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BALI UPDATE #973 - 27 APRIL 2015


Great Air Deals from USA to Bali
Fly Chicago to Bali Round Trip US$950

Conde Nast Traveler reports that American Airlines is offering special round-trip fares between Chicago to Bali for under US$1,000.

Similar fares are also available form other U.S. cities.

The round trip fare from Chicago O’Hare to Bali is around US$950.

Travel must take place from late August 2015 through January 2016. The best prices are available to passengers with flexibility of travel dates and a readiness to fly on weekdays.

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Study Tourism on the Island of the Gods
Stenden University Bali Offers Scholarships in Hotel and Business Management

High school students who want to pursue a Bachelor degree in hotel or business management can apply for a valuable scholarship to study at Stenden University Bali’s Campus.

The scholarships are open exclusively for students with Indonesian nationality. Applicants should be students in their last year of high school or have graduated from high school no later than 2012. There are two types of scholarships offered: Educational Opportunity Scholarship and Scholarship of Excellence.

The Educational Opportunity Scholarships are intended for students of limited financial means. It is a full scholarship that includes all compulsory study related costs amounting to US4 40,000 for 4 years. “Across the globe, education shapes the life opportunities of individuals and the welfare of societies. Social, economic and political equality all require that marginalized and disadvantaged people have access to quality education. With the Educational Opportunity Scholarships, Stenden University Bali strives to make high quality, international education accessible to Indonesian students,” explained the general manager, of Stenden University, Mark de Jong.

Also available is a Scholarship of Excellence intended to recognize outstanding students with significant potential to assume future leadership roles in the hotel industry or other organizations. Offered in the form a discount from tuition fees, savings of 25% to 100% are available.

Both the Education Opportunity Scholarships and the Scholarships of Excellence give students a chance to join the accredited International Hospitality Management (IHM) or International Business Administration (IBA) program in Bali with a Double Bachelor’s degree upon graduation (Indonesian Sarjana Ekonomi and Dutch Bachelor of Business Administration). During this four-year course, students will move to Stenden’s main campus site in the Netherlands in the third year. The tuition fees, to which the scholarship discount applies, include studying for one year in the Netherlands.

All subjects are taught in English by lecturers of multi-cultural backgrounds, Stenden offers an international standard of education. No less than 15 different nationalities study at Stenden University Bali including Australia, Italy, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Hungary, Uruguay, Zimbabwe, and United States.

“Despite these difference, it is surprisingly homey. Everybody is different, but we all respect and understand each other’s cultural background. Also, I found it interesting that one’s values can define a person, so it’s always interesting to get to know my classmates and their cultures,” says Olivia Febrina, a scholarship student from Bali.

Olivia, who had been having financial difficulties after her father passed away, was successful in getting the scholarship last year, to start her study in hospitality management starting September 2014. “My big dream is to be a general manager of a luxury hotel. With its network, Stenden has helped me to connect with important people in the hospitality industry through the company visits and workshops. The real world learning at Stenden also allows me to work at all levels and departments within a hotel, which will aid in gaining valuable experience,” adds Olivia.

Stenden University Bali is part of a global network with campus sites in The Netherlands, South Africa, Qatar and Thailand. This provides opportunities to do part of the program at any of the other campus sites offering the identical curriculum of IHM and IBA.  With the global industrial networks, students can also do their internship at well-known multi-national companies.

The scholarships are applicable to students who want to enroll in September 2015. The application deadline for the scholarship program is on June 19, 2014.

More information can be found at or on Facebook.

Students who are interested can also send an [Email Stenden].

Hotels Trumps Mangrove
Protest Staged in Support of Bali Reclamation Project

Hundreds of local citizens in Bali from various walks of life staged a “cultural protest” at the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) in support to the reclamation of Benoa Bay on Monday, April 20, 2105.

Those supporting the building of a large resort and entertainment complex in mangrove forests have chosen to call it a “revitalization” of Benoa Bay.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the coordinator of gathering before the House, Kadek Ekanata, proclaimed to the crowd, “We come to give our support to continuing plans to reclaim Benoa Bay.”

Kadek told the demonstrators that there is no reason to refuse the reclamation of Benoa Bay following the issuance of Presidential Decision Number 51 of 2014 signed by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his final months in office.
Continuing, Kadek said: “We desire to bring to an end the public deception that opposes the reclamation project for Benoa Bay on environmental grounds and on the basis that it lacks public support comes to an end.”
He said that efforts to “revitalize” 800 hectares of Benoa Bay in a means that contemplates the environment, the economy and the culture of Bali must be supported by the public. For these reasons, he said his group was prepared to defend the Presidential Decision
Similar sentiments were spoken by Dewa Ayu Sri Wigunawati representing the “Concerned People’s Alliance for Tourism and Culture” (Aliansi Masyarakat Peduli Pariwisata dan Budaya Bali) who delivered to the crowd a seven-point declaration related to the Benoa Bay Project.
The vice chairman of the DPRD-Bali, Nyoman Sugawa Korry,  received the demonstrators saying the House would listen to the aspirations of all the people – both for and against – the reclamation project.

