Bali News 2015 week 9

Power Held Hostage

Bali’s Current Electrical Power Crisis Aggravated by Local Citizen's Resistance to Celukan Bawang Power Plant

 

Bali’s critical shortage of electrical power and rolling blackouts could be overcome if the new Steam-Generating Power Plant (PLTU) at Celukan Bawang in North Bali could be linked to the Island’s power grid.

 

The Cleukan Bawang plant has a capacity of 3 x 130 Megawatts, more than sufficient to answer Bali’s immediate and medium-term demand for more power and end the current crisis.

 

As reported by Beritabali.com, the PLTU Celukan Bawang plant is ready to start operating, but is unable to come on line due to a number of technical issues.

 

The general manager of the State Power Board for Bali (PLN-Bali), Syansul Huda, said in Denpasar on Wednesday, February 25, 2015: “There are still a portion of our brothers and sisters living around PLTU Celukan Bawang who will not accept high-power lines carrying power from the plant standing near their homes. At the PLTU Celukan Bawang site there is still one area 300-meters long where we cannot string the power lines. At Celukan Bawang the village of Kampung Barokah is an area where we are barred from putting up the high voltage lines. This has rendered the 70 kilometers of high voltage line already installed between Celukan Bawang and Kapal useless and unconnected to the new power plant.”

 

Syamsul Huda said participation by all parties is needed to bring PLTU Celukan Bawang into operation.

 

Huda added, “The rolling blackouts in Bali will end if PLTU Celukan Bawang is operating and connected to the Bali power grid.”

 

The PLN chief explained that Bali is currently experiencing a power deficit of between 40-70 Megawatts each day. This is because the gas-powered generating station PLTG at Gilimanuk with a 130 Megawatt capacity is off-line for routine repairs.

 

“Because of the Bali power grid is experiencing a power deficit of 40-70 Megawatts each day, there are daily rolling blackouts  between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm,” said Huda.

 

 

 

Putting a Lion in a Cage

Ministry of Transportation Suspends Lion Air's Rights to Operate 10 Domestic Air Routes

 

Detik.com reports that the Ministry of Transportation is withholding permission from Lion Air to resume operations over 9 routes that they have failed to fly for 21 days without first advising the Director General of Civil Aviation.

 

In a statement issued on Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Director General of Air Communications at the Transportation Ministry, Suprasetyo listed the 9 routes that the Ministry has temporarily denied Lion Air permission to operate:

Surabaya-Ambon

Ambon-Surabaya

Surabaya-Jakarta

Makassar-Jayapura

Jayapura-Makassar

Makassar-Jakarta

Lombok-Jakarta

Jakarta-Jambi

Jambi-Jakarta.

The Ministry has also revoked Lion Air’s permission to fly Yogyakarta-Palangkaraya as part of a group of sanctions being imposed on the airline for massive delays in its flights on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 that saw passengers stranded at airports across the Nation.

 

The revocation of the Yogyakarta – Palangkaraya route was done by the Ministry following the failure of Lion Air to operate over the authorized route for more than 30 days.

 

The authorization, now revoked, allowed Lion Air to fly 7 times a week between Yogyakarta-Palangkaraya.

 

 

 

Who’s Flies on Time?

Indonesian Ministry Lists On-Time Performance for Domestic Air Carriers for 2014

 

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has released on-time performance rating for the major domestic carriers.

 

The data presented only covers flight performance between January – December 2014 and does not include the massive nation-wide delays occurring on Lion Air on February 18, 2015 that threw national aviation into chaos.

 

A press release from the Ministry of Transportation published on Thursday, February 26, 2015 listed the following ranking for on-time flight performance:

Travira Air 100% from 47 flights

NAM Air 92,92% from 3,477 flights

Batik Air 90,78% from 13,536 flights

Mandala Airlines 88,79% from 1,721 flights

Garuda Indonesia 88,52% from 164,623 flights

Travel Express 86,30% from 10.156 flights

Sriwijaya Air 83,02% from 65,940 flights

Air Asia 78,67% from 22,536 flights

Citilink 78,20% from 54,881 flights

Lion Air 73,80% from 171,498 flights

Wings Air 71,12% from 57,810 flights

Aviastar 69,40% from 2,193 flights

Kalstar 65,30% from 22,151 flights

Trigana Air 62,91% from 15,475 flights

Transnusa 54,41% from 5,902 flights

 

 

A Beach Wrap Around

2-Meter Snake Panics Swimmers on Bali’s Popular Kuta Beach

 

A 2-meter long python visited the popular bathing beach of Kuta in Bali on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 and predictably sent bathers in a panic as it slithered to and from the shore and through the ocean’s shallows.

