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BALI UPDATE #966 - 09 MARCH 2015

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Bridging the Gulf to Bali
Dubai to Denpasar Daily with Emirate Airlines Starting June 3, 2015

Emirates Airlines from Dubai (UAE) have announced plans to commence a daily service between Dubai and Denpasar, Bali commencing June 3, 2015

The non-stop flights will use Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in an economy and business class configuration.

When the service starts, Bali will become the 148th port-of-call for Emirates.

Thierry Antinori, the executive vice-president and CCO of Emirates, quoted by Gulfbusiness.com, said: “Bali is a significantly important market for Emirates. There is high interest in Bali from across our network, specifically in the leisure segment.”

Continuing, Antinori added: “The new service will greatly increase convenience, choice, and consistency of travel experience for consumers who currently have to travel via multiple stops, or via other points in Indonesia to reach Bali.”

The daily service will see EK398 depart Dubai at 8:20 am local time and arrive in Bali at 21:40 pm local time. Traveling in the reverse direction, EK399 leaves Bali 11:40 pm to touch down in Dubai at 5:00 a.m. the following morning.

Emirates currently operate three flights each day between Dubai and the Indonesian capital of Jakarta flying Boeing 777 aircraft.


Clive Climbs to the Top at AYANA Resort
Clive Edwards Named General Manager at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

Clive Edwards has been promoted to general manager of the AYANA Resort and Spa Bali following five years of serving in various management positions at the hotel.

Edwards brings 15 years of experience working in luxury hotels to his Bali assignment. A native of Jamaica, he joined AYANA in 2009 as director of rooms – executive assistant manager. Elevated to acting general manager in 2012, he helped oversee the opening of The RIMBA in November 2013.

Also in 2013, Edwards was appointed corporate director of rooms operations for the Capella Hotel Group in Atlanta, Georgia, before returning to Bali in 2014 as interim general manager for The RIMBA and AYANA. 

In announcing Edward’s appointment, Horst Schulze, chairman of the Capella Hotel Group who provides management oversight for the two Bali properties, said: “Clive is well prepared as he is deserving of this promotion. Since 2009, the resort has been voted ‘World’s Best Spa Resort’ by Conde Nast Traveler and been awarded by Travel+Leisure among Asia’s Best. Quality goals were also exceeded with over 91% of employees rating their satisfaction at 9 or 10 out of 10.”

Clive said 2015 would be a big year for the resort as it builds on the successes following RIMBA’s opening, which effectively repositioned AYANA as Bali’s only integrated resort. “I am honored to be appointed to lead such an amazing team, I truly believe we have the best people on the island with the passion, innovation and experience to set the bar even higher,” he said.
 
Clive Edwards is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the AYANA Resort and Spa that sits in a 90-ectare cliff-top location overlooking Jimbaran Bay. The Resort features extensive on-site facilities with 15 restaurants and bars including priority access to the famous sunsets at Rock Bar; 11 swimming pools; a private beach; Thermes Marins Bali Spa and thalassotherapy center; 2 Kids’ Clubs; golf-putting and tennis; and 2 fitness centers.
 
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Bali Tourism to Rebrand
Tourism Officials to be Invited to Focused Discussion Groups to Find a New Branding for Bali

The State New Agency Antara reports that the head of the Bali Tourism Service (Kadisparda), Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha Putra, that a portion of additional promotional funds being allocated by the Ministry of Tourism will de dedicated to re-branding the Island.

Speaking on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Yuniartha said, “Bali latest branding of ‘Bali Shanti, Shanti, Shanti’ is viewed as failing to connect with the national branding for Indonesian tourism launched by the Ministry of Tourism.”
 
The Kadiparda announced that this year the Province of Bali would receive promotional funds for tourism totaling Rp. 100 billion (US$8 million)  from the Ministry of Tourism, 50% of which will be used to rebrand and reposition Bali.
 
“In order to rebrand we need to hold focused discussions with leaders in Bali’s tourism. I can't yet confirm what will become the new ‘brand’ for Bali – that will be decided in the discussion forums,” he said.
 
Yuniartha said he has held discussions with Bali Agency for Planning and Development (Bappeda) that will serve as the location for the coming focus group discussions.
 
Yuniartha explained that the Rp. 100 billion from the Ministry of Tourism has only been awarded to three provinces: Bali, Jakarta and Batam.
 
At the same time, the Province of Bali has also prepared another Rp. 900 million (US$72,000) for use in 2015 in the domestic and international promotion of tourism.


The Fate of a Russian Bag Lady
Russian Lady Shoplifter Faces 5 Years in a Bali Jail

A 31-year-old Russian woman,Maria Savateeva, is facing the possibility of five years in prison as she stands trial in Bali’s capital of Denpasar after being caught shoplifting from the Toko Travelogue Beachwalk in Kuta,

Quoted by the State New Agency Antara, State Prosecutor Happy Maulia told the Court, “The accused violated the law by taking the property of another in the form of a camera bag with the intention of  theft.”