Keeping Aviation Financially Sustainable
All Indonesian Airlines Must Report Financial Condition to Ministry of Transport by April 30, 2015 reports that the Director General of Civil Aviation says that only three commercial airlines in Indonesia have met their legal requirement to deliver detailed financial reports covering 2014 to the Ministry of Transportation due by a deadline of April 30, 2015.

The Director General Suprasetyo told reported on Monday, April 20, that the three airlines who have filed the required reports are Garuda Indonesia, Citilink and Express Air.

With three reports in hand, that leaves a remaining 70 Indonesian airlines that must file 2104 finance reports before the end of April.
Transportation Ministry regulation number 18 of 2015 provides for a number of sanctions for airlines failing to comply with the reporting requirement, including publication of the names of the non-compliant airlines on the Ministry’s website, administrative fines, reporting the airlines to the Center of the Reporting and Analysis of Financial Transactions (PPATK) and the possible suspension of the subject airline's commercial operating license.
At the same press conference, the Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan, warned that if the subject financial reports did not match up with conditions in the field, the airline involved would be reported to the PPATK.
Jonan said he was prepared to give a leeway of three weeks to a month to hand over financial reports after the deadline of April 30, 2015. To qualify for the extension, however, airlines will need to send a formal explanation from their auditor assuring that the required information is still being compiled. Underlining the Minister’s determination to review the financial standing of all commercial airlines, Jonan warned that any auditor asking for an extension but failing to file the required report would be the subject of a complaint by the Ministry for a violation of the financial auditor’s (CPA) code of ethic.
The information required form each airline includes a financial statement on December 31, 2014; a comprehensive profit and loss report; changes in equity during the past year and all financial notations to the annual report.

Guiding Lights
Bali Temporarily Suspends Issuance of New Guide Licenses

In the face of rising complaints of illegal tour guides operating in Bali and the imminent revision of Regional Tourism Law No. 5 of 2008, the Bali Tourism Service has temporarily suspended the issuance of new tour guide licenses.

The Human Resources Chief at the Bali Tourism Office, Ni Ketut  Nuriani, has taken pains to explain that the cessation in granting new licenses come to an end once the revised tourism law is ratified. “There are a number of important points to be revised, for instance the minimum educational requirements to serve as a licensed tour guide. Previously, this job was only open to someone holding a level 3-university diploma, in the future high school graduates will be able to qualify to serve as tour guides. The main point is that they are able to speak a foreign language well and truly understand the culture of Bali,” she explained.

Nuriani insists that reducing the educational requirement for tour guides will not negatively impact on the quality of the guide service. The change in the educational requirement will provide wider job opportunities, but all guides will still need to undergo training and certification. She also said that all guides will study Balinese culture and be required to wear traditional costumes.

The licensing of tour guides forms part of the certification program being intensified by the provincial government as a means of addressing heightened competition with the free movement of labor among ASEAN nations.

Current licensing requirements for tour guides require competency testing in the subjects of Balinese culture and history and the need to work for six months as a guide at a licensed travel agency.

Crime Most Vulgarian
Bulgarian Arrested in Bali for Banking Fraud Targeted Against Tourists

A 46-year-old Bulgarian, identified only with the initials IIT has been apprehended by Bali police on suspicion of bank fraud.

As reported by, IIT, working together with colleagues, would target foreigners on holiday in Bali.

Rachmad Wibowo of the Cyber-Crime Division of the Bali Police, said the crime syndicate would take “small” amounts of around EURO 300 from the bank accounts of tourists they targeted in Bali.

Rachmad, speaking from Police Headquarters in Jakarta on Monday, April 20, 2105, said: “Normally, foreigners visit Bali for more than one week. Thus, they would only know that the amount of money in their bank accounts had been taken after they returned to their home country.”
Police said most of the victims were foreigners with only one or two Indonesians reporting a loss. The Indonesian reported funds were withdrawn from Bank Mandiri branches in other countries in Southeast Asia.
An investigator from the Eurpol Cyber Crime office confirmed that IIT has a record of previous arrests and imprisonment for similar cases of bank fraud.
Rachmad said, “Another reason why (these criminals) were operating in Indonesia, is that there are tight controls in place in their own country where they have been blacklisted by banks and police.”
IIT was arrested at a luxury villa in Seminyak, Bali. Police are continuing to seek three accomplices. At the time of his arrests, Police also confiscated a computer, a magnetic card writer and an assortment of foreign currency with a total value of Rp. 500 million (US$ 38,500).
Police believe the man has caused losses put at billions of rupiahs over the course of the past two years.
IIT will be charged with crimes under the criminal code carrying punishments of up to ten years in prison.

