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BALI UPDATE #089 - 03 NOVEMBER 1998
GROUP ART EXHIBITION
AT FOUR SEASONS
"Different Visions" an art exhibition by four Southeast
Asian artists will take place at the Four Season Resort Bali at Jimbaran
Bay from Monday, November 2 through December 3.
The exhibition in the Resort's Ganesha Gallery will
include the work of Frans Nadjira - a well known Indonesian painter who
has come to his craft after stints as a seaman, woodsmen and poet; Charles
Cham - A Malaysian artist from Malacca who describes his work as "painted
drawings" rather than merely paintings; Aant S, Kawisar - whose expressionist
and very bold paintings reflect the jungles of his native Kalimantan (Borneo);
and Budhiana Made whose work has been self-described as freedom fighting
The Ganesha Gallery is unique as it represents the
only dedicated art gallery sponsored by a hotel for the showcasing of
local artistic talent. The gallery is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. and
offers visitors to Bali the chance to see important art while visiting
a hotel named as one of the world's finest by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.
For details contact the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay at telephone
(0) 361 - 701010 or facsimile (0) 361 701020.
THE TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE
The well-known travel magazine TRAVEL ASIA is currently
accumulating material for an article on how technology has helped Bali
survive the recent political and financial difficulties which have befallen
There are numerous examples, including this newsletter,
on how Bali has put technology to work. Ian Jarret is gathering material
for submission to TRAVEL ASIA and would like to hear from readers on how
they used technology and their web sites to retain and increase business.
Raini Hamid, Editor at Venture Asia Publishing, is
seeking information for a cover story for "Meeting and Conventions" on
why people should hold their meetings in the Asia - Pacific region in
the Millennium (Y2K). Hotels, Destination Management Companies, and attractions
are encouraged to send details of what they are planning to do in Bali
in connection with the Millennium to Raini Hamid at firstname.lastname@example.org
Raini's also advises that the Bali Update Newsletters
was recently cited at a PATA/TIME Magazine Communicators Forum as an example
of effective communications via in the Internet.
Thank you TIME!
PATA TRAVEL MART: NEW
The 1999 PATA Travel Mart features a convenient,
all-inclusive registration fee for exhibiting companies. This year, the
exhibitor fee covers full registration for two seller delegates, along
with listings in the advance and final appointment guides, and one set
of pre-scheduled appointments. In addition, exhibitors who register prior
to the early-bird deadline of December 31, 1998, will receive a discount
of US$350 off every nine square metre of exhibition space. The Mart takes
place April 13-16, 1999 in Singapore. To register, please contact Reed
Travel Exhibitions in Singapore. Fax: (65) 338-7395. E-mail: email@example.com.
INDIA TOURISM EXPO '99
The PATA Asia Division will be participating in the
second India Tourism Expo '99, January 22-24 in New Delhi. Organised by
the Dept. of Tourism, Government of India, the show is held in conjunction
with India Tourism Week celebrations. The 1998 Expo attracted 200 sellers
and more than 60,000 trade and consumer visitors. Under PATA's cost-effective
"catalogue show" programme, a limited number of PATA members can reach
the India outbound market. PATA will distribute participating members'
brochures and catalogues to interested buyers at the PATA booth during
trade times. Following the show, participants will receive a full report
of those buyers for follow-up. The cost to participate is US$200. To register,
please contact Ms Goon Yoke Ching, Director-South Asia. Fax: (65) 225-6842.
Tel: (65) 223-7854/55. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIME FOR PATANET
Look for a mention of PATA's web site,
www.pata.org, in the Travel Watch section of the Nov. 16 issue of
ITB '99 PATA STAND
PATA members who are interested in participating in
the PATA stand at ITB'99 in Berlin are urged to register before the deadline
of Dec. 6, 1998. Space is very limited this year due to the popularity
of Hall 25, where the PATA stand will be located. For further information,
contact the PATA Europe Division. Fax: (377) 92 05 61 33. E-mail: email@example.com.
