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BALI UPDATE #954 - 15 December 2014

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Passage from India
Hotel and Restaurant Official Sees India as Market with Strong Potential; Urges Direct Flights

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) sees India as an inbound tourism market with great potential that needs to be addressed properly in order to maximize the number of Indian tourists visiting Bali.

This is the view of the chairman of the Bali chapter of PHRI, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati (Cok Ace), quoted in Bisnis Bali.

Cok Ace said one proven tactic to bring more Indian tourists to Bali would be to establish direct flights from major cities in India to Bali.

The PHRI chairman said the fast development of the Indian economy makes that country a strong potential source market for tourism visitors to Bali, adding PHRI will continue to seek out new potential markets in order to prevent hotel occupancies in Bali from declining further.

PHRI recorded a drop in average occupancy levels in 2012 as compared to 2011.

Perry Markus, the secretary-general of PHRI Bali, said: “On the average starred hotels in Bali had an average occupancy of 61.48% in 2012, while in 2011 the average occupancy was 62.15%.”

At the same time, Bali experienced an increase in tourist arrivals for the entire year of 2012 with some 2.89 million foreign visitors, increasing from 2.76 million in 2011.

Markus explained that the decline in average occupancies is  linked to the current building boom in tourist accommodation together with a general decline in the quality of foreign tourists who are staying for shorter periods in bargain-priced hotels, villas and inns.


The Stars Came Out at Starwood in Bali
Starwood Hotels in Bali Recognize Earth Hour 2013

The lights went out for one-hour at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at a number of Starwood hotels in Bali to mark the worldwide celebration of Earth Hour – a movement to make the citizens of the planet earth aware of the need for sustainability and careful care for the natural environment.

Created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - Earth Hour is the largest movement on the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 152 countries, with a digital reach of 200 million.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali

The lights went out at 8:30 pm at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali as staff and guests joined millions around the globe in sending a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.

Embracing this year’s Earth Hour theme of “Uniting People to Protect the Planet” the Resort turned off all non-essential lighting and used candlelight in public areas such as the lobby, corridors, garden and pool environment.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali also hosted a seafood barbeque dinner under the stars for their in-house guests. Entertainment during the evening included live acoustic music as well as a performance by a local children’s choir. 

As the hour of darkness approached, a brief speech and video presentation introduced guests to the concept of Earth Hour. Then each guests was invited to light a candle as Earth Hour officially commenced at 8.30pm.

In the days leading up to Earth Hour, resort employees participated in a cycling tour across the island of Bali visiting the many properties operating under the Starwood banner including The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa; The St Regis Bali Resort; Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort; Le Meridien Jimbaran and W Retreat Seminyak. The aim of the cycling tour was to heighten local awareness about Earth Hour and recruit popular support for the movement. At each hotel and along the way, the cyclists made frequent stops asking members of the community to sign an “I Will If You Will” pledge to participate in the global initiative.

Bipan Kapur, managing director of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali, said: “Thank you to all our guests who, very willing, took part in the initiative it is small steps like these that come together to a huge impact. Earth Hour is a great way of creating global awareness of our responsibility to the generations to come: The small steps each of us take can make a big difference together.”

The Westin Ubud

The Westin Team from the soon-to-be opened The Westin Ubud Resort and Spa visited Kertayasa Tebongkang Junior and Senior High Schools in Ubud to hold a dialogue with students and teachers on our global carbon footprint. The team also shared information on the use of biodegradable materials, identifying renewable resource, working for sustainability and a number of other steps to encourage Bali’s future generations to “think green.”

“Our mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature”, said Torsten Richter, general manager of The Westin Ubud Resort & Spa.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort marked “Earth Hour” by inviting guests to sign a pledge to reduce their global carbon footprints, celebrating the occasion with an after-the-dark party at The Lounge while overlooking the Indian Ocean with creative cocktails, entertainment and canapés.

“It is a privilege for us to support such a powerful movement with such a simple gesture,” said Dario Orsini, general manager of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. “Earth Hour also reflects a philosophy we try to practice year-round: The small steps each of us take can make a big difference together.”

Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran

The recently opened Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran has installed low energy light bulbs throughout the resort, in addition the resort open-air free flow design intentionally allows ample amounts of natural lighting to flow into rooms reducing the need to for lighting.

Earth Hour 2013 marks Starwood’s fifth annual participation in Earth Hour.

Earth Hour forms part Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 goals, in which the company has committed to reduce energy consumption by 30% and water consumption by 20% by 2020 across its worldwide portfolio of hotels.


Nigel, Where’s Our Cigar?
22 Months in the Making, Elephant Safari Park & Lodge Welcome its 4th New-Born Baby Elephant

The Elephant Safari Park & Lodge in Taro, Bali is a romantic get-away – for both honeymooning couples staying in their unique jungle bungalows and also for the 31 Sumatran elephants who make the Park their home.

Last week the Elephant Safari Park welcomed a new baby elephant to its herd of 27 rescued Sumatra elephants and 3 other babies born at the park in 2009. This now brings the total number of Sumatran elephants at the world famous park to 31.

The proud mom, 28 year-old Yanti, reportedly had an easy and trouble-free birth with no need from assistance from Park staff and a veterinarian standing by “just in case.” Born at 5.50 am as a new dawn was breaking, a number of guests staying at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge were fortunate to be on hand to witness the birth.

Appropriately, the baby elephant was named Fajar, the Indonesian term for “dawn.”

Doctors were pleased with Fajar’s quick birth that they said was an easy and simple affair for the first-time mother, who reportedly greeted the baby emergence with a loud cry. Within one hour, baby Fajar was on her feet after a 22-month gestation period.

The Park’s managing director Nigel Mason boasted that this latest birth of a baby elephant at his park proved, once again, that the considerable fuss that accompanies elephant births at western zoos is not necessary and that captive elephants giving birth should be left “to take care of things without a cast of thousands fussing around them and getting in the way of what comes naturally in nature. “

Said Mason: “We are here to watch and enjoy natures work and should only be on standby in case a problem occurs. Here at the Elephant Safari Park we let nature take its course with no artificial insemination and no bureaucratic circus involved.”