How to Keep Bali Sustainable?
Governor Presents Tourism Vision in Five-Year Development Plan reports that Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika desires to reinvigorate tourist objects across the Island and develop new objects within the framework of bolstering Bali’s largest industry.

The Governor declared his wishes at a session held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) where Pastika outlined his five-year plan for tourism development.
Mangku Pastika told lawmakers that tourism development in Bali would continue to place “greenness” and environmental conservation at the forefront. Asking, “Who will want to take their holiday at a place where the environment is ruined?”
Continuing, Pastika said: “Tourism in Bali must continue to develop in a sustainable way. This means everything cannot stop here but we must create a tourism industry for our grandchildren, not just for the present moment.”
Pastika also told the lawmakers that he is targeting 30 million tourists for Bali by the year 2029. Adding: “We must be able to achieve 30 million tourist by 2029. To do this we need to develop a supporting infrastructure and new destinations in Bali. We can’t just keep presenting the same old boring thing.”
At the same time, Pastika said he hoped Bali would not become a mass tourism destination, striving to maintain the Island as a green province. This approach, he said, would make Bali an expensive destination and help attract higher-class tourists.
A.A.N. Adi Ardana, a PDI-P legislators, commenting on the Governor’s tourism plans, said the tourism law in Bali needs clauses dealing with religious tourism and a requirement that all people working in Bali’s tourism industry have a basic understanding of Balinese philosophy.
Cok Raka Kertiyasa of the Golkar faction stressed the need for competent tourism practitioners to be in place in anticipation of the coming ASEAN free exchange of labor. Kertiyasa also called for more direct flights to Bali form key tourism source markets.
Wayan Adnyana of the Democratic faction criticized the sorry state of Bali’s infrastructure.

99 Bottles of Beer in Bali, 99 Bottles of Beer
16 Tourism Areas of Bali Designated for Relaxed Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages

16 tourism areas in Bali have been exempted from a Central Government regulation limiting the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages.
The Governor, as reported by, embraced the exemptions but said the island would review how best to control the distribution of alcohol and prevent it being sold in a haphazard manner.

The Governor admitted the close connection between alcohol sales and tourism. Saying alcohol is not good for health, but remains a basic need for foreign tourists on holiday.

The 16 tourist location in Bali are designated as open for the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages are:
  • Candikesyma
  • Perancak
  • Soka
  • Sanur
  • Nusa Penida
  • Kuta
  • Tuban
  • Nusa Dua
  • Ubud
  • Lebih
  • Candidasa
  • Ujung
  • Tulamben
  • Kalibukbuk
  • Air Sanih
  • Batu Amar

A Three-Penny Opera
Young U.S. Couple Convicted of Murder in Bali Receive Prison Sentences of 10 and 18 Years

Two separate trials ended on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Denpasar, Bali that saw two young people from the U.S. receive lengthy sentences in the murder of Chicago socialite Sheila von Wiese-Mack.

Wiese-Mack was murdered by her teen-age daughter and the girl’s lover in a South Bali hotel room on August 12, 2014. Heather Mack (19) and her boyfriend Tommy Schaefer (21) killed the 62-year-old woman by striking her on the head with a blunt object, stuffing her bloodied body into a suitcase that they subsequently dragged through the hotel’s lobby to abandon it in the trunk of a waiting taxicab.

Heather Mack was pregnant with Schaefer’s child at the time of the attack and subsequently gave birth to a baby girl during the course of the trial. The child now resides with it mother at Bali’s Prison.

The two trials ended on the same day with Schaeffer being sentenced to 18-years in prison and Mack to 10 years. Charged with premeditated murder the panel of judges could have applied the death penalty in their verdict for Schaeffer who was charged as the perpetrator. Mack was charged with being an accomplice in her Mother’s death.

Schaefer tried to persuade the panel of judges that he killed Wiese-Mack in an act of self-defense after the woman violently objected to Mack and Schaeffer’s plans to marry.

The couple has a limited period under Indonesian law during which they can appeal the court’s verdict.

Mack is allowed to keep her child with her in prison until its second birthday.

Mack, whose late Father a wealthy and well known musical conductor, composer and arranger, may now face legal obstacles in accessing the estate of her late Mother. Under the "slayer clause" of Illinois probate law, those found directly or indirectly guilty of murdering a parent cannot benefit from the proceeds of the deceased’s estate.

Happy Landings and Takeoffs
Bali’s Airport Cited Among the World’s Best

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has won recognition in a survey by Airport Service Quality (ASQ) conducted by Airport Council International (ACI) during Q4 of 2014.

