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BALI UPDATE #946 - 20 October 2014

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Justice Shall Not Be Denied
Men Who Murdered Paul Latourell May Threatened with Life Imprisonment or Firing Squad

The head of the Denpasar, Bali police precinct, Police Commissioner Djoko Hariutomo told Metrobali.com and the State News Agency Antara on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, that the parties responsible for murdering the American expat Paul Latourell (52) now face the threat of life imprisonment or death before a firing squad.

According to Hariutomo, the two men under arrest in the murder - Multazan Aulawi alias Awi (19) from East Lombok and Marsianus alias Marsi (30) from Flores, may face multiple criminal charges for premeditated murder and homicide committed in the course of committing a robbery.

Police say the main perpetrator in the murder was the younger man Awi, assisted in the crime by the older Marsi.

Awi was arrested at his boarding house on Jalan Nusa Indah in Denpasar on Friday, February 21, 2014, at 11:00 pm. Meanwhile, Marsi was apprehended by police on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 1:30 pm near the Kapten Japa field at Tohpati, Denpasar.

Police said they are sill trying to determine the exact motive in the savage murder that saw the victim stabbed at least 135 times. Police theorize jealousy may have played a role in the crimes.

“We are studying the motives, because Awi has admitted he was jealous. We are now trying to determine the nature of that jealousy,” said Hariutomo.

Police also suspect that robbery played a role in motivating the crime as a Kijang Car taken from Latourell’s home was sold for Rp. 110 million (US$9.200) in West Lombok the day after the murder.

The police are also studying what role premeditation played in the robbery-homicide based on the fact that Awi reportedly brought the knife used to murder the American with him to the scene of the crime.

When presented to the press, Awi told reporters he only brought the knife to Latourell’s home for self-defense purposes.

Awi, who claims to be a student of management at a private university in Denpasar, told reporters that he killed Latourell in anger after the American allegedly struck him when the Awi refused a request to perform an act of sodomy.

Awi admitted to having had intimate relation with the victim and calmly told the press that, “I became annoyed and took the knife I had brought with me.”

Awi also said the night of the murder was the first time he had met Latourell, introduced that night by Marsi who invited him to the American’s home on Jalan Banteng.

He related to the police that the victim had fought him during the struggle in which he stabbed Latourell 135 times with the knife, inflicting wounds of 1-1.5 centimeters in depth.

After taking Latourell’s life the slightly built young man escaped to Lombok for one day to sell the car before returning to Denpasar.

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Return of the Planet of the Apes
YouTube of a Bali Monkey Doing a 'Selfie' Goes Viral

GoPro promotes itself at the World’s Most Versatile Camera, with the slogan:

Wear it. Mount it. Love it.”

And after an incident last week at Uluwatu Temple in South Bali, GoPro may be adding

“Monkey around with it”

to their slogan pitch.

The many visitors to Bali’s famous cliff-side temple of Uluwatu are all warned of the risk of losing eye glasses, pens, jewelry and cameras to the naughty and sometimes aggressive sacred monkeys who make their home there.

Notorious for absconding with anything that they can get their hands on, the monkeys have taken thousands of dollars in costly personal items from visiting tourist, sometimes never to be seen again.

Recently a visitor to Uluwatu set his GoPro $500 camera on a temple wall to make a “selfie” of himself feeding the monkeys. Seconds later, the man’s camera was gone, taken by a monkey who was doing its own “selfies” as it dashed through the nearby jungle.

A lady who worked at the temple saved the day by coaxing the monkey to surrender the camera back to the tourist in exchange for a piece of fruit.

The camera needed new batteries to be put back into good operating condition. To everyone's delight, the film captured by the monkey cameraman was epic.

Seeing is believing. Watch the show on Youtube!



Head and Shoulders
Governor Reports Protestors Calling for Beheading to the Bali Police

Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika is dismayed and disappointed by banners displayed near his office on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

That banner called for the beheading of Governor Pastika in connection with the ongoing controversy over moves to reclaim a portion of Benoa Bay.