 

While beach security and life guards attempted to catch and subdue the snake, the fear of sunbathers only escalated as they saw the massive snake being dragged by its tail along the beach.

 

Quoted by Kompas.com, a beach security guard, Wayan Sirna, said: “It’s not normal to encounter such a big snake. Usually we only encounter rather small snakes.”

 

In the end, the snake was captures by Badung lifeguards on duty in Kuta, but only after an excitement-filled chase down the beach and through the waves.

 

“After we secured the snake, animal conservation officers (BKSDA) from Suwung agreed to house the snake. We will send it shortly and make sure it is safe,” said Wayan.

 

The snake safely removed from the beach, swimming and sunbathing on the beach quickly returned to normal.

 

 

 

Increasing Provincial Tax Revenues

Bali Moves to Put Hotel and Restaurant Tax Online

 

The State News Agency Antara is asking that the payment and administration of the hotel and restaurant tax (PHR) be performed online in every regency and metropolitan area of Bali as a means of increasing tax revenues.

 

“(This) will not only increase the region’s income, the use of the (online) system will really help the regional government, particularly the Department of Revenue Control (Dispenda) to check and monitor the inflows originating from the PHR and avoid malfeasance,” said Governor Pastika during a meeting with the head of the Bank Pembangunan Daerah for Bali, Made Sudja, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

 

The governor emphasized that the PHR is an obligatory tax paid by customers at Bali’s hotels and restaurants. The tax is collected by the hotel or restaurant and then deposited with the provincial government.

 

Meanwhile, Sudja revealed that a device for filing PHR taxes on line is in place and being tested in the regencies of Gianyar, Bandung and the City of Denpasar.

 

Sudja said tests runs of the equipment have gone smoothly, but some of the machinery has been damaged by hotel staff or purposely left offline, which has prevented the Bank for monitoring transactions and the applicable tax due.

 

Because of this, Sudja called on the Provincial Government of Bali to soon establish regulations that will allow firm action to be taken against anyone who purposely damages tax-reporting equipment.

 

 

Making Bali’s Welcome More Welcoming

Bali Joins Crackdown on Gypsy Taxis at Ngurah Rai Airport

 

Metrobali.com reports that the Denpasar Police Precinct in cooperation with the Bali Airport Authority (PT Angkasa Pura I) have joined a nationwide campaign to eliminate illegal or gypsy taxi operations at the Island’s Airport.

 

Dubbed at the “People’s Sickness Operation” (Pekat) and underway at major airports everywhere in Indonesia, the general manager of Angkasa Pura in Bali, Herry A. Sikado, said on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, he hopes the current operation is successful in eliminating the stigma of illegal transportation operations that are a source of complaints and damage the reputation of Bali tourism.

 

“We are also educating the drivers of taxis that the airport is the gateway for tourism that must be jointly safeguarded, encouraging all elements involved to give the best service to tourist visitors,” said Sikado.

 

The clean up of illegal taxis in Bali involved around 11 Denpasar police officers, 17 officers for the Airport Police and 16 airport security staff.

 

The focus of “Operasi Pekat” is to eliminate unlicensed taxis from operating at the domestic and international terminal.

 

Sikado reminded illegal transportation operators to not offer their services at the airport.

 

The clean up operation netted a number of illegal taxi operators who were subsequently counseled at the Airport Police Post. Choosing to begin with a warning to the illegal taxis, Sikado said firm action would follow if the illegal taxis continued to operate at the airport.

 

 

Thou Shall Not Smoke!

Flash Trials Held at Bali’s Airport for Those Found to be Smoking in Violation of Provincial Anti-Smoking Laws.

 

Tens of smokers found smoking in public areas of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport were rounded up on Thursday, February 26, 2015 and brought to immediate trial before a legal proceedings held at a temporary court established in the terminal.

 

The Provincial 2011 Anti-smoking regulation forbids smoking in enclosed public places.

 

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the head of the Provincial Enforcement Agency for Bali (Satpol PP Bali), Made Sukadana, told reporters at the Airport, “We want to enforce the a law that has been socialized to the public since 2012.”

 

The trials took place in tented area set up at the airport’s domestic arrival terminal officiated over by a single judge, I Wayan Kawi Sada, from the Denpasar Court.