Bali visitors can now see nature’s handiwork by visiting Yanti and Fajar at the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge. 

[Elephant Safari Park Tour]


Putting Hotel Owners Back in Charge
Interview: Chandra Himawan, Project Manager Hotel Link Solutions - Bali. Marketing that Work for Small & Medium Hotels and Villa Operators

Balidiscovery.com recently caught up with Chandra Himawan, the Project Manager for Hotel Link Solutions – Bali that provides digital marketing solutions for small and medium sized hotels in Bali to obtain his view on the increasingly competitive hotel environment in Bali.

Chandra and a team of digital marketing experts are helping an increasing number of small to medium-sized hotels, guest houses, condotels and villas in Bali obtain fully-functional and a state-of-the-art booking engine, accommodation providers obtain a level of control over their pricing and inventory previously only available to larger branded hotels. Linking accommodation providers with an extensive network of channel managers – Bali business people are now able to distribute their room inventories internationally through leading on-line travel agencies while at the same time maintaining absolute control on their pricing.

Chandra is a hospitality graduate of a leading Spanish University and a former TV sports broadcaster.

The Interview: Chandra Himawan – Hotel Link Solutions Bali

Balidiscovery.com: There’s much talk in the media about Bali’s tourist accommodation sector being overbuilt and increasingly aggressive price competition. As a man who spends every working day with hotel and villa owners, what’s your take on the competitive landscape in Bali?

Chandra Himawan: There’s a war raging our there. The competition for guests among hotels, home stays, condotels and villas is really intense. No one really knows the total number of rooms available for sale in Bali, but we calculate an oversupply against demand of as much as 40%. Hotels are offering bonus nights while hotels along the bypass have flashing lights and sign boards offering prices that are very low.

Balidiscovery.com: Hotel Link Solutions – Bali positions itself as offering marketing solutions to small and medium sized hotel operators. How so?

Chandra Himawan: There’s an old saying: ‘When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.’ In the very competitive accommodation landscape now operating Bali, the small and medium sized hotels, many of them owned by local business people, are at risk of suffering due to relatively limited international, limited market distribution and antiquated on-line booking and pricing options that can't compete with lager, internationally branded hotels.

Balidiscovery.com: Just how different is the current landscape in the accommodation market?

Chandra Himawan: The current landscape for accommodation marketing means that the old fashioned static website used by many hotels and villas are failing to get the bookings. In looking at that landscape, here are a few things to keep in mind. Contract rates are a thing of the past. Allocations are never in the accommodation provider's self interest and, for that reason, few owners extend them anymore. Pricing and room inventories operate in real time in a totally fluid environment. Hotels are selling their room inventories in much the same way as low-cost airlines sell their seats. Prices and availability are subject to constant change - the price you see this morning may be different a few hours later. 

Balidiscovery.com: It all sounds pretty hopeless for small and medium sized accommodation providers. Is it?

Chandra Himawan: Fortunately, the situation doesn’t need to be hopeless. While most small hotel and villa operators have neither the funds nor the expertise to employ and deploy sophisticated Internet technology and ecommerce departments, Hotel Link Solutions – Bali allows operators to outsource that function to our top-notch international team of digital marketing experts with no upfront costs.

Balidiscovery.com: How’s does it all work?

Chandra Himawan: Frankly, I’m amazed by the miracles performed by our team. Recently a frustrated operator came to us with no website presence at all. Within a matter of a few days he had a fully functioning website, competitive in both style and content with websites operated by five-star hotels in Bali. Most importantly, the website also contained a state-of-the-art booking engine - a price widget that allowed the operator to who all his available inventory in various room categories with prices that can be changed and promoted instantaneously 24 hours a day. Finally, we connected the hotel’s booking engine to a number of channel managers that almost immediately placed his hotel on the websites of the leading On-Line-Travel-Agent (OTA).

The end result was that the hotel in question went from no on-line bookings at all to a system that produces new bookings on a daily basis.

Balidiscovery.com: Sounds too good to be true. Should people be suspicious?

Chandra Himawan: It's all right to be suspicious, but the bottom line is that Hotel Link Solutions-Bali earns its income from the few percentage points we charge from the actual bookings produce over our website and booking engines. We do the upfront investment and only make money when we deliver on our promise and produce real business for our clients.

Trust me. It works.

The most satisfying part of our work is the power we put in the hands of small and medium-sized accommodation providers who enjoy the benefits of effective international distribution and the ability to control their rates to the best interest of their individual operations. It’s exciting to watch the bookings flow in!

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Related Article

[Empowering Small Hotel and Villa Operators]

For more information contact Chandra Himawan, Project Manager, Hotel Links Solutions – Bali at [Email HLS-Bali]  or telephone ++62-(0)361-286283


Picture Perfect Skin
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Warns of Danger of Temporary Tattoos

According to Boston.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning people on vacation on the dangers of getting a temporary tattoo.

Popular among many visitors to Bali, a temporary tattoo can last from a few days to several weeks. Various “temporary” dyes are used to “paint” the skin without piercing the skin. Various chemical substances, such as henna, are also used in the process.

Dr. Linda Katz, director of the Federal Drug Administration’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, said: “Just because a tattoo is temporary it doesn’t mean that it is risk free.”

Some customers of temporary tattoos report severe allergic reactions to the dyes used that can leave long-lasting marks and, in some cases, permanent scarring.

The FDA has adverse reports of redness, blisters, weeping lesions, loss of pigmentation, increased sensitivity to sunlight and, occasionally, permanent scarring.

The dyes used by temporary tattoo artists may contain plant-based henna or mixtures containing commercial hair dyes. Some hair dyes, used to achieve darker coloration, often contain contains p-phenylenediamine (PPD) – an ingredient that can cause a severe skin reaction for some.

