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BALI UPDATE #970 - 06 APRIL 2015

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Dismantling the Watchtower
Five Jehovah Witnesses Deported from Bali for Conducting Door-to-Door Religious Ministry

5 foreign nationals have been detained and deported by Indonesian immigration authorities in Bali.

The five – 2 from the U.S.A., 2 from Australia and a Frenchman were determined to be illegally using a tourist visa to proselytize their religious beliefs on the Island.

Deported were Mishael Alexander Martinez and Derrick Gary Leonard (USA); James Rua Ropiha and Brayden James Bevan (Australia); and Steven Gerrard Felix Otal (France).
p were determined to be in violation of immigration law that permits no work, paid or unpaid, to be conducted in Indonesia without permits issued in advance by the Ministry of Manpower and violating national laws that forbid religious conversion.

Local citizens in the North Meteo Complex near Bali’s complained to police that the group of men were going door to door in their neighborhood, insisting residents accept their brochures. According to immigration authorities, the foreigners were urging residents to attend a Jehovah Witness Worship Service planned for Friday in the Jimbaran area of Bali.

Immigration authorities stopped the men during their door-to-door crusade on Wednesday, March 1, 2015 and asked them for their documents.

While the Jehovah Witness is a recognized religious sect in Indonesia, it is expressly forbidden for any religion to actively promote their religious doctrine to differing sects or religions.

According to Beritabali.com the five men were summarily deported and their names placed on a blacklist forbidding their return to Indonesia for a specific period.
 


More Cheap Flights Bali to Taiwan & Melbourne
Indonesian AirAsia X Increases Flight Frequencies From Bali to Taipei and Melbourne

Tribunnews.com reports Indonesia AirAsia X increased the frequency of its flights between Taipei and Bali from once each week to four weekly flights, effective April 1, 2015.

In a written statement to the press on Monday, March 30, 2015, Kamarudin Bin Meranun, co-founder and group CEO for AirAsia X, said, “An increase in frequency provides more choices for those wishing to fly from Bali to Taipei or the reverse at competitive prices.”

He continued, saying that as part of the Air Asia Group, he is committed to increase the flow of foreign tourists traveling to Bali. To achieve this, AirAsia X has no hesitation to offer special prices.

To that end, special promotional prices available only until April 5, 2015 for flight flights takeb between April 1 and September 30th from Bali to Taipei offered economy fights for Rp. 1.4 million (US$108) and business class from Rp. 4.9 million (US$377).

Dendy Kurniawan, the president director of Indonesian AirAsia X said that since the Bali-Taipei flight was commenced in January, demand has iincreased steadily. He also said that many passengers flying from Taipei take onward connecting flight to other destinations such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Medan, Yogyakarta and Solo.

The once-weekly flight between Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport and Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport operated on Saturdays since its commencement on January 31, 2015, Effective March 19, 2015 three more flights were added operating on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On April 1, 2015, Indonesia AirAsia X also increased its newly inaugurated twice-weekly Melbourne to Bali flight to five times a week effective April 1, 2015.

Indonesian AirAsia X currently operates two Airbus A330-300 with seating for 377 seats comprised of 12-business class and 365-economy class seats on its routes between Bali and Taipei, and Bali and Melbourne.


Bali Entertains Indian Travel Agents
Devdan Show Enchants Indian Travel Congress Visiting Bali

Delegates at the 62nd Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) Conference held in Bali, March 26-29, 2015 were treated to an exclusive performance of Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago at the Bali Nusa Dua Theater on Friday, March 27, 2015.

The Devdan performance forms the highlight of many visits to Bali and is presented four times a week at 7:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the 700-seat custom-built theatre located in the very heart of Nusa Dua.

A large cast of talented dancers perform using a sophisticate state-of-the-art lighting and sound system on a turntable stage that is also home to 90,000-liter pool. The Devdan Show depicts the richness of Indonesian culture via a delightful tale of two young tourists who discover hidden treasures on a trip across the Indonesian archipelago. Along the way, the two sojourners interact with 38 performers who perform 250 costume changes as they present dances from Bali, Sumatera, Java, Kalimantan and Papua. The educative extravaganza incorporates amazing stage effects including torrential rain pours, flame bursts and a mesmerizing and daring aerial ballet.
xclusive performance, the Indian travel agents enjoyed Indian cuisine served by the Grand Mirage Resort – part of the Samabe Leisure group who own the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, Grand Mirage Resort, and Samabe Bali Suites & Villa. Ralf Luthe, general manager of the Samabe Bali Suites and Villas welcomed the group to the show.

Reacting to the performance, Sunil Kumar, the acting president of TAAI pronounced, “It’s a great show, a great job.”