 

Prior to coming before the judge, officials recorded the personal data of the accused smokers and documented the evidence, usually a cigarette butt.

 

Most of those brought to trial were passengers who had just disembarked a domestic flight and were “lighting up” after being forbidden to do so during the duration of their just completed flight.

 

Included among those brought to trial and ordered to pay fines were both domestic and international tourists. Also brought to trial were people who had come to meet arriving passengers and people who work at the Airport.

 

 

 

Keep on Truckin’

Defying Transportation Minister Jonan’s Orders, Overloaded Goods Trucks are Still Rife on the Gilimanuk-Denpasar Highway

 

Following a continuing series of reports of corrupt payments by overloaded truck traveling the Cekik-Gilimanuk Weigh Station, reports that the practice of “glad-handers” by truck drivers have again come to forefront in the local media.

 

Tribun-Bali.com reports that a number of drivers of goods trucks interviewed in Jembrana, West Bali freely admit that the mandatory pay-offs demanded at the weigh station continue, particularly for trucks passing the station in the evening hours.

 

Faturrahman (30), a freight truck driver from Surabaya, interviewed at the Negara Cargo Terminal on Tuesday, February 24, 2105, revealed that in February he had already paid “kickbacks” (Ngemel) to officers assigned at the Cekik-Gilimanuk Weigh Station.

 

Faturrahman explained: “Kickbacks are still common. In the mornings things proceed normally, but just try to travel at night and we still have to ‘ngemel.’ These fees increase our operational costs. It would be better if the Government reviewed its policies on weigh station. It would be better to use a ‘portal system’ as was done in the past. This would at least make it clear where the money goes.”

 

Similar sentiments were expressed by another truck driver, Parman (40). He said the increasing number of overloaded trucks are causing physical damage to the Denpasar-Gilimanuk highway and resulting in long traffic jams as the slow, overloaded trucks create bottlenecks. The resulting delays are also costing shippers as well with perishable goods damaged by the long transit time traveling down congested highways.

 

Indonesia’s Minister of Transportation, Ignasius Jonan, has pledged to remove overloaded trucks traveling between Gilimanuk and Denpasar.

 

 

Making Bali Accessible to Dialysis Patients

BIMC Hospital Offers World Class Dialysis Treatment to Bali Residents and Visitors

 

People suffering from chronic kidney failure benefit from life-saving dialysis treatment in which routine treatment allows people undergoing such care to enjoy the many joys of normal life – including travel.

 

Those needing dialysis can now travel with confidence to Bali where the BIMC Hospital in Nusa Dua offers the most advanced dialysis equipment and care within the reassuring setting of Indonesia’s only medical center to have earned Australian Council Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI) certification.

 

Surrounded by 5-star luxury resorts, the dialysis center at BIMC Hospital is no less salubrious – with treatments administered in chairs that would not be out of place in the first class section of a leading international airline - each unit boating high-speed Internet and a personal entertainment systems.

 

Private VIP Dialysis suites are also available.

 

The spa-inspired ambient at the Dialysis Center looks out over gardens and the championship golf course at Nusa Dua.

 

By prior arrangement, patients can request massage or spa treatment including foot and leg massages, manicures, pedicures, or facials during their four to five hour dialysis treatment. Accompanying family members or companions can enjoy a meal in the Hospital’s gourmet café or venture across the road to the Bali Collection – home to many of Bali’s best dining and shopping venues.

 

The BIMC Hospital Dialysis Centre follows the same stringent infection prevention and quality control protocols as dialysis units in Australia and Germany.

 

Transfers to and from dialysis treatment can also be arranged.

 

 

All Decked Out

Bali Airport Installs Double Decker Air Bridges in Distant Anticipation of Landing by Airbus A-380

 

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is preparing supporting infrastructure and services that will allow Bali to welcome the world’s largest wide-body aircraft – the Airbus A-380.

 

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, the co-general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I who manage the Airport, said, We are preparing double deck air bridges that can accommodate an Airbus A-380.”

 

He explained that these preparations were needed should an Airbus A-380 make an emergency landing in Bali. At the same time, Ardita admitted that the Bali Airport was not ready for regular A-380 service with the 45-meter width of the present runway less than the 60-meter required for the Super-Jumbo jet.

 

The current runway length, however,  of 3,000 meters at the Bali Airport can accommodate a landing by the A-380.

