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BALI UPDATE #981 - 22 JUNE 2015

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A Fleeting Moment
Garuda Signs Letter of Intent to Purchase 30 Airbus A350 XWB to Serve Long Haul Market

Airbus Industries have announced that Garuda Indonesia has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Airbus for the purchase of 30 - A350 XWB aircraft.

Garuda Indonesia plans to use the A350 XWB to develop its medium and long haul network, with the aircraft offering the ability to fly non-stop from Jakarta or Bali to Europe.

“Following our success in revitalizing our regional operation in Asia and the Pacific, the development of our long haul network will be a priority in the coming years,” said Arif Wibowo, CEO of Garuda Indonesia. “With its reduced fuel consumption, range capability and extra wide cabin, the A350 XWB will be one of the options for us to reposition ourselves as a leading premium carrier in the competitive long haul market out of Asia.”
 
“We are pleased to welcome Garuda Indonesia as the latest airline to commit to the all-new A350 XWB,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer. “The aircraft has set the new standard for the larger segment of the mid-size wide body market and is already proving to exceed expectations in service with its first operator. We look forward to seeing the A350 XWB flying in the colors of Garuda Indonesia as it extends its reach to more destinations across the world.”
 
The A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. For passengers, it brings new levels of in-flight comfort, with an extra-wide cabin offering more personal space in all classes, including 18-inch wide seats as standard in economy class.
 
The A350 XWB has been especially successful in the Asia-Pacific region, where airlines have ordered a total of 244 aircraft, representing almost a third of the 780 orders recorded so far worldwide.

Shown on Balidiscovery.com Arif Wibowo, CEO of Garuda Indonesia, standing at right, with Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier.


Lion Air Props Up with Record Plane Deal
Lion Air Group Becomes ATR Largest Customer by Signing US$ 1 Billion Deal for 40 ATR 72-600s

ATR and Indonesia’s Lion Group have signed a US$ 1 Billion purchase agreement for 40 additional ATR 72-600s, hiking the firm order total for the newest generation ATR turboprops to 100 aircraft.

The latest deal marks a milestone in ATR’s history, as Lion Group becomes ATR’s largest customer ever. This new contract was inked by Rusdi Kirana, chairman of the Lion Group and Patrick de Castelbajac, chief executive officer of ATR, at a special ceremony held in Rome, witnessed by Matteo Renzi, Italy’s Prime Minister.
 
There are currently three subsidiary airlines in the Lion Group operating ATRs: Wings Air with a fleet of 32 ATR aircraft operating in Indonesia; Malindo Air with a fleet of 10 ATRs operating in Malaysia; and Thai Lion Air, with 1 ATR in operation in Thailand. The additional 40 ATR 72-600s will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years both within the Group’s existing operators’ networks and to develop other opportunities for ATR operations throughout Asia and developing markets worldwide. Deliveries of the aircraft signed in Paris will start in 2017 and run into 2019.
 
Rusdi Kirana, chairman of the Lion Group, said: “These modern and fuel-efficient aircraft will meet the future growth of the Lion Group airlines. The ATR 72-600 aircraft enable us to achieve a brilliant economic performance.” Continuing, Kirana added: “The ATR-600 aircraft are very competitive, as they enable us to ensure a high frequency service. With these new generation airplanes in our fleet, the Lion Group will continue to contribute to the economic development in Indonesia, Malaysia and Asia, including remote regions as well as tourist driven markets such as Bali, Java, Kalimantan (Borneo) and Sumatra”.
 
“Lion Air has become our largest customer among airlines, and has been successfully operating ATR 72s for five years. We are honored to receive this outstanding new order, which is an historical ATR milestone, and we thank the Lion Group for their continued strong commitment to our profitable and eco-efficient aircraft. The ATR-600 series feature the highest level of operational performance, while offering its passengers the highest standards of comfort and service. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the Lion Group,” said ATR’s chief executive officer, Patrick de Castelbajac.“ We also thank the strong financing support provided by SACE, Italy’s Credit Export Agency, which has considerably contributed to develop and consolidate such a fruitful partnership.”
 
The Asia Pacific region accounts for nearly 40 percent of the sales of the ATR -600 series aircraft. Asia-Pacific carriers operate more than 300 ATR aircraft, while there are another 100 on order.


Pratama is Pertama
Sansan Pramata of Ritz-Carlton Bali Named Indonesiaís Best Sommelier

The Ritz-Carlton Bali’s Sommelier, Sansan Pratama was named Indonesia’s Best Sommelier 2015 in a competition conducted by the Indonesia Sommelier Association.

Pratama’s naming as the Nation’s leading expert on the selection and service of wine was bestowed by Alexander Effendie – president of the Indonesia Sommelier Association at the close of competition on May 29, 2015 at La Piazza, Jakarta.

In winning the honor, Sansan defeated 33 other participants from across Indonesia.

