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BALI UPDATE #582 - 05
Giving Bali's Gods Their Due
Conflict Between Sanur Community and Local Resort Developer Resolved Peacefully.
As reported on Balidiscovery.com, the recent destruction of two Balinese temples in Sanur by a Resort developer has been the source of community protests that saw the investor accused of disregarding local religious values and disturbing the natural balance on Bali. [See: Continuing Struggle Between the Sacred and the Profane in Bali]
According to the Bali Post, the investor in the proposed Sanur project - PT Restu Maharani have finally agreed with community demands to completely rebuild the two Pura or temples they demolished on October 1, 2007. At a prolonged community meeting held on November 1, 2007, an agreement between the Investor and local community members was hammered out, with the Investor insisting there was no desire to offend local customs, blaming recent protests on simple "miscommunications."
The three point agreement which has effectively ended the dispute with the Sanur community provides for:
. Pura Sembyangan and Pura Ketapang Kembar to be rebuilt on Sanur beach with the full cost of the project to be borne by the Investor.
. The actual reconstruction of the temples to be carried out by the local village.
. Pura Ketapang Kembar will be maintained in perpetuity with access to worshippers guaranteed by PT Restu Maharani.
Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om . . .
No Sex Please, We're Singaporeans!
Love is in the Air? Visions of Sky-High Romance Get Quashed by Singapore Airlines.
The recent launch of Singapore Airline's ultra-luxurious Airbus A380 highlighted the service and facilities offered in their 12 first-class suites aimed to meet every conceivable creature comfort - barring one. The exclusivity of private cabins, fine wine, outstanding cuisine, attentive service, and a separate double bed featuring fine linen and Givenchy duvets have somehow fueled speculation that couples traveling in such luxury would enjoy the consummate luxury of, well, not to make too fine a point of it, "consummation".
"Flying Too High With Some Gal In The Sky
Is My Idea Of Nothing To Do" - Frank Sinatra
Apparently, the sky is the limit for sexual thrill-seekers on Singapore Airlines who mistakenly saw the airline's new flying hotel suites as an open invitation to join the mile-high club.
The Airline has made the practical point that, despite doors and curtains, those inside the luxurious sky cabins are partially visible to voyeurs and fellow voyagers. Equally worrying, the flying suites are not completely sound proof.
For all these reasons and others, Singapore Airlines has formally asked its A380 passengers to sit back, relax, have another class of pemium champagne but to please refrain from sex while flying at 30,500 feet esconced in a double bed.
An Airline spokesperson said, "all we ask of customers, wherever they are on our aircraft, is to observe standards that don't cause offense to other customers and crew."
Tony Elwood, who traveled with his wife Julie on the inaugural flight, told the Times of London: "so they'll sell you a double bed, and give you privacy and endless champagne and then say you can't do what comes naturally?"
Equally dismayed, Julie added: "They seem to have done everything they can to make it romantic, short of bringing round oysters, I'd say they shouldn't really complain, should they?"
Dear, was that a patch mid-air turbulence?
Fashion Meets Art in Bali - Bali Fashion Week 2007
Bali's Growing Role in World Fashion Underlined by 7th Bali Fashion Week November 22-25, 2007.
The 7th Bali Fashion Week returns to Bali November 22-25, 2007 and, as with past Bali Fashion Weeks, world leaders in fashion and style will converge on Bali to be dazzled by the talent of Indonesia's top fashion designers and apparel producers.
Centered in Kuta, the event offers a full schedule of trade exhibitions, fashion shows and educational seminars.
Bali Fashion Week's Founder - Mardiana Ika
The Bali Fashion Week reflects the hard driving personality and undying commitment to fashion of its founder - Mardian Ika. A recognized leader in both World and Indonesian fashion circles, Ika has taken her simple idea of creating a larger market place for Indonesian fashion and turned it into an important event on Asia's fashion calendar. Those who travel to Bali witness first-hand the "cutting edge" talent to be found in Indonesia's fashion industry while at the same time being introduced to the rich traditional textile tradition of Indonesia: batik, songket, ikat and sarongs.
Due in no small part to Ika's efforts, Bali-produced garments are increasingly found in Europe, U.S. and major Asian markets generating US$89.2 million in export earnings during the first eight months of 2007, a total that 10% more than in the same period in 2006.
Effective from November 1, 2007 - Rp. 150,000 Airport Service Charge for International Passengers Departing Bali.
In compliance with the decision of Indonesia's Minister of Transportation issued on October 26, 2007 Angkasa Pura I - the managers of Bali's International Airport have announced a 50% increase in the passenger service charge paid by every traveler departing on an international flight.