As reported by, Bali’s airport ranked as the world’s 7th best airport in the category for air gateways serving between 5-15 million passengers per annum.

The ranking was announced by the CEO of Angkasa Pura I, Tommy Soetomo, via a written pess announcement in Jakarta on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Soetomo explained that for Indonesian airports operating in the same category, the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan Airport in Balikpapan that ranked 16 out of 79 airports included in the global survey.

In securing 7th place in the stated category, Bali’s airport managed to outrank the San Antonio Airport in Texas (USA), the Penang Airport in Malaysia and the Bengaluru Airport in India.
Airport Service Quality (ASQ) is the sole global benchmarking program comparing airport service. Airport Council International (ACI) is a Montreal, Canada-based organization that conducts the global airport survey.

Survey results are based on passengers’ interviews.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Bali Safari and Marine Park: Speaking Up for Mother Earth

As an Indonesian company with an unwavering commitment to conservation, the Bali Safari & Marine Park conducted a range of activities on “Earth Day” on April 21, 2015 to remind its staff and visitors of the importance of positive action on behalf of environmental sustainability.

Committed to the company mantra that “A Green Safari is a Cleaner Bali” those who visited the award-winning park that is home to more than 400 animals representing 60 species on “Earth Day” were greeted by maps made from recycled bottle tops, curtains made from discarded drink bottles and a number of other items mad from refuse collected on a nearby beach to remind the public to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

The 2015 celebration of “Earth Day” saw a large group of Bali Safari & Marine Park team members descend on nearby Masceti Beach in Gianyar for an annual cleaning that removed several truck loads of discarded trash and refuse. Proving that environmentalism is everybody’s business - the beach clean up was joined by children from the Yappenatim Orphanage, village leaders, villagers and several Sumatran elephants who joined the happy parade to and from the shore to lend their hands and “trunks” to creating a  “Green Bali.” Never refusing to reuse – items collected from the beach were salvaged to be made into decorations and practical items that were brought back to display the Park.

William Santoso, the general manager of the Bali Safari and Marine Park lauded the creativity of the beach clean-up crew that demonstrated a growing awareness of environmental sustainability. “A Green Safari is a Cleaner Bali. The celebration of ‘Earth Day’ is an important event that involves every element of the Park and the surrounding community. Everyone has the right to take part and help conserve our home – the planet earth.  Through programs such as these, we can make a positive contribution to instilling the sustainable concept of ‘Green Living’ within our community,” explained Santoso.

“Earth Day” has been marked on April 22 each year since 1970 as part of a worldwide campaign to raise awareness and stimulate community action in support of environmental conservation. 45 years since the first ‘Earth Day’ – the day dedicated to saving Mother Earth is now celebrated in more than 192 countries.

“Earth Day” at the Bali Safari & Marine Park adopted the theme of “It's Time for You to Lead” - seeking to inspire the coming generation to take definitive steps to make “green living” a part of their daily lives.

In the week prior to “Earth Day” all the employees of Bali Safari & Marine Park conducted a general cleaning blitz to ensure the Park was “spick and span” for the day set to honor everybody’s mother – the planet earth.

Surging Numbers But Still Hungry for More Arrivals
Bali By the Numbers: Q1 2015 Arrivals up 14.04%. Bali on Track to Achieve 4.3 million Tourist Arrivals in 2015

March foreign tourist arrival figures for Bali now permit analysis of tourism flows for Q1 2015.
tourist arrivals in March totaled 307,654 - an increase of 11.24% over arrivals in March 2014 when 276,573 foreign visitors came to Bali.

For Q1 covering the first three months of 2015 arrivals are up 14.04% totaling 948,393 tourists.

Bali, with three months of arrivals now in the books, can project a year-end 2015 tally of foreign tourists of around 4.3 million, providing the current year-to-date growth rate of 14.04% is sustained until year’s end.

The strong arrival figures will be seen by some as being at odds with the perceptions among many hoteliers in Bali that business is soft, with many hotels reporting softening rates and occupancies. The seeming anomaly of growing arrivals against quieter hotels can be explained, at least in part, by the rapid growth in room inventory due to new hotels and declining domestic tourist that constitute 70% of all arrivals.
Major Markets

AUSTRALIA: Australia continues to dominate Bali tourism comprising 25.07% market share of all foreign arrivals in Q1 2015. March arrivals from OZ increased 10.7% at 81,343 visitors. On a cumulative basis for Q1 2015 Australian arrivals are up 14.58%.

PRC: The Mainland Chinese  are now Bali’s second largest source of foreign arrivals with 46,636 PRC visitors in March, up. 10.9% when compared to March 2014. March growth figures for the Chinese are down from the 64.49% growth recorded in February when strong Chinese New Year demand and a flurry of special charter flights boosted Chinese business to Bali. On a cumulative basis for Q1 2015, PRC arrivals represent a 20.29% market share totaling 193,282, increasing quarter-on-quarter by 27.95%

JAPAN: Japan continues to experience resurgence with arrivals up 59.85% in Q1 2015.

MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE: Arrivals from Malaysia and Singapore continue to lag, a pattern that began to emerge after the crash of an AirAsia flight that went down while flying between Surabaya and Singapore. On a cumulative basis for the first three months of 2015  Malaysian arrivals are down 2.10% while Singapore declined 15.88%.

SOUTH KOREA AND TAIWAN: South Korean and Taiwan arrivals remain strong, improving 15.85% and 7.76%, respectively, during Q1 2015.

EUROPEAN ARRIVALS: The very weak Euro is not deterring arrivals from a host of European countries reporting improvements in arrivals during Q1 2015: U.K. (14.58%), France (stable at 0.06%), Germany (3.22%), and the Netherlands (14.12%).

INDIA: India travelers are now ranked #10 among all markets to Bali.  Through the end of March Indian travel improved 43.64% to Bali.

RUSSIA: Russia continues its rapid decline in Bali tourism. Now ranked at 14th among sources of foreign arrivals, Russian arrivals are down 42.89% for the first three months of 2015 and destined to move further down the rankings in coming months.

U.S.A AND CANADA: U.S. visitors now rank at #9 among foreign sources of Bali visitors, increase quarter-on-quarter by 6.35%, Canadian visitors to Bali are surging, up for the quarter 32.73% and on our watch list for emerging markets.

NEW ZEALAND AND THE PHILIPPINES: We’re including New Zealand and the Philippines on our list of new emerging markets. New Zealand arrivals for January – March are up 25.16% while the Philippines are up 43.37% for the same period.

Arrivals are weakening from ASEAN due (down 2.03%) to what appears to be a lingering “fear of flying” among Singaporeans and Malaysians. Asian Pacific arrivals grew by 17.38% in Q1 2015 attributable in large part to traffic growth from Australia, China and Japan. Arrivals from the Americas are up 15.49% and from Europe a respectable 6.66%.

Look for Middle Eastern arrivals to grow this year due significant improvements in direct flights from the U.A.E and Doha to Bali.

Laid Back Dining Comes to Seminyak
Mozaic Brasserie – Something Very New Under Seminyak’s Setting Sun

Effective May 15, 2015 The Dining Room at the Mozaic Beachclub will undergo a major change in direction emerging as the Mozaic Brasserie pitched to offer a much more relaxed, contemporary & affordable brasserie setting.
ive Indonesian flavors and ingredients are combined with classic brasserie dishes and cutting edge culinary techniques to create truly unforgettable cuisine. Formalities are left at the door with a broad range of a la carte menu items and family style sharing dishes.

Highlights of the a la carte menu include charcuterie and Ocean-fresh seafood platters generous enough for the entire table to share. Meat lovers can’t afford to miss a 1.4 kilogram of on-the-bone Australian grain fed rib (Cote de Boeuf) carved at the table and yielding generous portions for 2-3 diners to share. Vegetarian options are also on offer,

Unable to choose? Foodies can immerse themselves in a 6 or 12-course tasting menu designed by celebrity chef James Ephraim that permit diners to join Chef James on his culinary sojourn through a most flavorful life.

James Ephraim’s culinary philosophy colors the menu presented at Mozaic Brasserie and the atmosphere of the venue. Mirroring the marriage of modern Western cuisine and cooking techniques with Indonesian flavors, the laid back décor of the dining room tastefully juxtaposes modern architecture with traditional Balinese stone, textiles and artifacts from across the Indonesian archipelago. Live DJs perform daily to complete Mozaic Brasseries’ easy going ambience and atmosphere

Mozaic Brasserie Dinner Menu 

Mozaic Brasserie Dessert Menu 

The Wine Room

Also not to be missed is the newly opened Wine Room, located in the Dining Room of Mozaic Beachclub. Open daily from noon to 11:00 pm, the Wine Room was created to serve as a wine tasting room and a place for friends to gather to have glass of wine and perhaps pick up a bottle or three of wine.
list is extensive and the Wine Spectator has again in 2015 bestowed Mozaic, the Award of Excellence - the first restaurant in Indonesia to receive such recognition.

The Wine Room also offers restaurant guests the opportunity to inspect the cellar stock before making their wine selection for their table. Bottles are competitively priced at levels equal to a good bottle shop. Wine consumed at the restaurant is subject to a modest small corkage fee.

The Mozaic Beachclub’s sommelier is on hand to assist with selection and provide food pairing advise.

Blind wine tasting parties and wine tutorials for serious oenophiles can be arranged with all tastings tailored to fit guests’ budgets and accompanied by an array of cheeses and pate served with Mozaic’s own baked baguette.