Sansan joined the Ritz-Carlton Bali in November 2014 after three years’ experience in hospitality industry. Keenly interested in the art and science of wine from his first assignment working in a restaurant, he has continually studied to supplement his knowledge of wine by reading books, attending wine tastings and seeking knowledge from his professional supervisors.

As a member of Indonesian Sommelier Association (ISA) Bali Chapter, Sansan was invited to join the competition. After defeating 20 other participants in Bali, Sansan traveled to Jakarta to represent the island in the national competition.

The semifinals in Jakarta saw the participation of six top sommeliers from all over Indonesia. In the competition the sommeliers had to demonstrate their proficiency in serving Champagne; the decanting red wine; making food and pairing suggestions; and excel in blind tastings of still wines, sake, and liquors. “It was an amazing experience for me to join such an upscale competition, surrounded by many experts, ” said Sansan.

The Indonesia Sommelier Association (ISA) is a non-profit organization affiliated to The Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI), founded in Reims (France) in June 1969.

Sansan Pratama mans the cellar of the Ritz-Carlton Bali at the Bejana Restaurant each evening, except Sundays and Mondays.


Bali for the World
Bali Institute for Global Renewal Reveals Busy Schedule of Cultural and Education Programs in Bali for Remainder of 2015

Bali Institute for Global Renewal has announced that the internationally renowned award-winning youth choir, VOENA, will conclude a five-concert program of performance in Bali with a final performance on Friday, June 26, 2015 at in Tabanan Puri Taman Sari, Dusun Umabian, Desa Penek, Kecamatan Marga.

Numbering 45 member, VOENA’s members range between 7-18 years of age all hailing from the State of California.  VOENA has performed on numerous occasions at The White House before several U.S. presidents.  The youth choir also performed at the London Summer Olympics in 2012, the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics in 2010 and 2011, at the International Soweta Festival in South Africa.

Admission to the Friday, June 26th concert is free of charge and commences at 7:00 pm.

Bali Institute for Global Renewal

Bali Institute for Global Renewal (BIGR), is the largest provider of American educational programs held in Bali providing cultural immersion and service-based learning opportunities.  Over the past twelve years, BIGR has brought more than 3,000 people of all ages to learn first-hand about Balinese culture and experience the values and deep learning unique to Bali. 

On June 28-July 27, 2015, BIGR will host 40 American students & faculty members from the University of California-Irvine for a 5-week program focused on public health and alternative medicine. 

In June 2015 BIGR hosted 15 students and faculty from Southern Methodist University in Texas who spent 2 weeks in Ubud on an annual arts and music program. 

In July, more than 35 junior and senior high school students from around the world will join the Global Leadership Adventures program offering leadership and service training.

In September a group of aboriginal university students from University of Western Australia will be hosted by BIGR for an Australian government-funded program on indigenous wisdom. 

For more information about the VOENA performance or Bali Institute, contact Marcia Jaffe at +62 (0) 813 534 89726 or Email

Bali Institute Website


A Decade of Dedication to the Community
10th Sanur Village Festival August 26-20, 2015

The Sanur Village Festival returns August 26-30, 2015 with a full slate of activities center around the Maisonette area of the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel.
 
A community based-celebration that seeks to preserve and protect the local ecology, culture and innate creativity of the Sanur Beach area – the Sanur Village Festival receives support from the Denpasar municipality, the provincial government and the private sector.
 
Ida Bagus Gede Sidharta Putra (Gusde), chairman of the Yayasan Pembangunan Sanur (YPS) said: “The festival is community driven and celebrates the society, therefore it has always been an icon people look forward to every year.”
 
This year’s event will mark the 10th anniversary with organizers promising a festival that will be even bigger and better than in the past. Accordingly, the official name of this year’s event is the “Dasa Warsa Danur Village Festival”
 
Organizers are seeking to enhance local efforts at environmental preservation via the hosting of the festival.
 
Gusde is inviting all stakeholders in the Sanur Community to reflect back on the first festival held in 2006 that was held in the wake of a second Bali bombing. The following year, Sanur Village Festival II (2007) was launched with the theme “The New Spirit of Heritage” to give a new impetus to the cultural and ancestral heritage that seeks to preserve the coastal areas, the environment, the creative arts and sustain Sanur’s economy.
 
Gusde, who is also the chairman of the Denpasar Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Denpasar), is optimistic that Sanur can remain competitive and that the festival will better equip the community to face the challenges ahead.
 
Among the many activities planned for 10th Sanur Village Festival are beach clean ups, regreening and reforestation plantings, a baby turtle release, surfing competition, fun run, jukung competition, food festival, fruit and ice carving, cultural parade, international kite festival, fishing tournament, body painting, photo competition, golf tournament, and musical performances. A Bazaar for local traders will be featured at the Sanur Kreatif Expo.
  
Sanur Village Festival 2015 Website


Counting the Counters
Immigration Now has 26 Lines to Service Arriving International Air Passengers

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has added three immigration counters in order to improve service to arriving international passengers.

