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BALI UPDATE #700 - 8 February 2010

Jero Wacik's First 100 Days of His Second Term
Interview with Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism Self-Assesses the First 100 Day of His New Term of Office.

The January 31, 2010 edition of Bali Post carried an interview with Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik in which he assessed the success of his work program for the first one-hundred days of his second ministerial term. What follows is balidiscovery.com's free translation of that interview.

What programs were prioritized as part of your kinetic contract as a member of the 2nd United Indonesia Cabinet?

A required program was the creation of Strategic Plan for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Renstra). Formerly, there was the Broad Guideline of State Policy (GBHN), but now we formulate the Renstra leading to the national medium (RPJM) and long-term (RPJP) development plans which define the our plan and policy for the coming five years of the government.

fIt is a requirement of law to create the Renstra for the first 100 days. This book is compiled by accommodating public opinion as well as stakeholders. Also considered are the ideas of cultural experts, voices from the tourism industry and our accumulated experience. All these results are bundled up, all parties are invited and the process concludes with a coordinating meeting to assemble the Renstra.

After that, we hold hearings with Commission X of the House of Representatives (DPR-RI) which sees the book finished on the 75th day. The book is titled "Strategic Plan for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism 2010-2014." Inside is a complete plan covering what will be done through the end of term in 2014. What we want to do with culture, what we want to do with tourism and where we want to go. For example, growth rates (targets) are listed from year to year.

How about other kinetic contracts?

There is the additional requirement to prepare a study for the creation of an agency for the management of the world and national heritage sites, using the Borobudur temple as a pilot project. Step by step we have composed the book by inviting stakeholders' participation. In addition, we have also made a complete inventory of national and regional cultural creations.

In connection with cultural creations, what's been done?

Within 100 days, I have already recorded some 350 cultural creations. There are many examples in this context, such as traditional homes, traditional architecture, oral traditions, traditional foods, and more. The cultural creations have been registered in case that some time in the future someone or another country claims these creations we will have the necessary data.

How about the implementation of related programs in the kinetic contract?

We will soon launch two books with multiple chapters – "The History of Indonesian Culture" and "Indonesia in the Current of History." We are not yet able to launch as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants to meet with the 75 historians involved in preparing the books. The introduction to these books by the President is being prepared. These books will become texts for school children and the entire Indonesian people. The President's guidance to the historians is to create an accurate record and not history as written by the victors. This will preserve the book for the future, regardless of who's in power.

The development of a historical complex the General Soedirman is a part of your working program. Can you explain?

Within the framework of commemorating the national service of General Soedirman, the government in the guise of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Armed Forces Historical Center and the Department of Public Works are building a General Soedirman Historical Center in the village of Pakis Baru, Nawangan, Pacitan Regency, East Java. Based on historical values and a desire to instill love of country in the younger generation, the government is revitalizing the complex. Soon President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will inaugurate the complex.

What can we learn from reflecting on the struggles of General Soedirman?

The historical center is comprised of two main buildings. The main structure covers 14 hectares and includes copper base-reliefs depicting 38 episodes from Pak Dirman's life, dating from his birth until his death. There are also dioramas relating 18 episodes showing the revolutionary struggle that began on August 17, 1945. I inaugurated the reliefs on January 5, 2010. The work on the dioramas continues.

There is an audio-visual room, documentary films collection, a library and an 8-meter high statue of Pak Dirman. His headquarters is located 2 kilometer from the complex. Before he based himself at the village of Pakis Baru, Pak Dirman undertook a guerrilla journey from Yogyakarta through 8 regencies covering a distance of 1,000 kilometers. That is the reason I decided to build 8 gateways leading into the complex.
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The problem of the national film industry is a priority. Following its complete collapse, what can be said?

After a total collapse lasting 12 years, "Festival Film Indonesia" was held again in 2004. This policy received positive support from the film community. From year to year new film productions increased, while during the years 2002-2003 the production of films was still very low with around 11-14 titles, but new film developments gave signs of encouragement. In the years 2005-2006 there were 33 titles; 2007 produced 53 titles; 2008 recorded 87 titles and 2009 saw 75 titles. In addition to feature films for theatres there were also film series produced for television stations. Television films in 2007 totalled 234 titles; 441 titles in 2008; and 452 titles in 2009.