Savateeva hails from St. Petersburg, Russia.
 
The Court has been told how Savateeva visited the Beachwalk Shopping Arcade on December 30, 2014 at approximately 1:30 pm when she shoplifted a camera bag worth Rp. 3.9 million (US$312) from the Toko Travelogue that she intended to sell because she needed money.
 
Savateeva reportedly grabbed the bag and ran from the store. A store employee, Gede Surjaya gave pursuit while shouting “thief” as he pursued the Russian through the shopping mall.
 
Joined in the pursuit by Moh Harits, a security guard from the Beachwalk, the woman was chased until she was subdued in front of the Pull and Bear Shop on the second floor of the Mall.
 
The Russian,who tried to dispose of the bag during the chase,was brought to the Kuta Police Precinct.
 
The trial continues in the Denpasar High Court.


Honorary Diplomats to Meet in Bali
Bali to Host World Congress of Consuls October 15-18, 2015

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Indonesia, A.M. Fachir, is welcoming plans to hold the World Congress of Consuls in October 15-18, 2015.

The gathering of international consular officials has adopted the theme of “Asia and the World: New Connectivity” with the gathering intended to foster people-to-people contacts and international cooperation.

As reported by Seruu.com, the Deputy Foreign Minister’s support for the Congress was voiced following a meeting pn March 2, 2015. with the chairman of the Association of Honorary Consuls to Indonesia (AHCI), Soy M Pardede, and the organizers from AHCI.

Deputy Minister Fachir expressed his appreciation for the role played by honorary consuls in maintaining positive diplomatic relations between Indonesia and the friendly nations they represent.

Indonesia was selected to host the 11th World Congress of Consuls at the 10th Congress held in Monaco in November 2012.


Boxing Day – Three Months Late
Indonesia AirAsia X to Commence Postponed Melbourne to Bali Flights on March 17, 2015

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Indonesia AirAsia X, the long-haul subsidiary of Indonesia AisAsia and AirAsia (Malaysia), has finally been declared airworthy by Australian Aviation authorities to commence flights between Melbourne and Denpasar, Bali.

The Indonesian carrier will add competition on a route already served by Garuda Indonesia, Virgin Australia and JetStar.
 
The entry of the new low-cost carrier is expected to bring more pressure on Virgin Australia who continues to suffer losses on its flights to Bali, despite lower fuel costs. Virgin use of Boeing B737 aircraft on its Bali runs that put it at a competitive disadvantage with the other carriers  who are all operating wide-bodied aircraft between Australia and Bali.
 
Indonesia AirAsia X began marketing its new Melbourne – Bali route in October 2014 with a scheduled start of service on Boxing Day, December 26, 2014. Failure to obtain the needed Australian Government licenses to fly the route saw Indonesia AirAsiaX informing passengers of their cancelled flights just days before their scheduled departure and scrambling to rebook them on circuitous flights to Bali via Kuala Lumpur.
 
Now, with the needed permits in hand from both the Indonesian and Australian governments, Indonesia AirAsia X is expected to start flying between Melbourne and Bali on March 17, 2015 operating their new service five times a week.
 
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Tense Testing Ahead
Foreign Workers in Indonesia to be Required to Prove Language Proficiency

The Indonesian Manpower Department, the agency that issues working permits to expatriate workers in Indonesia, is busily preparing an online language proficiency test that will soon need to be successfully passed by foreigners to work in the Country.

The Jakarta Post reports that the Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri will soon make a passing grade on the test mandatory for foreigners working in Indonesia or aspiring to do so.

Speaking in Jakarta, Hanif said: “[They] must understand that our intention to implement the policy is reciprocal,” alluding to similar language proficiency tests imposed on Indonesians seeking work in Japan and South Korea.
 
Continuing, Minister Hanif said: “Some foreign professionals come to this country and after several years here can still only say ‘selamat pagi [good morning]’ and ‘terima kasih [thank you]’. It’s not fair for us. It shows that they have no intention to learn Indonesian.”
 
Those foreigners wishing to work in Indonesia will need to pass an online version of the test before being granted a working visa. Meanwhile, those already in the country will need to take a test. Workers failing the test will be given a limited window of time in which to retake and pass the test or face the loss of their working permits.
 
The requirement for Indonesian language proficiency has been part of the law since 2013, but has been unenforced.
 
Foreigners working as commissioners, director and in temporary positions are reportedly exempted from the language proficiency tests.
 
