BALI UPDATE #409 - 12
The People Decide
to Decide Again
Elections on July 5 Clear the way for a Run-Off
Vote on September 20.
In historical first direct election of an Indonesian
President and Vice-President the Nation went to
the polls on Monday, July 5, 2004.
While no candidate managed to garner the 51% share
of votes necessary to be declared the outright
winner, the field was instantly narrowed from
5 sets of candidates to just the 2 sets who will
contest the run-off elections scheduled for Monday,
September 20, 2004.
While official results won't be announced until
later in July, it now appears a virtual certainty
that the pairing of Susilo Bambang Yudyoyono
Jusuf Kala, who came in as top vote-getters, will
face off against their nearest contender, President
Megawati Soekarnoputri and her running-mate Hasyim
Bali Votes for Megawati
Although the President and her Vice-Presidential
pairing only managed to come in second-place nation-wide,
Bali, which has long been a Megawati stronghold,
continue to champion the President giving her
nearly 56% of all the votes cast on the island.
Dates to Watch
In the run up to the election of Indonesia's next
president, here's the dates to watch:
26 July 2004 - Nation-wide
announcement of the results of the first round
of Presidential/Vice-Presidential Election Process.
30 July 2004 05 August 2004
Nation-wide formal announcement of 2 sets of Presidential
and Vice-Presidential Candidates for the Second
and final-round vote.
20 September 2004 - Second
round of Voting in the Presidential/Vice-Presidential
05 October 2004 - Formal nation-wide
announcement of the winners of the Presidential/Vice-Presidential
20 October 2004 - The inauguration
of the President and Vice-President.
U.K. Foreign Office
Lifts Bali Travel Advisory
Are Now Free to Visit Bali.
The U.K. Foreign Office have finally lifted travel
advisories recommending against "non-essential
travel" to Bali and Indonesia put in place since
the tragic October 12, 2002, bombing of a Bali
night spot that killed 202 people, 23 of whom
The new announcement is part of a world-wide review
of the U.K.'s Travel Advisory System recently
announced by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
who concluded, based on a Whitehall White Paper,
that over-cautious travel advisories cause economic
disruption and further suffering to the victims
of terrorism, while indirectly serving the goals
of terrorist actors.
"The public will be better served if such warnings
are used more sparingly, when intelligence-based
terrorist threats pose extreme and imminent danger,"
said Mr. Straw.
British travelers to Bali totaling 116,323 in
2001 represented the fourth largest inbound market
to the Island. By 2003, British visitors had diminished
to only 50,043 (down 57%) in the face of an official
travel warning that advised against non-essential
visits to Indonesia. As a result of that warning,
U.K. travel agents were unable to secure travel
insurance for their Indonesian-bound clients.
Robert Kelsall, Chairman of Bali Hotels Association
representing 56 starred hotels and resorts in
Bali, said that "with the lifting of the U.K.
travel advisory, we now hope other countries with
similar advisories will follow suite; namely Australia,
New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.A."
Dine with the Michelin
Chef Sven Elverfeld in One-Night Gastronomic Performance
July 24, 2004 in Bali.
The Ritz Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa
will host a one-night gastronomic extravaganza
prepared by celebrated Michelin Star Restaurateur
and Gault Millau Chef of the Year 2004,
Sven Elverfeld, for one night only at Padi
Restaurant on Saturday, July 24, 2004.
Presenting a lavish eight-course degustation
menu, the critically acclaimed Sven Elverfeld
will create a menu inspired by his signature dishes
from award-winning Aqua Restaurant at The
Ritz Carlton, Wolfsburg in Germany. The
35-year-old Sven has cooked for the King of Spain
Juan Carlos and the Spanish Royal Family; won
numerous culinary awards including the Michelin
Star; was named Chef of the Year and
has earned 3 Chef's Hats presented by the
authoritative Gault Millau; earned 4 Chef's
Hats from The Bertelsmann Guide; saw
his work-place named Restaurant of the Year
by Gourmet Magazine; and earned a Gold
Award for Best Chef from Gault Millau.