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Harping for Harpers in Bali
Harper Kuta Appoints Adiman Herlambang to Head Sales & Marketing

Harper Kuta Bali Hotel has hired Adiman Herlambang as director of sales and marketing.

Effective from March 2015, as director of sales and marketing for Harper Kuta Bali Hotel, Adiman is responsible for working closely with the hotel’s general manager, and sales and marketing team to create sales strategies addressing all market segments in order to maximize hotel revenues.

Born and raised in Surabaya, East Java, Adiman has 15 years experience in the hospitality industry, having held sales and marketing managerial roles in a number of properties including, among others, the Ramada group and Tauzia Group.

“We are thrilled to welcome our talented new director of sales and marketing to the Hotel. Adiman comes to us with an incredible amount of experience, knowledge and in-depth expertise in the hospitality industry. We are confident that he will be excellent additions to the team at Harper Kuta,” said David Priambowo, general manager of Harper Kuta Bali Hotel.

In response, Adimam said: “ Having spent most of my career in Hospitality Business, I am delighted to take up this position and very excited at becoming part of the team. Harper Kuta Bali Hotel offers the guests the best in Four Star Hotel experience. Extraordinary location, personalized service and distinctive style.”

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Middle East Traffic to Bali Poised to Boom
Qatar to Fly Twice Daily to Bali Starting July 16, 2015

Heralding a coming boom in Middle East travel to Bali, Qatar Airways is increasing its flight frequencies from Doha to Jakarta and Denpasar, Bali.

Jakarta flights will increase its flights to Jakarta to 3 daily flights on July 5, 2015 for a total of 21 weekly flights.

Meanwhile, Denpasar, Bali flights will operate twice daily from Doha commencing on July 16, 2015 for a total of 14 weekly flights.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: "We remain committed to growing the Indonesian market and are delighted to announce the increase in flight frequencies to both Jakarta and Denpasar. With our enhanced flight schedules, superior in-flight product and the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport, we continue to offer our passengers a five-star service throughout their entire travel experience.”

Qatar operates a fleet of 150 aircraft to 146 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.

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Matricide is a No-No in Paradise
Prosecutors Seek 18 and 15 Year Prison for Two Young Americans in the Death of Chicago Socialite Sheila von Weise Mack

State Prosecutors in Bali have demanded a sentence of 18 years for Tommy Schaefer (21) and 15 years for his accomplice Heather Lois Mack (19) in the brutal slaying of Chicago socialite Sheila von Weise Mack (62) in a South Bali hotel room on August 12, 2014.

The two young Americans have confessed to conspiring to kill the older Mack after revealing that her daughter was pregnant with the child of Schaefer.

Charges with premeditate murder by the State, the panel of judges can, at their option, accept the sentencing recommendations of prosecutors or impose a lighter or more severe punishment, including death before a firing squad.

The young woman recently gave birth behind bars while undergoing trial.

Prison rules in Indonesia allow women to care in prison for newborn children for the first two-years of life.

The courts has heard testimony in vivid detail how the two took the life of the woman by striking her on the head with a fruit bowl and then stuffing the woman in a suitcase that they dragged through the hotel’s lobby and abandoned in the back of a waiting taxicab.

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A Peopleís Party
Bali Hosts 4th PDI-P Congress April 8-15, 2015

Bali’s southern region is festooned with red flags in anticipation of the national congress of the Indonesian Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is scheduled to take place in Bali April 8-15, 2015.

The 4th Congress of the PDI-P will be headquartered at the iconic Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel in Sanur. An estimated 2,500-3,000 delegates from the party headed by former President Megawati Soekarnoputri are expected to attend the political caucus.

The current ruling party in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo ran and won the Indonesian Presidency under the PDI-P banner.

Bali, generally seen as a stronghold for the PDI-P, has prepared supporting events, including a “people’s party,” to add to the festivities.

The “people’s party” or “pesta rakyat” will be held in Padang Galak, a short distance from the Inna Grand Bali Beach. Expected to be attended by delegates and PDI-P partisans from across Indonesia, the Padang Galak event will feature cultural attractions and entertainments. 

According the State News Agency Antara, in anticipation of the coming Congress, the PDI-P has distributed 5,000 packets of basic food items to economically disadvantaged families in Jembrana, West Bali.

A main topic on the agenda of the Bali PDI-P Congress will be the selection of the party’s chairman to lead the oarty 2015-2020. It is widely expected that Megawati will run for that post largely unopposed.