Tribun-Bali.com quotes the head of landings and entry formalities from the Airport’s Immigration office, Friece Sumolang, who confirmed the installation of the additional counters. Sumolang said that the Airport now has 13 two-man immigration counters, each capable of serving two lines.

“In other words, there are now 26 lines to serve international tourists coming to Bali. There are also an additional three back up counters standing by in anticipation of more visitors following the granting of free visa for 45 countries," Friece explained.

Friece said on Wednesday, June 18, 2015 that in the days immediately following the liberalization of Indonesia’s visa policy flows of tourists have only increased slightly. He hoped that the new counters would be able to accommodate any increase in visitor numbers in the future.
 
Immigration in Bali is targeting that once tourists arrive before an immigration officer that only 30 seconds to one minute will be needed to complete document processing.
 
Nonetheless, he warned that passengers arriving at peak times, such as between 2:00 – 6:00 pm, can experience delays due to heavy passenger flows.
 
Immigration is also working with the Airport Authority  (PT Angkasa Pura I) and with airlines to improve service to the public.


Management Appointment at Four Seasons Sayan
Canadian Sean Mosher Managing Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Sean Mosher has been appointed Resort Manager of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. He moves to the mountain retreat from Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia, where he held the same position. 

The Canadian native joined the company in 2002 as Communications Manager for Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. His career has taken him to Toronto and then England where he spent six years at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, working his way up from Assistant Front Office Manager to Rooms Director, before moving with his family to Langkawi in 2012.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Sean says: "he could not be happier about moving to Bali" where he is looking forward to exploring the island's diverse landscapes and indulging his love for the beach, golf and great outdoors - when he is not on duty.

"After 13 years with Four Seasons, this is a dream role for me," said Sean. "Sayan's recent renovation is evident in the quality and comfort of the resort's physical being, but it goes beyond that. Sayan has a very special energy, a spirituality and sense of balance that embraces you as soon as you walk across the bridge to the lobby, to be blessed with holy water and welcomed so warmly in the traditional way. It is a cultural immersion that must be experienced to really understand, but I became enraptured as soon as I visited the resort and I can understand why so many guests come back year after year to rebalance and unwind."

As Resort Manager, Sean will oversee the entire guest experience and report to Uday Rao, his predecessor who was recently promoted to general manager of the two Four Seasons Resorts Bali, at Sayan
 
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Garuda Does is Again!
Garuda Indonesia Wins 'Worldís Best Cabin Crew' Award for Second Consecutive Year from Skytrax

The State News Agency Antara confirms that Garuda Indonesia has been named by Skytrax – a London-based airline ranking agency as having the “World’s Best Cabin Crew.” The 2015 award was announced during the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, France.

This is the second consecutive year that Garuda Indonesia has been named for having the best cabin crew by the independent airline ranking organization.
 
The award was presented on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at “The World Airline Awards 2015." Presenting the award to Garuda Indonesia’s CEO, M. Arif Wibowo, was the CEO of Skytrax, Edward Plaisted.
 
Based on a worldwide customer satisfaction survey conducted by Skytrax among 18 million passengers, the survey reviewed 245 airlines and measured standards across 41 key performance indicators of product presentation and services.
 
Commenting on the award, Wibowo said: “Garuda Indonesia's success in winning the ‘The World's Best Cabin Crew’ title once more in 2015 reflects the tireless hard work and deep commitment from everyone at Garuda Indonesia, in particular our cabin crew, to deliver service of the highest standard to our passengers. We would also like to thank our loyal passengers for continuing to support Garuda Indonesia hence enabling us to win the trust and ‘The World's Best Cabin Crew’ award for the second consecutive year."
 
Wibowo said Garuda remained committed to maintaining the highest standards of service that will ensure a similar high ranking in years to come.


You Ainít Heard Nothing Yet
Yale Whiffenpoofs Return to Bali for 5th Season on Sunday, August 9, 2015 Performance at The St. Regis Bali Resort

A world musical tradition that is quickly becoming an annual music tradition in Bali – the Yale Whiffenpoofs will return to the Island for the fifth year On Sunday, 9 August 2015 at The St. Regis Bali Resort.

in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs continue Yale University’s 106-year old tradition, as the fourteen most accomplished male singers from the Ivy League University are appointed to join one of the world’s most widely revered musical groups. Bali is part of a round-the-world farewell tour for the 2015 Whiffenpoofs with members graduating and clearing the way for the next crop of talented vocalists now in training.
 
Recent performance by the Yale Whiffenpoofs include appearances at The White House for President Obama and at Broadway’s Lincoln Center to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation, raising awareness and funds to fight pediatric AIDS.

The Sunday, August 9, 2015 performance by the Whiffenpoofs at The St. Regis Bali Resort represents a continuing collaboration with Starwoods Hotels in support of the UNICEF Check Out For Children program.  During Starwood’s near two-decade relationship with UNICEF, more than $25 million has been raised for the needy children of the world.