Traditional arts are little appreciated. As a part of your first 100 day program what's been done?

We held a "Sasando Music Festival" December 17-20, 2009, with the theme "I'm Sure We'll Arrive" that won an award from the President. The Festival was guided by directions provided by the President during a visit to Kupang on June 14, 2009, who called for the protection, development and utilization of traditional art forms which is a part of our valuable national culture. The "Sasando Music Festival" form a part of the "culture line" that connects the nation stretching from Sabang to Merauke; from Maingas to Roti Island. Clearly, holding this event is just one step in the preservation of the traditional arts in Indonesia.

What about tourism programs?

Greater promotion of tourism to achieve visitor targets for both foreign and domestic tourists remains a commitment of the Department of Culture and Tourism. Our exhaustion at the end of the year is connected to the 6,495,000 foreign visitors to Indonesia in 2009, an increase of 0.4 percent when compared to the 6,429,027 foreign visitors who came in 2008.

Foreign exchange from foreign visitors, based on available data, records an income of 6.4 billion U.S. dollars, a decrease of 12.3% when compared to the previous year when 7.3 billion U.S. dollars was earned. This decrease is due to lower spending per visit which in 2009 averaged US$995.93 and a shorter length-of-stay of 7.69 days, compared to US$1,178.54 and 8.58 days recorded in 2008. Meanwhile, domestic tourists in 2009 undertook 229.95 million trips during which Rp. 128.77 trillion (US$128.77 million) was expended.This is an increase in domestic tourism of 2.18 percent as compared to 2008 when there were 225.04 million trips.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has made the National Program for Empowering the People (PNPM) as part of national tourism development. What's been done?

The PNPM program was started in 2009 and carried out in 104 villages across 57 districts, 40 regencies and 17 provinces. On the average each village was given a direct cash grant of between Rp. 50 and 80 million (US$5,000 – US$8,000). This year, plan to help 200 villages covering 131 districts, 83 regencies and 20 provinces. On the average each village will be given direct cash grants of between Rp. 60 – Rp. 90 million (US$6,000 – US$9,000). The goals are to promote the involvement and mutually profitable cooperation of all parties in creating tourism villages; enhancing the ability of the people; increasing access to capital resources; increasing awareness and participation of the people; and promoting the mastering of information and technology. This program is the concrete manifestation of the government's desire to involve the public as tourism practitioners while, at the same time, improving the management of tourism attractions. Because of this program, there will be 450 tourism villages in operation by 2011 and 1,000 in 2014.

What is the status of Indonesia's human resources in tourism?

The quality of human resources in the tourism sector plays a very important role in the success of the industry, depending greatly on the quality of high-tech and high-touch capabilities among tourism workers. The service given by front-liners and managers have a great effect on bringing repeat business to tourism companies. Because of this, efforts to improve the quality of the labor force must be ongoing. To do this the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has created a certification program in Hotel and Restaurant and Spa competency in 10 lead destinations. There have been 3,420 people certified for their competency in the Hotel and Restaurant category and 580 people certified in the spa sector – bringing the total to 4,000.

What we have done is one of the steps done to meet the demand for professional workers who have international accreditation. We are very thankful that our Higher School of Tourism (STP) has earned a Tourism Education Quality Certificate (TedQual) – an international acknowledgement of the quality of Indonesia's tourism graduates.


Better Care for Bali's Road Accident Victims
New Agreement Guarantees Immediate Medical Attention for Road Victims at Five Bali Hospitals.

The state-owned public transportation insurer Jasa Raharja, the Bali traffic police and five hospitals in Bali have all signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that should speed emergency treatment to victims of traffic mishaps on the island.

The Jakarta Post reports that the MoU provides for the immediate treatment of injured road accident victims at the following five hospitals: Sanglah General Hospital, Tabanan regional hospital, Bhayangkara police hospital, Puri Raharja private hospital and the Army hospital. The move is aimed at eliminating dangerous delays now encountered seeking payment guarantees so medical treatment can commence.