 

Ardita said an Emirates Airbus 380 that wanted to land in Bali was unable to do so due to infrastructure limitations.

 

 

Large Earthquake in Flores Felt in Bali

Major Deep-Sea Seismic Event North of Flores Did Not Cause Tsunami

 

A very strong earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale shook East Flores in the East Nusa Tenggara Province of Indonesia on Friday, February 27, 2015

 

The earthquake that had an epicenter 151 km NNE of Maumere occurred at a depth of 547 kilometers below sea level and posed no threat of a tsunami.

 

The quake, however, was felt over a wide area including parts of Bali - an island that is located over 300 nautical miles to the west. Many report felt at least two separate quakes over a short period of time, each lasting several seconds.

 

The State News Agency Antara quotes Iskandar, a resident of Denpasar in Bali, who said he was alerted to the earthquake by a wardrobe in his room that began to sway. The man said he felt two separate seismic events.

 

No reports have been received of damage or injuries in connection of the quake.

 

The quake took place at around 9:45 pm local time on Friday night.

 

 

Abuse of Power

Businessman and Former Lawmaker Talks Tough with PLN Bali

 

A former legislator and tourism entrepreneur has strong criticized Indonesia’s State Power Board (PLN), claiming the current series of rotating blackouts in Bali is extremely damaging to Bali and has weakened the appeal of the Island as a tourism destination.

 

Quoted by Beritabali.com, I Wayan Puspa Negara said on Friday, February 27, 2015, that it is PLN’s job to support Bali’s tourism infrastructure and not the reverse, claiming PLN is failing to play its proper role.  Because of this failure, he said Bali was falling into decline because of PLN’s inability to keep pace with development.

 

“PLN is not able to serve its customers. Ending new connections and refusing increases in power, plus rolling blackouts across Bali are evidence of the inability of PLN to calculate future service needs in a tourism destination,” said Puspa Negara.

 

The former member of the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) lambasted PLN saying its failures have stunted the Island’s growth through it inability to keep pace with development.

 

“It’s crazy that PLN is limiting new customer connections. The flow of new connections means that PLN must also increase its capacity. PLN is now in a position of weakening Bali as a tourism destination. The fact that new connections are now closed to people in Bali means that PLN is pushing the people of Bali into poverty by becoming an obstacle to development,” Puspa Negara complained.

 

Puspa Negara is the general manager of PT Bali Unicorn who manage the Discovery Shopping Mall.

 

Puspa Negara has made formal complaints to PLN over their inability to meet electrical power demands in Bali and the inconsistent delivery of their services to the public.

 

Earlier, the general manager of PLN Bali, Syamsul Huda, explained that Bali was experiencing a power deficit due to routine repairs underway at the 130 Megawatt Gilimanuk power generating station (PLTG Gilimanuk). This has left Bali with a shortfall of between 40-70 Megawatt at peak consumption periods that occur during the evening hours.

 

A 130 Megawatt power station in North Bali PLTU Celukan Bawang is ready to be commissioned but is prevented from joining the Island’s power grid due to protest form North Bali resident who won’t permit the erection of high-voltage power lines over their lands.

 

PLN estimates the rolling blackout will continue until around March 1, 2015.

 

 

 

Swim, Bike and Run in Paradise

8th Edition of Bali International Triathlon Returns on October 25, 2015 with Herbalife as Title Sponsor.

 

Herbalife becomes title sponsor of the 8th Edition of the Bali International Triathlon set for Sunday, October 25, 2015.

 

First ran in 2007, the eighth edition of the “Triathlon with a Soul” – the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon will return after a one year absence to the Jimbaran and Nusa Dua area of South Bali on the last Sunday of October 2015.

 

Last year’s running of the popular Triathlon was postponed until 2015, while Indonesia held nationwide elections for their new President and Vice-President.

 

The event, comprised of a full Olympic Triathlon, a half-triathlon and a 5-kilometer fun run has won numerous awards, including “Best Destination Triathlon.”

 

Growing year after year, the 2015 Herbalife Bali International Triathlon, is expected to draw over 1,000 athletes from some 30 countries, including more than 500 Indonesia triathletes.

 

The race will again be centered at Jimbaran Bay. Generously supported by Jimbaran area hotels and businesses, the race will begin shortly after sunrise with a swim in the tranquil waters of Jimbaran Bay, followed by a bike sprint to Nusa Dua and finishing with a road race.