Related Link

[FDA Information on Temporary Tattoos]
 


Garuda‘s Fleet to Grow to 194 Planes by 2015
Garuda’s Quantum Leap Program Providing Indonesian Carrier with a Large and Very Young Fleet of Aircraft

The State News Agency Antara reports that Garuda Indonesia will import 24 new airplanes as part of its ongoing Quantum Leap Program.

Emirsyah Satar, CEO of Garuda Indonesia, said: “The increased synergy (of Garuda) is due to the operational expansion of the company as part of the Quantum Leap 2011-2015 program."

He revealed that the 24 new airplanes will include four Boeing 777-300ER, three Airbus A330, ten Boeing 737-800NG and seven Bombardier CRJ1000 Next Generation.

By the end of 2013, Garuda is estimated to be operation an armada of 104 aircraft with an average aircraft age of 4.2 years. By the end of 2015 the size of the fleet will increase to 194 planes.

As part of the National Carrier's network expansion program, additional air hubs are being established in Makassar (South Sulawesi) and Medan (North Sumatra).

During 2013 Garuda will open 13 new domestic routes that will include Bandung-Denpasar, Denpasar-Balikpapan, Batam-Pekanbaru, Balikpapan-Banjarmasin, Balikpapan-Manado, Balikpapan-Berau, Jakarta-Bengkulu, Jakarta-Tanjung Pandan and Jakarta-Tanjung Pinang.

Internationally, Garuda Indonesia will open new routes: Jakarta-London, Medan-Penang, Surabaya-Singapore, Denpasar-Bangkok, Denpasar-Brisbane and Denpasar-Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, a cooperative agreement with Etihad Airways that commenced in January 2013 has connected Garuda to six new destinations in Europe and the Middle East that include Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan, Dusseldorf, Munich and Bahrain.

In 2012, Garuda began operating new international routes of Denpasar-Haneda (Japan) and Jakarta-Taipei.

Also in 2012 in cooperation with Etihad Airways, Garuda opened service to Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Manchester, Moscow, Athena and Muscat.


Order in the Court
Imprisoned Pluralistic Icon Anand Krishna Files Arrest Complaint with Administrative Courts

Imprisoned Indonesian pluralist icon Anand Krishna has formally filed his legal objections against the State Prosecutor’s office for the manner of his February arrest and imprisonment.

As reported by Beritabali.com, Krishna’s attorneys have registered a complaint the South Jakarta Administrative court naming the South Jakarta Prosecutor’s office as defendant.

Otto Hasibuan, Anand Krishna's attorney, told the press that the incarceration of his client was illegal because the basis of the arrest used by prosecutors in Bali was invalid under the law. Hasibuan explained that the arrest warrant did not meet paragraph 197 of the Criminal Code (KUHP).

“We have repeatedly advised the prosecutors that the basis of the arrest was invalid under the law, nonetheless the prosecutors persisted in making a forceful arrest that was not sanctioned under the law. Mr. Anand as a law-abiding Indonesian citizen submitted to the arrest, although under protest. We have registered a challenge to his illegal arrest with the court,” explained Hasibuan.

The family of Anand Krishna enunciated similar sentiments. Prashant Gangtani, Anand Krishna's Son, said: “This is an abuse of power or the misuse or the misuse of the authority of the South Jakarta Prosecutor’s office. The execution of an order that is illegal under the law is the same as breaking the law. As an agency of the State (the Prosecutors) should provide a positive example and not commit acts against the law.”

On November 9, 2012, the National Committee for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) issued a recommendation stating the decision of the Supreme Court sentencing Krishna to prison was legally defective with indications that the human rights of Anand Krishna had been violated,

As reported earlier by Balidiscovery.com, Anand Krishna was forcibly arrested in Bali on February 16, 2013 and immediately transferred to Jakarta where he was placed in Cipinang Prison.

The imprisonment of Krishna was based on a decision of the Supreme Court in a decision presided over by disgraced Chief Justice Achmad Yamanie who was dishonorably dismissed from the bench in late 2012.

The controversial decision of Justice Yamanie reversed an unconditional acquittal issued by well-respected justice Albertina Ho on November 22, 2011 while she sat on the South Jakarta Court.

Related Articles

[In Defense of Human Rights]

[The Coming Showdown]

[A Struggle for Justice]

[The Strange Case of Anand Krishna]
 


Diplomacy in Search of Mercy
Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr Seeking Clemency for Remaining Bali Nine Members on Death Row

The Australian Press reports that Foreign Minister Bob Carr plans to make a personal appeal for clemency on behalf of the two remaining members of the “Bali Nine” residing on death row at Bali’s Kerobokan prison.

The two Australian men – Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, are awaiting a final decision from Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on their request to have their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

Senior officials of Indonesia’s National Narcotics Board are urging the President that the death sentence for Chan be upheld, echoing an earlier recommendation from a Supreme Court Judge.

The Australian government has formally announced that they will take every possible step to see that Chan’s and Sukumaran’s death sentences are commuted.

Bob Carr is raising the cases in meetings with his Indonesian counterpart Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa during his late March visit to Jakarta and Bali.

Chan and Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2005 after being found guilty of smuggling eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.

After a five-year hiatus, Indonesia recommenced executions by placing Adami Wilson, a Nigerian, before a firing squad.

Related Article

[They Shoot Drug Dealers, Don’t They?]

 


Sunday Brunch at Soleil – The Mulia
Outstanding Quality and Selection at Unbeatable Prices: Sunday Brunch at Soleil – The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villa, Nusa Dua, Bal

On an island where lavish all-you-can-eat Sunday brunches are in a heated race to outdo each other, the Sunday brunch at Soleil at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villa in Nusa Dua more than holds its own for sumptuous food beautifully presented and is a clear winner in the value-for-money stakes.

The beachside and opulently palatial dining room is full to overflowing for each Sunday brunch, making reservations absolutely necessary.

In fact, during our visit on in late March saw every seat filled, with those trying their luck at the door meeting disappointment.