ZURICH AND VIENNA GO-BETWEENS
IN MARCH 1999
Each year, between BIT in Milan and ITB in Berlin,
the PATA Europe Division stages table-top trade shows in key cities within
western Europe. In 1999, the events will take place on March 2 at the
Zurich Marriott Hotel and on March 3 at the ANA Grand Hotel in Vienna.
Mr. John Semone, Managing Director-Europe, has kept the price at the same
level for the past four years. US$425 for PATA members includes the cost
of the table plus lunch or dinner at each venue. The registration deadline
is Dec. 31, 1998; a late fee of US$50 will apply after that date. Fax:
(377) 92 05 61 33. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE ON THE NUSA DUA
The five-star tourism enclave at Nusa Dua, on Bali's
southernmost tip, will be swirling with colourful activities and culture
during the second annual Festival Nusa Dua, November 25 to December 3,
Visitors to the area will be delighted by dozens
of opportunities to experience the authentic, living culture of Bali.
The Festival will showcase the island's arts and crafts, showing visitors
why Bali was chosen this year as the world's best island destination by
the prestigious Conde Naste Traveller magazine.
"We are excited to present an even bigger and better
event this year," said Bali Tourism Development Corporation President
Anak Agung Gede Rai. He notes that all events and activities will be open
and at no charge to spectators.
The 8-day event opens on Wednesday afternoon with
a two hour grand procession of more than 1,000 Balinese in traditional
costume, some carrying towering offerings of fruit and flowers on their
heads and others playing music on gongs, flutes and bamboo instruments
and drums. This opening ceremony event will include dancers in costume,
six metre-tall ceremonial flags, fringed umbrellas and other spectacular
Bali's Director of Culture will officially open The
Festival at 6:30 pm in the Nusa Dua Amphitheater, followed by a dramatic
dance performance created by Dr. I Wayan Rai S. Thursday, local farmers
will meet with hotel representatives in a unique agricultural conclave.
Farmers will have a first-hand look at how their products are utilized
within the hotels and hoteliers will have the opportunity to discuss directly
with the agrarians, how their product needs can be met. This exchange
pulls farmers into the tourism loop.
Continuing on Thursday and following days will be
a host of activities including bazaars and exhibitions, demonstrations
of arts and crafts and even spiritual skills such as herbal medicine,
palm reading and martial arts. Demonstrations in special skills include
flower arranging, fruit carving, offering and decoration preparation,
for the observation and participation of visitors to the Festival.
Each of Nusa Dua's international-caliber hotels and
attractions will sponsor daily activities from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
These include Amanusa, Bali Golf and Country Club, Bali Hilton Club Med,
Galeria Nusa Dua shopping centre, Grand Hyatt Bali, Melia Bali, Nusa Dua
Beach Hotel, Putri Bali, Sheraton Laguna and Sheraton Nusa Indah.
Each evening at sunset, visitors will be welcomed
to the Amphitheater to enjoy traditional entertainment and some new dance
dramas, especially created by the island's leading performance experts,
I Nyoman Suarsa, I Nyoman Budi Artha and nationally famed choreographer
Guruh Soekarno Putra.
Traditional dance and music performances will include
variations of the Barong or lion dance; classical dance; frog dance; Jegog,
music and dance accompanying traditional bull races in West Bali; Janger,
youth performing traditional song and dance ; Ramayana Ballet, from the
classic Hindu epics; and a Kecak Ramayana, the dynamic adaptation from
the Ramayana, with more than 50 chanting participants.
"This is a special opportunity for visitors to Nusa
Dua to experience so much of Bali's rich cultural heritage, all in one
setting," said Rai. "We look forward to welcoming people both from the
surrounding communities and from across the world to appreciate what we
have to offer."
The Nusa Dua Festiaval - a very good reason to be
in Bali between November 25 and December 3.
Edition #088 incorrectly identified Minister A.M.
Saefuddin as the Minister of Agriculture for the Republic of Indonesia.
Minister Saefuddin's correct title is the Minister for Food and Horticulture.
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