 

“Race Central” marking the start and the finish of the race will be within the gardens of the InterContinental Bali Resort and Spa where food, drinks, vendor’s stand and musical entertainment will be presented all morning long.  The “Race Central Stage” will provide music throughout the morning and also be the venue for trophy and prize presentation to the winners in the various age and sex categories.

 

The title sponsor for the 2015 event is Herbalife Indonesia – part of the global nutrition company now operating in 90 countries worldwide. Ms. Andam Dewi, Country General Manager and Director of Herbalife Indonesia, announced the company’s support of the event, “Herbalife is proud to once again assume a sponsorship role in the Bali International Triathlon, increasing our participation in 2015 to that of title sponsor. The dedication, focus and commitment to living a healthy, active life form the core of the life of successful triathletes and are values also championed by Herbalife via its nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness products. “

 

Mr. M. Fathur Rozi, race director of the Herbalife Bali International Triathlon, shared a range of strategies now being put in place to accommodate the growing number of athletes expected to participate the challenges of operating a race in the rapidly developing setting of Bali.  “This year’s running of the race will see traffic pressures greatly reduced through the opening of the Bali Mandara Toll Way that offers an alternative routing around the main race corridor. Closer cooperation with the Bali Police, Badung regency and the active participation of the Banjars in South Bali will go a long way to ensuring racers along the cycling and foot race routes are not unduly impeded,” Rozi explained.

 

“As with past races, the welcoming cocktail on Friday night, a traditional Balinese bike blessing, the delicious high-carb race-eve dinner and a post “rock the race party,” he added.

 

Participants can now register online through the official race website at [www.balitriathlon.com]. Valuable race updates and special offers on accommodation and Bali activities are available by regularly visiting the website or by signing up for the complimentary race newsletter.

 

 

 

Women in Love

Women in Love’ Solo Exhibition by Teguh Ritma Iman at Ganesha Gallery in Bali March 10 – May 14, 2015

 

An Indonesian artist Teguh Ritma Iman is wild about the girls.

 

In his own words: “ Women are a never-ending inspiration for my work, They  have so much strength and so much love to give and that  is why I really admire women and why I love to paint them. My inspiration evolved to include other aspects of nature, the  environment and the intimate relationship between women, mothers and their children. Sometimes, when I see something that inspires me, I will put it in my mind and it will keep haunting me until I paint it. It might not happen right away, but it’s always there in my head until I lay it down on canvas.”

 

Continuing, Teguh says: “My figurative paintings are primarily composed of strong blocks of bright colors, executed in a decorative, expressionistic style. The stylized  figures represented in each scene are strongly outlined and it is the flat shapes of these figures that inform the overall composition of each piece.”

of renowned Indonesian painter Roesli Hakim, Teguh Ritma Iman followed in his father’s footsteps by graduating with honors from Yogyakarta’s prestigious Institute of Fine Arts (ISI) in 1996.

 

Teguh has won numerous awards for his artistic work and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Bali, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung  and Frankfurt (Germany).

 

‘Women in Love”

An Exhibition of Painting by Teguh Ritma Iman

Ganesha Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay

Open Daily March 10 – May 14, 2015

 

 

Teaching the Rules of the Road

Bali Opens a ‘Traffic Park’ to Teach the Public How to Drive Safely

 

The State News Agency Antara reports that the municipal government of Bali’s capital of Denpasar has opened a “traffic park” at Lapangan Lumintang designed to educated the public on traffic safety and the “rules of the road.”

 

The head of the Denpasar Transportation Service, I Gde Astika, said on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, “The Park presents a miniature depiction of the traffic infrastructure from the perspective of traffic safety as an educational tool for young children and the general public.”

 

The “traffic park” is intended to become a public tourist attraction that will impart an understanding of traffic rules to reduce accidents on Bali’s roadways. The mini-city is complete with traffic controls and traffic signs that the public must understand to ensure safe driving.

 

The chief of the Denpasar police precinct, Police Commissioner Djoko Hariutomo said the “traffic park” was inspired the lack of this type of facility and the lack of public transportation in Bali.

 

Because of this, Hariutomo said, the people tend to choose private modes of transportation over public transport. He described how the low cost of credit programs for people to purchase motorcycles is adding to traffic congestion. This is placing thousands of young Indonesian on the roads that have a minimal understanding of traffic safety.

 

The new “traffic park” has serving traffic police on duty to explain traffic rules to the public.