The elegant day with what is arguably the world’s best male a capella choir will begin with aperitifs and canapés served from 10.30 am at the Resort’s lobby with the performance commencing at 11:00 am. This will be followed by the legendary Boneka Sunday Brunch or The Astor Diamond Champagne Brunch at Kayuputi from 12 noon – 3 PM.

Performing in the resort lobby atop The Grand Staircase, the one-hour performance will cover the entire musical gamut well-known evergreens, jazz standards, ballads and contemporary hits. After the performance and during brunch, The Whiffenpoofs will participate in a ‘meet and greet’ session visiting both dining venues.

Cost
 
The price for the ‘Boneka Sunday Brunch & Show’ package is Rp.  800.000 net per person (US$60) and Rp. 250.000 net per child (9 – 12 years old) (US$19).

The Astor Diamond Champagne Brunch & Show’ package at Kayuputi is Rp. 1.400.000 net per person (US$105).

A limited number of ‘Show-only’ tickets are available at Rp. 300.000 - including pre-show cocktails and canapés  that will go on sale from July 1, 2015 by telephoning +62 (0) 361- 300 6114 or Emailing
 
“Brunch & Show” packages can be booked on line starting from Monday, June 23, 2015 [online].



The Day the Music Died
Bali Authorities Forbid Local Concert from Protesting Reclamation of Benoa Bay

The Indonesian National Commission for Missing Persons and the Victims of Violence (KONTRAS) has expressed their extreme disappointment with the manner in which Bali authorities banned an anti-reclamation concert scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2015.

The concert was organized under the banner “Bali Refuses Reclamation” (Bali Tolak Reklamasi) with the slogan “Change the Ordinary” and was to be held in the Kertalanggu area of East Denpasar.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Haris Azhar, a coordinator for KONTRAS said, “Based on the information we have received, the notice banning (the concert) was delivered by police to the event organizer.”
 
According to Haris Azhar, the event organizer was told to advise the bands scheduled to appear not to make statements or perform lyrics opposing the controversial reclamation project in Benoa Bay. The Benoa Bay reclamation project has been the object of widespread opposition from local citizen groups, environmentalists, and Balinese artists.
 
The KONTRAS coordinator has condemned the steps taken by local authorities against the concert as limiting the freedom of speech guaranteed to every Indonesian under Section 28F of the 1945 Constitution.
 
In addition, Azhar describe such actions by the government also were in contradiction to Section 14 of Law Number 29 of 1999 that ratified Section 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that guarantees freedom speech and freedom of assembly.

Moreover, Law Number 32 of 2009 on the Protection and Management of the Environment (PPLH) proclaims that people have the right to a clean and healthy environment, and the right to object to projects that will destroy or diminish the natural environment.
 
Continuing, the KONTRAS coordinator said Bali officials may have also violated a National Police Regulation No. 9 of 2008 that guarantees freedom of expression. He said such actions strengthened suspicions of ongoing collusion between investors and those intent on destroying the natural environment.
 
“I want to emphasize the important role of the police as that part of the government that must guarantee respect, protection and the fulfillment of civil rights of the community from the exploitation of the natural environment and the violation of human rights,” Azhar said.
 
KONTRAS is urging that steps be taken for the effective restoration of any human rights violations that have taken place.


Art, Music and Dance by Narwastu
Narwastu Art Community Combines Balinese Tradition with Innovation at Bali Arts Festival Performance on July 5 and 10, 2015

The Narwastu Art Community will perform again this year at the Bali Arts Festival presenting a unique lineup of music and dance. Highlights of this year’s appearance include the premiere of two new works.

The first is a collaborative dance and music piece by I Wayan Rajeg (Tegalalang, Bali) and Ari Rudenko (USA). Ari is a professional modern dancer trained in Butoh, Javanese, Balinese and other methods.

Jonathan Bailey, co-founder of Narwastu said, “Wayan Rajeg has contributed much to the Balinese music scene, but this collaboration with Rudenko is a new approach to contemporary music inspired by classic Balinese music.”

The second must-see of the performance is a new work for gamelan and choir by Cypriot composer Andys Skordis entitled “E…Sou…A?” It combines a 14-voice choir with select instruments from the popular Gong Kebyar with the lesser-known Gamelan Semar Pagulingan. The result is an experimental work like no other.

Bailey says, “Andys is an accomplished composer in Europe and we’re delighted that he selected Narwastu to work with to develop this new music. It’s rare to have this kind of music in Bali.”

Skordis has won numerous awards for his compositions and is known for his experimental music composition.

The two Narwatsu Art Community performances during the Bali Arts Festival
  • Sunday, July, 5, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Arts Center (Gedung Ksirarnawa) in Denpasar
  • Friday, July 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Setiadarma Mask and Puppet Museum in Mas near Ubud.
Both are free performances.

