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BALI UPDATE #954 - 15 December 2014

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Being Short-Changed in Bali
Nearly Half of All Moneychangers in Bali are Unlicensed

The State News Agency Antara reports that 40% of the moneychangers operating in Bali do not hold the required permits issued by Bank Indonesia.

The Secretary General of the Association of the Foreign Exchange Dealers (APVA), Ayu Astuti D, said, “according to our data, 30-40% of the 146 (foreign exchange) companies headquartered in Bali are illegal.”

Complaints are received from tourist who are frequently deceived by unethical money changers operating from unlicensed locations.

Visitors are recommended to exchange money at banks or money changers displaying the membership logo of the APVA.

 


Business a Private Affair in Bali
Most Bali Companies Reluctant to Take Their Companies Public

Bisnis Bali offers the analysis that while there is a relatively large potential for companies in Bali to go public, most companies in such a positions are reluctant to take the step towards launch an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

Based on available data, only one company in Bali has made an IPO – Bukit Uluwatu Villa. That company, working in the areas of villa development and property, has achieved some success in the share market as evidenced by a climb in their traded share price over a relatively short period of time and the billions of rupiahs the IPO has earned that company for business expansion efforts.

The Chief of information for the Capital Market in Bali, I Gusti Agung Alit Nityaryana, says the courage of companies in Bali to go public remains limited. Most Balinese companies still rely on bank credit to finance business expansion, even though the cost of borrowed money is far more costly than seeking capital from the share market.

There are also tax advantages to be obtained by companies that go public. The tax law of 2008 grants lower tax rates to companies that offer at least 40% of their equity to the public. Nityaryana added, “there are still many other advantages to be had by going public.”

Alit insisted that it is not difficult for companies to go public. The main requirement is that companies must be prepared to be transparent and undertake good corporate governance. He said a major obstacle to Bali companies making public share offerings is that the candidate companies are family-owned and unprepared to be open about all aspects of their business.

“We are in the process of seeking out companies in a position to go public,” Alit added.


Acting the Goat in Bali
Sydney TV Report Shows Australian Tourist Behaving Badly in Bali

A less-than-positive image of a segment of the Australian tourist visitors to Bali was painted by a 7News Sydney report that featured the head of Bali’s Kerobokan prison isuing a warning, telling Aussie visitors: “Don't’ bring the bad attitude to Bali.”
7News report saw Bowo Nariwono, who plays host to many Australians found guilty of crime at his prison in Bali, and others,, decry the sometimes-outrageous behavior of “bule gila” or “crazy foreigners.”

The film report also shows short film clips of late night holidaymakers behaving badly while enjoying Bali’s nightlife.

According to 7News, 17 Australian were arrested in Bali last year, six for assault and four for drug offenses.

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Gone Shopping in Singapore
Indonesia Airlines Spend More than $US20 billion at Singapore Air Show

Jawa Post reports that the recent Singapore Air Show demonstrates that the Indonesian airline industry is playing a leading international role in travel and aviation.

On February 15, 2012, the first day of the five-day aviation show, Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia signed contracts worth  more than US$20 billion.

Indonesian operator Lion Air was an object of attention from the more than 900 aviation companies from 50 countries represented at the Singapore exhibition. The privately owned airline headed by Rusdi Kirana traveled to the Island Republic to sign a contract worth US$22.4 billion for the purchase of 230 Boeing 737 Max and Boeing 737-900ER.

The Managing Director of Experia Events who organized the aviation exhibition commented: “This is extraordinary. That figure is equal to the total transactions signed in Singapore during the 2010 show.”

He explained that the Lion Air deal more than surpassed by 100% the targeted sales set for the entire exhibition.

Lion Air also was reportedly signing contracts for an additional purchase of aircraft from Hawker Beechcraft for four Hawker 900XP with an estimated value of US$64 million.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia came to Singapore to purchase 18 Bombardier aircraft made in Canada. To be used on domestic and region routes, these 100-seat aircraft carried a price tag of US$720 million.

The Singapore Air Show was held at the Changi Exhibition Center, located only 10 minutes from Singapore's Changi Airpory and is now considered the world’s third largest air show after similar events staged at Le Bourget Airport in Paris and Farnborough in England.

The Singapore Air Show occupied a covered exhibition area of 4 hectares and open outdoor space of 1 hectare.