 

 

Leave Your Valuables at Home

Tourism Industry Asked to Warn Bali Visitors of US$250 Value Limit on Personal Items

 

Speaking to the State New Agency Antara, the head of the service section of Bali’s Airport Customs Office, Wayan Sapta, said he hoped that people working in the Island’s tourism industry will socialize rules on accompanying luggage in order to avoid confusion and problems for arriving visitors.

 

Sapta issued his comments following numerous problems and complaints from travelers who bring more than the maximum allowance of US$250 in personal effects when entering Indonesia.

 

“During the past three month, passengers from China have encountered difficulties have seen many who have encountered problems as the number of Chinese travelers to Bali have increased,” explained Sapta.

 

He told of how a Chinese tourist recently brought personal items of jewelry worth Rp. 450 million (US$36,000) together with receipts showing the price of purchase. “If you bring such items into Indonesia they will incur high taxes charged in accordance with the value of the items being imported,” he said.

 

Wayan Sapta explained that customs duties could reach 50% - 100% of the value of the item being imported including value-added-tax of 10%, income tax of 15% and a luxury tax of 20%. Continuing, he said: "if the passenger does not want to pay these taxes then we will hold the imported items without cost to be retrieved by the passenger as they depart the Country."

 

 

A Bachelor’s Party in Paradise

ABC Television Episode of ‘The Bachelor’ Features Romance at The Mulia Resort and Villas in Bali

 

The episode of the American pseudo-reality television dating show The Bachelor aired on February 23, 2015 by the ABC saw handsome bachelor Chris Soules meet last season's Bachelorette winner Andi Dorfam at The Mulia Resort and Villas in Bali.

 

Chris, a gentleman farmer from Iowa, is portrayed as being in active search for a bride to bring back home to his farm in Arlington.

 

Millions of American viewers were joined by others from around the world who get their romance vicariously by watching the program that has been a stalwart of ABC programming since 2002.

 

The seaside 111-suite all-suite resort overlooking the Indian Ocean served as the backdrop while the man dubbed as “Prince Farming” wooed Andi while assessing her suitability for a future role as Mrs. Soules.

 

 

 

Allowing Bali to Compete Internationally

Ngurah Rai International Moves Up Dramatically in Rankings of the World’s Airport to Number 60

 

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has risen dramatically in an international survey ranking airport facilities and service.

 

The latest report of ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) has seen Bali's air gateway climb from the 2012 position of #212 out of 365 airports reviewed to its latest ranking of #60.

 

The reason for the major ship from #212 to #60 is attributable to the recently completed US$280 million upgrade of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.

 

The ACI’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) is the only global benchmarking program gauging passengers’ satisfaction levels. 

 

The general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I, the airport authority, Herry AY Sikado, said the great advance for Bali’s airport must serve as an incentive to improve and enhance services at the airport to an even greater degree in the future.

 

Sikado explained that in 2012 the Bali airport earned a grade of 2.9 on a 5-point scale when rated by passengers who passed through the airport. The same survey done in Q3 of 2014 saw Ngurah Rai Airport earn a grade of 4.2 that qualified it to be ranked as the 60th best airport among the air gateways surveyed.

 

“Getting the 60th best airport rating wasn’t easy. We had to undertake a number of improvements. Before we were ranked #212.” Said Sikado on Monday, February 23, 2015.

 

In order to earn its higher ranking, Angkasa Pura I had to meet a number of criteria set out by ACI including providing more baggage trolleys, adding more seats in waiting areas, upgrading the quality of lounges and waiting areas and increasing the number of toilets.

 

Continuing, Sikado said that ACI does not only take the passengers’ perspective into consideration n evaluating an airport, but also examines services extended to airlines and their crew. This resulted in a number of recommendations from airliners on how to improve service and procedures at the airport.

 

The Angkasa Pura chief explained that in 2015 all trolleys at the airport would be replaced with the current total of 2,000 trolleys increased to 2,500.

 

The Airport has recently won top honors in the category of Public Transportation from Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation. Moreover, working together with the Director General of Civil Aviation and Australia’s Office of Transport Security (OTS), Bali Airport is now compliant with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety and security standards.

 

 

Life’s a Breeze in Nusa Dua

Ritz-Carlton Bali Hosts Industry and Media to Beachside Cocktails

 

On Friday Evening. February 27, 2015, the recently opened Ritz-Carlton Bali held a sunset unveiling party at the seaside Breezes Tapas Lounge.

full bar of specialty cocktails, fine wines and six booths serving delicacies reflecting the themes and fare on offer from the Resort's food and beverage outlets laid a lavish welcome to Bali’s most recent addition to its wealth of luxury hotel properties.