In bestowing his honors on the young kitchen star,
Gault Milau said, "without striking exotic attitudes
or straining for effect, Sven always ignites artistic,
but never artificial, fireworks." Not surprisingly,
Sven Elverfeld is also the exclusive subject of
Kitchen of the Senses, a stunning 196-page
celebration of food published in October 2003.
One Night Only at Bali's Ritz Carlton
An exclusive evening of world class dining will
take place on Saturday, July 24, 2004, with a
Chef's Cocktail Reception at the Damar Terrace
at 7:00 p.m., followed by an eight-course dinner
accompanied by five premium wines. Limited seating
is available at Rp. 950,000 (approximately US$
105) per person, including 21% tax and service.
For bookings contact Ms Retno Rianti at telephone
+62-(0)361-702222 (extension 7165).
Wine Tasting and Dinner
Beckman Estate Australian
Vintagers to Showcase Wines at The Legian Special
Dinner Friday, July 16.
Five premium signature wines presented by Geoff
Merrill and Terry Beckman from South Australia's
Beckman Estates will form the centerpiece
of a pre-dinner wine tasting followed by a special
four-course dinner at Bali's The Legian.
Limited seating is available for the event on
Friday, July 16, 2004, that will cost Rp. 400,000
(approximately US$ 44.50), which covers tasting,
dinner, wines, and government tax and service.
Introducing Chef Nam Nguyen
The evening will also permit The Legian
the opportunity to showcase their talented Executive
Chef, Nam Nguyen. Born in Vietnam and raised in
Denmark, he first ventured into the kitchen during
an assignment as an UN Peacekeeper serving in
the Danish Army in Yugoslavia. Culinary school
followed by assignments at the Grand Hotel
and Le Canard in Oslo, Singapore's Lighthouse
Restaurant, London's The Howard, and
New York's Aquavit have earned this young
chef rave reviews and his current position in
charge of The Legian's kitchen.
TASTING WINES - IN THE GARDEN
Hedge Lane Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2003
Geoff Merrill Chardonnay 2001
Geoff Merrill Merlot 2000
Geoff Merrill Shiraz 2000
Geoff Merrill Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
MENU DEGUSTATION- THE MAIN DINING
Amuse-Bouche -Chestnut Mushroom Cappuccino
Scented with Truffle
Mud Crab Salad with Apple-Celery Gelee
- Served with Hedge Lane Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Fried Duck Egg with Grilled Asparagus
- Served with Geoff Merrill Chardonnay 2001
Lamb Loin Sautéed in Olive Oil, Eggplant
with Orange, Cardamom Yogurt Sauce, Jus with
Hint of Curry - Served with Geoff Merrill
Selection of Australian Cheeses - Served
with Geoff Merrill Shiraz 2000
A garden wine tasting will commence at 7:00 p.m.
followed by dinner in the Hotel's Dining Room.
For more information or reservations contact Mr.
Dinno Lokollo at telephone ++62-(0)361-730622
A Growing Sense of Personal Security in Bali
Minister of Culture and Tourism Point to Strong Bonds between the People of Australia and the Balinese.
Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, I Gde Ardika, used the inauguration of international health facilities at Bali's General Hospital on July 2, 2004, to call attention to the growing confidence that foreign tourists feel regarding Bali's security situation.
As reported in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, the Minister said, "they (the tourists) feel safer and more secure holidaying here because of the international standard of health facilities now available in Bali." Minister Ardika was accompanying President Megawati Soekarnoputri at the official opening of a number of new health facilities at Bali's main general hospital.