Time to Face the Music
Badung Officials Move to Increase Tax Revenues from Restaurants Providing Live Music in Bali

The financial managers of the Badung regency - where most of the hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues are concentrated in Bali, are seeking to increase tax revenues earned from nightspots.

According to Radar Bali, the Badung Tourism Office and Badung Financial Administration are creating new regulations for nightspots that will include higher tax liabilities for that line of business.

Cok Raka Darmawan, the chief of the Badung Tourism Office (KaDisparda), said the new rules would be issued shortly via regulation issued by the regent. Those regulations will clarify what is meant by a “nightclub” and a “disco” thereby compelling many Bali businesses now operating as restaurants and bars to be reclassified as nightclubs and discotheques.

When in place, the new regulations will precipitate a review by both tourism and tax officials, requiring establishments offering live music to be reclassified into a higher tax bracket imposing 12.5% tax charges on all sales.

“These field check will be conducted during evening business hours and review facilities. If there is musical equipment for bands, then these places are nightclubs,” explained Darmawan.

Darmawan estimates the introduction on the new regulations and enforcement surveys will take approximately one month to complete. He hopes these steps will stop the loss of revenues now being suffered by the regency by nightclubs and discos presenting themselves as restaurants.

Plans are that during the coming review restaurants with their operating permits in order but found to be hosting live music will be offered the option of being reclassified as a disco or nightclub. Alternatively, the restaurants can opt to remove all music equipment and operate only as a restaurant.

Restaurants are subject a 10% tax on sales while discos and nightclubs must pay a sales tax of 12.5%. Initially, the areas targeted for inspection are in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, with other areas of the Badung regency to follow in the near future.

According to current data provided by Darmawan, there are 284 restaurants and 351 bars registered in the Badung regency. The Badung tourism official expects the number of restaurants registered in Bali to decline as some restaurants become reclassified as nightclubs and discos.


Taking Charge at the Local Level
Bali’s Badung Regency Expanding the Sweep of Tourism Regulations and Establishing a Badung Tourist Promotion Board

The Badung House of Representatives in Bali (DPRD-Badung) and the regency’s administrators are preparing to widen the application of seven local regulations that apply to tourism activities. Effort to widen the legal sweep of these regulations began on February 15, 2012, as a meeting to discuss the regency’s tourism laws and the creation of a Local Tourism Promotion Board (Badan Promosi Pariwisata Daerah – BPPD).

As reported by Radar Bali, at that meeting the following Badung regulations were tabled for discussion:
  • Badung Regency Regulation No. 17 of 1996 on recreational businesses and public entertainmen
  • Badung Regency Regulation No. 12 of 1996 on Restaurant Operations
  • Badung Regency Regulation No. 13 of 1996 on Eating places (Rumah Makan)
  • Badung Regency Regulation No. 14 of 1996 on Melati Hotels
  • Badung Regency Regulation No. 15 of 1996 on Pondok Wisata
  • Badung Regency Regulation No. 16 of 1996 on Bars
  • Badung Regency Regulation No.17 of 1996 on Catering services
Following that meeting, the Chairman of a Special Committee for Tourism for the DPRD-Badung, Wayan Suyasa, said that the widening of the application of local tourism laws is in keeping with the National Tourism Law No.10 of 2009.

He said the input of tourism stakeholders in Badung would be sought in reviewing a wider application and enforcement of legal standards for tourism-related businesses.

The head of the Badung Tourism Office (Kadisparda), Cok Raka Darmawan, said new tourism regulations would also address the creation of a Badung Tourism Promotion Board (BPPB). While the promotion board has technically been created via a decree of the Regent of Badung, the legal basis for its operation will be established via the regional tourism regulations now under review.

He said the Regency’s Tourism Promotion Board would be an independent body with the government only serving as a facilitator. The BPPB would coordinate its promotion efforts between the private and public sector.


Bali Golf and Country Club Closes
Bali Golf and Country Club at Nusa Dua Closes for Two Years for Revamp of Course and the Addition of Hotels and Villas

The Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright championship designed Bali Golf and Country Club (BGCC) at Nusa Dua closed on February 16, 2012 for an extended period during a revamping of the 18-hole course that will the golf links changed and the addition of villa and hotel facilities.