The food on offer covers a wide culinary gamut including Mediterranean and Pan-Asian cuisine. Memorable during our visit were appetizers that included huge oysters from Washington State, Alaskan king crab legs, Sashimi, Sushi and jumbo prawns. Meanwhile,  the Pan-Asian delicacies included delicacies from the kitchens of Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Chef Corky O’Connor – a native of Chicago whose culinary sojourn to Bali included an extended engagement in a leading Las Vegas hotel was very much in evidence – keeping a careful eye on tens of separate items on the buffet and the tempting “special” dishes that magically appear on your table. These “mini-degustation” brought to your table can include swordfish toro with foie gras, salmon confit with caviar, or Canadian lobster “acqua pazza.”

Reminiscent of those overwhelming buffets presented on the finest cruise ship, the central theme of O’Connor’s approach to food is clearly the use of the very finest in ingredients presented with minimal fuss and fanfare –allowing the food’s indisputable quality to come to the fore. Accordingly, the live grilling station featured meats and seafood cooked to perfection that during our lunch presented roast beef, turkey, Kurobuta pork, Australian lamb chops, Balinese prawns, yellow fin tuna and glazed leg of ham during our visit.

O'Connor is an Irish-American with a passion and well-deserved reputation for outstanding Mediterranean cuisine. Not surprisingly, his pasta dishes share his trademark commitment to quality that dictates pastas are made from scratch in his own kitchen. The results are anything but disappointing.

Those intent on focusing on the breakfast side of “brunch” will enjoy ala carte options of Truffle Poached Eggs with Corned Beef, Sally Lynn French Toast and seared foie gras.

The menu changes on a weekly basis but, at least for now, the price remains exceptionally affordable at only Rp. 299,000 plus tax and service (US$36) for the lavish buffet.

Free flow wines, beer and selected cocktails cost only Rp. 549,000 plus tax and service (US$66).

For reservations telephone The Mulia at ++62-(0)361-3017777 (extension 6888) or [Email


A Menagerie Most Unsatisfactory
Japanese Villa Occupant in Bali Caught with Collection of Rare and Endangered Animals

The criminal division of the Bali police has confiscated 5 endangered animals from the Japanese occupant of Vila Pasti in Peranca Village, Jembrana, West Bali on Friday, March 22, 2013.

According to Kompas.com, the five animals taken into custody include 2 estuarine crocodiles, 1 sulfur-crested cockatoo, 1 orange-crested cockatoo and 1 peacock. According to police, one of the crocodiles was dead and had been preserved.

The illegal collection of animals were in the possession of a Japanese national, Maruo Tokashi, aged 46, who works as the marketing manager for the villa complex.

The head of the police crime unit, Tri Kuncoro, told a press conference on Monday, March 25, 2013, “The team has secured the subject animals because we believe they are all endangered and facing extinction due to their inclusion in appendix 1 of the CITES.”

CITES is the United Nations treaty first established in 1973- an acronym for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Police continue to question the occupant of the villa, a Japanese man from whom police are trying to determine how he acquired the collection. The manager of the villa and the Japanese insist they were given the animals by a person whose identity they do not know.

Police say the Japanese cared for the animals out of affection for the animals, but they are investigsating further to determine if the animals were being kept to display to guests at the villa as a means to increase visitors.
The endangered animals will be handed over the Bali Natural Resources Department (BKSDA).

If police and prosecutors decide to prosecute the Japanese he could face up to five years in prison and fined up to US$5,000 for keeping an illegal collection of endangered animals.
 


Driven to Drink, and Driven Back Home Again
Libations with Inspiration Served at Pool Bar of Uma by COMO in Ubud Bali

If relaxing with a drink or two or three is part of your Bali holiday plans, then the luxurious Uma by COMO near the center of Ubud should be included in your travel itinerary.

While the delightful boutique property is justifiably famous for its tasteful accommodation, pampering spa, yoga and meditation programs and excellent cuisine – the Resort’s bartenders refuse to be sink quietly into the shadows, concocting attention-getting refreshing libations, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Guest and visitors participating in the Uma by COMO’s health and wellness programs will be drawn to healthy smoothies and fresh-pressed juices. For those interested in “adult refreshments” will enjoy that fine wines, champagnes and signature martinis are on offer each day from 10:00 an until midnight.

Drinks at Uma by COMO are best enjoyed at Uma’s Pool Bar. Light snack and atmospheric music accompany drinks – both classics from the pages of Mr. Boston and custom beverages dreamed up by the Resort’s team of expert mixologists.

One of a kind signature cocktails available at the Pool Bar include “Gin ‘n Jam” – premium gin muddled with lemon juice and Uma’s home-made jam or a “Tequila Sipper” that incorporates strawberries, balsamic, basil, lime and agave nectar.

Those needing a special occasion before they pull up a chair at the bar will be pleased to know that Uma by Como have special bar events starting each day of the week at 5:00 pm.

Martini Moments

Have a “shaken not stirred” dry martini or a more contemporary “new age” takes on a classic martini that includes cucumber and mint or jasmine tea and ginger.

Martini aficionados take note: Uma by COMO celebrates the martini each evening, Monday to Friday starting from 5:00 pm when three martinis are served for the price of two. "Designated counters" are available for those ordered a second (or was a third?) round of Martinis.

Prices start from Rp. 110,00 plus tax and service (US$13).

Make Your Own Mojito

On Sunday’s the Pool Bar’s team conduct classes on how to make the perfect mojito, encouraging guest to join them behind the bar and study the intricacies of mixing the rum, mint, sugar cane and limejuice drink that traces its roots back to Havana.

Quick or thirsty learners are encouraged to pursue the entire syllabus of Mojito 101 – mastering the classic recipe before moving on to other variations such as “Lemongrass and Ginger” or the signature “Uma Mojito”.

Mojito class at Uma by Como convenes at the Pool Bar every Sunday starting at 5:00 pm.

Prices start from Rp. 100,000 plus tax and service (US$12).

Saturday Sangria

Saturdays in Ubud feature authentic sangria – served in a large coupe for two and chock full of fresh fruits, and accompanied by crispy calamares fritos.