Minister Ardika pointed to the assistance of the Australian Government in upgrading health facilities in Bali as concrete proof of the increasingly strong bond existing between the people of Indonesia and Australia.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Chris Gallus, attending the ceremonies at the General Hospital quipped that many of his fellow Australian forget to bring their passports when traveling to Bali, feeling that Bali is a part of their own country. These confused tourists later explain their failure to bring their passports as due to the fact that Bali feels very much like their own backyard and the Balinese people are viewed like good neighbors.
12 October Australian Memorial Center
The Burn Unit at the 12 October Australian Memorial Center, donated by the Australian Government to help complete the medical facilities available at Bali's General Hospital, is a living symbol of the affection of the Australian people for the Balinese. Approximately 2 million Australians or 10% of the Australian population have taken a holiday in Bali.
During the July 2, 2004, ceremony the Australian Government's donation of a burn unit worth AU$ 4.5 million was symbolically handed over to President Megawati by Parliamentarian Chris Gallus.
Bali as a Center for Regional Tourism Promotion
Bali Discovery's J.M. Daniels Travels to East Indonesia to Outline a Practical Proposal for Promoting Tourism from a Bali Base.
Bali Discovery Tour's President Director, J.M. Daniels, was recently invited by Swisscontact to travel to Ende on the Island of Flores in East Nusa Tenggara to address the heads of the provincial and regional tourism offices.
Asked to speak on ways to develop tourism in the outlaying regions of Indonesia, Daniels made the following practical observations in support of his suggestion that the most cost effective way of promoting Indonesian regional tourism is for provincial governments to open tourism promotion offices in Bali.
Here's why Daniels thinks this is an idea whose "time has come":
Bali continues to serve as the gateway to tourism for Indonesia. The majority of tourists visiting remote regions of the Country pass through Bali first.
Major overseas travel wholesalers who feature Bali in their brochures and catalogues make at least one annual visits to Bali each year. This creates ready opportunities to promote "Bali & Beyond" packages to the major travel players, the people most able to drive tourism to the provinces.
Bali-based provincial tourism promotion offices could also promote "Bali & Beyond" travel programs through link-ups with the various Indonesian tour companies operating in Bali. There is a definite market for last-minute extensions to other regions to be sold to tourists already vacationing in Bali.
A Bali-based tourism office could create cost effective destination awareness programs for a province by creating a series of themed cultural and food shows in cooperation with major hotels in Bali. These events would showcase their destinations to the large travel industry resident in Bali as well as to visiting tourists.
Working together with local incentive and event organizers, a provincial tourism office in Bali could support professional event organizers wishing to have themed evenings of entertainment in Bali using musicians and dancers from the provinces.
To be truly effective, those appointed to head a Bali-based provincial tourism representative office should be drawn from the private sector and answerable to all the tourism stakeholders from the province they represent. Budgets and work programs would need to be put in place to prevent representatives from becoming the handmaidens of visiting delegations from the province passing through Bali.
Daniels went on to suggest to the tourism officials that an offfice in Bali promoting Flores tourism, for instance, could very quickly become cost justified in terms of the awareness of the destination and increased tourism flows such an office was almost certain to produce.
Swisscontact is a foundation from Switzerland dedicated to assisting the development of local communities and small and medium sized enterprises in developing countries around the world. Daniels' visit to the island is part of a larger project by Swisscontact to create awareness of tourism's potential for economic growth to the people of Flores and held small and medium-sized tourism companies promote their products to the outside world.
Taverner Heads Begawan Giri Estates
Environmentally Aware Matthew Taverner Appointed Manager of Begawan Giri.
Fresh off a year's sabbatical during which he completed a Master's Degree in Sustainable Tourism from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, British Hotelier Matthew Taverner has been appointed as the General Manager of Bali's ultra-luxurious Begawan Giri Estate, north of Ubud.
Designated to manage the 22 suite resort and spa preferred by many of the world's rich and famous seeking pampering and privacy during a Bali holiday, Taverner's nearly two decades of hotel management experience include periods running luxury tented-safaris in Africa, resorts in the Seychelles and Fiji, and hotels in the U.K.