Due to the closure, some 403 employees of the BGCC have been paid severance pay and other incentives by the s owning company, PT Narendra Interpasific Indonesia.

Local press reports say the employees have peacefully accepted the loss of employment based on the separation fees paid and a pledge to try to re-employ qualified former staff once the renovations are completed.

Renovations and construction are expected to take two years.
 


Air Australia Grounded
Up to 4,000 Passengers Stranded in Phuket, Bali and Australia has Cash Strapped Air Australia Grounds its Fleet

Air Australia – formerly operating as Strategic Airlines, have grounded their entire fleet of airplanes, leaving an estimated 4,000 passengers stranded in destinations from Hawaii to Phuket, Thailand.

The grounding happened when aircraft at various international destinations were reportedly refused refueling by airport operators.

Air Australia has subsequently posted an announcement on its website declaring it has entered into a state of voluntary administration. The company has appointed John Park and Mark Korda of KordaMentha as voluntary administrators.

Virgin Australia, JetStar and Qantas are working to assist Air Australia passengers stranded by the grounding.

In Bali passengers holding Air Australia tickets can book travel from Denpasar to Brisbane, Denpasar to Melbourne and Denpasar-Sydney at a cost of only US$199 on Virgin Australia.
  • A special fare of USD$199 one-way will be available for sale effective immediately for travel from Denpasar to BNE/SYD & MEL
  • On sale until midnight Monday 20th February, 2012
  • For departures until Friday 2nd March 2012
  • To qualify for the special fare passengers must present a ticket receipt for unredeemed travel on Virgin Australia
Tickets can be booked on line or by contacting Virgin Australia in Bali at 62-(0) 361- 289821 or 0800-1-401-359

Qantas is issuing return tickets at the same value paid for the original Air Australia ticket. Passengers can charge that fare on their credit cards, seeking reimbursement from their travel agent or credit card suppliers later.

Air Australia flew domestic routes and internationally to Bali, Honolulu and Phuket.


KLM Daily to Bali
KLM Goes Daily to Bali While Garuda Curtails Flights from Amsterdam

In the face of declining Dutch arrival numbers and the a reduction in flight frequencies by Garuda Indonesia between Amsterdam and Indonesia, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in adding flights to Bali effective March 26, 2012.

TTG reports that KLM is increasing its five flights per week to a daily service using Boeing B777-300 and B77-200 aircraft.

Paul Rombeek, KLM’s Regional General Manager, said: “We recognize the growing popularity of Bali as a travel destination. The introduction of daily flights to the destination will offer customers greater convenience and flexibility in planning their travel schedule.”

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More Rooms for Seminyak
Details Lacking on Major Hotel Development Planned by Agung Podmoro Group in Seminyak, Bali

The Jakarta Globe reports that the Agung Podomoro Group, a major Indonesian property developer, is planning to purchase a hotel in Seminyak, Bali with a value of Rp. 400 billion (US$44.4 million).

The name of the hotel remains undisclosed, as does how the Group plans to finance the purchase. The Company’s Vice-President, Indra Wijaya, told the press the hotel would be developed with an investor from Surabaya, with his company taking a 51% interest in the project.

The hotel will be established on a 4-hectare site where they will acquire an existing hotel and expand its operations.

The Agung Podmoro Group recently announced plans to invest Rp. 3 trillion (US$333 million) in various projects nationwide.
 


Culture has its Costs
Broad-Based Bali Forum Established to Fight for Central Government Funding for the High Cost of Sustaining Bali’s Culture

Kompas.com reports that the Forum to Fight for the Rights of Bali (Forum Perjuangan Hak Bali – FPHB) was declared Sunday, February 12, 2012 at a gathering at the Bali Museum in Denpasar.

The chairman of FPBH, Anak Agung Sudiana, said the group was formed to fight for the rights of the Balinese by lobbying the Central Government in Jakarta for funding to develop and sustain Bali’s culture.

“The bottom line is a desire to fight for a revision of the laws for a share of national revenues that can be used to fund Bali’s traditional villages and efforts to preserve tradition, culture and local initiatives that will, in the end, support tourism,” Sudiana explained.

He went on to outline how the FPHB seeks special consideration from Jakarta, particularly as regards the care and maintenance of Bali’s many cultural assets.