Donít Climb Every Mountain in Bali
Bali Mount Agung Closed to Climbers Until April 28, 2015

In connection with Karya Ida Bathara Turun Kabeh ceremonies underway at Bali’s sacred Mother Temple of Pura Besekih, trekkers and mountaineers are forbidden to climb Mount Agung for the one-month period from March 28 until March 31, 2015 in order to preserve the purity and sanctity of the religious rites.

Karya Ida Bathara Turun Kabeh is held annually during the 210-day Balinese calendar and marks the attendance by the Balinese pantheon honored with massive processions carrying sacred offerings to Pura Besakih.

As reported by beritadewata.com, the chairman of the Guide Association of Mount Agung, Komang Kayun, acknowledged that all climbing activities are always suspended whenever major religious rites are performed at Bali’s Mother Temple.

Climbing on the slopes of Mount Agung is not permitted between the dates of March 28 and April 28, 2015.

The peak of the month-long Karya Ida Bethara Turun Kabeh celebration takes place on April 24, 2015.

The village chief (kelian) of the traditional village of Besakih, Wayan Gunatra, has called on both local and foreign visitors to Bali to respect the sanctity of local religious observance and refrain from climbing Mount Agung during the proscribed period.
 


Anaís in Charge
Ana Dewi Permana Named General Manager of L Hotels & Resorts Seminyak, Bali

L Hotels & Resorts, Seminyak, Bali, has announced the appointment of Ana Dewi Pernama as general manager, effective as of March 2015.

Ana brings a wealth of experience to her new posting. Her most recent assignment was as deputy general manager at the Bali Safari & Marine Park. At the Park, Ana was responsible for all operational aspects and overseeing the marketing of the Park. Prior to working with Bali’s largest zoo, Ana worked with the Accor Group in a senior management capacity at the Sofitel Resort in Seminyak.

"We are delighted that Ana has come on board to join us at this exciting time. With an aggressive expansion plan on the agenda, we are confident that her skills and years of experience will greatly contribute to the growth of our brand. Our executive team is also currently in discussion to manage a number of hotels and resorts around Indonesia, therefore, I believe that the journey ahead of us will certainly be an interesting one,” said Gustu Mahardika, executive director of L Hotels & Resorts.

L Hotel Seminyak is a boutique hotel 30-suite hotel managed by L Hotels & Resorts Pte Ltd in Singapore.

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Chedi Bids Tanjung Benoa Farewell
Sakala Resort in Tanjung Benoa Ends Management Contract with GHM

In a surprise announcement, General Hotel Management (GHM) has announced a parting of the ways with the now former Chedi Sakala Resort in Bali.

The succinct announcement published on the GHM website said: “Please be advised that GHM has ceased management of The Chedi Sakala in Bali with effect from 28 March 2015, under mutual agreement with the hotel ownership."

"With this cessation, the hotel is no longer operating under the Chedi brand."

Located near the tip of Tanjung Benoa adjacent to Nusa Dua in South Bali, the 261-room Sakala Resort luxury boutique property boasts restaurants and conference facilities.

The owners of the Sakala Resort assure that business will continue as usual under a new management team and all existing reservations will be honored.


You Canít, But You Can
Minister for Reform of the Bureaucracy Says Government Meetings in Hotels Allowed Under Certain Conditions

The State News Agency Antara reports the Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Yuddy Chrisnandi has clarified when it is permissible for government agencies to hold outside meetings in hotels and private venues.

In what was seen as a crippling blow to the nation’s hotel sector, the administration of Joko Widodo ordered an end to government meetings and seminars held in hotels shortly after assuming power in late 2014.

Seeking to clarify the policy, Chrisnandi explained that the purpose of government meetings should always be to enhance efficiency, meaning waste must be avoided. Continuing, he explained that if a government office is too small to accommodate a large meeting or the proposed meeting is cross-sectoral in nature, then a meeting could be held outside government premises.

Chrisnandi cautioned that his explanation should not be seen as a green light to increase the number of government meetings held in hotels; such meetings are only permissible when a pressing case for an outside venue can be demonstrated.

The Minister promised to issue written clarification outlining when government meetings can be held at private venues. He also urged that government agencies be creative in forming alliances with third parties to conserve funds when holding gatherings.

Chrisnandi’s clarification follows an outcry of protests from Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) who said the ruling was causing great losses to provincial hotels across Indonesia.


Dealing Radically with Radicalism
Bali Police Assigns Division to Deal with ISIS and Radical Religious Movements

The State News Agency Antara reports that the Bali Police Command has formed a special division to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and that group’s manifestation on the Island.

Hery Wiyanto, the spokesman for the Bali Police said: “We urged the people to contact the police whenever they encounter an extreme group that does not resemble other Moslem groups in Indonesia and they suspect may have ISIS connections.”