The higher charge of Rp. 150,000 (US$16.30) took effect from November 1, 2007, and is an increase from the former charge of Rp. 100,000 (US$10.86).
The increase was formally announced via a circular letter dated October 26, 2007, sent by the General Manager of Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport, I Kt. Erdi Nuka.
Paradise Just Got Better!
Club Floor and Club Rooms Added at The Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel, Bali
The Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel, Bali has recently opened a new and very exclusive Club Floor to cater to the need of its more discerning guests. Following an extensive renovation, the new Club Floors now offer 42 Club Rooms and Suites, both served by a luxurious Plaza Club Lounge.
All rooms on the "new" Club Floors have been renovated and transformed with a more contemporary look which includes marble floors and modern Balinese furnishings accents - all complemented with warm colors providing a soothing ambient for business or holidaying guests.
Revamped to a brief that mandated rooms that are "refreshingly different", the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel is the first 4 star resort on the Island to feature have a Club Lounge serving dedicated Club Floors.
According to the Resort's General Manager, Keith Bell, "the new CLUB Floor will continue to strengthen the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel's position as the largest 4 star meeting and convention facility in Bali and also as the leading corporate hotel in Bali."
Serving the needs of corporate, government, meetings and incentive guests, and leisure travelers the guests using the renovated floors will enjoy broadband Internet, generous working tables and express check out service. The Club Floor will also offer rainforest showers in some suites; cotton bed duvets; and rooms that are overlooking the resort pool with some suites opening up to a private courtyard.
Plaza Club Lounge
Club Floor guests will also have access to the exclusive Plaza Club Lounge, designed to provide a sanctuary within the Resort. With views overlooking the golf course and Resort pool, the tranquil environment of the Lounge is a ideal venue for both social and business interaction; a peaceful retreat within the existing oasis that is the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel, Bali.
Within the Competitive Circle of ASEAN Nations, Indonesia's Tourism is the Poorest Performer.
While precise arrival figures for foreign tourist arrivals to all of the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are difficult to come by, currently available figures do suggest that Indonesia, when viewed as a part of all-ASEAN arrivals, is losing market share.
What the number show:
. Against a backdrop of generally improving arrival numbers in Southeast Asia, Indonesia has lost 24.59% of its relative market share from 2002 to 2006
. In the same period of 2002 to 2006 total ASEAN arrivals increased +29.08% to 56.73 million.
. In the period of 2002 to 2006 Indonesian arrivals decreased -3.1% to 4.87 million.
. Indonesia has the dubious distinction among ASEAN nations of having lost the largest amount of market share over the subject 4 year period decining -24.97%. The only other ASEAN countries to lose market share were Brunei (-5.61%), Thailand (-1.5%) and Singapore (-0.6%).
Visit Indonesia - We're Counting on You!
With Only 3.36 million Visitors Nation-Wide through the End of September, Indonesia Will Fall Short of Projected 6 Million Visitors for 2007.
The Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics reports that 3.36 million foreign tourists visited the Country through the end of September 2007, a +13.5% improvement over the same period in 2006.
Playing a major role in the improving fortunes of nation-wide tourist arrivals was Bali which logged 1,229,779 foreign arrivals during the first three quarters of the year, an increase of +34.98%%. [See: Bali's 2007 Q3 Arrivals Up +34.98% over 2006]
4.87 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia in 2006. If the current growth trend continues, Indonesia will close the year with some 5.5 million tourist, a number far short of the targeted 6 million visitors set by Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik.
A shortfall of a half-million tourists translates into lost foreign exchange earning worth US$465.5 million.
Parle Vous Kangaroo?
Air France Expands Its Code Share Agreement With Qantas Offering More Access to French Passengers Seeking a Bali Holiday.
Air France has expanded its code-share agreement with Qantas, opening new travel opportunities for French and European tourists seeking a Bali holiday.
The code-share agreement which came into effect in mid-September, now provides for Air France passengers to connect over Singapore on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The two frequencies operated by Qantas on behalf of Air France also complement KLM's flight offer to Indonesia on a daily flight from Amsterdam - Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta.
Passengers flying on the daily Air France flight between Paris-CDG2 and Singapore can now connect with a Qantas flight to Denpasar. The same service is available in the opposite direction, between Bali and France. Air France's convenient flight times ensure minimum transit time in Singapore.
The code-share arrangement allows both airlines flights between France and Bali to sold under their respective "AF" (Air France) and "QF" (Qantas) codes.