“Bali makes a substantial contribution to the national government via its tourism industry. In fact, the tourism sector is rooted in the culture and initiatives of the Balinese,” said Sudiana.

The FPHB’s membership includes community leaders, religious figures, cultural experts and members of the Denpasar and Provincial House of Representatives.

Sudiana said the Forum’s formation was based on Bali’s tourism industry’s dominant national role as a source of foreign exchange and state revenues.

He complained that the Central Government has never funded the preservation of Bali's culture. On the other hand, he points out that the Balinese spend trillions of rupiahs every year on culture-related expenses.

According to Sudiana’s calculations: “In fact, 45% of the foreign exchange is contributed by the tourism sector, which equals Rp. 40 trillion (US$4.4 billion) generated by Bali to Jakarta each year. But where’s the ‘reward and punishment’ given to Bali? There is none!”

The Forum says the people of Bali have always paid the costs of conservation and preservation of culture, including physical structures such as temples, the presentation of the arts and the creation of cultural venues.

“After declaring its demands, this Forum will socialize its message to the regions of Bali, because we need a united voice among the Balinese people for the struggle ahead,” commented Nyoman Dhamantra who is a member of the FPHB.

The FPHB also plans to hold seminars where the findings and conclusions will be forwarded to the Minister of Finance and the President.


Are the Balinese an Endangered Cultural Species?
Bali Politician and Community Leader Bemoans the Increasing Marginalization of the Balinese in their Homeland

Beritabali.com quotes the founder of the Forum to Fight for the Rights of Bali (Forum Perjuangan Hak Bali – FPHB) and a member of Bali’s House of Representatives, Nyoman Dhamantra, as complaining that the native Balinese are becoming increasingly marginalized on their own island.

“The Balinese have small hopes (for the future). The investment in Bali has caused the marginalization of the Balinese. Investment has not allowed the Balinese to become masters on their own island. Because of this, investment that marginalizes the Balinese must be stopped,” said Dhamantra.

Dhamantra said the increasing marginalization of his people is also due to the low competitive capacity of the Balinese.

“In this condition, the most commonly blamed ‘black sheep’ are Bali’s new residents. In fact, this is the failure of the government to safeguard the existence of its local citizens. The government has poor urban management,” complained Dhamantra.

“The government should enhance the competitive position of the Balinese. Issues of prioritizing local content needs serious attention. The high costs associated with Balinese culture must be reduced so the people can be more competitive. If incomes remain stable, but the cost burden of culture increases, how can they (the Balinese) be competitive?” he asked.

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Gianyar, Bali Says ‘No’ to Condotels
Bali Seeks to Maintain Competitiveness of Locals by Outlawing the Construction of Condotel Projects in Ubud and the Entire Gianyar Regency.

The Gianyar regency in Bali has taken the bold step of banning condotel investments, closing the door on the local development of condotels mushrooming in other parts of Bali in their region.

The Jakarta Post, quotes the Gianyar Regent Anak Agung Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, saying: “We have decided to ban the development of condotels or apartments in our region. The policy was made to control physical development, as well as protecting our local entrepreneurs.”

Condotels and managed apartments have become a popular way of financing new accommodation developments in Bali. These project have also provided a loophole by which developers can sidestep the moratorium on new hotel developments announced by Governor Made Mangku Pastika in 2011.

Gianyar regency is home to the cultural center of Ubud and, like its neighboring regency of Badung and municipality of Denpasar, is largely dependent on tourism to drive its economy.

Sukawati sees condotels as threatening to marginalize the Balinese, with the purchasers of such units almost uniformly originating from areas outside Bali.

According to The Jakarta Post, most businesses in Ubud remain owned by natives of Ubud. Sukawati, a member of a royal household, owns several hotels in Ubud. Gianyar has some 7,000 hotel rooms.

The former head of the Bali Tourism Board, Bagus Sudibya, is calling on the government to regulate land ownership in Bali in favor of the Balinese. Sudibya suggests: “Instead of easily offering their land for sale, they can offer their land for rent. An administrative regulation is needed to support this,” said Bagus.


The Urgent Need for a Bali Tourism Promotion Board
Leading Bali Tourism Educator Says Urgent Establishment of a Bali Tourism Board Required by National Tourism Law of 2009

The Dean of the Tourism Faculty at Bali’s Udayana University, Drs. I Putu Anom, has called for the urgent formation of a Bali Tourism Promotion Board.