The Wine Room, which can accommodate 15 guests, is based on an ‘Urban Chic’ library concept, with semi-rustic finishes and elegant lighting. It offers an ambience that is contemporary yet warm and inviting. A beautiful timber dining table finishes the space presenting a welcomed retreat after a hard day’s work or simply a pleasant break from a hot day in the sun.

The Wine Room is equipped with two, 4 bottle automatic wine stations that allows top quality wines to be served by the glass over time without loss of quality or spoilage. The Wine Room also serves as a showcase for Mozaic owner Chris Salans to showcase his new line of Tableware by Kavala.

Holiday Sadly Interrupted
Australian Dies of Apparent Heart Attack at Legian Hotel

A 51-year-old Australian, Graham Ronald, died suddenly after eating breakfast at a hotel in Legian, Kuta on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

After mentioning to a waitress that he was not feeling well, Ronald was found lying on the floor of the hotel’s restaurant. According to Bali Post, the man died on the way by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Preliminary suspicions by medical and police personnel are that Ronald may have suffered a massive heart attack.

Ronald had breakfast with a group of friends in the restaurant of the hotel at 8:00 am.

Ronald had checked into the hotel on April 19, 2015 and had booked accommodation until April 29, 2015.

The man’s body was taken to the morgue at Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital pending further instructions regarding a possible autopsy and final disposition of the Ronald’s remains.

Northern Light and Power in Bali
Celukan Power Plant to Commence Operations by August/September 2015

The long-delayed steam-generating electrical plant (PLTU) at Celukan Bawang capable of producing 390 megawatts is undergoing trial operations before being formally joined to Bali’s power grid.

The Celukan Bawang PLTU power station was prevented from commencing operations when local resident surrounding the plant adamantly refused to allow high-voltage lines connecting the plant to the Bali power system to be put in place.

After protracted negotiations, the connecting power lines are now in place and the coal-burning power plant built by Chinese experts is now in its final commissioning stage.

The testing of the system is expected to take some four months with the power plan coming on line in August or September.

Operators of the PLTU Celukan Bawang have warned surrounding communities that the black smoke and loud vibrations that will accompany the testing period will subside when the plant comes into formal operation.

Local villagers are demanding that the plant install noise pollution controls on the plant.

The Celukan Bawang Power Plant is an investment by PT General Energy Bali who has been plagued by repeated violation of manpower laws connected with the employment of Chinese nationals in the plant’s construction without the required working permits that resulted in a number of deportations by immigration authorities.

Bali’s peak power demand stand at 780 megawatts, this demand for power is met by:
  • Power from Java carried on submarine cables 350 megawatts
  • Gas-powered generating plant at Gilimanuk 130 megawatts
  •  Gas-powered generating plant at Pesanggaran (Denpasar) 292 megawatts
  • Gas-powered generating plant at Pemaron (Bulelelng) 88 megawatts
  • Steam-powered generating plant at Celukan Bawang 340 megawatts
All the above results in a total power supply of 1,200 megawatts for Bali, providing a comfortable margin of around 420 megawatts over peak usage periods.

Balinese Voices: The Development of Tourism
Editorial: Bali Tourism Development Must be Evaluated

The Bali Post recently carried an editorial written by Nyoman Sumawijaya, a Balinese living in Cimahi, West Java.  Always eager to share informed local views on development issues, presents a free translation of excerpts from that editorial.

Editorial: Bali Tourism Development Must be Evaluated

By Nyoman Sumawijaya

Based on a study, Bali’s tourism business is not healthy. Using a study undertaken by French researchers (SETCO) in 1975, Bali’s maximum carrying capacity is 24,000 starred hotel rooms. However, the current reality indicates Bali already has 55,000 starred hotel rooms (sic) – an amount twice the stated carrying capacity of the Island.

(Editor’s Note: 2014 the Bali Hotel and Restaurant Association estimates there are 77,946 starred hotel rooms in Bali.)

The Provincial Government should be able to give guidance to regency and municipal administrations to slow down development in Bali’s South through stricter enforcement of permit requirements and other policies, while at the same time, extending incentives for investors to establish projects in North Bali. In this way, a more equitable distribution of the benefits of economic development and social welfare can be achieved, while at the same time reducing the environmental pressures on the Island’s south. There will be no need to change conservation areas into agricultural tracts. Such changes should only be undertaken if there are no other alternatives available.

Equitable Development

The Governor as the provincial leader must consider development in all the regions of Bali. Remote areas of Bali such as Karangasem and Buleleng have been left behind in terms of development when compared to regions in the south such as Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, Tabanan and Klungkung. The regions of Bangli and Jembrana are also among the regions of Bali left far behind in terms of enjoying the benefits of Bali’s development. The Government should earnestly try to encourage investment in the Island’s north. One way to do this is to slow investment in the southern regions of Bali. This can’t be done if the Government accelerated development or changes environmentally protected areas into agricultural lands.