The messages seeking the beheading of Bali’s governor were displayed on banner imprinted with the bloodstained fingerprints of those opposing Bali’s governor. The demands for his head, signed in blood, moved the shocked governor to consider the banner to be a credible threat to his safety and report the matter to the police.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Pastika told the media:
“I think this is serious, I am used to all kinds of abuse, but I have never before felt the need to take these measures. (In the past) I have accepted this as part of the risk of holding office; I couldn’t complain; I couldn’t share my heart. I felt this was an acceptable risk.”

Pastika said that police, as evidence pursuant to a criminal complaint, have taken the offending banner into custody. The complaint to the police was made on behalf of the Province by the Provincial Secretary of Bali, I Wayan Sugiada.

Pastika, who once served as the Chief of Police for Bali, said finding who had written the threat on the banner would not prove difficult. “In fact,” he warned, “it will be easy to find them. It can be done in hours, if I desired to do so. But it would not be appropriate if I directly looked for the responsible parties. However, if the police can’t find them, the I will.”

The governor’s office tookstrong  exception with the hand-written banner produced in the name of a specific political party, asking if the sign was produced in the name of that party? Pastika told the press that DNA tests carried out on the blood of the fingerprints on the banner which would lead to the party responsible.

A spokesman for the Bali Police confirmed that they had the governor’s office report in hand and were investigating the matter.


Baliís Home Industries
Bali Handicrafts Worth $200.6 Million

The State News Agency Antara reports Balinese handicrafts reaped foreign exchange earnings worth US$200.66 million in 2013.

“The income in foreign exchange declined slightly from 2012 when handicrafts earned US$202.6 million,” said the official spokesman for the Province of Bali, I Ketut Teneng.

Despite this slight decline, said Teneng, handicrafts continue to play a strategic role in bolstering exports from Bali and represent an important source of income for Bali’s more remote areas.

“Small scale handicrafts made by skilled villagers in Bali contributed 41.23% of Bali’s total exports that were worth US$486.96 million, an increase of 0.88% when compared to Bali’s export economy in 2013 worth US$481.83 million,” explained Teneng.

In calculating exports from handicraft, the province of Bali counts sales of 17 separate handicraft products. The types of handicraft products leading the sector are statues and souvenirs estimated to have a combined annual worth of US$90.61 million

Furniture constitutes US$28.17 million, silverworks US$23.73 million, metal items US$11.22 million and leather items US$9.22 million.

Other export items include musical instruments, matting, stone ornaments, ceramics, shell-based items, candle works and bone ware.

Teneng underlined the importance of the handicraft sector for export earnings in Bali, pointing to the lack of natural resources on the island that might otherwise form a source much-needed foreign exchange.


There Ought to be (Another) Law
Bali Villa Association Wants Provincial Bylaw to Close Illegal Villas

The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) is reporting that the Bali Village Association (BVA) is calling on the provincial government of Bali to issue new bylaws that will bring illegal villas being rented on a commercial basis into line with the law.

The chairman of BVA, Jro Mangku Wayan Suteja, emphasized the need for stiffer regulation to halt the operation of illegal unlicensed villas in the form of private homes offered as short-term tourist accommodation.

Regulations passed in 2009 required “legal” villas to offer a minimum of five rooms, hold all necessary business licenses, offer on-site property management, 24-hourse service and security protection.

Suteja said: “The problem is that there are many people who own a house with some facilities, like a swimming pool, rent the house and claim that it is a ‘villa’, but it does not fulfill the requirements. This is absolutely a violation.”

On a national level, the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy is considering legislation to standardize the operation of commercial villas.
The BVA is calling on the provincial administration of Bali to immediately issue new by laws and not wait for the national government to formulate rules in the face of Bali’s booming oversupply of accommodation.

The goal of the BVA is to put private residences operating as commercial villas out of business in Bali.

“People who have no licenses to operate their properties as commercial villas should register to obtain the licenses. If they refuse to comply, then the places should be closed,” added Suteja.

Among the complaints leveled against illegal villas in Bali by BVA are failures to pay taxes and meet security standards to guarantee the safety of guests.

BVA estimates that more than 10% of the some 1,200 villas operating in Bali are illegal.