Anom’s comments were made on Thursday, February 16, 2012, and reported by Bisnisbali.com.

The National Tourism Law No. 10 of 2009, requires the province of Bali to establish a provincial Tourism Promotion Board (BTPB) that involves the participation all tourism stakeholders

Anom said the formation of the BPTB must involve the provincial government of Bali, the regencies and municipalities of Bali, the Bali Tourism Board (GIPI) and its members. He added that the BTPB must also include participation by Bali’s tourism academies, such as the STP Bali, the tourism faculty of Udayana University and others. In order to maintain the organization’s neutrality, Anom also wants to see journalists and the press included in the BTPB’s formation.

The BTPB is envisioned as coordinating all tourism promotion activities and in the preparation of promotional materials that are both valid and up-to-date.

Calling for a promotional model that is clear and well executed, Putu Anom want to see promotional plans targeted on markets with strong potential for producing visitors to Bali.

Concluding his comments, Anom said, “the elements and components of tourism promotion are very complex; we need to establish the BTPB as quickly as possible.”
 


Is BIP Project Now DOA?
Controversial Bali International Park (BIP) Project May Be Doomed with Insufficient Time Remaining for its Construction Before the 2013 APEC Summit

Both The Jakarta Globe and The Jakarta Post are reporting that the controversial Bali International Park (BIP) project may be nixed, as the raison d'être for massive tourism project now seems out of reach.
Promoted by the National Government as an essential part of the preparations of the 2013 APEC Summit to be held in Bali, Governor Made Mangku Pastika says it would now be impossible to complete the project in time for the international conference.

The APEC Summit is expected to take place in Bali in November 2013 and to attended by 20 heads of state and their accompanying delegations.

The plans put forth for the BIP included a 10,000-seat convention center and 23 luxurious villa residences to house the visiting Kings, Presidents and Prime Ministers during their several nights on the island. The US$280 million project also planned to erect a 200-room hotel, an international hospital, art markets, galleries and parks.

A presidential decree issued in 2010 directed a group of Ministers to ases the market need for the project and coordinate its fast-track completion as a matter of national importance. Despite widespread concerns that such a complex would only worsen Bali’s over-supply of hotel rooms, the Ministers seemingly paid little heed to stipulated market supply studies and immediately commenced to promote the project's many benefits to Bali’s once the APEC Summit had runs its course.

Also poised to be ignored, were national rules requiring a competitive bidding process for selecting venues for international conferences hosted by the Indonesian government. From the onset, the BIP was promoted as the "official" venue for the APEC event, despite protests from some quarters that Bali had existing conference facilities that had a demonstrated historical capacity to handle conferences that were larger than the coming APEC Summit.

As word of the project spread, environmental and cultural groups organized spirited protests that called into question the potential negative environmental and cultural impacts of the proposed complex. Other protests decried a lack of transparency and project information by the projects developers PT Jimbaran Hijau, violations of provincial zoning rules and the blatant violation of a moratorium on the construction of new hotel projects in Bali.

The developer’s woes grew worse as questions arose over their legal title to the land required for the project, the legality of permits granted to the developers and their inability to obtain a needed final permit from the regent of Badung.

Developers insist that they have not been formally advised that the project is dead, but, at the same time, are apparently not commenting on whether construction in time for the APEC conference remains a viable proposition.

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Old Blue Eyes is Back
Hotel Harrad and Blue Eye Karaoke Complex Pursued by Bali Officials for Zoning and Tax Violations

Radar Bali reports that municipal enforcement officer from Bali’s capital of Denpasar visited the Blue Eye Karaoke Entertainment Center on the Ngurah Rai Bypass on Friday, February 17, 2011. Officers of Denpasar administration delivered written reprimands to the company’s management, ordering PT Embrio to halt constriction activities and to quickly demolish a current expansion of Blue Eyes that violates set-pack rules from a public roadway.

PT Embrio
is the management entity for Blue Eyes and the Hotel Harrad complex.

The head of the enforcement agency for Denpasar, Alit Wiradana, said the latest visit by his team was a follow up to a earlier warning letter sent by Denpasar's Zoning Department stating that no permit had been issued for a building expansion.