Bali’s north and east have potential for economic development. Local residents, in accordance with their limited capabilities, have already transformed a number of places in these areas into tourism areas. Tulamben, Gerombong, Pantai Ahmed, Lovina in Buleleng, and Banuywedang have all been created as tourism areas by local residents. The conservation of the coral reef by the people of Les (Buleleng) has been the object of much attention by international tourists. But, due to a lack of attention from both the provincial and central governments, tourism development in the Island’s north and east remains slow.

If we want to examine closely the recent opposition to the development of geothermal electricity in Bedugul, the main cause was jealousy from the people of Buleleng who saw that they secured little benefit from the development of PLTP Bedugul. This should be noted. Jealousy has already been reared its head.

The Problem of Water

Plans to reclaim Benoa Bay remains controversial and will certainly create a large number of problems, many of which have been discussed.

Another problem that is of equal importance in connection with the planned reclamation of Benoa Bay is that of water supply. The area to be developed in Benoa Bay cannot possibly supply water sufficient to meet its needs from surrounding water sources. The project’s water needs will have to come from Denpasar, Badung or Gianyar. Meanwhile, at the present time, these areas are already unable to meet their current water requirements. This lack of water means many members of the public and industrial companies in south Bali must accept water that fails to meet standards of both quantity or quality.

Green development? Green development still needs much discussion. When wetlands are converted into developed land, can this be considered green development? (At Benoa Bay) of the 838 hectares to be reclaimed, 300 hectares will be converted into art centers, hotel, restaurants and sports areas. These areas will also produce carbon dioxide (CO2) with much of these facilities to be air-conditioned. While short term steps can be taken to reduce the effects (or carbon footprint), but little can be done in on a regional or long-term basis.

Maybe at some point in the future we will reclaim the beaches of Benoa and other beaches in Bali. But at the present time, it is best to concentrate on developing other areas that are less challenging and pose a smaller environmental risk. Management theory dictates the alternative with the least risk and smallest sacrifice is the best one.

There are still many land areas in Bali that can be developed for tourism. East Bali, North Bali and West Bali have yet to develop due to a lack of infrastructure support. There are many domestic and international tourists who are interested in visiting tourism objects such as beaches, historical sites and community activities in Karangasem and Bulelelng, but who are compelled to limit their visits due to the lack of suitable accommodation.

If we are agreed that the main attraction of Bali as a tourism destination is the Island’s art and culture, then we need to create tourism object in many locations. Many areas of Bali remain like empty canvasses waiting for artisans and architects to create ideas that will attract tourist visitors.

The way the Balinese construct rice terraces is unique and can become a tourist attraction. Look at how the Balinese create and care for their homes, full of loving artistic touches. There are many temples and unique architectural objects that can serve as attractions to draw tourists to Bali. In fact, many tourists call Bali “the island of the Gods” due to the large number of temples found in Bali.

Keeping Rabies on the Run
Bali to Vaccinate 400,000 dogs in 2015 at a Cost of US$692,000

Bali’s struggle against rabies continues. As reported by Bali Post, new cases on a month-to-month basis have continued to increase over the past two years.

In 2013 a total of 44,690 biting incidents were recorded in Bali. This increased to 46,877 bitings reports in 2014. During the first three months of 2015 the number of bites totaled 9,133.

To fight the scourge of rabies in Bali, the Bali Provincial Animal Husbandry and Health Department undertakes an annual mass vaccination of dogs in Bali. A Bali animal health official said that mass vaccinations of dogs commenced again on April 17, 2015. The Province has committed Rp. 9 billion (US$692,000) for anti-rabies vaccine, vaccination equipment and the euthanizing of stray dogs.

37% of this amount is funded from National sources.

The Provincial animal health authorities are prioritizing puppies and animals that roam the streets. The highest number of cases is reported in Bangli, followed by Karangasem, Klungkung, Jembrana, Gianyar, Badung and Tabanan. During Q1 2015 a total of 53 cases of rabies among dogs was recorded.

The Province is targeting to vaccinate 400,000 dogs in 2015.

Jakarta Abandons a Lost Cause?
Tanah Ampo Cruise Terminal Now Under Regency Control

The central government in Jakarta has surrendered the management of the Tanah Ampo International Cruise Terminal in Manggis, East Bali to the Karangasem Regency.

The transfer of responsibility and ownership was formalized in a letter from the Minister of Transportation. It is expected that PT Karangasem Sejahtera will handle the management of the port.

As reported by the Bali Post, with the transfer of management to the regency the Bakrie Corporation is expected to resign its involvement in the port’s operation.