Narwastu is a community arts group made up of Balinese and non-Balinese living in Bali. Established in 2005 as a small grouping of people desiring to learn Balinese gamelan music, over time the Balinese instruments and group of people keenly interested in the arts have become the locus for a wide range of interactions between people from many different cultures speaking a range of languages. In the process, people have become friends, gotten married, and found a home away from home because of this community arts initiative.

Narwastu now plays a significant role in preserving the ancient music and dance of Bali in the face of the onslaught of modernism. Narwastu has also become a refuge of sorts for young composers and choreographers wanting to introduce new creative ideas into the local arts community.

Narwatsu includes of over sixty musicians, singers and traditional dancers.

Narwastu Website


Baliís Well-Connected Air Gateway
Bali Airport Ranked Among Top Ten Airports with the Fastest WiFi Connections

Tempo.co reports that the international WiFi assessment website Rotten WiFi has undertaken a survey of WiFi quality at 130 airports in 53 countries around the globe.

Five airports in Europe, two in America and three airports in Asia are ranked in the top ten airports.

Here is the rankling of the top ten airports with the fastest WiFi Service:

  1. Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (BKK), Thailand, 41,45 Mbps
  2. Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA), Tennessee, USA, 30,98 Mbps
  3. Dublin Airport (DUB), Ireland, 19,45 Mbps
  4. Vilnius International Airport (VNO) in Lithuania, 18,04 Mbps
  5. Helsinki Airport, (HEL), Finland, 17,46 Mbps
  6. I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali Indonesia (DPS) 16,01 Mbps
  7. Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH/RCKH), Taiwan, 15,55 Mbps
  8. Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN), Sweden, 15,48 Mbps
  9. Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), Houston, USA, 15,28 Mbps
  10. Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany, 14,47 Mbps


Yoga as a Growth Industry
Bali Academic Urges Younger Generation to Consider Careers as Yoga Instructors

An academic from the Hindu University (Unhi) in Denpasar, Bali, Dr. Ida Bagus Dharmika, says many domestic and foreign tourists coming to Bali are interested in the yoga programs offered by the Island’s villas and hotels.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Dharmika, who is rector of the Hindu University, said, “Tourists (to Bali) admit that they feel a harmony with nature and an inner peace when they perform yoga presented in natural settings.”

He said that many of the villas in Ubud and Gianyar offer yoga practice to tourists because of the cool temperatures and the surrounding views of mountains and rice terraces. Dharmika described this approach to yoga as “back to nature” – seeking harmony and balance with the laws of nature. Mixing yoga and meditative practice students visiting hotel and villas offering these activities are able to achieve a “oneness” with nature.
 
"Natural setting villas greatly support yoga practice. The quieter the better. Yoga participants find it difficult to center their thoughts in commercial area that are noisy,” Dharmika explained. He said vistas that open to the mountains, watercourses and are imbued with the sound of birds help yoga participants unite with nature.
 
Dharmika urged Bali’s younger generation to recognize yoga practice as the possible inspiration for gainful employment as yoga instructors.
 
“In the future, hotels and villas will need skilled and informed yoga instructors. The younger generation can take advantage of this development,” Dharmika added.


Not in Our Name!
Nusa Dua Residents Mount Protest Opposing Benoa Bay Reclamation

Metrobali.com reports that demonstrations in opposition to the planned reclamation of Benoa Bay continue to grow, both in number and intensity.

On Friday afternoon, June 19, 2015, people living in the Nusa Dua area of Bali participated in a street demonstration and the posting of banners protesting the planned project. Many said they were protesting the presence of a letter, purported to have been issued by the people of Nusa Dua, claiming to support the replacement of mangrove areas with a major hotel and commercial development built over reclaimed land.

The demonstration saw a gathering of local fishermen, workers, youth and university students travel up and down the Ngurah Rai Bypass posting banners in protest of the reclamation.

The anti-reclamation group Forum Masyarakat Nusa Dua Tolak Reklamasi (The Nusa Dua People’s Forum Opposed to Reclamation) installed protest banners in four locations. Banners were put in place at the Siligita intersection, at the three-way intersection at the southern entrance to the Bali Mandara Toll Road, at the four-way Club Med intersection and the four-way intersection at the main gate to Nusa Dua.

The group installing the banners regrouped for photos and group chants before dispersing.

A spokesperson for the protest, I Wayan Sumantra, told the press that many have made the mistaken conclusion that the people of Nusa Dua were quietly accepting of plans to reclaim Benoa Bay when, in fact, opposition to the reclamation plan is widespread among the people living in Nusa Dua.

Sumantra said Friday’s protests was the first of similar actions to come.

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Traditional Trades Being Weeded Out
Seaweed Farmers at Nusa Penida Turning their Lives to Jobs in the Tourism Sector

The head of the Bali Provincial Seaways and Fisheries Department, I Made Gunaja, told Metrobali.com that many traditional seaweed cultivators on Nusa Penida have change professionals to informal tour guides or assistants in finding moorings for the many boats that operate at the offshore island from Bali.