PT Embrio has also been ordered to change the shape of the original building’s roofline, brining it into conformance with the original plans approved in the building permit. The warning provides owners with a 7-day period in which to make the demanded modifications or face the prospect of a forceful demolition carried out by the Municipality.

The unregistered expansion of the complex is being cited by officials as being only 19.5 meters back from the main road while zoning regulations dictate a minimum set back of 24 meters.

The General Manager of Hotel Harrad and Blue Eyes Karaoke, Robert Manurung, has separately confirmed the company’s readiness to comply with local building and zoning regulations. “We will immediately advise the central management. We appreciate this decision, including the warnings that we received from the satpol PP (enforcement officers),” said Manurung.

Manurung said the decision on whether the owners would carry out the required demolishment or if the work would be done by the enforcement agency depended on the central management’s decision. Robert also promised the process of construction would also be brought to a temporary halt.

Other reports in the Bali press also report outstanding tax bills on behalf of the Blue Eye’s entertainment complex for Rp. 1.9 billion (US$211,000).


Do You Speak English?
Bali Hotels Association Sponsors English Lessons for Hotel Workers and Members of the Bali Tourism Police

The Bali Hotels Association (BHA) in cooperation with the London Academy English Course is inviting hundreds of hotel employees and members of Bali’s tourism police to participate in sponsored English language programs.

According to the National News Agency Antara,  a memorandum of understanding (mou) signed on Friday, February 17, 2012, says the free English language course will be provided to 195 participants distributed across hotel staff and members of the Bali Tourism Police

The Chairman of the BHA, Jean-Charles Le Coz confirmed that the English lessons being provided hav been an ongoing program sponsored by his organization since 2006.

He described the course as an opportunity for the local community to study English and acquire an important skill needed to communicate with visiting tourists.

Le Coz also confirmed that this year would be the first time that the BHA would invite members of the Bali Tourism Police to participate in the program in order to help officers improve their ability to converse with island visitors.

Bali Hotels Association (BHA) is a professional group of star-rated hotels and resorts in Bali. Members include General Managers from more than 100 hotels and resorts in Bali, representing more than 15,000 hotel rooms and almost 30,000 employees.



Bali’s Law of the Land
Bali Zoning Law of 2009 Now Official as DPR-Bali Accepts Rigorous Spatial Rules without Modification

At long last, the prolonged debate over Bali’s Zoning Law of 2009 appears to be at an end. The leadership of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) confirmed that there would be no revision of the law and the law, also known as the RTRWP, is now final and officially law.

As reported in DenPost, the House has now called on the Governor to move ahead with the implementing rules and procedures for the RTRWP.

The statement confirming the RTRWP as final came after protests and demonstrations from a broad-based group calling itself the People of Bali Alliance (AMB) rejecting any revision to the RTRWP. The hundreds gathered in the name of the AMB were joined by academics, members of Bali Corruption Watch and environmentalists.

Protestors were adamant in their demand that the RTRWP not be revised, stipulating that the law as written prohibits any changes in the regulation until 2014, five years after its introduction.

The RTRWP stipulates strict “no-build” zones within 5-kilometers of major temples, set backs from shorelines and roads, maximum height restrictions and detailed spatial arrangements. The zoning law also provides for 5-year prison terms for regency officials who grant easements and issue permits for projects that violate the new zoning law.

Now at question is how provincial and regency officials will address projects built since 2009 that used old regency rules, and in so doing chose to ignore the stricter rules contained in the RTRWP. If the law is applied as written, both those projects and the Regents who approved them, are now at risk.


The Dog that Came to Stay
Bali Remains in State of Rabies Alert, While Health Officials Declare Rabies an Endemic Disease

Despite a downturn in the number of rabies cases and reports of dog bites, officials in Bali are now denying earlier reports that the level of island-wide alert warning for rabies has been downgraded, insisting that an “extraordinary alert level” for rabies remain in effect.

As reported by The Bali Post, Dr. Nyoman Sutedja, Chief of the Bali Health Service, has termed rabies in Bali, like dengue fever, as an endemic disease on the Island in which each month new cases of dog bite are reported.

“Endemic means that the disease or the agent of infection is continuously found in a specific area or can be said to be an illness that is generally found in a known geographic area,” Dr. Sutedja explained on Monday. February 13, 2012.