The MoU obliges the participating hospital to immediately commence medical treatment. In return, Jasa Raharja has agreed to pay the cost of medical treatments provided following a traffic accident when the subject bills are accompanied by a police accident report.


Balinese Chef Wins World Class Honors in Chile
Wayan Wicaya Of Bulgari Bali Resort Wins Global Chef Title.

Arriving back in Bali on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, after the long series of flights from Chile, I Wayan Wicaya received an enthusiastic welcome due a returning hero from friends, family and colleagues at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport. Too precious to be entrusted to his luggage, Wayan was carrying a trophy signifying one of the culinary world's most prestigious honors – winner of the Global Chefs Challenge 2010.
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One of the largest individual chefs competitions in the world and sponsored by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), the Global Chefs Challenge saw talented chefs from 88 counties who had won seven continental semi-finalists competing for the top prize in Santiago.

Held once every two years, the final round of competition sees chefs from seven regions prepare a four-course dinner for twelve people. Prepared and presented under the unforgiving gaze of a blue-ribbon panel of Master Chefs, judges rate the meal on culinary, hygiene and preparation standards.

The Final "cook-off" in Chile saw chefs from Indonesia (Bali), Norway, Canada, Portugal, Holland, Dubai and Australia vie for the gold cup.

Before competing in Santiago, I Wayan Wicaya, Executive Sous Chef at the Bulgari Resort Bali had to travel an arduous two-year battery of local, national and regional competitions before earning the right to represent Indonesia and Asia in the world finals. "The road to Chile was paved with hard work, skill, creativity and many smaller hurdles and to win this most prestigious prize is absolutely amazing and a confirmation of how far Indonesia has come in developing our local chefs to international standards," said Darren Lauder of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel who is also Vice-President of Bali Culinary Professionals (BCP).

Chef Andrew Skinner, serving as team coach, and the kitchen brigade at Bulgari, supported Wicaya’s bid.

Obviously, Wayan is delighted with his prize, saying: "Winning the title of Global Chef Asia was one of the highlights of my career. I remembered to stay calm and focused and just did my best. It was an amazing experience and I am very happy for myself and for my colleagues who have supported me and given me the confidence to take on this great challenge."

Joining Wicaya in Chile was the BCP’s first scholarship student, Alex Tanuhardja, who currently works as Commis Chef at Buglari Resort in Bali, and also serves as the President of the Bali Young Chefs Club.In Santiago each competing chef is allowed an apprentice/assistant to help prepare the four-course meal. Alex has been with the chef throughout the competition, exposed to the highest level of expertise as he competed against Michelin-starred chefs from Europe, America, Australia and Africa.

There was also a wine-pairing competition held in conjunction with the Global Chef Challenge. Wayan, perhaps badly in need of a drink in the face of such stiff competition, was allowed to taste 8 premiere Chilean wines to pair 3 of the wines with his menu. Indonesia also won this award, creating a clean sweep for Wicaya and Indonesia.

"We are all so impressed by this effort and the win is the final confirmation that Indonesia’s chefs are capable of competing against the very best on any culinary stage. Here is the proof," said Andrew Skinner, "A Balinese chef has completely blown away the competition to take this prestigious title. For the Indonesian team just to have made it to the final was a dream, to win is beyond words."

"We went to Santiago with no expectations whatsoever. We were considered the dark horse. But what it shows is on the day (of competition) unbelievable things can happen. However we also believe this was no fluke, because we felt we would be well below the required standard, we rehearsed and practiced like you would not imagine, just to ensure we did not embarrass ourselves on the world stage. And then we won!" continued Skinner.

"We are so proud to have represented, Indonesia, Bali Culinary Professionals and ourselves at this level of competition. To win is just fantastic."


Coffee, Tea or a 30-Day Visa?
Visa Processing on Board Garuda Flights from Japan to Bali May Be Extended to Australian and South Korea Flights.

After several false starts, Garuda Indonesia has formally introduced visa on board immigration processing on their flights from Japan, effective February 1, 2010.