Sangria service starts every Saturday evening from 5:00 pm. Prices start from Rp. 120,000 plus tax and service (US$14.50).

For reservations or more information call ++62-(0)361-972448 or [Email


Preparing a Grand Welcome for World’s Leaders
President Yudhoyono Undertakes Inspection Visit of Nusa Dua in Lead Up to APEC Summit

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has made a special inspection tour of Bali to inspect meeting facilities and hotels that will be used during the coming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in October 2013.

The State News Agency Antara reports that the late March visit by the President is the second time he has personally inspected the facilities that will be used to welcome leaders from the entire Asia-Pacific, including U.S. President Obama and PRC Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

After touring facilities with a number of leading national policy makers, the president told the press: “The retreat location and supporting infrastructure, God willing, can be ready in time. I have viewed directly the current progress.”

Yudhoyono’s inspection tour extended beyond meeting venues and hotels and also included surrounding gardens. When he saw that surrounding garden were still barren, the President directed that plantings should continue apace with the physical construction of nearby buildings so gardens can be well established in time for the Summit.

Yudhoyono received assurances that the convention center connected to the now under-construction Sofitel Accor will be ready by the Idul Fitri Holidays in August. Reportedly, the physical construction of the building is nearing completion with detail and finishing work now underway.

He also inspected a presidential suite covering 500 square meters, personally ensuring that access roads will be suitable for presidential limousines or emergency vehicles.

President Yudhoyono told all in attendance that Indonesia needs to conduct a successful Summit to ensure world leaders will tell others of their experience and wish to visit the country again in the future.

Yudhoyono revealed that all visiting leaders would be provided Balinese-inspired clothing to be worn during a formal APEC photo gathering.

The APEC meeting is considered of critical importance in these trouble times with leaders discussing world economic recovery.

The meetings will be located at Nusa Dua at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center.


On April 28 Think and Act Pink
4th Annual Bali Pink Ribbon Walk to be Held at Nusa Dua on Sunday, April 28, 2013

On Sunday, April 28, 2013, the determined battle against the scourge of breast cancer continues on the island of Bali as the Bali Pink Ribbon Walk returns.

More than 500 marchers are expected to participate in the 5-kilometer walk headquartered at the Bali Collection Complex within the BTDC enclave on the Island’s southernmost tip. As in years past, the Bali Pink Ribbon Walk is meant to educate, entertain and motivate people in the battle against cancer. The event, now in its fourth year, starts at 2:30 pm with music, vendors’ stands, games and information booths to visit before the actual group walk begins at 4:00 pm.

Supported by local hotels and businesses, the Bali Pink Ribbon Walk raises funds to expand the theatre of war against breast cancer in Bali. Most importantly, fund generated will go toward supporting the Pink Ribbon House on Jalan Dewi Sri that provides information and practical medical support to members of the community affected by the disease.

The event is certain to be fun-filled afternoon of fellowship among friend who can sample food from stalls, enjoy live music, participate in an online auction and enjoy chances to win attractive raffle prizes. Organizers have even organized for professional medical personnel to be on hand to conduct free breast examinations.

Tickets are Rp150,000 for adults (US$15), Rp.75,000 for students (US$7.50), while children under 12 are free

Join other members of the Bali community to at, shop, walk to support breast cancer awareness on Sunday April 28, 2013 at Nusa Dua.

[Bali Pink Ribbon Website

To register, contribute contact  [Bali Pink Ribbon Email]  or telephone ++62-(0)816295815 or ++62-(0)816966251.


Singapore Claims ‘Our’ Oscar
Chef Oscar Perez of St. Regis Bali and The Laguna Luxury Collection Farewell Interview

Oscar Perez – the highly acclaimed chef who serves as director of culinary and service at both The St. Regis Resort, Bali and The Laguna Luxury Collection is busily packing his bags to move on to his next career challenge.

Before he dashed to the airport, Oscar made time for the following farewell interview with the editor of Bali Update, J.M. Daniels

The Interview: Chef Oscar Perez – Director of Culinary & Service St. Regis Bali and The Laguna Luxury Collection

Balidiscovery.com: Oscar, tell us about yourself and your life’s journey to date.

Oscar Perez: I describe myself as Danish with a Filipino accent. I’ve travelled to many places and enjoy learning about different cultures and their cuisines. Thanks must go to my parents who were very supportive in allowing me to travel on my own.

I worked as an apprentice chef under the wings of Claus Christensen in Denmark who taught me his exquisite cuisine. His philosophy: Let the fine ingredients gently simmer until they reach the right texture and only serve the best fresh ingredients – then you are half way there. The other half comes from knowledge and one’s passion to express yourself. Fail to do this and it is like stealing from your customers; better not serve anything at all. That was what I always remember from Claus.

Then I moved to work with Lars Kyllesbech who taught me how to deconstruct and refine food. He tutored me on how to look at a dish from a different angle and give it a new life. Consistency is the key: Preparing each day the dish the same way to achieve the same taste and texture.

At that period in my career, nouvelle cuisine was hot and rest was not. Lars and Restaurant Nouvelle, which was awarded a star in the Michelin,Guide, became my life. I abandoned all only to spend most of my time in the kitchen together with Lars pushing nouvelle cuisine to the edge. Fed by pure adrenalin and hungry to see the satisfaction of our customers each and every single day – that was our only reward.

Still eager to live outside my comfort zone while learning more and meeting new people, I decided to move back to Asia. An opportunity came up in Bali and I grabbed it without hesitation. I saw Bali as a place where I could further develop my cuisine while introducing my style of cooking to a place I never visited before. I joined The St Regis Bali as part of the preopening team at the first St Regis Resort in Southeast Asia.

The St. Regis was, in fact, my second ‘opening’ experience following a previous pre-opening at the W Retreat and Spa, Maldives.

Balidiscovery.com: What’s your next role? How will your many Balinese friends and fans find you in the future?