The Police are asking the public’s participation in monitoring any activities in the communities that suggest radicalization via religious lectures.

Within the newly formed division at the Bali Police are sub-units focused on investigation, counter-radicalism and de-radicalization. The division operates under the Intelligence Directorate of the Bali Police.

The new unit is undertaking patrols in areas identified as having a potential for grass-root radicalism, the blocking of websites identified as being radical in nature and the rehabilitation of those found to be in danger of conversion to radical thought.

The Bali Police spokesman called for extra vigilance when dealing with newcomers to their community exhibiting radical tendencies.


Bali Seeking More Chinese Tourists
Bali Governor Wants Direct Flights from Bali to Yunnan and Hainan, China

Bali has declared that it will pursue cooperation with the provinces of Yunnan and Hainan in China in the aviation sector, seeking to establish direct air links with Bali.

As reported by Beritabali.com, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika opened discussions on air access during a recent 7-day visit to China to attend a meeting of governors from China and ASEAN.

Speaking to the media in Bali on Thursday, April 2, 2015, Pastika said: “The plan still needs to be developed and to take into consideration other factors including the available of air slots at the Bali Airport and the fuel needed for long-haul flight to the two Chinese provinces."

The Governor also expressed concerns on the limited number of Chinese speaking tour guides in Bali and the resulting inability to handle the heavy flow of additional tourists that would result from the proposed new direct flights.


Bali Becoming Less Green?
Leading Academic from Baliís Udayana University Warns of Rapidly Widening Environmental Degradation

Professor Wayan Arthana, head of the Environmental Research Center at Udayana University in Bali, has sounded a warning that natural resources and the environment in Bali are undergoing a rapid and worrying rate of degradation.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Arthana said: “I observe that the condition of Bali is degrading. This is the result of the loss of productive lands due to the rapid expansion of investments that are wasteful in their use of land and a failure to safeguard agricultural lands.” Arthana’s comments were made at a formal discussion on the carrying capacity of the Island of Bali held on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

The well-respected Professor said the lack of control on land usage by investors fails to consider the carrying capacity of the Island as a whole. “This can be seen from the building of supporting facilities for tourism that fail to consider the environment such as hotels, villas, golf courses and property developments,” he said.

Arthana said that from 2004 to 2005 Bali lost 1.08% or 885 hectares of its rice fields. Similarly in 2006, the total area of rice fields measured only 80,997 hectares, losing 213 hectares from the previous year. “With the loss of productive rice fields,” warns Arthana, “this could trigger a coming food crisis. Because of the need for rice the people of Bali must import rice from other areas beyond Bali.”

In addition to the loss of agricultural lands, Arthana revealed that information from the Ministry of the Environment shows that since 1995 Bali has been suffering a water crisis. He said the growing water crisis on the Island is fed by the decline in both the quality and quantity of forested areas, lakes, absorption areas and watershed regions.


Batik Air Adds Second Jakarta Base of Operations
Batik Air Commences Flights from Jakarta City Airport - Halim Perdanakusuma

Metrobali.com reports that Batik Air will bring 10 new planes into its fleet in 2015 in order to fill new flight slots made available with the commencement of flights from Jakarta’s second airport of Halim Perdanakusuma on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

The CEO of Batik Air, Achmad Luthfie, who was inaugurated the first Batik Air flight from Halim said that Boeing and Airbus aircraft were being ordered. “We will add 10 aircraft over the coming 2 years, similar to the models now in operation, such as Airbus A320 and Boeing B737-800,” he said.

By the end of Q1 2105 Batik Air took delivery of 7 new aircraft, with the Lion Group adding 17 aircraft by the end of the year.

Currently, Batik Air operates 25 planes comprised of 12 Boeing B737-900ER and 7 Airbus A320. By the end of 2015, the Batik Air fleet will number 35 planes.

Only six of the Batik Air planes now in operation are actually owned by the airline, with the remainder operated on a lease basis.

After 2017, Luthfie said that his airline will add new Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus 320 NEO (New Engine Operation).

With the opening of the Jakarta base at Halim Airport, Batik Air is operating flights from its new base to Malang, Balikpapan, Tarakan, Medan, Solo and Makassar. Batik Air is aiming to achieve passenger loads of 90% on their Halim flights, equaling their loads achieved on flights flown from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport.


Celebrate Motherhood on Motherís Day
Motherís Day Brunch at Bridges in Ubud to Help Fund Bumi Sehat Natural Birthing Program for Baliís Women

For the fifth year in a row, Ubud’s bridges Restaurant will continue to honor motherhood and give back to the community on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015 at a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10:30 am until 3:00 pm.

