,
the medium and the audience. In radical contrast
to earlier expatriate artists, the Balinese
style of life inspired Filippo to bring technology
to the heart of his views of an ancient agricultural
society. Not unremarkably, his work also resonates
with local art heroes, like Made Wianta, with
whom he worked on an art project appropriately
entitled "opposites attract" –
an acknowledgement of the seemingly unlikely
merger of seemingly incompatible worlds.
The current exhibition, A Head is not a collection
of paintings but a series of inter-related visual
documents and narratives from a creative process
over an extended period of time. The current
works also represent a physical manifestation
of energy that, like electricity, must circulate
to have meaning or be useful.
Filippo is the generator. But once the flow
begins his creations take on a life of their
own. One of the most important participants
is you, the audience.
When you look at the heads created by Filippo
don't forget to see yourself.
"A Head" an exhibition by Filippo
Sciascia at the Ganesha Gallery at the Four
Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay runs from August
8 through September 1, 2006. Open daily from
10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Bali's Airport Receives
Top Marks for Security
Japan Experts Cite
Bali's Airport as the Nation’s Most Security
The authoritative Indonesia Digest edited by Wuryastuti
Japan International Cooperation (JICA) has
rated Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport
as Indonesia’s best Security equipped
airport, giving it full ratings of 100%, said
Chadik Wibowo, Aviation Security Manager of
PT Angkasa Pura Ngurah Rai's Branch. This evaluation
was made after thorough checks at six Indonesian
international airports, reports Bisnis Indonesia.
Medan's Polonia Airport was given ratings of
63%, as was the Sam Ratulangi airport in Manado;
with Hasanuddin Airport of Makassar at 56%.
Whereas, the Soekarno-Hatta in Jakarta was rated
at 50%; Adisucipto airport in Yogyakarta also
at 50%; while the Sepinggan at Balikpapan was
lowest at 25%.
After August 2005, Bali's International Airport
received additional aviation security equipment
and has strengthened its security personnel
by increasing the number threefold to 705 persons,
which include Airport Security Police and Special
Air Force troops.
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