The first General Manager appointed to the Begawan Giri Estate under its new management regime with Como Hotels and Resorts, Taverner has moved to Bali with his wife, Sara, and their infant son, Rubin.
Mount Rinjani at the Peak of its Popularity
Lombok's Mount Rinjani National Park Receives World Legacy Award.
In June 2004 Queen Noor of Jordan presented the prestigious World Legacy Award in a ceremony held at the National Geographic Society's Headquarters in Washington D.C.. The award, jointly sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Conservation International, is given to international businesses and organizations selected for their dedication to protecting the local environment and culture in sustainable ways that provide income to the local community.
Lombok Cited for Destination Stewardship
The Rinjani Trek, on Bali's nearest neighboring island to the east, was lauded in the award citation as "a place doing superb work in protecting its overall natural and cultural heritage, the volcanic heart of the island of Lombok, Indonesia. Visitors to this tropical island enjoy long jungle treks to the awe-inspiring crater valley, waterfalls and hot springs, and emerge from the forest canopy to enjoy an amazing panoramic ocean view. The Rinjani program is exemplary for its strong partnership among local community groups, tourism industry and national park, and has successfully withstood the recent deep dip in Indonesia's tourism."
At 3,726m, Mount Rinjani is the second highest volcanic peak in Indonesia and is a part of the celebrated "Ring of Fire." Gunung Rinjani National Park lies within a major bio-geographical transition zone (Wallaceae), where the flora and fauna of South East Asia meets that of Australasia. The National Park, one of over 40 throughout Indonesia, was established in 1997. For the people of Lombok, Sasak and Balinese alike, Mount Rinjani is revered as a sacred place and abode of deities. The crater lake is a pilgrimage destination for tens of thousands each year. For tourists, the three-day Rinjani Trek route from Senaru to the crater rim, down to the crater lake then on to Sembalun Lawang, is considered one of the best treks in South East Asia. More adventurous trekkers aim for the summit; best reached from Sembalun Lawang returning after four days to Senaru.
The Rinjani Trek Ecotourism Program has been developed since 1999 with assistance from New Zealand's International Aid and Development Agency (NZAID). To strengthen conservation and ensure that communities on the boundary of the National Park benefit from tourism revenues, community-run co-operatives coordinate the trek at the Rinjani Trek Centre in Senaru and the Rinjani Information Centre in Sembalun Lawang. Each has roster systems for guides and porters, village tour activities and handicraft sales. Revenue from tourism activities and entry fees is used for conservation, training, management and assisting the National Park with maintenance of the Rinjani Trek, thus ensuring sustainability. Overseeing and supporting these activities is the Rinjani Trek Management Board, combining the authority of the central government and local government, with the voices of Lombok tourism's private sector and boundary communities. This institutional model is unique in Indonesia and has now been recognized in the World Legacy Awards as a global example for practical implementation of the ideals of ecotourism.
Drs Tjokorda Suthenda Rai head of West Lombok Tourism and Ir. Tedi Sutedi Msc Director of Gunung Rinjani National Park, traveled to Washington D.C. to receive the Destination Stewardship Award from Queen Noor.
Winners in the other three World Legacy Award categories were Al Maha Desert Resort in United Arab Emirates for Nature Travel, Anangu Tours in Australia's Northern Territory for Heritage Tourism, and Casuarina Beach Club in Barbados for General Purpose Hotels.
AFP Office in Bali
Australian Federal Police Opens Bali Office.
On July 4, 2004 a Bali office for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) was formally opened in Bali.
In a ceremony attended by Australia's Minister of Justice and Customs, Mr. Chris Ellison, and the Chief Commissioner of the AFP, Mr. Mick Keelty, Bali's Chief of Police General Made Mangku Pastika emphasized that the opening of the AFP office in Bali should not be interpreted to mean foreign police offers were now operating in Bali.