Ritz-Carlton Bali’s general manager, Karim Tayach, welcomed tourism industry colleagues and member of the press, turning the

microphone over to the Director of Sales and Marketing, Christopher Chung, who introduce the entire sales team.

 

A number of exciting door prizes were distributed to lucky attendees at the beachside gathering.

in Sawangan, Nusa Dua, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is set on 12.7 hectares of manicured beachfront and cliff-top land. With 313 rooms, including 34 cliff-top and ocean view villas, the luxury resort offers dramatic views  along the sweeping coastline of Nusa Dua’s southern tip.  Among its many memorable features are 180-degree unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean and 70-meters high glass elevators  connecting guests to the beach.

 

Shown on Balidiscovery.com are snapshots from the cocktail party at the Rita-Carlton’s Breezes Tapas Lounge.

 

 

Bali’s Fading Identity

Bali Investors Accused of Giving Short Shrift to Balinese Architectural Finishes, Cultural Values and Environmental Sustainability.

 

The head of the Subak Research Center at Bali’s Udayana University, Professor I Wayan Windia, has criticized the buildings along main thoroughfares in Bali, such as Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jalan Teuku Umar and Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, as failing to meet local regulations calling for Balinese architectural finishes.

 

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Professor Windia said on Saturday, February 28, 2014, buildings are lacking supporting temples structures. Moreover, the strip malls along Bali’s major roads fail to install penjor banners during traditional holidays such as Kuningan and Galungan.

 

He complained that migrants and capitalists now dominate strategic areas of Denpasar.

 

In response to voices calling for changes in local regulations on the maximum height of buildings and abolishing requirements to have Balinese finishes, Windia warned: “It needs to be noted that in efforts to preserve culture, we should not measure only in economic terms but must also see matters from the social-cultural perspective.”

 

He underlined his warning saying that if Bali’s development is only viewed in economic terms, Bali is destined to fall into disarray and destruction. At the same time, he reflected on plans to reclaims portions of Benoa Bay as another project that sought profit before cultural preservation.

 

He bemoaned that the interest of capitalist investors are gaining the upper hand in Bali while the endemic and economically disadvantaged members of the community are left to suffer.

 

 

Less Time in Lines at Bali’s Airport

Bali Airport Adding 4 More VOA Desks to Speed Processing Time on Arrival

 

NusaBali reports that Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport will soon add 4 additional visa-on-arrival (VOA) booths in the arrival hall in order to reduce lines during peak periods.

 

The co-general manager of the Airport Authority (PT Angkasa Pura I), I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, confirmed on Monday, February 23, 2015, that the new VOA booths would soon be operational and manned by immigration staff.

 

On the average, some 9,000 international passengers arrive in Bali with peak arrival hours often seeing waiting times that are as long as 2 hours for immigration and customs processing. The new lockets and other measure being put in place are intended to reduce the amount of time arriving passengers must spend in the Bali Airport.

 

During the period January – September 2014 Bali collected US$67.8 million dollars in VOA fees.

 

 

Pay More at the Door

Bali Plans to Charge Foreign Visitors More When Visiting Provincial Tourism Objects

 

The Provincial Government of Bali have declared their intention to introduce differential pricing in the admission fee charged at several tourist objects in Bali, with prices paid by foreign visitors higher than that charged Indonesians.

 

As reported by Bisnis Bali, the head of the revenue section of the Provincial Government, I Made Santha, said: “The retribution tariff charge to foreign tourists we plan to make more expensive as compared to the rate charged domestic tourists. Nonetheless, this will  (only) be applied at tourist objects owned by the province."

 

Santha said the higher price for foreigners should not be a problem as the current charges are considered very low by foreign tourists, while for domestic tourists and student the admission rates are deemed expensive.

 

Continuing, Santha said: “With a less expensive tariff for domestic tourists we hope that children will be more motivated to preserve and protect our tourism objects, particularly those with historic value.”

 

Santha’s office is calculating the rates that will be charged in order to increase provincial revenues obtained from tourist objects.

 

At this time, the amount of provincial revenues secured from admission fees at tourism objects amount to no more than 1.87% of total revenues collected annually by the Province - an amount equal to Rp 2.6 trillion  (US$149.6 million).