Official data from the Manpower Ministry says 68,762 foreigners were working in Indonesia in 2014. Most foreign workers hail from China, Japan, South Korea, India and Malaysia.
 
The language controls are seen in many circles as a means of limiting a feared flood of ASEAN workers under the free trade and free movement of workers stipulations of the ASEAN Economic Community set for implementation in 2015.


Giving Bali a Sporting Chance
German Sports Facility Operator Eyes International Stadium Project at Pecatu, Bali

Gerry Weber Sportspark from Germany is exploring cooperating with the Provincial Government of Bali to build an international standard sports stadium on the Island.

Bali’s vice-governor Ketut Sudikerta told the State News Agency Antar, “The Provincial Government of Bali is definitely planning to build and international standard sports stadium on public land located in Pecatur, Badun Regency.”

Sudikerta’s comments to the press were made as he received a delegation from the Gerry Weber Sportspark (Germany) on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Sudikerta continued, saying the development of a sporting infrastructure represents a top priority in the next phase of Bali’s development,
“This is in step with Bali’s efforts to develop the potential of sports tourism. If the stadium can be quickly realized this will bring many international championship events to our region,” he said.
 
The vice-governor underlined that the Province is open to cooperative projects with investors providing such collaborations do not violate existing rules and regulations.
 
Those wanting to establish cooperative ventures with the Province should commence discussions with the Provincial Planning Board (Bappeda), the Investment Board and the Asset Bureau of the Province.
 
Calling on the deputy governor was Thorsten Liebich, managing director of Gerry Weber Sportspark, who said his Company works in developing sporting infrastructure projects, such as the multi-sports Gerry Weber Sportspark (GWS) in Germany,
 
GWS has hosted world tennis tournaments. The group also operates several starred hotels that form part of an international network.
 
Now in its 23th year of operation, GWS is interested in expanding its business to Bali through the building of a multi-sports stadium. Accompanying Liebich on his visit to the deputy-governor was Argadjendra Sentot, the president director of PT Unimas, the Indonesian partner of GWS.
 
GWS also holds licenses to host international championships in basketball, boxing, golf and other sports.


Chinese Honors for Bali Travel Products
Two Bali Hotels Win Honors in 2014 Chinese Travel Awards

Two Bali Hotels earned honors in the Best Overseas Hotel Category at the 2014 China Travel Awards organized by Travel&Leisure, Travel & Leisure Golf and Travel & Leisure Website.

Operating since 2007, the awards recognize travel excellence across 23 categories voted on by  Chinese readers, magazine editors and journalists, frequent flyers and travel experts.

International hotel chains represented in Bali were among those named the “Best Hotel Groups” in the 2014 awards, namely:
  • Intercontinental Hotel Groups
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts

In the Award’s list for the “Best Overseas Hotels” the Bali properties named as winners:
  • The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas, Nusa Dua, Bali
  • Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Also worthy of note, Garuda Indonesia Airlines was among the carriers cited in the category “Best Airline Service Award."

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Containing Society’s Refuse
Governor Wants to Move Kerobokan Prison to an Area Adjacent to the Suwung Rubbish Dump

Bali’s Governor has once again recommended to Indonesia’s Minister of Justice and Human Rights that Bali largest prison at Kerobokan be relocated to a new area providing a hilltop view of the surrounding oceans.

The new location Governor Made Mangku Pastika has in mind for a new prison is the towering rubbish dump located at Suwung in South Denpasar.
 
Quoted in NusaBali, Pastika said: “That’s my recommendation. Hopefully my suggestion is accepted because, studying from past disasters, its hard to contain unrest when it occurs at the existing prison.”

Pastika argues that rather than requiring the Minister of Justice and Human Rights to undertake a prolonged and confusing search for a suitable location for a new prison, it would be best if the government simply used the massive rubbish dump at Suwung.

“There (at Suwung) there is 30 hectare area, part of which is used for the rubbish to and another part that if managed well would not pose a problem.

The Governor said the present prison is badly overloaded by a factor of 300% and it is not practical to think the prison at Kerobokan can continue to operate into the future.

In the past, a feasibility study was done on moving the Kerobokan prison.

Pastika suggests that any new prison built in South Bali have an adjacent hospital for the treatment of people with drug dependencies.


Caught on Film
Australian Tourist Makes Police Report of Sexual Abuse at Airport by Immigration Official

An immigration official at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, I Nyoman Agus Sucahya, has been named as a perpetrator of sexual impropriety for outraging the modest of Australian tourist Glenda Judith Myra Field (46).

As reported by Beritabali.com and Okezone.com, the alleged incident occurred in a hallway of the Airport not far from the International Arrival Terminal on the evening of Friday, February 20, 2015.

Charged with a crime that carries a maximum penalty of less than 5 years in prison, Sucahya was not held by police. 