Silence is Golden
Indonesian Minister of Justice and Human Denies Rejects Schapelle Corbyís Request to Do Australian TV Interview while on Parole

Indonesia’s Justice and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin has put the kibosh on efforts by Schapelle Corby to participate in a televised interview with Australia’s Channel 7 during her parole period in Bali.

As reported by Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) and making clear that any such interview would be viewed as a violation of her parole, Syamsuddin warned: ““They [Corby’s family] need to understand that she is still a convict that has been granted parole. She surely knows the conditions attached to that status, and I think she should avoid doing anything that may cause uneasiness or social jealousy.”

Various Australian press reports have alleged that Corby has been offered between AU$500,000 and AU$2 million by Channel 7 to submit to an interview.

Schapelle’s Indonesian brother-in-law, Wayan Widyartha, has been busily lobbying the Indonesian government to permit the interview to go ahead, including writing to Amir Syamsuddin.

Among the Minister’s concern is that a televised interview with Schapelle Corby might cause widespread discontent in the community fueled on suspicions, denied by Corby’s family, that she was being paid generously for granting an interview.

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The Peak of Prices
Beyond Bali: Admission Fees to Bromo East Java Volcano Complex Increase Dramatically

The Admission fees for tourists visiting East Java’s Gunung Bromo Complex of Volcanoes have increased by nearly 300%.

Admission tickets for foreign tourists have increased from Rp. 72,500 to Rp. 267,500 (US$22). Meanwhile, domestic tourists who previously paid Rp. 10,000 must now pay Rp. 37,500 US$(US$3.10).

The head if the Bromo-Tengger National Park (TNBTS) Ayu Dewi, told Kompas.com on February 27, 2014: "TNBTS is preparing to raise the admission price in accordance with the revised provincial regulations. We have only now received he final, revised draft of Provincial Regulation Number 59 of 1997.”

“Admission tickets on public holidays for domestic tourists will cost Rp. 67,500 (US$6.65). For foreign tourists visiting on public holidays the cost of admission will increase from Rp. 72,500 to Rp. 640,000 (US$53). The new tariff takes effects from May 1, 2014.” explained Ayu.

Seeming to want to distance herself from the price hike, Ayu Dewi explained that TNBTS was only the executor of the Provincial Regulation that increased ticket costs. Adding: “We have been given a target of Rp. 7.7 billion (US$641,000) in income from ticket sales for this year.”

Ayu said she hope the public would be able to accept the steep increased in ticket prices. “At this time the number of visitors to TNBTS averages 2,000 tourists on an average day. On weekends and holidays the total number of visitors can reach 15,000 tourists,” she explained.


Ain't Misbehavin' - All by Myself
All of Bali, Including its Air and Sea Ports to Close for 24-hours on Nyepi March 31, 2014

The State News Agency Antara reports that Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika has written to four Cabinet Ministers in connection with the mandatory closure of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Monday, March 31, 2014 to mark the Bali-Hindu Day of absolute Silence or “Hari Suci Nyepi Tahun Baru Saka 1936.”

The provincial spokesman for Bali, I Ketut Teneng, said on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, “These letters were sent long ago in the hope that they can be widely circulated to all related agencies, both on a national and international level.”

The governor’s Circular Letter Number 003.2/23168/DPIK dated December 30, 2013 was sent to the Minister of Transportation EE Mangindaan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Marty Natalegawa, Minister of the Interior Gamawan Fauzi and the Minister of Communications and Information Tifatul Sembiring.

The letter was also sent to the Director Generals of Sea, air and Land Communications; the Chairman of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and all regents and mayors across Bali.

Copies of the letter were sent to 25-related government agencies including the Bali Airport Authority and the chief port officials of all Bali seaports.

Ketut Teneng said the letter was sent well in advance of “Nyepi” to allow the smooth closure of the Bali airport and all seaports on the day of absolute silence when all flights in and out of Bali are banned and the public are generally sequestered to homes and hotels.

All international and domestic flights to and from Bali will be cancelled from 6:00 am on Monday, March 31, 2014 until 6:00 am the following morning on April 1, 2014.