Speaking on Friday, June 19, 2015, Gunaja said: “These two forms of employment offer better prospect due to the increasing number of foreign and domestic tourists coming to the island (Nusa Penida) that can be reached in about 30 minutes by motorboat from the Sanur shoreline.”

Gunaja said the establishment of area as a sea conservation area has precipitated the fast tourism growth now underway at Nusa Penida.

Gunaja described Nusa Penida as increasing well known to water sports enthusiasts because of its excellent coral reef, abundant fish life and textile traditions practiced by the Island’s residents.

“On Nusa Penida the giant mola-mola fish and manta rays can be found in the waters, both admired as underwater species,” said Gunaja.

The provincial official went on to say that tourism's advance in Bali must not only benefit investors, but also the farmers who have worked in the fishery and sea weed harvesting, but now turn their working lives to tourism.

Former seaweed gatherers now work bringing tourists to diving and snorkeling locations. Others are assisting in the mooring of the many boats seeking anchorages near Nusa Penida.

Gunaja said some seaweed farmers continue to harvest their crops, but with less interest and intensity than in the past. As a result, the total seaweed harvest at Nusa Penida in 2014 totaled 84,338 tons, down 42% from the 145,557 tons harvested in 2013.

The provincial authorities continue to encourage seaweed cultivation in order to preserve that traditional sector of the economy.


A Coral Barrier
Thai National Apprehended Trying to Smuggle Protected Decorative Coral Through Bali Airport

Security officers at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport have apprehended a Thai national, Sae Jang Suwat, caught trying to smuggle 327 types of protected coral out of the country.

As reported by Beritadewata.com, the hundreds of pieces of valuable coral were found in a large suitcase and styrofoam box carried by Suwat.

Habrin Yake, the head of Fish Quarantine (BKIPM) said on Friday, June 19, 2015: “The entire total was 327 pieces of decorative coral of various species. These are protected items and listed on international quarantine lists.”

The contraband items were linked to Sae Jang Suwat who was preparing to depart Bali with a group on friends on Thai Airways TG 432 destined for Bangkok.

Quarantine officials took the coral to Serangan Beach – a short distance from the airport – where the coral were returned to the sea.

This is the third time in recent times that authorities have found coral being smuggled out of Bali. This was, however, the first time that coral being smuggled by air was discovered.

Sae Jang Suwat told police that he had obtained the coral from East Java and had paid Rp. 10 million (US$750) for the cache.


Have Australians Had Their Fill of Bali?
In an Apparent Sudden Reversal of Fortunes, Australian Arrivals to Bali Decline 4% in May 2015

The Sydney Morning Herald in an article titled “Australians Tiring of Bali” reports that Australian arrivals are declining and has raised the alarm that the heyday of Australian tourism to Bali may be on the wane. The latest arrival statistics show a month-on-month decline of 4% in Australian arrivals to Bali for May after a long and sustained period of month after month of double-digit growth in Australian arrivals.

Arrival statistics from the Bali Tourism Office showed 76,589 Australian tourists came to Bali in May 2015, down 4% from the 79.808 who visited in May 2014.

The Sydney Morning Herald explored a range of possible explanation for this sudden downward trend:
  • The recent execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan of the Bali Nine for smuggling drugs through Bali’s airport.
  • The decline in Western Australia’s mining sector.
  • Growing interest in other tropical destinations in the region, such as Hawaii and Thailand.
  • The failure of the Indonesian government to include Australian passports in its recently expanded list of 45 countries and territories eligible for visa-free visits to Bali. Australian must still pay US$35 for a 30-day tourist visa.
The article also cited that Australian-based searches for Bali hotels on the aggregator site Trivago declined 62% in April and 41% in May as compared to the same months in 2014.


Come What May?
Bali by the Numbers: Mid-year Jitters Suggest Growth in Bali Arrivals May be Slowing

May 2015 foreign tourist arrivals figures for Bali are in. The 295,835 tourist who came to Bali in May represent a represent a relatively modest 3.4% increase over May 2014. On a cumulative basis, January-May 2015 has seen 1,555,609 foreign tourists come to Bali, a total that’s 11.71% more than the same five month in 2014.
ons are that the salad days of rapid growth in foreign arrivals to Bali may be coming to end. Will Bali be able to maintain the current average 11.71% rate of growth through the end of 2015? Or, will a figure closer to the month-on-month improvement of only 3.4% become a truer reflection of the average growth rate? Striking a median between the two of, say, 7.5% growth sustained until December 2015 means Bali will end the year with around 4 million foreign tourists.

Arrivals by Source Markets

Australia – The long period of sustained month-on-month double-digit growth was interrupted in May when only 76,589 Australian visiting the Island – a number that was 4% less than the same month in 2014. See: Have Australians Had their Fill of Bali?  for a look at what may be the myriad explanations for this reversal of fortunes.