Intended to reduce waiting time during immigration-customs processing at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, the service may be extended to flights originating from countries other than Japan, depending on the results of the trial introduction.

According to Beritabali.com, South Korean and Australia are being eyed as candidates for the new visa service.


Bali Police Seek Bulgarian in Credit Card Scam
40 Arrested in Credit Card Scam. List of ATMs Skimmed by Crime Ring.

Bali Post says that the national police have arrested a manager from Bank Danamon suspected to have played a role in the theft of customers' money via the ATM system. Police say the manager was apprehended in Bandung on Friday, February 5, 2010. The arrest follows an earlier arrest, also in Bandung, of a manager working for Bank Central Asia (BCA).

Police admit they have been unable to establish a network or connection between the two men. Authorities have also arrested 3 people in Jakarta connection with the ATM fraud in Bali.

The latest count from the police count some 230 bank customers across the country have suffered losses for which some 40 people are now being detained by police.

Bulgarian Sought

The police are also seeking a Bulgarian national believed to be connected to the Bali heist who supposedly fled the country with three Indonesian nationals to evade capture.

List of Affected ATM Machines

Kompas.com quotes the national police spokesman, Inspector General Edward Aritonang, asking all banking customers in Indonesia to exercise caution when performing transactions at ATM machine. Bank customers are advised to be suspicious of anyone observing their transaction from close range.

The Police have also released a list of ATM locations in Bali, Java and Lombok that police believe were tampered with through the installation of automated skimming devices:

1. Bali Wisata Tour Travel , Jl. Teuku Umar 186 , Denpasar

2. Glory Restaurant, Jl. Legian No. 445 , Legian

3. Bal Puri Niaga

4. Bali Padma Hotel 1,Jl. Padma Utara Legian, No. 1, Kuta

5. Hayam Wuruk Plaza 2 Denpasar, Jl. Hayam Wuruk No. 98, Denpasar

6. Okie's Hause, Kuta , Jl. Popies Lane II, Kuta Bali

7. Kartika Plaza 1, Jl. Kartika Plaza No. 89 and 98, Kuta

8. Kartika Plaza 2 , Jl. Kartika Plaza No. 89 and 98, Kuta

9. Waterbom Park Spa, Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kuta

10. Ubud 2, Jl. Raya Ubud 10, Ubud

11. UD Ron Ron, Kuta

12. Galael Dewata Swalayan, Jl. Raya Kuta No. 165 , Kuta

13. Visi Reality, Jl. Teuku Umar, Denpasar

14. Mai Mai Restaurant , Jl. Hanoman, Padang-Tegal-Ubud

15. Kuta Suci Arcade, Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta

16. Pepito Supermarket, Jl. Kediri No. 36 A, Tuban

17. Siliwangi 1, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman 120-121 , Semarang

18. Gosha, Jl. Dhyana Pura, Seminyak

19. Puri Naga, Kuta

20. Bali Bagus Abadi Cargo, Jl. Pura Bagus Taruna, Kuta

21. Griya Kopo Permai, Jl. Teuku Umar Barat, Denpasar

22. Super Ekonomi Marlboro, Jl. Teuku Umar Barat, Denpasar

23. Gazebo Beach Hotel, Jl. Danau Tamblingan No. 35, Sanur

24. Mitra 10 Denpasar, Jl Gatot Subroto No. 659-660 , Denpasar

26. Hotel Taman Suci , Jl. Imam Bonjol, Denpasar

25. Discovery Shopping Mall 1, Kuta

26. SPBU Dewi Sri, Jl. Dewi Sri, Kuta

27. SPBU Kunti, Jl. Kunti Seminyak, Kuta

28. Kois K Sweta Lombok Barat, Jl. Sandubaya, Sweta, NTB.


Blue Bird Taxi Responds to Illegal Operation Claims.
Blue Bird Insists their Bali Taxi Fleet Operating in Accordance with the Law.

The Blue Bird Taxi Group has responded vigorously to island officials and legislators who are accusing the 500-car taxi service in Bali of operating without the required licenses and permits.