How to Jettison a Jet
A Lack of Apron Area Will Compel Delegations Attending the UN Climate Change Conference to Park their Planes Outside of Bali.
Tempo Interaktif reports that Angkasa Pura - the management of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport are concerned that the large number of additional private charter flights expected in Bali during the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) December 3-15, 2007, will exceed the carrying capacity of apron areas. To meet the added demand for aircraft storage officials are allocating "parking space" at other airports in Indonesia.
The operational manager for Bali's Airport, Azjar Effendi, says his 3 parking areas can only accommodate 15 planes, which means that some of the jets used by VOP delegations will only be allowed to disembark and embark their planes in Bali with parking provided at airports in Surabaya, Lombok, Jakarta and Makassar.
For Whom the Bell Tolls?
"Right to Life" Arguments by 3 Convicted Australian Drug Smugglers Fail Before Indonesia's Constitutional Courts .
Efforts by three of the Bali Nine to challenge the constitutionality of their pending death sentences suffered a significant setback last week when the Indonesian Constitutional Court ruled that as foreigners the constitution did not guarantee them any intrinsic right to life protected by the Constitution, which ipso facto prevented the panel of constitutional jurists from hearing the three Australian's challenge to legality of the capital penalty that now awaits them.
While the reluctance of the panel to extend constitutional protections to foreigners visiting or living in Indonesia ignited a new controversy, this aspect of the Constitutional Court's decision was rendered largely moot when the judges ruled in the case of two Indonesian's who had joined the legal action that the death penalty is an appropriate sentences for drug dealing. Thus, had the judges allowed that the Australian's enjoyed an equal right for constitutional protection, their fate would still be unchanged as the judges declared "no substantive difference" between drugs crimes and other serious crimes such as genocide.
The three Australians, Scott Rush, Andrew Chan and Myuran Surumaran were part of a group of eight men and one woman who were apprehended in April 2005 trying to smuggle 8.3 kilograms of heroin unto an Australian bound flight.
In rendering their decision the judges said that certain crimes abrogated the right to life, refusing to uphold the rights of criminals at the expense of the victims of crime.
The Ying and Yang of Island Tourism
National Geographic Ranks the World's Islands in Terms of their Tourism Sustainability. See How Bali Rated in Efforts to Preserve its Appeal.
A recent poll of 522 experts by National Geographic Magazine set about to rank the world's most appealing island destinations in their struggle to maintain a proper balance between any innate appeal and the tendency for tourism to overrun and eventually consume the very charms that initially brought the world's travelers to their shores.
In the well-chosen words of National Geographic:
"Tourism is a phenomenon that can cook your food or burn your house down. In other words, we all risk destroying the very places that we love the most."
The just published survey [(National Geographic Island Survey)] looks at how popular island destinations are bearing up in terms of the sustainability of the "own traditions, ecosystems, cultures, landscapes."
In the fourth survey of its kind, the Traveler magazine and the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations polled 522 experts in sustainable tourism and destination stewardship to review the conditions of 111 selected islands and archipelagos.
Guide to the Scores
0-25: Catastrophic: all criteria very negative, outlook grim.
26-49: In serious trouble.
50-65: In moderate trouble: all criteria medium-negative or a mix of negatives and positives.
66-85: Minor difficulties.
86-95: Authentic, unspoiled, and likely to remain so.
The survey showed that of the 111 islands reviewed only one island - Faroe Island in Denmark earned an "authentic" and fully sustainable rating. Bali earned a rating of "57" (In moderate trouble); Lombok rated a slightly higher "62"; Phuket in Thailand together with Oahu in Hawaii both earned "46" which means both islands "are in serious trouble" in the opinion of the expert reviewers.