People’s Republic of China - While PRC arrivals for the first five months of the year are up 26.97%, we expect visa-policies and more flights between the Middle Kingdom and Bali will increase this growth rate by the end of the year by a substantial amount. Signaling this, month-on-month for May PRC arrivals increased 42.2%. We project, barring unforeseen circumstances, Chinese arrivals will surpass the 750,000 mark by the end of the year.

Japan Arrivals – While many Japanese wholesalers bemoan business is down to Bali, this complaint is not borne out by Japanese arrivals. 14,026 Japanese tourists traveled to Bali in May 2015. While Japanese arrivals increased a modest 2,8% in May, year-on-year for the first five months of 2015 have seen Japanese visitors have increased18.8%.

Malaysia and Singapore – Lingering fears of flying are listed among the several reasons for the decline in Malaysian and Singapore arrivals to Bali. Month-on-month for May 2015, Singaporean and Malaysian visitors are both down by 23.4%. On a cumulative basis for January-May 2015, Malaysia visitors are down 7.22% and Singapore visitors down by 19.44%. Reflecting the decline in Singapore and Malaysian visitors the total number of tourists from ASEAN as a whole is down 7.99% for the period January-May 2015.

South Korea – South Korean tourist visitors are up 11.34% through the first five months of 2015. Month-on-month for May, however, Korean arrivals declined 16.2%. The downward trend may continue in June due to growing fears of a MERS contagion.

European Arrivals – Generally, main source markets for Bali visitors from Europe remain strong. For the first five months of the year U.K. visitors are up 15.76%, The Netherlands up 9.25%, Germany up 3.82%, and France is up 1.65%. Less cheerful is the picture from Russia where things only get worse – down 27.59% for January-May 2015.

U.S.A. – American visitors continue to come to Bali in record numbers up 14.28% for the first five-months of 2015. The 10,663 Americans coming to Bali in May 2015 represented a 17.23% month-on-month improvement.

Markets to Watch – Seen on a cumulative basis for January-May 2015, these are the emerging markets to watch for Bali tourism: India (+40.12%), New Zealand (+30.81%), Hong Kong (+48.82%), Canada (+24.15%) and The Philippines (+10/81%). 


A Celebration of Song
Bali Community Choir in Concert on Saturday, July 11, 2015

Celebrating 6 years of singing, the Bali Community Choir, under the direction of Brendan O’Donnell, will present its Mid-Year concert – “Celebration of Song” on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the SMK 3 Tourism School on Jalan Tirta Nadi II in Sanur at 7:30 pm.

The choir is composed of both Indonesian and expatriates singers led by former “Sing Australia” conductor Brendan O'Donnell. Past performances have included the 10th Commemoration of the Bali Bombing at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park in 2012 and the Pan Am Memorial Commemoration held in April 2014 at Padang Galak. The choir is much beloved for its annual series of Christmas concerts performed at leading venue across the island.

The concert program for July 11th will include solo and choral selections from the Bali Community Choir’s wide-ranging repertoire of sacred, classical, jazz, Broadway show tunes and Indonesian standards.

Not to be missed and suitable for the entire family, tickets can be purchased at the door for Rp. 50,000 (US$3.75) for adults and Rp. 20,000 (US$1.50) for students.

A share of the proceeds from the Concert will be donated to The John Fawcett Foundation humanitarian assistance to people suffering from eye ailments and other health problems.

Celebration of Song
Mid-Year Concert by The Bali Community Choir

Under the Direction of Brendan O’Donnell
*****
Saturday, July 11, 2015
7:30 pm
SMK Tourism School
Jalan Tirtha Nadi II – Sanur, Bali

Website for John Fawcett Foundation 


A Failure to Parent
3.5 Year Old Childs Falls Five Floors to Her Death After Being Left Unattended in a Kuta Hotel Room

A Singapore toddler fell to her death from the fifth floor of a hotel on Jalan Kartika Plaza in South Kuta on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

According to DenPost, 3.5 year-old Nurzalia binti Ahmad Zaki was left unattended by Ahmad Saki Bin Kassim (49) and his wife while they attended a social function elsewhere in the hotel.

The parents told police their child was asleep when they left the room.

20 minutes after leaving the child in the room and while attending a function on the first floor they witnessed a commotion regarding a child who had just fallen from an upper floor of the hotel. Hurrying back to the their room, the couple found their child was missing from her bed.

Returning to the ground floor they discovered their daughter's lifeless body.

After bringing the child’s body to a local hospital, the couple returned to Singapore with her remains.

Police refused comment on the case and are apparently not charging the parents with culpable negligence in the death of the child.


Love and Hope
Charity Concert at Hard Rock Hotel Raises US$25,700 for Bali's Poorest

Hard Rock Hotel hosted a successful charity concert in support of Solemen Indonesia's work on behalf of some of Bali’s least fortunate residents.

ert on Saturday, June 20, 2015, featured two internationally acclaimed Indonesianperformers – Andre Hehanussa and Raisa Andriana who took the Center Stage to thrill a full house of caring concert goers with their artistry.