The day of silence or “Nyepi” in Bali is run in deference to Bali-Hindu beliefs that during the 24-hour period of meditation and self-reflection flames must not be lit (amati geni); activities must not be undertaken (amati karya); journeys must not be made (amati lelungan); and to refrain from indulging animal urges or undertake personal entertainments (amati lelanguan).


Bali Records a Holiday Boost in Visitors
Bali by the Numbers: Record January Arrivals Fueled by Chinese New Year Visitors

Bali counted 297,671 foreign visitors in January 2014 – an increase of 20.6% over the 232,935 visitors who visited during January 2013.

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The lion’s share of the additional arrivals in January came from source markets with large ethnic Chinese communities who traveled to Bali to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

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Accordingly, strong month-on-month growth in arrivals were recorded from:
  • People’s Republic of China +80.52%
  • Malaysia + 28.70%
  • Singapore +82.67%
Other markets recording strong growth in arrivals in January were:
  • Australia +14.18%
  • U.S.A. +9.04%
  • United Kingdom +7.16%
  • India +10.17%
  • France + 14.79%
  • Germany +7.83%

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Australia’s strong start to the year is encouraging, growing 14.18% after ending all of 2013 largely flat.

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Bali: A Culture in Decline?
Professor Windia: With Baliís Agricultural Culture Under Threat, the Daily Life of the Balinese is Also in Grave Danger

A professor emeritus at Bali’s Udayana University Dr. I Wayan Windia is warning that the destruction of Bali’s centuries old water distribution system known as subak will have an impact on every aspect of life in Bali.

Quoted by the National News Agency Antara, Dr. Windia said: “Concern for the destruction of the ‘subak’ through the changing function of agricultural lands and the siphoning-off of irrigation water for non-agricultural purposes has long been discussed in principle, but never really given serious consideration.”

Dr. Windia is head of the Subak Research Team at Udayana University.

Windia warns that if the Bali's subak system is destroyed the heritage and culture of Bali will follow that same path of extinction.

Continuing, he said: “If Bali’s culture is destroyed, then all sectors of Bali’s economy will also be destroyed. In the end, they are all inter-connected.”

Windia, who is a leading professor in the agricultural faculty, explains that all sectors of Bali’s economy are rooted in the local agricultrural culture, especially the tourism sector.

However, the fact of the matter, according to the professor, is that tourism is destroying agricultural lands and the subak system in Bali. In Windia’s view tourism is cannibalizing the farming sector.

“This has happened because the tourism sector in Bali has developed beyond the carrying capacity of the Island to accommodate such development,” he said.

Windia is urging urgent and serious attention be paid to this problem first identified in 1985 when a study supported by the government declared the "ideal" carrying capacity for international standard hotel rooms in Bali was only 24,000 rooms. That total has been long surpassed by more than 300% with the current number of rooms on sale in Bali estimated at between 80,000-100,000 rooms.

Windia decried that the government has failed to introduce the promised moratorium on new hotel development in Bali, with regents defending tthe regency's need for the wider tax base created by more hotels.

“Bali’s culture is the foundation of all segments of life on the Island,” warned Windia.


A Most Fashionable Sarong
Baliís Sarong Restaurant Included in List of Asiaís 50 Best Restaurants

Bali’s Sarong Restaurant in Petitenget has placed 47th in the latest compilation of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants compiled by S. Pellegrino and AcquaPann.

That list saw Japan predominate in the rankings with 10 among the top 50. Singapore and Hong Kong each garnered 8 restaurants in the list and Mainland China secured 7 places.

Indonesia earned only a single slot of the list of Asia's best eateries.

Commenting on the honor of being named to the top 50 restaurants in Asia, Sarong’s founding executive chef Will Meyrick said: “Sarong has always been our flagship restaurant. I glad our passion and efforts have brought such great results.”

Street food recipes for across Indonesia and other Asian countries inspire Meyrick’s style of cooking that is perfected by in-depth research accumulated during countless visits across the region.

Meyrick believe authenticity and innovation are the keys to taking his ventures to the next level.

“I hope this will open a gate for Indonesia’s hospitality industry to take its place in the limelight,” he added.

The award was presented by William Reed Business Media on February 24, 2014 in at the Capella Hotel in Singapore.