In the belief that Mother’s day is a day on which Mother’s should be pampered and served, the May 10th Mother’s Day Brunch sees a lavish brunch delivered to the table – presented by attentive chefs and servers. A wide range of dishes is presented to choose from accompanied by refreshing drinks and great wines.

Mother’s Day Bruncheon Menu

OUT OF THE OVEN
cassava bread - roasted tomato bread - mixed fruit bread

COOKED TO ORDER
marinated roasted organic chicken with creamy pumpkin sauce
grilled salmon with wilted onion, fennel and rucola
grilled fillet mignon with creamy mushroom
afron mushroom-asparagus risotto (vegetarian)

FROM THE GARDEN
mango and young papaya salad
tropical chopped
vegetable salad
herbed potato salad

FLAVORITES
poached egg primavera
carrot sformato
balsamic tomatoes
mushroom fricassee
asparagus bacon bundle
prawns in garlic butter
duck croquette
chorizo with green peas


YAYASAN BUMI SEHAT

Continuing a proud tradition, bridges is dedicating its Mother’s Day Brunch to Ibu Robin Lim’s foundation Yayasan Bumi Sehat. The foundation of the CNN Hero of the Year 2011 works to provide better health care for disadvantaged, pregnant women and to enable natural births in Bali and in Aceh. In addition, Ibu Robin is also involved in humanity work in the Philippines to support midwives and birthing centers affected by the typhoon Haiyan.

The Mother’s Day Brunch will be enriched with music by Komunitas Mahima – a musical group from Singaraja and a classical guitar performance by Tatang Nofrizal .

PRICE AND BOOKING

Price: IDR 280,000++ per person (US$25). Children 12 years and under Rp.180,000++ per person (US$16).


Bridges Restaurant
Jalan Campuhan, (near Museum Antonio Blanco)
Ubud 80581, Bali - Indonesia
Telephone+62-(0)361-970095
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All Things Japanese at InterContinental Bali Resort
Intercontinental Bali Resort Presents Japanese Celebrity Chef Hal Yamashita for Dinners, Cooking Classes & Sake-Whisky Tastings May 13-17, 2015

InterContinental Bali Resort is hosting Japanese celebrity chef, Hal Yamashita to provide Bali residents and visitors a choice of memorable gastronomic dinners; exclusive cooking classes; or sake, plum wine and Japanese whisky tasting seminars – all set to take place at the KO Restaurant, Teppanyaki and Cocktail Lounge from May 13-17, 2015.

Born to Izakaya restaurant owners in Kobe, Japan, Hal Yamashita has been cooking since the age of nine. A literature graduate from the Osaka University of Arts, he worked at his family's restaurant for seven years then moved into sake sales for a Japanese beverage conglomerate before broadening his culinary horizons in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, Melbourne and Kyoto. He now runs nine restaurants in Japan, from Osaka to Kobe – including a high-end eponymous restaurant in Tokyo – in addition to the recently opened Syun Restaurant in Singapore.

Hal Yamashita’s unique point of view, out-of-the-box recipes and culinary artistry has grabbed the attention of culinary experts around the world, and has helped shape his own distinctive interpretation of ‘Nouvelle Japanese’ - using fusion techniques while exhibiting a Zen theme. His philosophy is to draw out the essential flavor of each ingredient – allowing the innate quality of each component to shine through in each dish. He has represented his homeland twice as a Japanese Master Chef in the World Gourmet Series, where he won the World Best Chef award in 2010. He was also appointed special advisor to The United Nations World Food Program and has engaged in supportive activities specific to food for young children.

With an eye toward the succession of food culture to coming generations, he carries out a range of dietary education activities; has been involved in disaster relief action, and is a lecturer of business administration at Kobe University’s graduate school.

Hal Yamashita is a creative perfectionist. He says, “I am very excited to share my take on modern Japanese fare with a different audience.” With his egalitarian approach to Japanese fine dining, his style is rooted in Kobe cuisine, using only the freshest, premium ingredients and relying significantly on Kobe beef, sea urchin and citrus flavors.

Five Nights of Japanese Culinary Excellence

To allow the public in Bali to relish Yamashita’s outstanding creations a series of dinners will be held on five nights from May 13-17,2015 starting each evening from 6.30 pm. Limited seating is available priced from Rp 950.000++ per person (US$88.50).

Cooking Classes with Hal Yamashita

Observe, practice and indulge, while learning the secrets of ‘Yamashita Cuisine’ at one of Chef Hal Yamashita’s personally hosted, hands-on cooking classes. Each class includes lunch and utilizes premium ingredients. Two class dates date available on May 15-16, 2015 from 10:00 am – 1.30 pm, priced from Rp 950.000++ per person (US$88.50)

Sake, Plum Wine and Japanese Whiskey Tastings

Chef Hal Yamashita’s will officiate at three separate sake, plum wine and Japanese whisky tasting seminars from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm, on May 14-15-16, 2015.