Prior to the start of the concert, fifteen reporters interviewed Raisa, Andre, Robert and Shane Coates - general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel Bali who introduced some of the children aided by Solemen and invited to join the evening’s festivities.

ing the course of the evening, two dresses donated by Soleman Ambasador and leading fashion Tamara Bleszynski were auctioned for Rp. 93 million (US$7,000).

surprise appearance was long-standing supporter of Solemen Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika who joined Solemen’s founder Robert Epstone on stage and declare himself the organization’s guardian (pelindung).

The highlight of the evening were the musical performances of Andre Hehanussa and Raisa Andriana – with the audience joining the singers in the song “Love and Hope” as the evening progressed.

Auctions, donated CDs from Andre Hehanussa, ticket sales, donated merchandise and corporate good will raise an approximate Rp. 347 million (US$ 26,000) that will go to some of the most physically and economically disadvantaged people in Bali.

Soleman Website


Kiwi Dies in Kuta
New Zealand Man Collapses and Dies After Toppling From Large Motorcycle in Kuta, Bali

A 56-year-old New Zealand man died on Thursday, June 18, 2015 when he tumbled off a large motorcycle on Jalan Legian Kuta, Gang Nakula in Kuta.

Dead is Pieter Michael Whittaker who had traveled a long distance on the motorcycle with his wife when fellin front of his intended destination – a villa occupied by Australia Stewart Robertson.

NusaBali said that after the man fell from his bike he was assisted by bystanders and given water before falling again for a second time when he became spastic and started to shake.

Efforts to revive the man with CPR were unsuccessful and he died a short time later.

The man’s body was sent to Denpasar’s Sanglah General Hospital for forensic examination.


High Entry Costs for Menjangan Island
Tariff to Visit Menjangan Island in North Bali Raised to Rp. 200,000

Local fishermen and water tour operators surrounding Menjangan Island in North Bali on Monday, June 15, 2015 re-launched a boycott of sorts refusing to carry foreign tourists from Bali’s mainland to the Island under the control of the West Bali National Park.
 
The controversy centers on a decision by the Ministry of Forestry to increase the admission price to the island from Rp. 20,000 (US$1.50) to Rp. 200,000 (US$15) that was to take effect on June 1st.
 
Initially boycotted by the fisherman and boat operators who claimed the increased fare would destroy their tour business to and around the island, the Ministry temporarily demurred by postponing the increase for several weeks.
 
Following meetings between the deputy regent of Buleleng, Nyoman Sutjidra and the Forestry Ministry resulted in an agreement to trial run the increase for two months to determine if the number of foreign tourists visiting the park declines. If, during the period, numbers of visitors to Menjangan Island suffer, the Forestry Ministry will reduce the admission price to Rp. 150,000 (US$11).
 
Meanwhile, the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is pledging to raise the matter of higher admission tariffs directly with the Forestry Ministry.
 

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Preserving Bali Past While Building its Future
Asian Heritage Network to Meet in Denpasar and Yogyakarta January 8-12, 2016

Bali’s capital city of Denpasar and the ancient sultanate of Yogyakarta have been chosen to host the Asian Heritage Network Symposium January 8-12, 2016,
 
The symposium concerned with cultural preservation will see active participation by Indonesia and its neighbors of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan. Also attending in observer roles will be representatives from a number of European nations.
 
In preparation for the coming conference, Catrini Prathari Kubuntubuh of the Indonesian Heritage Preservation Agency (BPPI) held meetings with the deputy-mayor of Denpasar, IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra on Friday, June 19, 2015.
 
The participants will make field visits, view traditional cultural events and see how heritage values are being preserved in development planning.
 
The Asian Heritage Symposium will visit Denpasar from January 8-10, 2016 and Yogyakarta from January 11-12, 2016.
 
Denpasar’s deputy-mayor welcomed the coming heritage gathering in Bali, noting with delight that it coincides with the celebration of Siwalatri on January 8 and The Dark Moon (Hari Raya Tilem) on January 9th – two days celebrated by the Balinese with traditional rites and ceremonies.


Cathay Flight Crews In Bound for Bali Reunion
Cathay Pacific Bali Reunion September 24-27, 2015

After three years since the last “CX Homecoming” in Hong Kong 2012, Bali is preparing to host a reunion of Cathay flight crews September 24-27, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Baruna Resort.
 
Open exclusively to Cathay Pacific flight crew, past and present, and their accompanying partners the gathering includes a number of fun-filled event organized by the Indonesian host committee: 
  • Three nights accommodation at the seaside Holiday Inn Baruna Bali Resort.
  • A welcoming sunset cocktail reception on Friday, September 24.
  • A Gala Reunion Dinner with free-flow drinks planned on the beach for Saturday, September 25th
  • The chance to participate in a program of exciting land programs with Cathay colleagues on September 25 and 26.
For more information and to register visit the Cathay Pacific Bali Reunion Website

Space is subject-to-load and early confirmation is recommended.


 
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