"I would like to thank all at Bali Discovery Tours for providing such great service to Aurora and her passengers. The day was a real success - thanks to the detailed pre-planning from Jack and the team."
Receive Added Sense of Urgency in Wake of Latest
Earthquake – Tsunami Disaster in Java. Bali
Unscathed by July 17, 2006 Earthquake.
The latest series of earthquakes to devastate
parts of Java's southern coast on Monday, July
17, 2006, have added a new national sense of urgency
to efforts to develop a nation-wide tsunami detection
system and emergency response program for natural
The latest quake, which struck shortly after
3 p.m. on July 17th, devastated a 177 km stretch
of Java’s southern coast in the Pangandaran
region, some 900 km west of Bali. While the
earthquake and resulting tidal wave are now
credited with causing nearly 600 deaths, hundreds
of injuries and substantial property damage
– Bali was completely untouched by the
disaster as local resident did not feel the
tremor. Local port authorities attribute a sudden
rise of 20 cm in local tidal levels on Bali's
shoreline to the after effects of the earthquake.
The most recent major earthquake occurred less
than 2 months after a devastating earthquake
near Yogyakarata and Central Java on May 27,
2006 that claimed more than 6,000 lives; and
less than 2 years after the December 26, 2004
North Sumatran earthquake and tidal wave that
killed more than 230,000 people in 12 countries.
President Promises Urgent Action on
Tsunami Warning System
Following the latest tragedy, President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono has pledged that a nation-wide
tsunami warning system will be in operation
by mid-2008, accelerating earlier completion
dates for a program already underway by the
In Bali, local officials checking tsunami warning
devices installed in recent months were shocked
on Tuesday, one day after the latest quake,
to discover that one of the off-shore warning
buoys had been stolen on the same day that the
earthquake hit Java's coats. The buoy, part
of a 21.6 meter long semi submerged tower assembly,
had been serviced by coastal officials only
one day before it went missing.
Upon discovery of the theft, a replacement
tower was immediately installed.
Local authorities are in the process of installing
tsunami warning system detectors along all major
tourism beaches in Bali. When completed, detectors
will be in place on Kuta Beach opposite the
Hard Rock Hotel, Seminyak Beach opposite the
Double Six Club, Petitengert Beach, Kedonganan
Beach, Nusa Dua, at Air Tanjung and Sanur Beach.
The Moral Imperative for Tourists
A Recent Trip to
Bali by Australia’s Minister for Health
and Ageing Prompted Tony Abbott to Examine Why
Australians May Have a Patriotic Duty to Visit
Australian Parliamentarian and Minister for Health
and Ageing, Tony Abbott, recently visited Bali
on a private holiday prompting him to submit the
following op-ed piece to the The Age Melbourne
originally published on July 19, 2006.
The Moral Imperative for Tourists
Tony Abbott, MP (Australia), Minister for Health
So far, no country has escaped from Third World
status on the basis of foreign aid. Every country
that has moved out of comparative poverty (such
as Korea, Taiwan and Singapore) and every region
that has become a particular country's economic
locomotive (such as Mumbai or Shanghai) has
done so on the basis of trade, not aid.
This stands to reason because buying from someone
makes him a partner while giving to someone
is more likely to make him a supplicant than
a friend. Aid is important, especially in times
of trouble such as after the Asian tsunami of
2004, but not nearly as important as a market
economy to the foundation of lasting wealth
This reflection was prompted by a recent trip
to Bali, which tourism has lifted from being
one of the poorest parts of Indonesia to being
one of the most prosperous parts. It was gratifying
to think that indulging in a five-star lifestyle
at a fraction of what it would cost in Australia
and enjoying some remarkably good value shopping
might be helping to reduce world poverty and
equalize the gap between rich and poor. Tourists
have never been accorded much moral standing
but it seems they are just as necessary as aid
workers and might be of more long-term benefit
for the world's poorest countries.
A recent report by the Australian Co-operative
Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism noted
that tourism accounts for 36 per cent of trade
in commercial services in advanced economies
but 66 per cent of such trade in developing
countries. Tourism is the only service industry
where the Third World as a whole has a positive
balance of trade with the First World: a $6
billion surplus in 1980 rising to nearly $9
billion in 1998. In addition, international
tourism in developing countries is increasing
by 9.5 per cent a year compared to 4.6 per cent
Unsurprisingly, the report warns that tourism
is too important to be left to the private sector
and worries about the effect of foreign tourism
on local culture. Still, it concedes that all
forms of modernisation change indigenous cultures
and notes tourism is a growing and significant
part of the economy in all but one of the 12
countries that are home to 80 per cent of the
world's poor. Tourism, it concludes, "appears
to be one of the few economic sectors able to
guide a number of developing countries to higher
levels of prosperity and for some to leave behind
their least-developed country status".