Beritabali.com reported that the immigration official admitted involvement in similar sexual assaults on foreign tourists arriving in Bali.

The sexual assault alleged by Field, who works in the field of medical cosmetology in Australia, arrived with her husband off Virgin Airline #VA41 on Thursday evening, February 19th, at 11:30 p.m.

Field, while waiting for her luggage, was summoned by the young Immigration Officer who introduced himself as a Customs Officials and asked the woman to follow him. Thinking there was some sort of problem, Field followed the man, repeatedly looking behind in the hope that her family would see she had been summoned by Customs.

The Australian woman was led to a hallway near a public toilet where the immigration officials reportedly embraced her and placed his hand on her right shoulder. Sucahya used his left hand to take “selfies” of the startled tourist with his hand phone.

A lawyer engaged by Field, Lilis Sri Rahayu Lubis, said in a formal statement issued on Thursday, March 5: “My client was forced to have her photo told and ordered to smile. The perpetrator also told my client that she was beautiful.”

While the photos were being taken by the Immigration officials, a passing tourist who stopped to watch the unfolding incident was ordered to “move on” by Sucahya. It was after the passing tourist left the scene that the Immigration official requested the photo.

Field alleges that the man repeatedly fondled her breast and grabbed her genitals.

The woman escaped the Immigration official’s attentions and, in tears, sought her family still waiting in the baggage collection area. Angered, the woman and her family immediately reported the molestation to Custom’s officials at the Airport.

The woman’s lawyer said, “The case was investigated by customs who checked the CCTV cameras. Based on the videos recorded by the CCTV it was determined that the man involved in the assault was from Immigration.”

The Customs officials then invited the woman and her family to the immigration area of the airport where she identified Sucahya.

Confronted by his accuser, Sucahya immediately apologized to his victim. Undeterred, the woman then reported the attack to the police and refused to leave the Airport until her demand that an Australian Consulate official came to the airport was met.

The woman’s Indonesian lawyer, Lilis, added: “After waiting for an extended period, the Australian Consul came to the airport. I was contacted by the Consulate to (help) report the incident to the Bali Airport Police office (KP3 Bandara).”

Lilis told the press that the complaint filed with the police at the Airport included evidence supporting their charges. The immigration officer accused of the outrage has been interviewed by police and has been formally classified as a suspect.

Indonesian criminal procedure only provides for remand by the police of suspects charged with crimes that carry penalties of five or more year’s imprisonment.

Lilis and her client were not pleased that the young Immigration office was not immediately placed behind bars. During his interrogation, Sucahya admitted at least 5 similar assaults on tourists arriving in Bali, one of them a Japanese.

Lilis said: “If this man is allowed to remain free, he can commit sexual outrages on other foreigners. This has damaged the image of tourism in Bali.”

Incongruously, Ni Nyoman Wismawati, a female police officer at the Airport’s Police Office told reporters that no report detailing this case had been filed at her precinct. In response, the woman’s lawyer supplied a copy of the report registered as LP / 10 / II / Bali / Resta Dps / Sek Kws Udr, tgl 20 Februari 2015.

Fields, who was on holiday in Bali with her husband, son and her son’s fiancé said she was traumatized by the incident. She left Bali to return to Australia on March 2, 2015, accompanied by a police guard until check in at the airport.

Immigration at the Bali Airport has yet to make formal comments on Field’s criminal complaint.


Meet in Bali
Bali Named a Favorite in Recent Poll of Meeting and Conference Industry

CEI Magazine (Conference, Events, Incentive) report that an international survey conducted by DMC Pacific World saw Bali named as a top MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conferences and Exhibitions) in Southeast Asia.

The report linked an increase of MICE business to Southeast Asia following the successful hosting of the Asia Pacific Summit in 2014 (APEC). Australia and the Asia Pacific were also identified in the survey as growing markets to Southeast Asia with the IT and automotive sectors leading the way.

Respondents voting for Bali as a MICE destination cited positive views on safety, incentive activities and local heritage sites as contributing factors. Also winning votes from MICE decision makers were Bali’s new airport terminal, the Mandara Toll Road and the opening of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Nusa Dua.

I Wayan Sumadiyasa, MICE manager Indonesia at Pacific World, said: “Following some more troubling times, Bali is finally being perceived as a safe destination with heightened security measures put in place by the police and local people. Indonesia has enjoyed political and economic stability in recent years and we are seeing an amazing growth of the amount of incentives.”


Balinese Killed in Tourist Bus Collision
Balinese Restaurant Operator Dragged to Death by Chinese Tourist Bus

A bus carrying Chinese tourists on Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai in Sanur collided with a motorcycle on Wednesday morning, March 4, 2015, resulting in the death of the motorcyclist.