In combatting rabies in Bali, the Bali Health service is not only providing anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) but is also striving to provide adequate supplies of anti-rabies serum (SAR). In recent months, SAR has been in short supply in Bali and the Health Service has just given 25 ampoules of SAR to the Sanglah General Hospital in Bali.

Sutedja complained that Bali is not receiving an adequare supply of SAR from Jakarta to meet the demand for the serum from the numerous dog bit victims.

Sutedja said that SAR is now only administered to dog bite victims with wounds in dangerous areas of the body, such as the shoulder and above, or for very serious bites. He also noted that SAR is both expensive and has a short shelf life, meaning it must be used before its expiration date.

Discussing the number of dog bites, Sutedja said the number of reported bites remain high, numbering 54,000 in 2011. This figure, however, declined from the 64,000 bite cases reported in 2010. The number of deaths attributed to rabies fell from 83 in 2010 to only 23 in 2011.


Gather in Bali in 2012!
Bali Chairman of Indonesian Congress and Convention Association Predicts 2012 a Bumper Year for Meetings in Bali.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has issued instructions to his government to do all possible to increase Indonesia’s share of the lucrative meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition (MICE) market.

Quoted in Bisnis Bali, the chairman of the Bali Chapter of Indonesia Congress and Convention Association (INCCA), Ida Bagus Surakusuma, predicts that the government will work to stimulate the MICE market for Bali in 2012.

In keeping with the President’s instructions to stimulate the MICE sector, Cabinet Ministers have been ordered to not only promote conventions, but also work to bring incentives and exhibitions to Indonesia.

According to Surakusuma, more popularly known as “Lolec,” the government’s focus on MICE in Bali will provide business opportunities for professional conference organizers (PCO).

Lolec said the government has prepared a certification program for MICE operators as one of the steps to improve the skills of this sector of the national tourism economy.

Because of the economic impact of MICE and the employment opportunities that result, Lolec called on the Government to reduce the fees charged to the MICE sector. Citing two examples, he said the tax on alcohol must be simplified and procedures eased for the temporary importation of goods used in hosting MICE events in Bali.

According to INCCA, there were 140 MICE events in Bali in 2010. Lolec predicts that number to increase by 30% in 2012.

Lolec is optimistic that MICE business to Bali in 2012 will remain unaffected by the ongoing global economic crisis.

He also said that infrastructure projects now underway, such as the underpass project in Kuta, would reduce the difficulties posed by traffic jams in 2013.


MeetBali – the 7th Edition
Now Taking Advertising Orders for Bali’s Only Comprehensive Planning Guide for Meetings, Incentive, Conferences & Incentives to be Published in September 2012

The 7th edition of MeetBali – the Bali MICE Guide 2012-2013 is now accepting advertising space reservations for Bali’s only comprehensive planning guide for meetings, conferences, incentives and exhibitions.
ve in its presentation of details and information essential to meeting planners considering the destination of Bali, the guide that will be published in September-October 2012 with 12,500 copies will be distributed worldwide to key decision makers in the MICE sector.

The handbook will also be distributed via major MICE shows and exhibitions.

More than 130-pages printed in full color on quality paper, diagrams and specifications of the island’s major meeting venues are punctuated by stunning photos of Bali and its rich culture.

The publication is also supported by its own website [www.micebali.com] updated to synchronize with each edition of the Guide.

Limited space advertising space is available for those wishing to promote their Bali products and services to the international MICE market. [Email Bali Mice Guide] for more publication information and a rate card.


Mubuhay Bali!
Philippine Airlines Seeking to Fly Manila – Denpasar (Bali) Three Times a Week Starting March 2012

After incorrectly announcing that they would commence flights between Manila and Denpasar, Bali in December 2010, Philippine Airlines (PAL) have once again declared their intention to fly that segment, this time commencing in March 2012.

Businessmirror.com.ph quotes PAL President, Jaime Bautista, who confirms that flight permission has been requested for the Manila to Bali route from the relevant government agencies.

Indonesia transportation officials have conducted technical inspections but have yet to issue the required permits.

PAL already flies to Jakarta and plans to service its new Bali route with Airbus A320 aircraft. Initially the flights would operate three times a week and most likely fly during evening hours to maximize the use of the airline's existing fleet of aircraft.


 
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