If economic deprivation breeds resentment and
tourism is an important means to economic development,
it's no wonder terrorist groups have targeted
tourism in countries such as Egypt and Indonesia.
Targeting places such as Bali's Sari nightclub
not only punishes the decadent infidel but helps
to wreck the local economy in places which fail
to conform to any zealot's blueprint. Last year's
bombings in Bali, targeting families in cafes,
were presumably designed to demonstrate that
no one is safe and were a form of economic warfare
against the people there.
The Federal Government rightly warns people
about the dangers of travel in countries such
as Indonesia, and people should be sensible
about the potential risks involved. In 2003,
in the aftermath of the 2002 bombing at Kuta,
tourist arrivals in Bali were almost 40 per
cent down on 2001. Even so, by 2004 tourist
numbers had exceeded the previous peak. Australian
tourists had increased by 10 per cent on the
previous record. There are no official figures
yet for this year but one hotel says September
bookings are back to last year's level.
In any event, Australians' nervousness about
security is in contrast to fondness for something
different and enthusiasm for a good deal.
People who have no desire to court trouble
or to make political statements can be conscious
of the importance of Indonesia to Australia
and reluctant to have their choices dictated
to them. The most culturally oblivious tourist
is still adding to our collective awareness
of our vast neighbour as well as building the
Indonesian economy, which is only a quarter
the size of Australia's with 10 times the population.
Then there's the importance of preserving a
Muslim country which is relatively easygoing,
culturally pluralist and democratic. Taking
a holiday in Indonesia is riskier than going
to the Gold Coast, but may ultimately be quite
a patriotic thing to do.
From Bali to Europe
Free Conference to
Assist Bali Businesses Wishing to Develop European
Markets in Bali on August 5, 2006.
(7/22/2006) The Kuta Small Business Association
(KSBA), in cooperation with the Austrian Chamber
of Commerce (WIFI) and the Milan Chamber of Commerce
(FROMAPER) are hosting a free-of-charge one-day
conference on Saturday, August 5, 2006, to assist
Bali businesses seeking to sell goods and services
to the European market.
A dedicated office working to support exports
is now in place at the Bali Export Development
Organization seeking to facilitate linkages
between Indonesian and European companies.
The conference on August 5th will feature speakers
representing FROMAPER and WIFI and an introduction
to a new EuroBali Export Portal and a handbook
for Bali exporters to Europe now being launched.
The conference is open to the public without
charge and is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m.
until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2006,
at the Sahid Raya Hotel in Kuta.
Advance booking is required by telephone to
the EuroBali Office at ++62-(0)361-759282 or
through the email link provided.
Arrival Report Card
for the First Semester of 2006
Bali by the Numbers:
A Market-by-Market Look at Arrivals in the First
Half of 2006.
In its continuing analysis of arrival figures
for Bali, balidiscovery.com compares arrivals
for the first six months of each year 2000-2006.
Total Arrivals to Bali
Total arrivals January-June 2006 totaled 552,573.
This total is -19.79% less than arrivals during
the same period in 2005, but a full +44.12%
ahead of arrivals for January-June 2003, the
previous year also impacted by a terrorist attack.
Traditionally Bali's largest single source
of foreign visitors, Japanese arrivals for the
first six months of 2006 were 107,040. This
figure is down -31.25 from 2005, but +60.82
more than the same period in 2003.
Australia has been unseated from its position
as the second largest single source of foreign
arrivals by Taiwan. Badly affected by continuing
political woes, recent high-profile drug convictions,
and the loss of Air Paradise - Australian arrivals
during the first six months of 2006 from Australia
were 56,798, down a staggering -57.25% from
the same period one year before. The 2006 arrival
figure is only +9.66% ahead of the same period
in 2003 following the previous Bali bombing.
Taiwanese arrivals to Bali continue to amaze
and please, now ranking as the second single
largest source of arrivals to the Island. At
69,788 for the period January-June 2006, Taiwanese
arrivals are +14.31% ahead of the same period
in 2005 when Taiwanese were selecting to stay
at home in the wake of the 2004 North Sumatra
South Korean Arrivals
South Korean is holding on to its position
as the fourth most important source of arrivals
to Bali, totaling 37,083 visitors for the first
half of 2006. 2006 arrivals from South Korea
are lagging -20.82% behind thesame period in
2005, but are an impressive 151% ahead of arrivals
At 149,893 arrivals for January-June 2006,
European arrivals are looking fairly resilient.