A Honda Scoopy motorcycle driven by a Balinese man, I Gusti Ketut Nawa (50), ran a red light at the intersection of the Bypass and Jalan Danau Buyan striking the bus traveling in a southerly direction in front of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Sanur.

The bus that had just left The Grand Bali Beach Hotel with 20 Chinese tourists on board was stuck by the cyclist, resulting in the motorcycle and driver being dragged for a distance of 50-100 meters down the highway before finally coming to a stop. The driver of the bus, I Nengah Muliana (43), was reportedly unaware of the collision until alerted by the screams of the horrified passengers.

The motorcycle driver was returning from the morning market with items purchased for use in Warung Tingen, a restaurant operated with his wife on Jalan Segera Ayu in Sanur,

Nawa suffered extensive injuries and was brought by ambulance to the Sanglah General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrivals.

Police continue to investigate the crash.


Asking a Lot
Water Sports Operators in Tanjung Benoa Seek Permission to Borrow Land from The Chedi Sakala Hotel to be Used as a Parking Lot

NusaBali reports that local residents in the Tanjung Benoa area of South Bali have taken to the street in front The Chedi Sakala Bali in peaceful demonstrations asking the hotel to allow tourist buses and other vehicles to park on unoccupied land owned by the hotel.

A recent decision by the Hotel to ban parking on their land has forced vehicles carrying water sports participants to park on the shoulder of Jalan Pratama resulting in serious traffic jams.

When the hotel did not respond to requests to be allowed to continue to use the vacant lot for parking, a number of protestors took to the road on Thursday, March 3, 2015, to block traffic to underline to the Hotel the growing problem of congestion caused due to a lack of off-road parking.

Buses used by participants in water sports activities operated by members of the local community can, when parked on roadsides during peak mid-afternoon periods, block traffic stretching from The Chedi Sakala to the SMPN 3 Kuta Selatan (junior high school).

The water sports operators are asking permission to use a one-half hectare lot owned by the hotel for a one-month-long period, while efforts are made to find alternate parking arrangements.

The matter is under mediation conducted by the sub-district head between the local residents and the hotel.


Quite Dawn to 2015 for Indonesian Arrivals
Bali Tourism Grows in January 2015 While National Arrivals Decline 3.99%

While foreign tourist arrivals to Bali increased 7.09% month-on-month for January 2015 when compared to January 2014, nationwide it was a different story.

Indonesian foreign tourist arrivals for all of Indonesia declined 3.99% in January with 723,039 visitors as compared to the 753,079 tourists who came to the Country in the same month in 2014.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 and quoted by NusaBali, Indonesian Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya linked bad weather and landslides in several locations in January to tourism declines. “In January 2015, the period of intense rains and cloudiness brought the tragedy of the crash of AirAsia QZ850 that went down in the Karimata Straits on a flight from Surabaya to Singapore.”

Yahya also saw the shifting date of Chinese New Year to February as causing visitors nation-wide from China and Taiwan to fall 8.74% and 17.44%, respectively.

For all of Indonesia in 2015, 12 out of 16 focus markets saw a decline in arrivals: Russia (-47%), Malaysia (-20.94%), Taiwan (-17.44%), the Middle East (-15.74%), the Philippines (11.06%), Singapore (-10.28%), Germany (-9.8%), China (-8.74%), U.S.A. (-5.18%), India (-2.27%), France (-2.03%) and The Netherlands (-1.04%).

Meanwhile, Indonesia experience growth in 4 of it main focus markets: South Korean (+12.04%), Australia (+8.64%), Japan (+7.45%) and the U.K. (+4.15%).
 
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Drowning in Trash
Pressure Grows for Bali to Ditch Partnership Agreement with PT NOEI to Manage the Massive Rubbish Dump in Suwung, South Bali

A growing mountain of trash at Bali’s main rubbish tip of Suwung (TPA Suwung) now stands 10-meters high, creating a fetid aroma that permeates the atmosphere at a distance of up to 3-kilomters. And the pile continues to grow at an alarming rate with some 2,500-3,000 tons of new rubbish being deposited there each day.

As reported by Bali Post, the chairman of Commission III of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), I Nengah Tamba has called on the Sarbagita regional cooperation zone and the Provincial Government of Bali to take urgent action to overcome the mounting trash problem. According to the Lawmaker, the trash is damaging Bali’s environment on several levels and destroying Bali’s image as a tourism destination.
Tamba said that the rubbish dump at Suwung is polluting and poisoning surrounding seas and sub-surface ground water.

“The Government must quickly review the situation or revoke the cooperative contract with Sarbagita in place with a private investor that has been in place for more than 10 years and has failed to completely resolve the problem of mounting rubbish,” said Tamba.