Named as Asia’s best restaurant was Nahm in Bangkok.

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Indonesians Demanding Full Service Flights
indonesiaís Batik Air to Expand Fleet and Increase Passenger Loads by 600% by 2015

Batik Air, the premium-class service division of Lion Air, is targeting to carry 7 million passengers in 2015.

Batik Air is confident that the ambitious target can be met with addition of new aircraft to its armada beffore the end of 2014.

As reported by Republika.co.id, current plans call for Batik Air to add an Airbus A320 in July of 2014, with a total of six more Airbus A320s to join their fleet before the end of this year.

Batik Air commenced operations on May 3, 2013. Through January of 2014 the airline has carried more than one million passengers.

The CEO of Batik Air, Achmad Lufthie, said the additional aircraft would allow the airline to carry 6-7 million passengers in 2015.

Lufthie, who originally joined Lion Air as its first pilot, said that growth is rapid in premium-class passengers at Batik Air. He said surveys carried out by Lion Air confirm that Indonesian air passengers confirm that the public is seeking more service when they fly. He went on to explain that regulations in place governing Lion Air’s operation as a low-cost airline limit the ability to provide full service to its passengers.

Lufthie said that demand for premium class air travel in eastern Indonesia remains high. Flights operated to Jayapura, Ambon, Kupang and Manado continue to grow in terms of loads and frequencies. He also said there is strong demand for nighttime flights that arrive in the early morning, saying the reception from the public for “red-eye” flights was extraordinary. As a result, Batik Air has plans to double the number of night flights it operates in the current year.

Batik Air is expanding the number of destinations it serves from 10 to 22. Among the new ports-of-call are Banjarmasin, Batam, Gorontalo, Kendari, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Palu, Timika, Tarakan and Solo.

Batik Air also plans to operate between Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali).


Gone in a Puff of Smoke
Inter-tabac Asia 2014 cancelled by Bali Officials Les than One Week Before Tobacco Fairís Start

After protests from many quarters and an official request by Bali’s governor, Inter-tabac Asia 2014 scheduled to be held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC) February 27-28, 2014 has been cancelled.

Westfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH – the German company organizing the event, published a notice on its website that the event promoting tobacco products and accessories had been postponed, despite having obtained all the necessary legal permits.

The postponement took place, according to the organizers, after receiving formal notification of withdrawal of approval from the Bali Police on February 21, 2104 – less than one week before the official start of the fair.

The organizers claim efforts to discuss or receive a clarification on the 11th hour decision from the police of Bali or provincial authorities have been unsuccessful

Saying it was “upset by the current development,” Westfalenhallen Dortmund’s press officer Dr. Andreas Weber complained: "This is not how you treat a foreign event organizer."

Saying the cancellation “smacks of politically motivated arbitrariness,” Weber continued, "the industry does not deserve the postponement of Inter-tabac Asia."

Inter-tabac Asia will now have to seek and announce a new location and date for the trade fair.

Those opposed to the Inter-tabac Asia event in Bali had circulated on on-line petition that gathered 12,000 signatures. The on-line protest was led by Max Vollmer, a Deutscher Jugendschutz-Verband (German Association Youth Protection) activist and Yosef Rabindanata Nugraha of Cigarette-Free Indonesia.

The event was scheduled to be held less than two months after Bali launched stern provincial regulations against smoking in public places and the promotion of tobacco products that would have made hosting the actual conference acutely embarrassing to Bali officials had it gone ahead.

Yosef told The Jakarta Post: “Without the support of tobacco-control activists both in Indonesia and Germany, it would have been unlikely for us to win the fight. This is our victory. To Westfalenhallen: We don’t want the Inter-Tabac Asia exhibit! Just go away from Indonesia and other countries in Asia!”

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A Generation in Jail Awaits
Balinese Crewmember on Holland Americaís Nieuw Amsterdam Facing 28 Years in U.S. Prison for Criminal Assault

Ketut Pujayasa - the 28-year-old Balinese waiter accused of assault, rape and the attempted murder of a female passenger on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam has been arraigned in a South Florida Federal Court.