Oscar Perez: After 5 wonderful years in Bali, Singapore is the next chapter in my life. In Singapore I will be the executive assistant manager in charge of food and beverage, tasked to take The St Regis Singapore to the next level.

Balidisocvery.com: What was your most memorable Bali moment?

Oscar Perez: My most memorable time was during the preopening period of the hotel spending time with the team I was privileged to work with. The team I selected is still with The St Regis today, basking in what we have managed to achieve by working together. Back then, we were in my apartment in Nusa Dua, brain storming on how we would showcase and execute the creation of a true ‘St Regis experience’ that none had seen before. The team was truly committed and I can only thank them for their hard work.

Balidisocvery.com: You spent much of your time under the legendary Frank Beck who has now moved onto a larger role with St. Regis in Singapore. What was you most memorable Frank Beck Moment?

Oscar Perez: Frank Beck has big dreams and great visions - goals that are sometimes hard to put into words. Franks expects great things and expects them to have been done yesterday.

During my 5 years with him since opening of the St Regis Resort and later, while working with The Laguna Luxury Collection, I can only thank him for who I have become today. He taught me well and has changed my way of doing business and leading a team, particularly during difficult situations.

Balidiscovery.com: With the coming 2015 implementation of AFTA that will allow ASEAN nationals free movement in terms of employment, what will be the impact on Indonesia? Will the current quality of Indonesian chefs and culinary staff mean that the region will come to Bali and the rest of Indonesia to recruit staff?

Oscar Perez: Indonesia and Bali are still growing and lots of new establishments are opening.

What I saw of service and cuisine level when I came here and what you can see today have changed much over the years. I hope more foreign chefs will continue to "grow" the Balinese chefs towards an international level and I must say that a few Indonesian chefs are already making names for themselves. There are many good Balinese chefs out there and they need to be exposed. You have Agung Ardiawan, who is today the executive chef of The St Regis, and his executive sous chef and chef de cuisine, Agung Gede at Kayuputi Restaurant – both Balinese who are good examples of the local chefs now working to the highest international standards. I hope there’s more to come.

Balidiscovery.com: Imagine it’s Saturday night and you’ve just brought a DVD. What’s you favorite comfort food?

Oscar Perez:
Balinese Sate – take my scooter to my favorite sate stall and bring some home to enjoy.

Balidiscovery.com: For a single course only, what ‘s your perfect food and wine paring?

Oscar Perez: House-smoked salmon with sauce simple and Sturia Caviar - with this dish a nice chilled Duval LeRoy Femme Champagne.

Balidiscovery.com:
What your favorite Indonesian dish?

Oscar Perez: Drive to Ubud and enjoy the famous Ibu Oka's Babi Guling - roast suckling pig. It is the journey and experience that awaits in Ubud makes the journey worthwhile.

It’s also a great escape from Nusa Dua

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Monopolizing the Situation
Bali Provincial Leaders Warned that Plans to Standardize Hotel Rates May Violate Anti-Monopoly Laws

As reported by Balidiscovery.com, [Prices to be Fixed for Bali Hotels?]  the provincial government of Bali is weighing punitive taxation measures for hotels found to be discounting ther prices andparticipating in the current rate war.

Plans announced by the Province to standardize hotel prices in Bali have brought a swift rebuke and a warning from the National Competitive Council (KPPU), who warn that the proposed measure announced by governor Made Mangku Pastika may violate the Anti-Monopoly Law of 1999 (Law No. 5 of 1999).

As reported by Bisnis Bali, Ahmad Junaidi of the KPPU has held meetings with the provincial government of Bali and issued a preliminary warning. In describing his meeting with provincial officials, Junaidi said: “In addition to trying to obtain an explanation of the proposed policy, we also advised the potential that (the price standardization measures) may violate UU No.5/1999, specifically paragraphs 5 and 11 regarding price-fixing and the operation of cartels.”

Saying that the KPPU’s input was well received by the provincial administration, Junaidi continued, “The provincial government of Bali wishes that we (KPPU) can provide recommendations from the perspective of competitiveness in dealing with business problems in the province.”

Meanwhile, the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali)  asmits he regulation of hotel prices is problematic. At particular times hotels will sell their rooms at low prices as part of a special promotion. There are also hotels able to sell rooms at lower prices because of the overall efficiency of their operations, The chairman of PHRI-Bali, Tjok. Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, said: “It very difficult if we try to standardize the price of hotels. This is a business issue.”

It is estimated that the number of hotels rooms in Bali has reached 75,000 – a number far in excess of current demand resulting in an average occupancy rate of 62% in 2012. The actual number of accommodation rooms being sold in Bali is almost impossible to calculate if illegal villas and condotels are included in the calculations.

Photo: Tjok. Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, chairman of PHRI-Bali.

 


Om Swastiasu!
Governor Opens International Hindu Youth Conference in Bali

On Friday, March 29, 2013, Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika opened the World Hindu Youth Conference in Bali attended by delegations from 16 countries.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the Governor, in opening the conference, said: “I welcome the holding of this meeting as part of a larger effort to enhance spiritual commitment."

The conference in Bali was attended by 125 delegates from 16 countries and ran from March 29 – 31, 2013.

Pastika said he saw the conference has having an important significance to the Hindu youth of the entire world. “Through this activity, the Hindu youth from many nations can discuss and share their experiences in an effort to advance Hinduism generally,” said Pastika.

Pastika said he hoped that the spiritual vibe generated from the conference and the island of Bali can serve as an inspiration to participants to develop brilliant ideas and concepts.

He underlined that the holding of the event while Bali is celebrating the religious holidays of Galungan and Kuningan should provide an added impetus to both the gathering and its results. Said Pastika, “The Balinese Hindu have just celebrated Galungan as a moment in which dharma (goodness) triumphs over adharma (evil).”

Quoting from divine Hindu scripture, Pastika told the young delegates: “Rise up Arjuna, abandon your reluctance, stand up and confront them.” The Governor explained that the subject passage beckons the young generation of Hindus to face their future, adding, “The future of Hinduism is in the hands of the young generation.”
 