Only -9.96% behind arrivals for the same period
in 2005, Europeans visitors are still well ahead
of arrivals in the same periods in 2003 and
Arrivals from the Americas
32,870 visitors from North and South America
came to Bali in January-June 2006, a figure
-25.82% behind the first semester of 2005, but
still +23.70% ahead of the same post-bombing
period in 2003.
Bali Restaurant Cited
by Wine Spectator Magazine
Take Note: Oenophiliacs
Feel 'Very Much at Home' at Bali's Mozaic Restaurant
Just Named to Wine Spectator Magazine's Award
Bali's famous Mozaic Restaurnt has just received
an Award of Excellence from America’s prestigious
Wine Spectator Magazine. The annual awards granted
by the magazine identifies eating establishments
world-wide that champion the consumption of good
Those restaurants named by the Magazine are
deemed to present complete, accurate wine information
for all wines featured on their menus.
The Mozaic Resataurant has received an Award
of Excellence in recognition of its "well-chosen
selection of quality producers, along with a
thematic match to the menu in both price and
In bestowing the award, Wine Spectator cited
the Ubud restaurant for maintaining an "inexpensive"
wine list covering more than 150 varietals in
a cellar of more than 800 bottles overseen by
Wine Director Harald Wiesmann.
The progeny of Cordon Bleau Chef Chris Salans,
Mozaic boasts a tropical garden setting where
guests enjoy sumptuous meals selected from the
restaurant’s popular prix fixe - table
d'hôte or a la carte menus.
Mozaic is open daily for dinner at its location
on Jalan Raya Sanggingan in Ubud. Telephone
Pranoto's Art Gallery
Offers Life Drawing Sessions Every Wednesday and
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m..
In the development of artistic skills the opportunity
for life drawing – the creation of anatomical
drawings using living, and oftetime nude, models
is a critical part in training the eye of the
Betty Edward's ground-breaking book "Drawings
on the Right Side of the Brain" suggests
that our "left brain" fools people
into seeing what it wants to see. However, when
an artist works in close proximity with a live
model the mind is compelled to actually "see"
the details of human anatomy. These long hours
are spent teaching the "right brain"
to dominate the drawing process, allowing the
artist to create faithful renderings of the
Only after an artist successfully commands
the skills to duplicate the human form of the
model is he or she truly free to experiment
with abstractions and impressions. Similarly,
while Picasso gave full creative range to how
he portrayed the human body on his canvasses,
he was in actual fact an excellent draftsman
fully able to faithfully duplicate his model,
should he have so desired.
The Training of an Artist's Hands and Eyes
Kerry Pendergrast, co-owner of Pranoto's Art
Gallery and a well known artist in her own right,
has been through this learning process, encouraged
by her artist husband, Pranoto. After 3 years
of regular participation in life drawing classes
she acquired the necessary expertise and skills
to draw the human form either as she actually
sees it or in the way her creative spirit dictates.
Kerry cautions that no one should be discouraged
during the sometime prolonged period to acquire
the skills to draw the human anatomy. Like playing
a musical instrument, it takes time and patience
to master these skills. Emphasizing that the
learning process can be fun, she says the learning
process must be savored and enjoyed, experiencing
the escape of the mind and time.
According to Kerry, "All other thoughts
are cast aside when you are drawing a (live)
Life Drawing at Pranoto’s Art Gallery
Pranoto's Art Gallery on Ubud's main street
has hosted life model sessions since 1996, offering
a valuable service to the artist community,
for both beginners and established artists.
During the twice-weekly life drawing session
there are no instructors present. Artists are
free to choose their own mediums and methods.
Open to all interested artists, the life drawing
model session are imbued with an atmosphere
of intense concentration as each participant
in the studio defines his or her individual
approach to the same model and pose.
Artists and models come from both Indonesia
and overseas. The sessions have various pose
times: Wednesday session (10 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
starts with 5 minute warm-ups, increasing to
10, 20 and finally 60 minute poses. Saturday
sessions (10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) have 5 minute
poses followed by a long pose of 80 minutes.
Both sessions feature a model break every 20
New models, experienced or not, are always
sought and welcome. Both male and female models
are featured in the life drawing sessions.
Each artists is asked to contribute Rp. 20,000
(approximately US$2.15) with each artist providing
their own art material. No photography is allowed.
Bookings are not required. For more information
contact Pronoto's Art Gallery at ++62-(0)361-970827.
Too Many Taxi Cabs
Chasing Too Few Passengers are Hurting Bali's
Image, According to Local Law Maker.