Plans are for the Port to again install facilities for tenders from cruise ships to berth at a cost of Rp 8 billion. (US$615,000). Several past attempts to accommodate tenders at the port resulted in pontoons that were inexpertly built and quickly destroyed by waves.

Construction on the port began in 2008 has failed to attract interest from the international cruise community who complained about the poor infrastructure at Tanah Ampo and safety concerns.

See the link articles for the history of muddled management of the Tanah Ampo International Cruise Terminal.

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The Balinese Body Electric
7th International Body Music Festival (IBMF) in Bali, Indonesia July 3-12, 2015

Bali’s epic kecak dance traces its roots to the 1930s when Wayan Limbak first staged it in artistic collaboration with Walter Spies. With gripping coordination of movement and sound, it draws on trance dance and Hindu epics, elevating and wildly entertaining by turns.

In admiration for the kecak, Body Musician Keith Terry is no exception: “I’ve been collaborating with Balinese artists for more than three decades, and have always been particularly drawn to their Body Music style, Kecak. The interlocking vocal patterns, coupled with synchronized movement, story, humor, plus the incorporation of new ideas, specifically my own Body Music style, into the genre, has been a thrilling, ongoing intercultural collaboration.”

Now, cultural explorers will get a rare opportunity to live and breathe the art form in its place of origin, as the 7th International Body Music Festival (IBMF) in Bali, Indonesia.

For 9 days (July 3-12, 2015), participants will stay at the Suly Resort in Ubud, travel to villages, see exceptional concerts, participate in workshops led by local kecak performers and International Body Music artists, as well as enjoy traditional cuisine, study gamelan, tour cultural hotspots, and savor the beaches and spas.

The International Body Music Festival has become the meeting ground for the various styles of global Body Music. Since 2008, the IBMF has traveled the world from Brazil to Turkey to Italy, returning every two to its home base of San Francisco.


Music you can see and dance you can hear,” the Festival is a moving hub for performers who engage with humanity’s first instrument: the body itself. The shushing of palms, the snapping of fingers, the stomping of feet, and the seemingly infinite potential of the throat and mouth have inspired people worldwide to create moving music, audible dance. Tap, stepping, hambone, flamenco, beatbox, every style that forefronts the sounds of bodies in motion. It’s the oldest music on the planet, and each performance is brand new.

In addition to concerts, workshops, cultural collaborations, after parties, the 7th IBMF Bali will culminate in a colossal Kecak, featuring 400 Balinese artists. Participants have full access to all events, plus resort lodging, ground transportation and meals.

“If you’re curious about Balinese culture, if you’re drawn to the music and dance, there is no better opportunity to experience it from the inside out than this edition of the International Body Music Festival,” explains Terry, the festival’s founder and artistic driving force. “The community celebrates the music and dance coming solely from the instrument we all share. It transcends cultural boundaries and provides in-roads to cross-cultural experience. This particular IBMF will give participants the opportunity to delve deep into a rich local cultural experience, unlike any other Bali vacation.”

Confirmed teachers/performers:
  • Corposonic(USA)

  • Barbatuques(BRAZIL)

  • Pedro Consorte(BRAZIL)

  • Cambuyón (Canary Islands, Spain)

  • Cudamani(Bali)

  • Wayan Dibia(Bali)

Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm-dancer/educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades. As a soloist he has appeared in such settings as Lincoln Center, Bumbershoot, NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI's The World, the Vienna International Dance Festival and the Paradiso van Slag World

For more information visit the International Body Music Festival Website 

The End is Near
Chan and Sukumaran, Together with 7 Other Slated for Execution in Central During Last Week of April

All indications are that on or about April 28, 2015, barring extraordinary Presidential intervention in the 11th hour, Andrew Can and Myuran Sukumaran, the convicted drug-dealing kingpins of the infamous “Bali Nine,” will be placed before a firing squad and shot. Joining them in death are 7 other foreigners and one Indonesian who have been aggregated together on the penal island of Nusa Kambangan in Central Java.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, consular officials representing the countries of the condemned were summoned to Nusa Kambangan to be formally advised of the impending executions.

It is assumed that the prisoners who have been moved to isolation cells – have received the mandatory 72-hour notification under Indonesia law. If this is the case, execution could occur as early as midnight on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Equipment and personnel have been staged on the prison island in anticipation of the 10 executions that are expected to be carried out simultaneously by more than 130-armed police personnel.

The ten slated for execution are:
  • Andre Chan – Australia
  • Myuran Sukumaran – Australia
  • Raheem Agbaje Salami – Nigeria
  • Zainal Abidin – Indonesia
  • Rodrigo Gularte – Brazil
  • Silvester Obiekwe Nwaolise a/k/a Mustofa – Nigeria
  • Martin Anderson a/k/a Belo – Ghana
  • Okwudili Oyatanze – Nigeria
  • Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso - Philippines 

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