Here's The Complete List
87 Faroe Islands, Denmark
84 Azores, Portugal
82 Lofoten, Norway
82 Shetland Islands, Scotland
82 Chiloé, Chile
81 Isle of Skye, Scotland
80 Kangaroo Island, South Australia
80 Mackinac Island, Michigan
79 Molokai, Hawaii
78 Aran Islands, Ireland
78 Texel, Netherlands
76 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
76 Fraser Island, Australia
76 Bornholm, Denmark
76 Hydra (Ídra), Greece
76 Falkland Islands (U.K.)
75 Corsica, France
75 Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
74 Vanuatu, Melanesia
74 Santa Catalina Island, California
73 Upolu and Savai'i, Samoa
73 Isle of Man (U.K.)
72 Palawan, Philippines
72 Moorea, French Polynesia
72 Block Island, Rhode Island
71 Ilha Grande, Brazil
71 Sardinia, Italy
71 Hvar, Croatia
71 Jersey and Guernsey (U.K.)
70 San Juan Islands, Washington State
70 St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
70 Anguilla (U.K.)
69 Palau, Micronesia
69 Cook Islands
69 Prince Edward Island, Canada
69 Salt Spring Island, Gulf Islands, British Columbia
69 Mount Desert Island, Maine
69 Réunion (France)
68 Bon aire
68 Sicily, Italy
68 Yasawa group, Fiji
67 Pemba, Tanzania
67 Hawaii (Big Island)
66 Out Islands, Bahamas
66 Bermuda, North Atlantic
66 São Tomé and Príncipe
65 Cyprus, Turkish side
65 Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
65 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
64 Solomon Islands
64 Jeju/Cheju, South Korea
64 Ocracoke, Outer Banks, North Carolina
64 Kauai, Hawaii
64 St. Lucia
63 Nantucket, Massachusetts
62 Martinique (France)
62 Corfu, Greece
62 Crete, Greece
62 Lombok, Indonesia
61 Tonga, Polynesia
61 Madeira Islands, Portugal
61 Tortola, British Virgin Islands
61 Islands of Lake Titicaca, Peru/Bolivia
61 Sanibel, Florida
61 Santorini, Greece
61 Maldives (except Malé)
59 Capri, Italy
59 Tahiti, French Polynesia
59 St. Kitts
58 Viti Levu, Fiji
57 Maui, Hawaii
57 Bali, Indonesia
57 Cape Verde Islands
55 Isla Mujeres, Mexico
55 Malta (all islands)
54 Mykonos, Greece
54 Federated States of Micronesia
54 Mallorca, Spain
53 St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
53 Zanzibar, Tanzania
52 Canary Islands, Spain
51 Puerto Rico
51 Cyprus, Greek side
49 Hatteras Island, Outer Banks, North Carolina
48 Aruba (Netherlands)
47 Grand Cayman
47 Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras
47 St. Martin (Netherlands/France)
47 Cozumel, Mexico
46 Oahu, Hawaii
46 Key West, Florida
46 Phuket, Thailand
45 Hilton Head, South Carolina
44 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
37 Ibiza, Spain
37 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
The reviewers had the following comments on Bali:
"Bali is one of the world's magical places. Even though it has been overrun by tourism development and population growth, somehow it has been able to maintain its unique character, though some parts of the island-Denpasar, Kuta Beach-are now incredibly degraded and depressing for those of us who knew Bali in the good old days."
"Yes, Kuta and Nusa Dua represent the ugly faces of crass commercialism-but if they are developed as specific mass tourism enclaves and generate income, and if development in the rest of the island is more restrained, Bali will still be worth visiting. The flowers are still colorful, the smiles still warm, the rice fields still mesmerizing, and the gamelan music still a calming, soothing backdrop-after 30 years of rampant development."
"Bali is a mixed bag of tourism projects that represent the absolute worst (Kuta) in sustainable travel and some of the best (Ubud)."
"In spite of the recent terrorist events, Bali is still an excellent destination. Magnificent rice terraced landscapes. Gentle, warm people. The culture is strong, vivid, and vibrant. Facilities are varied, catering to many tastes. However, beaches are not good, and the environment is under threat from destruction of reefs and mangroves, linear development, salt water intrusion, etc."
Garuda Turns a Profit
More Passengers and Higher Load Factors Bring Out the Black Ink at Indonesia's National Air Carrier.
Tempo Interaktif reports that Garuda Indonesia created a profit of Rp. 218 billion (US$23.7 million) in the period January-September 2007, an increase of 150% over the same period in the preceding year. Garuda suffered a loss of Rp. 436 billion (US$47.39 million) in 2006.
"Current results are a good step, while over the past three years Garuda always suffered losses," explained Garuda Chief Executive Officer, Emirsyah Satar.
Emirsyah is very optimistic that Garuda's profitability will continue to improve through the end of 2007, pointing out that "the second semester is peak season." The Indonesian national flag carrier has also managed to improve its cash flow, achieving US$919 million or a 17% improvement over the US$786 cash flow of January-September 2006.
Passenger load factors have also improved at Garuda Indonesia by approximately 10%. Average passengers loads January-September 2007 stood at 78%, up from the 71% recorded in the same period the year before. During the same period, total passengers carried hit 6.1 million, up from 5.6 million in the first three quarters of 2006.
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