Sculpture Recalls Lives Lost in Bali Bombing
‘Remembrance’ sculpture Wins People’s Choice award at Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in West Australia

The West Australian reports that a sculpture commemorating those who died in the Bali bombings has won the People’s Choice Award at the ninth annual Sculpture by the Sea Exhibition in West Australia.

The sculpture using model turbines is entitled Mengenang, the Indonesian terms for remembrance.

Designed by Nici Long, Jed Long and Lachy Brown from Design Group Cave Urban, the winning piece features 222 windmills sitting atop bamboo poles.

The windmills are modeled on the devices commonly found in Indonesian rice fields to scare away birds. When the wind blows, each piece in the sculpture rings out a D-minor chord.

The exhibition features 71 works from twelve countries.

Approximately 220,000 people have visited the display, the most in the events’ nine-year history.

Picture Credit: Mengenang with artists Nici Long, Jed Long and Lachy Brown. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Contributed by Nahhan Prudy.


The Fish that Gets Away in Bali
Grouper Fish Exports Account for 2.09% of all Bali Exports in 2012

The spokesman for the Province of Bali, I Ketut Teneng, has revealed that Grouper fish exports grew from 1,831.8 tons to 3,705.2 tons in 2012.

The Jakarta Post reports that Bali received US$9.79 million from Grouper (kerapu) exports.

These figures encompass fresh, frozen fish and spawn of the Grouper fish.

In terms of value, this 2012 figure represents a delcine of 4.48% when compared to Grouper exports  in 2011 (US$10.25 million) despite the fact that when measured by volume, exports of the fish grew in 2012.

Teneng said that Grouper accounted for 2.09 % of all exports from Bali, with eleven different fisheries product scomprising 23.84 % (US$114.89) of Bali’s US$481.38 million export market.

Domestically, Grouper spawn is distributed to the Indonesian provinces of Sumatra and Sulawesi.

Bali has become a forerunner in the grouper spawn industry in Indonesia. Fishermen in the primary production district of Grokgak in Buleleng regency, north Bali, have established successful small-scale hatcheries with assistance from the Maritime Fisheries Cultivation Research Agency.

The fishermen cultivate the grouper spawn over 25 months. The spawn is then farmed in floating cages for eight months until harvested.

“Economically, kerapu cultivation is very profitable,” Teneng explained. “However, skills and diligence are needed in cultivating the valuable spawn.”

Contributed by Nahhan Prudy.


Garuda Soaring Higher and Higher
Garuda Projecting 15-20% More Passengers in 2013

Garuda Indonesia is targeting an increase in passenger totals of between 15-20% in 2013  bringing the total passengers uplift  to 24.5 million.

Bisnis.com quotes Garuda CEO, Emirsyah Satar, as saying the increase in passengers will also drive correspondingly higher income levels for the national carrier.

Said Satar on Friday, March 29, 2013: “Last year we carried 20.4 million passengers, increasing 19.6% from 2011. This year, we target 15-20% more passengers to become 24.5 million creating an income of US$3.47 billion in 2012.”

Satar continued: “By the end of 2013 Garuda and Citilink will operate 129 planes comprised of 104 Garuda aircraft and 35 from Citilink. The average age of our aircraft will be 4.2 years. In keeping with our Quantum Leap Program, Garuda will be operating 194 planes in 2015.”

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Field Narrows in Bali Governor’s Race
Winasa-Sudiartana Disqualified from Governor's Race Leaving Pastika-Sudikerta & Puspayoga-Sukrawan in Battle for Bali Leadership

As reported by Kompas.com, Winasa and Sudiartana failed to pass final verification by the Bali Election Board (KPU-Bali) in terms of demonstrating minimal support for their candidacies and filing the required applications and forms in a timely manner.

The chairman of the working committee on candidates for KPU-Bali, Ni Putu AyuWinariati, announced on Friday, March 29, 2013, “The pairing of Gede Winasa and Putu Sudiartana has failed to meet the minimum political support criterion of (party support) from 15% of the votes casts in the 2009 legislative race.”

With the disqualification of the Winasa-Sudiartana sticker, only the pairing of Made Mangku Pastika-Ketut Sudikerta and Anak Agung Ngurah Puspayoga-Dewa Sukrawan remain on the ballot.

Verification by the KPU-Bali shows that Pastika and Sudikerta enjoyed 43.36% support based on the 2009 elections from the Golkar, Partai Demokrat, Partai Hanura, PAN, PNBK, PNBK, PKPI and Gerinda.

Meanwhile, Pastika, who is the incumbent for the governor’s post and Sudikerta will be opposed by the pairing of Puspayoga-Sukrawan who have 43.64% support from the 2009 legislative vote supported by the PDIP.

Largely ignored by the PDIP party chairman, Megawait Soekarnoputri, Pastika left the party that brought him to power for his first term of office. Megawati has pledge an all out effort to see that Puspayoga-Sukrawan win in the governor’s race to take place on May 15, 2013.

Should Megawati fail in the PDIP big to unseat Pastika, many political pundits believe much of the former President’s political capital will be spent, signifying her waning influence on an island once considered her stronghold of support.

Pictured is Gede Winasa, now disqualified from running for Bali's governor.


MICE Sellers & Buyers to Gather in Bandung
Indonesia MICE and Corporate Travel Mart 2013 to be Held in Bandung, West Java from April 9-12, 2013

Organizers of the Indonesian MICE and Corporate Travel Mart 2013 (IMCTM) have moved that event from Padang, West Sumatra to Bandung, West Java to be held April 9-12, 2013.

Promoted at the largest corporate travel mart in Asia, the Bandung event was moved due to the relatively higher state of readiness of the West Java Capital to host the mart with the theme: “Regional Corporate and MICE Summit Under One Roof.”

Bandung is a cool hilltop city with a population of more than 2.5 million. Surrounded by volcanic mountains and with a well-developed tourism infrastructure, textile, manufacturing and financial industry - Bandung is a major economic, business and MICE hub (meetings, incentive, conferecne and exhibition) in Indonesia.