For more information and bookings contact the Intercontinental Bali Resort at Telephone +62-(0)361-701888.


The Need to Be Prepared
IDEP Report Warns Bali is Facing Growing Threat of Natural Disaster

A risk specialist at an United Nations World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNWCDRR) recently held in Japan determined that the island of Bali is failing to keep pace in preparing for the rising threat of tropical natural catastrophes.

Global disaster trends show island nations in zones across the tropics are most at risk from an increase in natural disasters, and island populations need to do more in preparedness for human impacts of tropical storms, flooding, earthquakes, drought, tsunami and other cataclysmic events.

A report by National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) prepared as part of the 2015-2030 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, explains that Indonesia’s national strategy directs responsibility to local authorities but challenges lie in lack of awareness of the importance of disaster preparedness plans at both government and community levels, with a focus on vulnerable people in hazard-prone areas, and budgets for their implementation. The report highlights an "urgent and critical need to implement national and local disaster risk reduction strategies and plans."

“Despite Indonesia’s strong efforts, Bali disaster risk management so far is limited to popular beach tourism areas in the island’s central south, while local communities across Bali province are at risk of missing out on urgent disaster preparedness education”, said Indonesian Development of Education and Permaculture (IDEP) Foundation Director Ade Andreawan, on Bali’s risk reduction efforts following disaster planning discussions with international nongovernment organizations (INGO) and supporters at UNWCDRR.

IDEP

IDEP is a non-government organization that aims to promote disaster preparedness and sustainable community development through permaculture. Located in Bali, it implements programs for disaster management, direct response and sustainable recovery. The organization mandate is immediate response within 36 hours of a disaster.

A lack of disaster prevention plans in Bali puts large local populations at risk - including other tourism regions such as Klungkung, in southeast Bali, that includes the Nusa Penida group of holiday islands - with no disaster management infrastructure, emergency response training, disaster risk mapping, installation of warning signs and community disaster awareness drills. A May 2013 tropical storm disaster hit the island of Nusa Ceningan, off Bali, with critically slow response action for local assistance, according to the IDEP Director.

IDEP Foundation is helping to fill gaps by implementing donor-supported projects with a focus on identifying villages most at risk of climate change-related extreme weather impacts and other natural disasters. Coordination of disaster risk maps, disaster risk reduction training for village leaders and citizens groups - with plans for expansion depending on funding - IDEP programs provide emergency resilience education, including food and water security in poor communities across Indonesia.

Working in cooperation with Klungkung District Health Office in Bali, the IDEP specialist team implements United Nations guidelines to train 10 villages in community disaster response preparedness for the regional population of 187 000 local residents, many of who still live below the poverty line.

“Klungkung area, in Bali, is prone to a complex natural disaster and additional hazards left by former illegal river mining, with the district hit by various disasters - floods, cyclones, landslides, epidemics, earthquakes, and destructive storm tides”, said Ade Andreawan.

Most beaches in Klungkung have suffered severe marine abrasion due to impacts of climate change and changing ocean currents in southern Bali. Rising seawater levels have coastal residents concerned about future storm tidal surges, with sea tides already encroaching up to 100 meters inland at high tide, local villages report.

“Supporting Bali’s expansion of community disaster reduction training, starting with formation of Klungkung District Disaster Management Board (BPBD), is a present priority for the IDEP disaster risk education team,” said the NGO spokesman.

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla urged cooperation from international communities at the UN disaster conference, to bring climate change and disaster risk management together after an increase of category five cyclones over the past 10 years, highlighting Cyclone Pam - one of the largest tropical storms in regional history that hit the South Pacific on March 13, coinciding with the UN meeting - with massive damage to small island nations of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, and Kiribati.

Tropical island tourist economies are heavily impacted by natural disasters, witnessed across ASEAN region after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The Cyclone Pam humanitarian crisis in Asia-Pacific tested Vanuatu’s national strategy revisions and risk reduction actions that resulted in rapid response to the catastrophe, reaching homeless and hungry populations across 22 islands, reported the Pacific Institute of Public Policy, in a logistical challenge “greater than anything this nation has faced since World War II”.

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Chinese as Top Inbound Market for Bali?
Bali Seeking One Million Chinese Tourists in 2015

The State News Agency Antara reports that the Province of Bali is targeting one million Chinese tourists in 2015 aided by liberalized visa rules that will allow Chinese nationals to visit the Island visa-free.