The young sailor from North Bali has been advised that he faces a possible prison sentence of 22-28 years in U.S. prisons on multiple charges of rape (17.5 -22 years) and attempted murder (5 -6.5 years).

Beritabali.com reports that Ketut Pujayasa was arraigned on February 25, 2014. He is represented by a court-appointed attorney and accompanied at proceeding with officers from the Houston, Texas Consulate General of Indonesia.

At the initial court hearing prosecutors presented evidence collected from the victim’s and Pujayasa’s cabins, forensic reports including photographs of the injury suffered by the female passenger. A doctor testifying at the hearing said he was shocked by the extent of the woman’s injuries.

Pujayasa’s next court date is set for March 4, 201.

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Russian Rendezvous
Garuda Prepares to Commence Bali Ė Moscow Service in Q4 of 2014

Garuda Indonesia is planning to commence flights between Bali and Moscow sometime before the fourth-quarter of 2014.

As reported by Merdeka.com, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Hatta Rajasa, in a meeting with the Russian deputy-minister Dmitry O. Rogozin in Jakarta on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, said, “Garuda has confirmed they will begin direct flight to Russia because the number of tourists to Bali is increasing every year.”

Bali is a popular destination with Russian tourists. 79,337 visitors from that Country took their holiday on the Island in 2013, an increase of 1.89% over Russian arrivals to Bali in 2012.

Nationwide, Russian visiting Indonesia in 2013 increased 25%.

Direct flights between Moscow and Bali are predicted to increase tourist flows from Russia to Bali substantially.

Garuda is awaiting delivery of new wide body aircraft to allow them to begin operating an expanded network of flights, including flights to Moscow.


Inns of Quantity In, Inns of Quality Out
Academic Warns: Unbridled Accommodation Growth Has Turned Bali into a Low Quality, Cheap Destination

Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) quotes tourism expert and academician Agung Suryawan Wiranatha, chairman of the Consortium of Tourism Research Group, expressing his concerns over tourism development in Bali and his fear that the Island was “not a quality holiday destination.”

Saying that Bali has become a “cheap destination,” Suryawan blamed the oversupply of hotel rooms as causing a sudden decrease in occupancy rates and the resulting “price war” now underway.

Lower occupancies, lower rates, shortfall in targeted revenues and the seeming anomaly of lower tax revenues are all part and parcel of Bali’s current situation.

Strapped for cash, operators will soon find themselves financially unable to maintain and refurbish their hotels. 

“This situation will turn Bali into a very cheap destination, while the island slips farther away from achieving its goal of becoming a quality tourist destination,” Suryawan warned.

Based on his research, Suryawan projected that Bali could have achieved 100% occupancy rates over the past two years with a supply of 41,814 rooms in 2012 and 46,193 rooms in 2013.

Some current estimates of the number of saleable accommodation rooms in Bali place rh total near 100,000.

While it remains problematic to calculate the exact number of rooms being offered by hotels and villas at the moment in Bali, its clear that the Island is grossly oversupplied with occupancies at hotel averaging 62.22% in 2012 and only 55,52% in 2013.

Agung says a better balance needs to be maintain between room supply and tourism demands in order to avoid the current situation where many hotels were operating with average occupancies well below 60%.

A proposal was made to the government in 2011 to allow the Udayana University’s Center for Tourism and Culture Research to monitor accommodation supply. That proposal has not been dignified with a response from the Government.

Calling for an urgent survey to be undertaken of accommodation in Bali, Suryawan want to see severe legal penalties for those who violate licensing and permit laws.

Meanwhile, Tjokorda Raka Darmawan who heads the Badung Tourism Agency defended the regency’s readiness to issue new hotel licenses. He said calls by the Governor for a moratorium were not implemented by the regency, who preferred “to control and restructure.”

Darmawan claimed 

“We have been very selective in issuing licenses, by implementing certain requirements.”

80% of Badung’s tax revenues totaling Rp. 2.2 trillion (US$189 million) were derived from hotel and restaurant taxes in 2013.
 


Go Green
Solutions for Life Week April 22-26, 2014 to Explore Environmental Sustainability for Baliís Tourism Industry

ecoSmart is hosting the first in what is hoped will be an annual event dedicated to finding sustainable solutions for Bali’s development.