I Nyoman Bagiana, a member of Commission A of
the Regional Parliament for Badung (DPRD), recently
told the Indonesian-language DenPost that it's
high time that police and local transportation
officials review the number of licenses issued
to local taxi operators.
Bagiana’s concerns are tied to the high
number of taxis operating in Kuta that far exceed
current demand levels in the current business
downturn in Bali. This has resulted in a large
number of idle taxis being illegally parked
by their drivers on sidewalks and in no parking
areas on the already narrow streets and byways
The Kuta Based local legislator is calling
on the Transportation Authority of Badung, the
Police and related government bodies to undertake
a study of Bali's transportation needs in order
to stem the current over supply and prevent
further damage to Kuta and Bali's image.
Garuda Supports Bali's
John Fawcett Foundation
Garuda to Help Carry
Foundation Officials and Medical Equipment from
Australia to Indonesia.
Garuda Indonesia in Australia has signed a formal
agreement to provide important assistance with
the life-altering work of one of Bali's most important
humanitarian organizations - The John Fawcett
Operating in Indonesia as the Yayasan Kemanusian
Indonesia (YKI), the Foundation founded by Bali-based
Australian John Fawcett has been a leader in
providing health support to underprivileged
communities in Bali. The Foundation provides
medical equipment, health technology transfer
via the volunteer services of Australian medical
specialists, and medical care and advice to
needy Balinese families.
In recent years the Foundation has expanded
its program of medical assistance of isolated
Indonesian provinces beyond Bali. The YKI runs
mobile eye clinics in Bali, South Kalimantan
and East Java.
The North Bali Mobile Eye Clinic launched by
the Foundation in March 2005 has already performed
nearly 1,000 free-of-charge sight-saving cataract
operations. At the same time, more than 4,000
Balinese adults and school children have been
screened for vision problems with a 82% of those
examined requiring spectacles, all provided
without charge through donations of used eyeglasses
channeled through the Foundation.
In 2005 Garuda Indonesia flew 10,000 pairs
of used spectacles, to Bali free of charge donated
by the people of Australia and collected by
Harvey World Travel.
In explaining the Airline's continuing commitment
to the work of the John Fawcett Foundation,
Suranto Yitnopawiro, Regional Manager for the
Southwest Pacific for Garuda Indonesia, said,
"These villagers (helped by the Foundation)
can now read, do fine work, make offerings and
generally contribute to the family and the community,"
The work of the Foundation in Bali and other
parts of Indonesia is not limited to the treatment
of the visually impaired. Cleft lip and palate
surgery together with orthopaedic surgery are
among the organizations many projects. Education
assistance in the form of books; school uniforms
and fees; provision of medical equipment donated
by Australian hospitals; training in microscopy;
and treatment of tuberculosis are also some
of the many areas in which assistance to the
people of Indonesia is provided by The John
Garuda to the Rescue
Under the recently signed sponsorship agreement,
Garuda Indonesia will provide key personnel
from the Foundation with discounted airfares
and waive excess baggage charges for volunteers
carrying medical supplies to Indonesia. The
Airline also supports various fund-raising activities
held to sustain the Foundation's work in Indonesia.
"The Foundation does an amazing job in
easing the suffering of thousands of Indonesians,
and Garuda Indonesia is proud to be able to
play a part in their humanitarian efforts,"
Tourist Boat Burns
& Sinks Without Casualties
Fire in Engine Room
Claims Tourist Boat Bound for Sumbawa.
A locally owned and operated tourist boat sailing
from Nusa Penida to Sumbawa caught fires and
sunk on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, just moments
after setting sail from Lembongan.
According to the Indonesian-language Bali
Post, the Purnama Indah II, carrying 6 crew
and 11 tourists, caught fire within 500 meters
of the starting point of its voyage. An explosion
of the ship's main engine resulted in a rapidly
spreading fire causing all hands to abandon
ship and swim for the nearby shoreline. Fortunately,
the 17 passengers and crew made it safely to
shore where they reported the fire to the local
police office on Nusa Penida.
The ship, which is owned by Wayan Tarsan a
native of Nusa Lembongan, suffered estimated
material losses of Rp. 2.3 billion (approximately
Preliminary police investigations suggest the
fire was accidental, caused by a short circuit
in the engine room.