The Vice-President of the Blue Bird Group, Noni Purnomo, said the Blue Bird brand is operated by PT Praja Bali Transportasi which is a legal transportation company operated by the Group.

Quoted in Bisnis Indonesia, Noni said, “We honor the law and always obey existing regulations.”

Noni's comments were made following the issuance of a written notification from I Made Santha - Bali chief of the Transportation, Information and Communication Department – calling into question the legal standing of the Bali taxi operation. That letter, dated February 1, 2010, took issue with the use of the Blue Bird brand on taxis operating under permits issued to Praja Bali.

Santha ordered that the entire taxi fleet cease operations until the cars could be re-branded and the Blue Bird identity removed.

Santha's get tough order followed a visit by local legislators in Bali to the vehicle pool of Blue Bird in South Bali.

Noni insists there is no case to answer, explaining that Blue Bird had given permission to PT Bali Praja to use the logo and identity of the Blue Bird Group in Bali.

The head of the Bali Taxi Union, Nyoman Rai, said the 1,500 drivers employed by Blue Bird have suffered lost income as many foreign tourist were reluctant to use their taxi service amidst reports that the company is operating illegally in Bali.


A Bali Concert by the Sea
David Harrington in a Charity Piano Concert at Le Meridien Bali on February 12, 2010.

World renowned pianist and singer David Harrington will appear in a one-night charity piano concert on Friday, February 12, 2010. A master of many musical styles, including classical, swing, early jazz and contemporary music – David Harrington will appear at the Le Meridien's Cliff Lawn overlooking Pura Tanah Lot and the Indian Ocean.

Pre-performance cocktail start at 6:30 pm with the show at 7:30 pm.

Harrington's musical career began at the age of eight when he won the TELDEC Piano Competition. Further accolades followed at the Youth Musiziert and Steinway & Sons competitions. He is a student of Prof. Robert Henry and Frank Guzinsky and has also studied piano, voice and conducting in Berlin and Hamburg. Harrington is the holder of a Master of Arts degree in theater studies specializing in musical theater from the Free University of Berlin. This led to engagements as a conductor/pianist for the musicals Grease, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, I was Never Even in New York and work as the musical event director at Schmidt's Tivoli Theater, Hamburg. David Harrington has also appeared as an international soloist including a performance at the Sydney Olympics.

His Bali appearance will be in support of Starwood’s "Anak Bintang" helmet campaign for children. Initiated in August 2009, the program endeavors to address the obvious dangers posed by the thousands of children riding on motorcycles in Bali without the protection of a helmet.

To save lives Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Bali - comprised of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali; The Laguna - a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali; Le Meridien Nirwana Golf Spa Resort and The St. Regis Bali Resort has launched its "Anak Bintang Campaign."

For more information or to make a reservations telephone +62-(0)361 815-900 ext 7112.

Related Website

[David Harrington’s Website (German)]


Foul Winds Blow at Bali's Breezes Resort
Local Bali Businessman Trying to Oust Management Team from Bali's Breezes Resort and Spa.

An ongoing dispute between an international hotel management company and a Balinese businessman has put the future operation of the 130-room Breezes Resort and Spa in jeopardy.

PT Mountbatten Resorts International (MRI) is reported to be preparing a civil suit against the hotel's owner, Kadek Wiranatha, in connection with a deal that allowed the company to manage the hotel under an eight-year lease. That agreement, entered into in August of 2008, reportedly allowed Wiranatha the right to sell the property to a third party anytime before September 1, 2009. The agreement further provided MRI with an option to purchase the hotel for US$10 million.

Recently, a payment of US$3.5 million from MRI to Wiranatha was refused, with the Balinese businessman asking the management of MRI to quit the property. Ignoring his request, in December 200, 100 men were sent by Wiranatha to forcibly eject the MRI managers and take possession of the hotel.

A Jakarta legal firm has served notice on Wiranatha demanding that he honor the terms of his contract while threatening him with criminal charges. In response, Wiranatha maintains that MRI has failed to make four successive lease payments, prompting him to evict them from the premises.