Tambah said that at a minimum, the Government must build a rubbish processing plant capable of handling 5,000 tons of trash each day. Such a facility would eliminate new trash and the surplus of existing trashin within 5-7 years.

Echoing similar sentiments is the executive director of Green Indonesia (WALHI) in Bali, Suriadi Darmoko, sees the unsightly mountain of trash visible form Bali’s new toll road as damaging the Island's tourism image. He called for the termination of the current contract with a private investor to handle the trash be ended and new methods of trash disposal, involving local communities and academic experts, be put in place. “Use local potential; it’s as though Bali does not have the ability to control this,” Darmoko posed.

The head of Denpasar’s Gardens and Hygiene Department (DKP), Ketut Wisada, freely admits that the mountain of garbage at the TPA Suwung has grown alarmingly. He said this is the result of PT NOEI – the company licensed to manage the rubbish tip – is unable to adequately control its 6-hecatare site.

Wisada told the DPRD-Denpasar that the pile of trash now stands 10-15 meters high.

PT NOEI was given a 20-year contract in 2004 to manage the TPA Suwung to convert the trash into electrical power, targeting to generate 9.8 Megawatts of power. Now, more than a decade into the contract, PT NOEI is only producing 700 kilowatts of power from the rubbish tip.

The Sarbagita Cooperative Agency says it is pessimistic that PT NOEI will be able to realize its commitment to turn trash into electricity for the Island of Bali.


Fire Island
16 Villas Destroyed by Fire on Nusa Lembongan

16 villas the Vila Lembongan Beach Club and Resort in the village of Jungut Batu on Nusa Lembongan Island were destroyed by fire on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

The fire, the cause of which is still undetermined, destroyed 18 rooms comprising the 16 villas, a restaurant and an administrative office.

As reported by DenPost, the villas are owned by an Indonesian businessman Enrico Tjendana.

The fire started at approximately 30 minutes past midnight in Villa #105 occupied by Chinese tourists Chao Fu (26) and Chun Min Xia (23).  The tourists fled the villas as the fire spread.

Efforts to extinguish the blaze were thwarted by a lack of suitable fire fighting equipment with local residents using buckets of water and hoses in a futile effort at fire fighting.  Four hours after its start, the fire had burnt itself out.

No injuries were reported in connection with the fire.


Change of Command at Bali Police
Ronny Sompie Moved from Public Relations Role at Police Headquarters to Top Cop for Bali

Bali has a new Chief of Police.

The former head of the public relations division at Police Headquarters in Jakarta, Ronny Sompie, has been named at the Chief of Police for the Province of Bali.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, a telegram sent from Police Headquarters on March 5, 2015 announced Sompie’s appointed to the top police role in Bali.

Ronny will replace Inspector General Albertus Juliua Benny Mokalu who will move to the new role of the area of Culture and Society (Sahlisobud) in Jakarta.
 
Ronny Franky Sompie (53) was born in Manado, North Sulawesi is a 1984 graduate of the National Police Academy.
 
Replacing Sompie in the top public relations role in Jakarta is Brigadier General Anton Charliyan who was in charge of curriculum at the National Police Academy.
 
Recently Sompie has filled a number of top positions in the national police hierarchy in the areas of public relations, criminal investigation, police operations and the man in charge of large police precincts.
 
Sompie holds both a Bachelor and a Master degrees in law.


Bless the Beasties
Bali Celebrates its Pets and Animals on ‘Tumpek Kandang.’

On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Balinese Hindus celebrated “Tumpek Kandang” – a day set aside to present beautiful offerings made of palm leaves, flowers, cakes and fruits to God on behalf of household pets and livestock.

Occurring once every 210 days on the Balinese Calendar, “Tumpek Kandang,” according to Dr. Ketut Sumadi of the Hindu Dharma Indonesia Institute, is intended to praise Ida Betara Siwa manifested in the form of Rare Angon.

Speaking to the State News Agency Antara, Sumadi explained that the ritual offerings done on “Tumpek Kandang” is a symbolic offering for all animals living in the world, including those that form a part of our farming world such as cattle, pigs and chickens.

The “Tumpek Kandang” tradition seeks to purify animals that can bring income and benefits to mankind.

On a wider perspective, “Tumpek Kandang” seeks to champion the Balinese commitment to Tri Hita Karana meant to maintain balance in the universe by striving for harmony between mankind and nature, among members of the human race, and between mankind and the environment as a whole.

Ketut Sumadi also touched upon the fact that mankind consumes meat sourced from animal in their daily life, saying,  “The consumption of meat form animals has a great influence on the demeanor, attitude and character of mankind.”

For this reason, Sumadi continued, "On  'Tumpek Kandang' mankind needs to purify itself and neutralize the power of animals existing in its personality."