 

Provincial authorities hope the higher tariff for foreign visitors to tourist objects will increase the contribution share from admission tickets to 4-5% of total provincial revenues.

 

Among the tourism objects in Bali currently under provincial control are the Monument of the People’s Struggle (Bajra Sandhi) and Taman Budaya, both located in downtown Denpasar.

 

Santha pledge that a portion of the additional funds collected would be used to improve staffing and cleanliness.

 

 

The Importance of Lighting Rods

West Bali Man Suffers Burn After Lightning Strike While Urinating Under a Coconut Tree.

 

Metrobali.com reports that a 25-year-old man from Belatungan Village in Pupuan suffered burns when he was struck by lighting during a comfort stop on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

 

I Gede Artato had just delivered ceremonial janur strands to Kerambitan in West Bali and was returning home when he stopped to urinate beneath a roadside coconut tree.

 

Stopping to urinate under dark and ominous clouds, and failing to fully consider the risk of protuberances (editor’s note: the tree) and the conductive connectivity of water, the young man was hit by a bolt of lightning.

 

As the result of the lightning strike, Artato was rushed to the Tabanan General Hospital for treatment of burns to his stomach, and thigh and pubic region

 

Further underlining the risk of lightning strikes in Bali,  NusaBali report a 41-year-old man, Rubino, fishing for crabs with his children in Gilmanuk, West Bali was killed by a lightning strike on Saturday afternoon, February 28, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Women Transforming the World from Bali

International Women’s Conference to Be Held in Nusa Dua April 5-6, 2015

 

The International Women’s Conference (IWC) – an annual gathering of women leaders from around the world representing politics, the arts, business, media, and academia will gather in Bali April 5-6, 2015.

 

Organized by “The Art of Living” with international headquarters in Bangalore, India, the annual conference strives to create meaningful dialogues that allow participants to learn through sharing inspirational life stories. During the course of the conference sessions, speakers will explore how to amplify the message of peace, empowerment, and service to society - highlighting the many ways in which women contribute to the world.

 

Representing the organizers in Indonesia, Dewi A. Surtaningtyas, said: “Every year the IWC moves the location of its conference with past conferences held in the USA and the UAE. In 2010 the IWC was held in Indonesia and will return to Indonesia and Bali in 2015.”

 

Dewi said Bali was chosen because the organizers consider that the people of Bali were seen as having a high degree of tolerance and acceptance for all nationalities. Continuing, she said: “Because in Bali the people still hold on to their traditions. People from around the world come to Bali, but the local people hold fast to their traditions. The Balinese are seen as having a high degree of tolerance for all the people of the world.”

 

Dewi said the conference advocates to the world that the role for women in modern society is more than that of a mere domestic worker. “Women can also transform their environments, both big and small,” she added.

 

This year’s conference has adopted the theme of “The Butterfly Effect – Everything Matters” in recognition that every living being has an impact on the lives of those around them. Inspiring the group and attending past conference has been His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who reflected this theme when he said: “From the microcosm to the macrocosm the universe is one diving organism. We need to learn to respect it.”

 

The International Woman’s Conference will be held at The Bali International Conference Center (BICC) at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua.

 

International Women’s Conference Website

 

 

 

Sandalwood and Jasmine under SailSensation

SailSensation Launches Thrice-Weekly Indian Themed Dinner Cruises

 

In response to the fast-growing number of Indian visitors to Bali, Bali Hai Cruises will launch thrice weekly “Baliwood Dinner Cruises” on board the SailSensation setting sail each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening commencing on March 10, 2015.

 

The Baliwood Cruises will depart from Benoa Harbor at 6:30 pm and return to port at 9:00 pm.

 

During the Indian-themed cruises Indian music and dance, a magic show and belly-dance performance will complement a sumptuous Indian dinner menu.

 

Andrew Sutherland, general manager of Bali Hai, said: “We are looking forward to providing a unique and fun cruise product, created in a Bollywood spirit for those looking for an Indian experience. The cruise will immerse our guests in the sights, sounds and tastes of India.”

 

Pick up service from local hotels in South Bali are included in the dinner cruise price, with a modest additional charge for guests based in Ubud.

SailSenation Dinner Cruises are operated by Bali Hai Cruises – the Island’s leading marine operator.

 

Shown on Balidiscovery.com are photos from a SailSenation Baliwood Dinner Cruise.

 

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