According to The Jakarta Globe, in response to complaints made by either MRI or Wirantha in the case, Police have visited the hotel and seized legal documents as evidence in the continuing proceedings.

Wiranatha's spokespeople claim that despite the legal wranglings hotel operations continue undisturbed.

Wiranatha is the founder of the now defunct Bali Air Paradise International Airline and number of successful dining and entertainment venues in Bali.


Waist Not, Want Not
100 Belly Dancers Expected at Asian Belly Dance Festival 2010 in Bali February 25-28, 2010.

Fanciers and competing participants on the finer points of belly-dancing are sure to be gladdened by the new that the Asian Belly Dancing Festival 2010 will be held at the Ayodya Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali February 25-28, 2010. More than 100 belly-dancers are expected in Bali for the event.

In an effort to publicize both the conference and the art, organizers have been staging belly-dancing exhibition across the island in the period leading up to the actual conference.

In addition to enthusiasts from across Asia, top-names in the field of belly-dancing from America, England, Australia and New Zealand expected to perform in Bali.


Planet Healing Starts in Bali
The Bali Spirit Festival Returns to Hillside Community of Ubud for its Third Year March 31 – April 04, 2010.

BaliSpirit Festival Kicks off its 3rd Year in Ubud, Bali, March 31 – April 4, 2010, featuring a wealth of talented and respected creative masters of yoga, dance and music from around the world. The event, centered on the grounds of The Purnati Center for The Arts in Batuan, just 10 minutes south of Ubud, merges the indigenous and rich cultures of Indonesia with east and west in the spirit of learning, collaborating and celebrating creative and spiritual diversity.

A Sampling of Daily Events

Yoga: Yoga Trance Dance (Shiva Rea), Power Yoga (Eion Finn), Prana Flow Yoga (Twee Merrigan), Anusara Yoga (Bridget Woods Kramer), Iyengar (Carole Baillargeon), Yogic Arts (Duncan Wong), Ashtanga Yoga (Danny Paradise), Hatha Yoga/Tantra Philosophy (Mark Whitwell), and Ayurveda (Uma Inder).

Dance: Balinese and Traditional Indonesian, West African, hip hop, ecstatic, and Bollywood dance.

Music: Digeridu, Sufi Kwalli, African Drumming, DJ workshops, Kirtan, Tribal & Traditional Indonesian.

Dharma Fair - Eco-friendly marketplace; massage, healing, health food, artisan clothing, spa and yoga products, busking, cds, and musical instruments.

Schedule of Events

• March 31 Opening Night Celebration (Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali)

• April 1-3 Daytime Workshops (7:00 am – 5:00 pm (Purnati, Batuan)

• Night World Music Performances (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Ubud)

• April 4 Hari Cinta Keluarga (Family Day) (Purnati, Batuan) - Daytime Workshops (7:00 am – 4:00 pm) and Free Kids Workshops (7:00 am – 4:00 pm) Family-friendly Performances (starting at 4:00 pm)

For more information and ticket prices, please visit [Bali Spirit Festival Website]


High Winds & Blowing Sands Play Havoc with Kuta Beach
Strong Westerly Winds Deposit Sand on Jalan Raya Kuta and Destroy Breakwater along South Kuta Beach.

High westerly winds caused sand shifts on Bali's popular Kuta beach temporarily closing Kuta's main beach-side road (Jalan Raya Kuta) during the first few days of the month of February 2010. The strong winds whipped up sand from the beach covering the two lane road with sand.

Further down the beach, in the Tuban area of South Kuta, waves playedg havoc in front of the Discovery Mall and Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel.

Quoted in Kompas.com, the Chairman of the Kuta Beach Security Team (Satgas Pantai Kuta), I Gusti Ngurah Tresna, said on February 1, 2010: "Now the winds are very strong. Since this morning we've seen the large stones forming breakwater in front of the Hotel Kartika Plaza crushed by the waves."

Borrowing truck from the Badung Parks Department, efforts were made to protect the beach by installing new stones to replace the six one-ton stones devastated by the huge waves.