At its most basic level, “Tumpek Kandang” provides the opportunity for the Balinese to express their thanks to God who has created animals and plants that contribute to the general welfare of man.

Other “Tumpek” days in the Balinese calendar include a day for plants “Tumpek Uduh”; a day for metal objects, tools and weapons “Tumpek Landep”; a day to honor ancestors “Tumpek Kuningan”; a day to honor shadow puppets “Tumpek Wayang”; and a day even dedicated to gamelan musical instruments “Tumpek Krulut.

Image courtesy of Alex Cearns of www.houndstoothstudio.com.au 


The Narrow Passage to Paradise
Editorial: Events in Nepal Need to be Carefully Noted by Bali’s Tourism Leaders

A crash landing of a Turkish Airlines Airbus A-330 aircraft at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Nepal on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 should be closely noted by the Bali's government and tourism leaders for the valuable lesson cum warning that incident portends for the Island.

The similarities between some aspects of Bali and Nepal’s tourism product are striking. Both the Tribhuwan International Airport and Ngurah Rai International Airport each serve between 7,000-10,000 tourists’ arrivals each day. And, both airports are served by a single runway that, for all intents and purposes, serve as the primary points of entrance and exist for visitors to both locales.

The Turkish Airline flight that skidded on landing resulted in the Nepal’s airport being closed for more than 3-days, stranding thousands of travelers unable to either enter or depart Nepal at the very start of its peak climbing season.

While the situation is dire on the runway at Nepal, it could have been much worse. Thankfully, no loss of life resulted from the botched landing with the main impediment in reopening the airport being the lack of suitable lifting equipment to shift the plane away from the single runway. Had a truly catastrophic crash occurred, damage to the runway might have resulted that potentially could have closed the runway and Nepal tourism for weeks while the runway was rebuilt and made safe to once again receive air traffic.

Bali is home to a massive tourism industry employing hundreds of thousands and the main cash and tax source for the Island. Were Bali’s airport rendered unusable for whatever reason for an extended period of time, the Island’s economy would grind to a halt. A 12 hour-plus overland journey from Surabaya to Denpasar would dissuade most visitors from making a trip to Bali. Meanwhile, an insufficient supply ships of international quality to ferry people over the 54 nautical mile passage over the straits from Lombok would also make Lombok a problematic alternative gateway to Bali.

Recent visits to Bali by the Minister of Transportation, Minister of Tourism and the Minister of State-owned Enterprises all recognized the urgent need of a second runway at Bali’s airport. Moreover, the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Arif Wibowo, has endorsed the idea of dual runways in Bali as intrinsic to national plans to grow Indonesian tourism through better air connectivity.

Nepal's near tragedy has sounded a special warning for Bali. Let’s hope those in charge of Bali’s tourism fortunes are listening.


The Broad White Way of Bali
Rotary Club of Bali Seminyak to Hold ‘Bali will Rock like Broadway’ on Friday, April 10, 2015

The Rotary Club of Bali Seminyak is organizing a fundraiser - “Bali will Rock like Broadway” featuring international singing talent performing the music of Broadway on Friday, April 10, 2015 at The Trans Resort Bali.

Two musical cabaret stars from Hong Kong will be flown in specially to entertain and help raise funds for the Bali Smile Foundation (Yayasan Senyum Bali) that provides help to adults and children suffering from cleft palates and cranio-facial deformities.

Set in the lavishly luxurious ballroom of The Trans Resort Bali, the evening begins with a cocktail reception starting at 6:00 pm followed by a three-course dinner, including complementing wines. The stage lights go up at 9:00 pm as the talented singing duo take to the stage.

Also forming part of what promises to be a fun-filled evening will be live and silent auctions, a raffle, and music and dancing to live music after the stage performance at 10:00 pm.

Like any good night at the theatre, the dress code for the evening is “semi-formal.”

Tickets are priced at Rp.850,000 (US$68) with group purchase of a table of ten for corporate entertaining or enjoyment by a group of friends at Rp. 7.65 million (US$612).

To purchase tickets telephone John at +62-(0)82146323517 or [Email

Related Links

Website Rotary Club Seminyak

Website Yayasan Senyum Bali


More Trolleys and Seating at a Cleaner Bali Airport
Angkasa Pura Working to Improve Customer Experience at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport

PT Angkasa Pura I – the management authority for Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport will soon add 1,000 additional luggage trolleys for use by air passengers arriving and departing the Island of Bali.

As reported by NusaBali, the 1,000 new trolleys will bring to 2,500 the number of trolleys available for passenger use.

The total of 2,500 trolleys is estimated to be sufficient by PT Angkasa Pura I from the belief that for every 10 passengers using the airport, 3 or 4 of those passengers need a luggage trolley.

The operators of Bali’s Airport are also installing additional seating in waiting lounges, improving air conditioning, and improving cleanliness in public areas and toilets.