“Last year 560,000 Chinese tourists (came to Bali), if possible, this year one-million,” said Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

According to Bali’s Governor, the Chinese tourism to Bali has strong potential for Bali ranking as the second highest source of tourists to Bali after Australia.

The Governor recently held preliminary discussions with Chinese officials in Yunnan and Hainan about creating direct air links with Bali.

“With the free-visa we are prepared (for Chinese tourists), but if there are any deficiencies then we must fix them,” said the governor.

The Governor listed a number of outstanding matters that must be addressed by Bali tourism including destination management, guides, tourism attractions, roads, infrastructure, manpower for the tourism sector, and tourism promotion.

Pastika encouraged leaders in Bali tourism to look beyond Bali for inspiration in developing the Island’s tourism industry.

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Misguided Policy
Bali Tour Guides Object to Plans to ĎImportí Chinese Guides

A proposal by the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, to allow the employment of Mandarin-speaking guides in Bali has met with strong objections from the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Guides Association (HPI) who have called on Yahya to reconsider his plans.

The former chairman of the HPI, Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali that the Minister’s plans to “import” Mandarin guides threatens the “slice of the pie” enjoyed by Indonesian guides.

The HPI, founded in 1983, now has chapters in 34 provinces of Indonesia with more than 12,000 registered guides on its books.

Kandia explained that the profession of guiding in Indonesia is not simply a matter of language skills, but is most importantly linked to knowledge of local culture, history and tourism objects. For this reason, said Kandia, the Forum of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) has declared that it is the right of the local population to serve as tour guides.

Similarly, local regulations in Bali strictly limit the profession of tour guides to Indonesian nationals. Moreover, Indonesians who are not native tp Bali must live in Bali for a minimum of two years before they can apply for guide certification.

Kandia explained that the Minister of Tourism must understand the difference between tour guides and tour leaders. A tour leader works for the Chinese tour company and accompanies a tour group during their visit. Tour leaders typically have some command of English and translate information provided to them and their group by a local tour guide.

Nyoman Kandia expressed the hope that the Minister of Tourism would invite the HPI and other tourism stakeholders to discuss the shortage of Chinese-speaking tour guides, and avoid unilateral action by the government in trying to solve this problem.

Kandia also said that Bali needs to attract quality tourists with high levels of spending that will, in turn, fuel funding to preserve Bali culture.

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High Cost of Road Building in Bali
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Plans to build a second toll road in Bali connecting Kuta – Tanah Lot – Soka are stalled due to the lack of candidate investors and the very high cost of land acquisition.

As reported by NusaBali, the head of the Bali Provincial Public Works Department, I Nyoman Astawa Riadi, has revealed that initial plans to build an arterial road 30-kilometers in length up Bali's west coast have encountered problem in land acquisition needed to build the roadway.

Because of this, plans have been modified from the original desire to build an arterial road similar to Jalan I.B. Mantra to the new plan to build a toll road. This will allow Bal to offer the project to a private or state-owned investor.

Plans to build another 50-kilometer road connecting Soka and Seririt, near Bulelelng, have also been thwarted by high land costs.

Riadi told the press that a long-standing feasibility study undertaken for the Kuta-Tanah Lot- Soka toll road is currently being re-evaluated to ensure its costs and revenue projects remain valid.

The deputy-governor of Bali, Ketut Sudikerta, has called on the people of Bali to support the proposed road project and not seek speculative prices for their land needed to construct the road.

Sudikerta revealed that the government has allocated Rp. 250 billion (US$19.23 million) for land acquisition for a new Western Ring Road connecting Gunung Soputan – Mahendradatta – Simpang 5 Legian.


In Depth Exploration of Komodo
Sail the Seven Seas to Komodo for 16 Days May 12-28, 2015

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The well-equipped “Seven Seas” has eight air-conditioned staterooms – each with private en-suite bathrooms and hot water. Cabins are usually assigned on a first-come-first served basis with bed configurations comprised of double beds or bunk beds.

An experienced crew prepares delicious food. The ship has two shaded sundecks, an outside dining area, an open wheelhouse, a work area for camera preparations and editing, and a supply of DVDs’ books and local reference books.

The cruise itinerary is kept free and easy to accommodate the wishes of passengers and the wide variety of natural attractions offered by Komodo and it surroundings.

Participants can expect to:

• Hike in the park to see the Komodo dragons, wild deer, wild sandalwood horses, buffalo and a rich range of birdlife.
• Deserted beaches for idle sunbathing and evening cocktails.
• Slow tours exploring remote coastlines using the ships tenders or kayaks.
• Fishing in the pelagic fishing zone outside the National Park.
• Sunset BBQ on board the ship.
• On-board dive instructors familiar with the dive sites visited.