Chief Pastika's explained that the presence of representatives of the Australian police in Bali will provide a sense of security for Australian tourists visiting Bali while at the same time increasing transnational police cooperation in the areas of combating terrorism, narcotics, pedophilia, sex tourism and slavery. Australian police assigned to Bali would not, however, be involved in active police investigations or interfere in the enforcement of the law by the Indonesian police force.
Australia's Minister of Justice and Customs, Chris Ellison, applauded the opening of the office saying it would strengthen Australia's role in fighting international crime and was a natural result of the strong bonds established between the Indonesian police and the AFP in the wake of the Bali bombing of October 2002. The Minister heaped praise on General Pastika's role for the key role he played in arresting the Bali bombers.
The opening of the AFP representative office in
Bali brings to a total of 66 Australian police
officers working overseas stationed in 32 posts
in 26 countries around the world.
Pink in Bali
U.S. Singing Sensation 'Pink' Takes a Bali Beach Holiday.
The Times of London reports that U.S. mega-star Pink recently took a rest from her hectic touring and recording schedule to relax at Bali's Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay.
Reported to be wearing a large sun-hat to conceal her identity and make sure she didn't become too pink sunbathing in the tropical sun, the Grammy Award-winning recording and stage artists relaxed in one of the resort's 147 thatched roofed pavilions and spent quality-time soaking in her own private plunge pool.
The American singing star who was born in Pennsylvania began a meteoric rise to stardom in 2000 when the then only 18 year-old recorded her first album "Can't Take Me Home", which contained 3 Top-Ten Hits and lasted for 59 weeks on Billboards Top 100 list of the best-selling albums.
Phil Hill Returns to Bali
Latest Island Role as General Manager of Ramada Resort Bali.
U.S. national Philip "Phil" Randolph Hill has returned to Bali after an 18-month hiatus during which he work as General Manager of the Hotel Grand Maya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His latest appointment is as General Manager of The Ramada Benoa in Tanjung Benoa.
With more than 10 years experience in hotel and property management in Indonesia, Hill's last assignment in Bali was as General Manager at the Grand Istana Rama Hotel in Kuta. Other Indonesian employments include stints with the Melia Sol Hotel, Plaza Indonesia Realty and with the Raddin Ancol Jakarta.
A graduate of the University of the Pacific, California, with a Master's Degree from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Hill began his professional career with Sheraton, working as Sales & Marketing Director at Al Jubali International Hotels in Saudi Arabia. Other professional assignments have seen Mr. Hill working in China, the U.S.A., and Singapore.
Delighted to be "back home" in Bali, Phil Hill's 195-room property is located just outside Nusa Dua in the Tanjung Benoa area of South Bali.
Pussycat, Pussycat Where Have You Been?
The Cat & Fiddles' Wilson Brothers Are London Bound to Receive the Order of the British Empire.
Great Britian's Honorary Consul for Bali, Mark
Wilson, and his brother Philip, are flying on
Monday, July 12, 2004, to London for some much
deserved rest and recreation and to attend a special
investiture ceremony marking their induction into
the Order of the British Empire.
On July 16, 2004, Philip and Mark will present themselves adorned in morning suits at Buckingham Palace where they will be handed their rank of office either by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, or another senior member of the Royal Family.
The two brothers are formally receiving their award for "sterling, grueling and tireless service to help victims and their relatives after the Bali bombing atrocity" in October of 2002.
Mark Wilson, the Honorary British Consul in Bali, and his Brother Philip, opened their Sanur area restaurant as the nerve center for the coordination of British volunteers after the bombing that claimed 202 lives, 23 of whom were U.K. nationals.
After attending the investiture ceremonies, both
Mark and Philip will be off to Cardiff, Wales
to help support Bali's bid to host Interhash
2006 by running and voting for Bali at this
year's Interhash in Wales. Shortly thereafter
they'll be back "home" in Bali working at the
British Consulate during the day and tending to
their customers at the popular British Pub The
Cat and the Fiddle, opposite the Sanur