More than 80 brands representing Destination management companies, international chain hotels, local chain hotels, hotels and resorts have already confirmed participation as IMCTM sellers.

Additional buyers continue to be recruited for the event with participation limited to leading companies with proven travel producing profiles.

Tabletop session between 200 senior marketing and decision makers and more than 100 sellers of travel products form the core focus on IMCTM.

Among the brands confirmed to participate at IMCTM are Swiss-Belhotel Indonesia, The Sultan Hotel Jakarta, Destination Asia, Palace Hotel Cipanas – Puncak, Best Western ADO Indonesia, JS Luwansa Hotel & Convention Center, Bidakara Hotel Group, Jambuluwuk Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Borobudur Jakarta, Mercure Batam Hotel, Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa, The Atanaya, Harris Hotel & Conventions, Venue Magz, PT. Intiwiz International, PT. Intiwiz International, PT. Intiwiz International, PT. Intiwiz International, Melia Bali, PT. Karma Resorts, The Trans Luxury Hotel, Lv8 Resort Hotel Canggu Bali, Marbella Indonesia, The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort, Hotel Pangeran Pekan Baru, MaxOneHotels, Lorin Sentul Hotel, Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana, Stones Hotel Bali, Lotus Hotels, Mercure Convention Center, The Papandayan, An Phong Tourist & Trade Co.,Ltd, GH Universal, Hotel Horison Semarang, Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention, Anahata Villas & Spa Resort Ubud-Bali, Novus Puncak Resort & Spa, Daluman Villa, Kagum Hotels Management, Jayakarta Hotel Bandung, Puri Casablanka, Narmada Convention Hall, Kuta Beach Heritage and Amazing Hotel.

Bank Negara Indonesia serves as the IMCTM 2013 official bank partner.

According to Panca Rudolf Sarungu, Chairman RajaMICE and Head of IMCTM 2013 Organizing Committee: “By bringing buyers and suppliers together in a single B2B forum, IMCTM strives to advance the MICE industry locally and regionally through table top sessions and the promotion of best practices in MICE management. The four-day event promises to provide detailed information on MICE suppliers, located mostly in Indonesia. Together with 80-plus sellers representing domestic and global hospitality brands, travel agents, resorts, conventions, venue operators, 100-plus Corporate buyers from IMCTM’s banking partner and other decision makers and influencers representing top multinational companies in and across Indonesia, IMCTM will facilitate a one-to-one business session platform for its delegates under one roof. The event will create at least 10000 scheduled business sessions”

Indonesia’s economy is growing at over 6% annually and air travel in the country is increasing by 16%, recognized as a country with among the most stable records of growth by The World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Indonesia’s growth rate in the years ahead is predicted to rival that of Singapore and Hong Kong. Domestic tourist traffic is rapidly expanding with an estimated 245 million domestic trips to be taken in 2012 with US$ 18 billion in travel-related expenditures.

Indonesia is also expected to achieve a targeted 10 million in-bound tourists by 2014. Outbound players will benefit from a 15% increase in airline connectivity including additional frequencies by low-cost-carriers.

It is against this background the Indonesia MICE and corporate Travel Mart returns for its 6th edition offering a strategic platform for both domestic and overseas destinations, and travel and tourism suppliers to meet under one roof over 2 days of B2B sessions alongside a program of eisure activities planned for the delegates.

For more information contact:

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Domestic Bliss
Garuda Indonesia Named ‘Domestic Airline of the Year (2012)’

The Australian-based international research firm, Roy Morgan Research, have named Garuda Indonesia as “2012 Domestic Airline of the Year” based on a survey of Indonesian consumers.

As reported by Bisnis.com, the award was presented by Roy Morgan’s regional director for Asia, Debnath Guharoy and the company’s international director, Ira Soekirman, to Garuda’s CEO, Emirsyah Satar on Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Jakarta.

The award was based on interviews with 28,000 Indonesian consumers surveying their tastes on goods and services including favorite airline.

93.3% of the Indonesian respondents gave Garuda Indonesia a “satisfactory” rating for service, a rating substantially higher than that given to any other domestic airlines in Indonesia.

Last year, Garuda Indonesia was named “Best International Airline” in a survey conducted by Roy Morgan Research.


Power has its Price
Electrical Charges in Indonesia Increase an Average 4.3% on April 1, 2013

Electricity charges in Indonesia will rise an average 4.3%, effective April 1, 2013. The prospect of higher energy costs has many hotelier in Bali strategizing on how to reduce energy consumption and, in some cases, reduce staffing in order to be able to pay their electrical bills.

The vice-chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-RI), Johnnie Sugiarto, told detikfinance that the increase electrical tariff was putting hotel operators under pressure. He described how the higher power charges come at a time when many hotels are experiencing low occupancies and increases in the minimum wage levels set by regional governments.

Sugiarto warns that in order to address these business pressures the management of hotels will seek to reduce the number of employees while, at the same time, reducing the amount of electricity used by each property.

The April 1, 2013 increase of 4.3% in electrical charges follows a similar increase in power charges introduced on January 1, 2013.

The increase effective on April 1, 2013 varies depending on the consumer’s classification according to categories assigned by the State Power Board (PLN):
  • Large residential consumers (R-3) using more than 6,600 K Va will see rates increase 9.62% from Rp. 1,195/Khw to Rp. 1,310/Khw.
  • Mid-sized businesses (B-2) using between 200 k Va and 6,600 K Va – a category occupied by many 3-starred hotels, restaurants and businesses place will have power rates increase 8.23% from Rp. 1,216/Kwh to Rp. 1,315Kwh.
  •  Large Business (B-3) with power usage above 200 kVa - a category used by 4-star hotels and above, shopping centers, entertainment centers and television stations will see power tariffs increase 10.26% from Rp. 975/Kwh to Rp. 1,076/Kwh,
  • Government offices using between 6,600 Va to 200 k Va will increase 3.69% from Rp. 1,220/Kwh to Rp. 1,265 Kwh.


 
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