To be held April 22 -26 2014 with a starting date to coincide with “Earth Day” – “Solutions for Life Week” features 5-days of initiatives, discussions collaboration and sharing to find sustainable solutions to Bali’s environmental challenges.

The interim schedule announced by the organizers includes:

April 22, 2014

Moderated discussion: Bali, How Much is too Much?

April 23, 2014

Workshop: “Plastic Solutions” moderated by Hayden Filler of Nevhouse and participation by Darren Kelso of Environpallet and Johan Yang of Viro.

Presentation: “Clear Oceans Campaign” presented & by Sam Tyers of ReallySavy.

April 24, 2014

Workshop: “Resources Efficiency in the Hospitality Industry – Saving Operational Costs for Hotels & Villas Operators” presented by the ecoSmart Green Team.

April 25, 2014

Workshop: “How to make your development project more sustainable?“ presented by Charlie Hearn of Inspiral Architects

Evening green party with live music and djs starting at 6:00 pm.

April 26, 2014

Discussion and presentation on “Wildlife Conservation: Opportunities & Challenges” presented by Dr. Bayu Wirayudah of the National Parks Foundation.

Discussion and presentation on “Greening Business - We Can have it all...Sustainable Profits with Social & Environmental Responsibility” presented by Norm vant Hoff - Sarinbuana Eco Lodge.

Solutions for Life Week April 22-26

The five-day event is open to the public without charge and is designed to provide a platform for discussion, collaboration and partnerships to identify sustainable solutions for Bali.

For more information contact [Email]  or visit [ecosmarthub.com


Bathtub Ring
Bali Environmentalists Demand Clean Up of Oil Spill in Benoa Harbor

The Wisnu Foundation of Bali is urging PT Indonesia Power – a division of the State Power Board (PLN) – to under a serious and urgent environmental clean up of the damage to Bali’s mangrove forest near Benoa harbor caused by a burst fuel pipe.

The chairman of the Wisnu Foundation, Made Suarnata, told the State New Agency Antara: “PT Indonesian Power must take responsibility for causing this damage to the environment. This contamination constitutes a violation of laws established for protecting the environment.”

Suarnata accepted that the leaking fuel pipe was an accident, but insisted this fact does not diminish the responsibility of PT Indonesian Power to be responsible for completely cleaning up the grease and oil now damaging the mangrove.

The Wisnu Foundation is also calling on PT Indonesian Power to plan trees in the mangrove to replace those killed by the leaking oil.

“If the lingering elements of oil are left in the mangrove, the mangrove will die. Proof of this are the dying leaves foretelling the coming death of the trees,” Said Suarnata.

The head of the environmental group acknowledged that PT Indonesian Power undertook an initial clean up of the oil spill when it first occurred, but said remnants of the oil still remained that are adhering to plants inside the mangrove forest.

The Wisnu Foundation wants PT Indonesian Power to be more serious in addressing the clean up of the oil spill, employing special vacuums to suck up the remaining oil spill if necessary.

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Baliís Artisan Estates Launches it 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Artisan Estates Wine – the producers of finely crafted wines made from grapes grown in Australia and fermented into wine in Bali have just announced the release of new 2013 Artisan Savignon Blanc.

Made only from fresh wine grape juice carefully imported from Western Australia, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc has nuance of gooseberry, lime sorbet, green apples and asparagus - all presenting to a clean, crisp finish.

Artisan Estates Sauvignon Blanc makes excellent company with seafood chowder, Barramundi, Salmon, shellfish, lobster, oysters, chicken and salads.

Artisan Estates currently offers four varietals tastefully produced in Bali:
  • Artisan Western Australian Classic 2010 (Chardonnay blend)
  • Artisan Western Australian Chardonnay 2013
  • Artisan Western Australian Sauvignon Blanc 201
  • Artisan Western Australian Shiraz 2013

Artisan Estate Website 


Where the Smart Money will Be
Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference Friday, June 6, 2014 in Bali

The Second Annual Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference (IHIC 2014) will return to Bali on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Grand Nikko Resort in Nusa Dua

Similar to the inaugural event, IHIC 2014 will be attended by hoteliers, property management companies, owners lawyers, investment bankers, hotel project managers, property agents, accountants, architects and investors – all seeking insights into trends and challenges ahead for those investing in the hotel and accommodation sectors of the Indonesian economy.