The passengers – comprised of 6 Brazilians,
3 Peruvians and 2 Indonesian were escorted to
Denpasar where the foreign passengers are receiving
assistance in replacing their passports and
other travel documents which were all lost in
Bali's Best for Couples
Conrad Bali Resort
& Spa and Mandara Spa at Alila Ubud Win Gold
Awards from Holiday for Couples Readers' Choice
Holidays for Couples - the prestigious Australian
publication have just announced the winners of
the Readers' Choice Awards 2006 in their Autumn/Winter
And, as reported on balidiscovery.com [Say it
Again and Again: Bali's the Best!], in which
Bali was again named as the World’s Best
Island, the Island has garnered honors from
yet another group of discerning and sophisticated
Best Hotel/Resort Southeast Asia
Conrad Bali Resort & Spa was named "Best
Hotel/Resort in South East Asia" by Holidays
for Couples for the second year running.
The 313 rooms 5-star property was voted the
best hotel for holidaying couples prompting
Michael Burchett, General Manager of the Resort
to say: "This recognition from Holidays
for Couples Magazine is another milestone for
us and an important achievement for Conrad Bali
and all team members who have demonstrated commitment
to excellence to win this prestigious award.
We will continue to improve our product and
services to achieve our objective as becoming
one of the best resorts in the world".
Best Resort Spa – Overseas
Another Bali company was singled out for honors
by Holidays for Couples was the Mandara Spa
at the Alila Ubud Resort named the Best Resort
Spa – Overseas.
The Oberoi, Bali
Feature 'The Taste of India' Through August 31,
2006. Gala Indian Dinner Set for August 5th.
The Oberoi, Bali one of the Island's most prestigious
resorts which traces its roots back to India is
offering local residents and visitors the opportunity
to sample authentic Indian cuisine through August
31st at its Kura Kura Restaurant.
The Taste of India
On hand to supervise the kitchen brigade throughout
the Indian culinary event is Indian Master Chef
Arjun Singh, Executive Chef of Vanvavilas in
Ranthambhore, India. Considered a leading authority
on India food, Chef Singh has traveled internationally
preparing sub-continent specialties for appreciative
Those who take the opportunity of visiting
The Oberoi, Bali more than once during the more
than one-month long event will not be disappointed
with menus slated to be changed every week.
Depending on the date selected, guests will
be treated to delicious Indian food specialties,
such as Thawa Jiga (pan fried jumbo prawns in
a mild spice paste); Aloo Tikki (potato galettes
filled with sweet peas); or Roghan Josh (braised
lamb in a saffron and dried ginger sauce).
Indian Gala Diner
On Saturday, August 5th an Indian Gala Dinner
including cocktails, a six-course gourmet Indian
dinner, and complementing wines will be served
at a per person cost of Rp. 850,000 (approximately
Seating is limited making reservations a necessity.
For bookings or more information telephone
++62-(0)361-730361 extension #854.
Bali Appoints Tourisms
Ambassador and Ambassadress for 2006.
In a rigorous selection process involving written
essays, English language proficiency tests,
demonstration of generous knowledge on Bali
tourism, and a series of intensive interviews
30 contestants recently vied for the right to
represent Bali as its tourism Ambassador for
the coming year.
Following a selection process that took several
weeks to complete a remaining 20 finalists
– 10 boys and 10 girls – were
quarantined from July 13-15, 2006 at the Sheraton
Laguna Resort-Hotel, Nusa Dua where all received
short courses in information on Bali tourism,
professional public relations skills, personal
deportment, English, and personal grooming.
In a gala evening held on Saturday, July
15, 2006, at the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel,
nearly 200 invited guests enjoyed an evening
of outstanding entertainment and traditional
dance as contestants and guests eagerly awaited
the announcement of who win the right to represent
Bali tourism on behalf of the Bali Tourism
At the end of the evening the final decisions
of the jury were announced:
• Bali Tourism Ambassador 2006: Liberty
• Bali Tourism Ambassadress 2006: Sri
• 2nd Runner Up Bali Tourism Ambassador
2006: I Nyoman Sutarsa
• 2nd Runner Up Bali Tourism Ambassadress
2006: Nyoman Karina Wedhanti
• 3rd Runner Up Bali Tourism Ambassador
2006: A.A. Bagus Candra Suteja
• 3rd Runner Up Bali Tourism Ambassadress
2006: I G A Ayu Mirah Purwantari
• Favorites:I Nyoman Sutarsa and Sri
• Most Photogenic: Bagus Ferriyanto
and Sang Ayu Isnu Maharani
Shown on balidiscovery.com are, left to right,
Bali Tourism Ambassador 2006 Liberty Putra
Simanjuntak, Bali Tourism Ambassador 2006
Sri Purna Widari and General Manager of the
Discovery Kartika Plaza Urs Klee.
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