A special government team dealing with erosion is now planning a strategy to reclaim lost beach front as soon as the current heavy waves subside.


Key Management Appointments at Bali Hotels
Phil Riley Leads InterContinental Bali Resort as Matthew Hill Moves to Resident Manager Role at Conrad Bali.


Two leading hotels in Bali have announced new key appointments to their management teams in Bali.

Phil Riley in Regional Role for Intercontinental

InterContinental Bali Resort have announced the appointment of Phil Riley as General Manager & Regional General Manager IHG Indonesia.

With over 30 years of hospitality management experience, Riley brings a demonstrated understanding of luxury hotel operations to InterContinental Bali Resort. His Bali assignment comes after a 14 month stint as General Manager of the recently opened InterContinental Asiana Saigon as well as serving as IHG’s Regional General Manager Vietnam.

Working since 2003 with the IHG group, Riley has held a succession of senior positions in Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Prior to joining IHG, as part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Riley was opened new properties for Sheraton in Jakarta and China. Phil then moved into a parallel division of the industry with P&0 Princess Cruises. Appointed Senior Vice President Hotel Operations in 2000, he was responsible for the overall operational aspects of a fleet of 12 cruise ships under the Princess Cruises flag.

Riley holds a diploma in Hotel & Catering Management and a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Matthew Hill to Resident Manager Post at Conrad Bali

Matthew Hill has joined Conrad Hotels & Resorts as Resident Manager of the Conrad Bali following an long career in hotel and regional level management.



In a career spanning 18 years in the hospitality sector, past postings include working as Executive Assistant Manager at the Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island and a senior management positions at Hamilton Island Resort and Peppers Retreats & Resorts in Australia.

As part of his new role Matthew will focus on the services offered at the Conrad Suites and take steps to enhance the Wellness program at Jiwa Spa.

An Australian national, Matthew is married with two children, aged 2 and 4. Matthew’s interests are reading, cooking and sports.


After a While with Au Crocodile
Emile Jung, Former Chef-Owner of Michelin-Rated Au Crocodile, in Two-Day Celebrity Chef Assignment at Bali's Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique.

As part of its continuing program of showcasing world renowned chefs, Ubud's Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique has invited Emile Jung, the former chef-owner of the 3-star Michelin 3-Star rated Au Crocodile, to lead a two-nights culinary event February 19-20, 2010. Preparing two dinners at Mozaic Restaurant, Chef Emile Jung will participate in developing exciting new menus with Chef Chris Salans, pairing wines from Alsace's Grand Châteaux's of Trimbach, Schlumberger and Kradenweiss and acquiring culinary ideas from Bali's most famous fine-dining restaurant.

The two dinner nights at Mozaic Restaurant in Ubud, are open to the public permitting privileged diners to sample menus that include Napoleon of Langoustines and fresh crab meat; salad of mache, Indian Rock Lobster and Golden Vermicelli with Pink Peppercorns; Coral Trout and Baby Calamari in a Albertine Vermouth Sauce; Crispy Pigeon and Foie Gras with Savoy Cabbage and 'du Puy' Lentils; Frozen Parfait of Fresh Seasonal Cherries and Kirsch with Crispy Pistachios and a Terrine of Melon and Strawberries in a Fresh Apple Gelée.

Born in Masevaux, a picturesque Alsatian town at the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, Emile Jung completed his secondary education to become a restaurant apprentice at the famous restaurant of the renowned Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg. Later, he worked in Lyon at the Michelin two-star restaurant La Mere Guy. There he discovered the classic "Grand Cuisine" based on superb local products and a great regional traditions. There he also met the demi-god of the kitchen, Paul Bocuse, and credits him with stimulating his imagination and his interest in fine cuisine.

Due largely to his eclectic training and his love for quality ingredients, Emile Jung is forever in search of innovations that will add a personal style to his cuisine. He believes in harmonious dishes, respect for natural products and insists that wine epitomizes the genius of cooking. With an addition of personal touches to traditional dishes his poetic visual presentations offer final proof that Emile Jung is not only an extraordinary chef, but a creative originator as well.

For more information and bookings call +62-(0)361-975768


 
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