It’s in the Smile of the Kids
Marriott GMs Make Merry on a Day of Fun for Bali's Most Disadvantaged Families

also allowed Dr. Gypsy to catch up with Putu from Kintamani who had recently suffered sustained severe leg and hip fractures, but is now walking slowly after his surgery. Ni Luh Budi assumed the demeanor of a queen seated upon a throne constructed for her from large floor cushions, laughingly issuing commands throughout the afternoon to Solemen’s head of outreach, Sarah Chapman. In another corner of the Ballroom, Little Made from Denpasar and Kadek from Ubud devised their own conga line, assisted by Solemen’s Aron and Jane.

Jan Mancini, visiting together with husband Vic from Perth, summarized the infective atmosphere of the afternoon and crediting Solemen’s founder Robert Epstone, adding: “The Solemen team are truly amazing and the beautiful children are so blessed to have you in their lives. I saw little Putu's face light up and break into a huge smile when you spoke to him and stroked his hair this afternoon. It was also so lovely seeing their parents’ faces smiling at the function today. You are all making such a difference in so many lives and I'm sure you all feel that they are all making such a difference in yours,”

Building on the emotional synergy of their day with the kids, The Stones Hotel in Kuta have initiated a program encouraging guests to donate “a dollar a night” when staying at their Kuta property. This program will provide sustainable support to assist Solemen in expanding their work to help more disadvantaged people throughout Bali.

Peter Brampton, general manager of The Stones Hotel commented, “As a people orientated company, Marriott believes our “spirit to serve communities program” makes our company culture stronger, and ensures that we support the communities where we live and work. The Stones Hotel, as with Marriott’s other 4,300 hotels in 79 countries, passionately embraces this approach. Working with the Bali based Solemen’ Charity, is one of our key community activities – we are very proud of the great work they do”.

David Murrell, documentary film director and photographer filming the “Funday” for National Geographic, said “It was a humbling and beautiful experience to take a peek inside these incredibly courageous children whose daily struggles I am trying to grasp. I am honored to follow Solemen’s lead and happy to donate my time and do more for this wonderfully refreshing cause.”

To learn more about Solemen


Book a stay at The Stones Legian Bali


‘Till Kingdom Come
Indonesian AirAsia Now Flies Twice Daily Between Bali and Bangkok

Tribun-Bali.com reports that AirAsia has increased the frequency of their flights between Bali and Bangkok to 14 flights per week, flying twice daily and doubling their current daily service of 7 flights per weeks.

The increase number of flight commenced from March 6, 2015.

The flights operated by Indonesia Air Asia (QZ) will be flown with Airbus A320 aircraft with a seating capacity of 180.

The Bali-Bangkok route was first flown by AirAsia Thailand (FD) starting in 2009 and has seen demand grow steadily between the two locations.

The president director of Indonesian AirAsia, Sunu Widiyatmoko said: “We are please to see increased frequencies on this route, providing passengers with a more flexible choice of arrival and departure times.”

Speaking to the press in Jakarta on Saturday, March 7, 2015, Sunu told of how on February 12, 2015, Indonesian AirAsia had already increased its Jakarta-Bangkok flight frequency from 2 flights a day to 3 flights – becoming 21 flights between Jakarta and Bangkok each week.


Sacrilege in the Pursuit of Profit
Paradise Hostel Accused of Violating No-Build Religious Radius of Uluwatu Temple

DenPost reports that the Paradise Hostel located close to the sacred South Bali Temple of Pura Uluwatu lacks the required licenses and permits.

An official from the traditional village (Penyarikan Desa Adat) of Pecatu, Ketut Suiasa, told DenPost that the sacred areal surrounding Pura Uluwatu occupies 3-hectares of land. Suiasa, however, was reluctant to declare if the Paradise Hostel violated area around the temple in which commercial structures are not allowed to be erected.

“We are still making an inventory in order not to make a false claim against the hostel. But (at this stage) it’s clear that the building (hostel) is unlicensed,” said Suiasa.

Suiasa did confirm, however, that there were several homes and warungs (restaurants) that have been built inside the sacred area (duwe) of the Uluwatu temple. “These people can only be said to be borrowing (the land) and must be prepared to obey the land use rules,” he said.

Meanwhile the village manager (prajuru desa) of Pecatu, Made Sumerta, said that when seen from certificates in hand, the Paradise Hostel clearly stands within the no-build religious radius of Puru Uluwatu. “I plan to ask about the existence of the hostel in order to avoid speculation on the subject,” he said.

The chief in charge of the Coordinated Licensing and Permit Office (BPPT-Badung) for Badung, Made Sutama, said he will look into the permits held by the Paradise Hostel.


 
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