A full day of plenary sessions and break-out focus groups featuring leading voices connected with hotel investment from both the public and private sectors, participants will be issued materials provided by speakers, two coffee breaks, a power lunch and participation at a the popular sundowners networking cocktail party starting immediately after the close of the conference.

IHIC 2014 program has been designed to address the opportunities and challenges facing the hotel industry in Indonesia and the region in the present economic climate. Speakers, moderators and panelists are now being finalized from property industry leaders who have extensive experience in the industry, especially in Southeast Asia.

Early bird registration before April 1, 2014 is US$350 and covers the conference, coffee breaks, luncheon, materials and networking cocktail reception.

Registration after April 1, 2014 is US$500.

All registration fees are subject to 10% VAT.

Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference Website


St. Regis Bali Celebrates 5th Anniversary
Special Dining, Spa Treatment, Drinks and Accommodation Packages on Tap to Help St. Regis Bali Resort Celebrate its 5th Birthday

St. Regis Bali Resort Turned 'Five' on February 28, 2014, kicking off a year-long “360-degree Celebration” themed on the number “5.”

The St. Regis’ Kayuputi Restaurant has introduced a five-course 5th Anniversary degustation “Pancatanmatra”, menu encapsulating the Balinese spiritual regard for the five senses: sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch.

Harmoniously intertwined with Kayuputi’s Asian Haute Cuisine concept, every evening Chef de Cuisine Agung Gede will hand-craft a Chef’s Surprise Menu where each course presented to the guest will be a sensory experience of artistic culinary creations that tantalize all five senses through elegant presentation, seductive aroma, complex flavors, subtle sounds, and irresistible textures.

The “Panca Anniversary Menu” is available for Rp. 1.300.000 net per person (US$108) with an optional wine pairing available for Rp. 1.200.000 net per person (US$100).

The St. Regis King Cole Bar will also be celebrating the resort's fifth anniversary by focusing on the fabled “Bloody Mary” - a cocktail first created in 1934 by bartender Fernand Petiot at The St. Regis New York.

The King Cole Bar mixologists will be concocting five different variations of the classic “Bloody Mary” available for only Rp. 175,000 (US$14,50),   “A Taste of St. Regis” includes rounds of :
  • The Original Bloody Mary” from The St. Regis New York.
  • Bora Mary” from The St. Regis Bora Bora. 
  • “Chilli Padi Mary” from The St. Regis Singapore.
  • Agave Maria Bloody Mary” from The St. Regis Monarch Beach.
  •  Bali Mary” from The St. Regis Bali Resort.
$555 Accommodation Offer

A Special Anniversary Package will also be on offer, allowing guests to enjoy a minimum of four luxurious nights with a glass of Champagne per person each day, a 55-minute Balinese massage, roundtrip transfer with VIP airport service, complimentary access to the resort’s Children’s Learning Center for children up to five years of age, and the legendary St. Regis Butler Service available 24 hours on-call.

Guests will also be invited to enjoy a lavish breakfast daily at Boneka Restaurant, featuring classic breakfast favorites including Seared Foie Gras and lobster Omelet. With an attractive starting price of USD 555 per night, the package is available to book for five weeks only from February 28 to April 5, 2014.

Midnight Supper

Coming in May the St. Regis Bali will debut a new tradition pioneered by the St. Regis founding Astor Family - the “Midnight Supper”. The “Midnight Supper” will indulge culinary aficionados in a memorable gastronomic experience. Stay tuned for more details.

“Since its grand opening on February 28th, 2009, The St. Regis Bali Resort has continued to offer unrivalled dimension of luxury, sophistication and unparalleled service. Our guests keep returning not only because of the exclusive beachfront location, pristine villas, or the world-class cuisine, but because they feel a strong desire to return to this seductive world that we have created, especially with the dedicated service from our Butlers,” said Lucia Liu, Hotel Manager.

Book a Stay at The St. Regis Bali Resort
 


 
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