Price

Cruise price per person is US$5,150 covering the ship component and covers all on board meals and permits.

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The Remains of the Day
Missing Sumba Manís Body Found Near Tanah Lot

One week after falling into the sea near the Tanah Lot Temple in West Bali, the body of a 28-year-old man from Sumba was discovered near Batu Bolong on Wednesday, April 1, 20, 2014.

As reported previously by balidiscovery.com, Aris Kakarato (28) disappeared into the waters while posing for a “selfie” near Tanah Lot Temple on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, as family members watch on in horror.

Local citizens spotted Kakarato’s body at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1st but his remains could only be safely brought to shore by search and rescue workers the following morning.

At the time of its discovery, the man’s body was headless and in an advance state of decomposition. Identification was achieved via articles of clothing found with the body.

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Enough is Enough!
Editorial: Bali Urgently Needs a Moratorium on New Hotels and Villas

Amidst an unprecedented boom in the building of new hotels in Bali, undeniable signs abound that Bali is grossly oversupplied with hotel rooms.

While Badung and Denpasar officials have disingenuously claimed that new licenses need to be issued to encourage foreign investment and widen the local tax base, it’s becoming increasingly clear to any thoughtful observer that Bali is set on a catastrophic course, self-inflicting problems that will be felt into the coming generation and beyond.

The need for a moratorium is urgent.
The time for the moratorium has long past.


For those who doubt both the need and the urgency for a moratorium on hotels and commercial villas in Bali, we submit the following evidence:
  • New Rooms are Outpacing Visitor Growth. While foreign arrivals continue to increase, arrivals are being outpaced by the growth in new rooms. Rules of “supply and demand” have been ignored and  supplanted with the blatantly naïve premise of “build it and they will come.” The result, unsurprising to anyone with a grasp of even rudimentary mathematics, is that many established hotels are reporting lower occupancies during Q1 2015.
  • Hotel Rate War has Been Declared and is Underway. The oversupply in rooms has precipitated a price war that will only worsen over time. Over-time hotel and restaurant taxes will decline, service charge payments to hotel staff will shrink and the condition of hotels in Bali together with the Island’s reputation will suffer as revenues are insufficient to fund routine repairs and refurbishment. 
  • The Government's Premise is Flawed. Many fear that arguments put forth by the Denpasar and Badung administration that new hotels are needed to widen the tax base is a ruse for darker forces at play. In any case, if the boom in new rooms dramatically lowers room rates and hotel revenues, Bali will be engaged in a zero sum game:Hotel and Restaurant Taxes (PHR) will decline together with the service charges enjoyed by those who work in the Island's Hotel Industry. When it comes to the over-supply of hotel rooms the resulting impact for the destination is that more often proves to be less
  • The Average Length of Stay is Decreasing. As a natural consequence of the Government’s decision to focus on the mass tourism markets, the average length of stay and the amounts spent by visitors is in decline. In real terms, it takes 4-5 of the current low-cost high-volume tourist visitor to equal the economic impact of one visitor from Europe and the Continental USA.
  • Bali is Running out of Water. Water is in critical short supply. Salt-water intrusion now penetrates into the water table several kilometers from the shoreline in Sanur. Bali’s major rivers that supply the bulk of fresh water to the Island’s water system are all badly polluted. Water supply from the State Water Board (PAM) in many areas is sporadic or even non-existent. Overdevelopment is decimating forested areas, watersheds and open areas of land for re-absorption of rainwater. Left with little choice, new hotels are increasingly installing expensive and energy consumptive reverse-osmosis water production systems. 
  • Bali has Limited Electrical Supplies. Despite efforts to meet rising power demands with new generating stations, an estimated 50,000 Balinese household still remain without electrical power. There’s something inherently wrong with a development model that prioritizes the electrification of mega-resorts while many Balinese school children lack the illumination of a single light bulb to complete their homework.
  • The Marginalization of the Balinese. The new hotels and villas and the resulting demand for labor has created a massive inbound migration of workers from other islands to Bali. This has also brought an increasing demand for land, rising property prices and pressures to end the teaching of Balinese language at local schools in certain schools where the Balinese are increasingly becoming the minority.
  • A Moratorium on New Building would Render the Current Controversy over the Reclamation of Benoa Bay Moot. Once Bali realizes more harm than good results from the current building boom and imposes a moratorium, both the opportunity and raison d’être for developing Benoa Bay into a massive hotel and entertainment complex sinks below the waves.
It’s truly time for the people of Bali to tell their leaders that “enough is enough” when it comes to new hotels and commercial villas in Bali.


 
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