South Korean Expat Crashes into Three Vehicles on a Drunken Rampage
The Denpasar police precinct have taken into custody a South Korean, Shin Hyun Yi (29), who was involved in a multi-vehicle accident apparently while driving under the influence of alcohol.
Merdeka.com and the State News Agency Antara, quote a police spokesman Ida Bagus Made Sarjana, who on Tuesday, April 29, 2013, said: “The driver has been booked as a suspect. The Suspect drove a vehicle at a high rate of speed and struck other vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.”
Sarjana explained that the suspect tried to evade arrest by running away after colliding initially with a motorcycle. During the effort to escape, Shin also stuck several other vehicles before eventually running into a roadside tree.
No serous injuries resulted from the series of collisions precipitated by the South Korean's drinking.
The incident occurred on the evening of Sunday, April 28, 2014, when the South Korean was driving from the South on Jalan Ngurah Rai Bypass in Sanur.
The South Korean lists as his place of residence Jalan Mohamad Yamin in Renon, Denpasar.
Police continue to investigate the case and interview the South Korean.
In Search of Foreign Exchange
Indonesia to Allow 100% Foreign Investment in Tourism Sector
The State News Agency Antara reports that the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy is authorizing 100% foreign ownership of businesses in the tourism sector providing these businesses are operated as cooperative ventures with a local partner.
Firmansyah Rahim, director general of Tourism Destination Development at the Ministry said: "The foreign investment in the tourism sector is allowed to reach 100 percent with a condition that it has a joint venture with the locals, since we want to share-knowledge and skills through that partnership."
The Ministry defended the liberalization of the investment process saying investors were needed to develop the Country’s potential for tourism.
In the eyes of the Government, the net result of more investment will be more jobs and improved standards of living for Indonesian nationals. As a bonus, the government sees an expanded tourism economy as stimulating travel and environmental consciousness among the general public.
Seeking to Meet in Indonesia
Government Targets to Bring 400,000 MICE Visitors to Indonesia in 2014
Forming an intrinsic part of government plans to increase national tourism earnings to Rp. 15.84 trillion (US$1.44 billion) is the target to attract 400,000 foreign visitors for the meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition (MICE) sectors.
Quoted by Beritabali.com, the deputy-minister for Tourism and the Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar, speaking at a World Tourism Origanization meeting in Bali, said: “Visitors from the MICE segment in Indonesia can increase 10% from last year to become 400,000. This is included among the 9.5 million visitors targeted nationally for 2014.”
Sapta, who made his comments on April 28, 2014, said that expenditures by MICE participants are estimated to be three times more than private tourists who spend on the average of US$1,200 per visit.
“MICE spending is much higher, three times more from normal tourists. The overall total potential for tourism income is around Rp. 15.84 trillion or US$1.44 billion,” said Nirwandar.
The Deputy-Minister said Bali was Indonesia’s most popular destination for MICE travelers, surpassing even Jakarta - the nation’s capital in this regard. He said Bali was not adding more convention centers and supporting infrastructure or the MICE sector.
“In addition to Bali, a number of other cities are adding MICE facilities such as Manado, Makassar, Palembang, Medan and Semarang,” added Nirwandar.
In order to further develop the MICE sector the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy is the process of assisting government agencies win bids to bring international meetings to Indonesia. At the same time, the Deputy-Minister revealed that they are urging cooperatives and State-owned companies to hold meetings, conferences, seminars and exhibitions.
In closing, Nirwandar said: “There are still problems ahead in developing the MICE industry, mainly connected with physical infrastructure, accessibility and the fostering of skills among human resources that is still less than optimal.”
Transiting Bali in Style
Bali Preparing to Open 200-Room Airport Hotel in June 2014
The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport will soon be home to a 200-room luxury transit hotel.
Ngurah Arditha, general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I - the airport authority, confirmed that the hotel would be open by June and under the management of Angkasa Pura Hotel. “The location of the new hotel is between international and domestic terminals to allow easy access for passengers who want to use this facility,” said Arditha.
“As a star-standard facility, the hotel will be equipped with a swimming pool, fully furnished star hotel rooms, meeting rooms, spacious lobby room and business center,” said Arditha.? “Many businessmen do not have enough time to meet their clients outside so the airport hotel will have a business center and meeting rooms to accommodate busy passengers. They can meet at one of the airport’s facilities to have their business meeting.”
The Angkasa Pura boss in Bali said the hotel formed part of the renovated hotel’s infrastructure and was not intended to compete with surrounding hotel properties.
Fouling the Road and Our Air
Motorcycles Cited as Major Cause of Air Pollution in Bali’s Capital
The State News Agency Antara reports that based on emission tests conducted by the State Environment Agency (BLH), motorcycles are the greatest contributors to air pollution in Bali’s capital city of Denpasar.
Anak Agung Bagus Sudharsana, the chief of BLH-Denpasar, said, “From a total of 754 motorcycles undergoing emission tests, as many as 212 failed to pass suggesting that it is motorcycles that the biggest causes of air pollution in Denpasar.”
The environmental civil servant said that certain motorcycle brands sold in Bali have internal combustion systems that are inefficient and this particular brand is popular among young people. Sudharsana did not name the offending brand of motorbike.
Continuing, he said: “It seems that vehicle with two-stroke engines must be reduced. Not only are they wasteful in their consumption of fuel, they are also highly polluting. This type of motorbike is, nonetheless, popular with young people because of the specific sound produced by its muffler.”
He also blamed the high rate of pollution on the failure of motorcycle owners to properly care for their vehicles.
Tales of the Tiger Untrue
Citilink CEO Denies Any Plans to Acquire Tiger Air Mandala
The president and CEO of Citilink Indonesia Arif Wibowo has denied that his Airlines is planning to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.
Arif Wibowo told Metrobali.com that such a plan would be very complex to undertake.
“Who says we want to take over Tiger Mandala? The takeover process is very complex. News reports that say Citilink will acquire Tiger Air Mandala appear to be the imaginings of some journalists,” said Wibowo in a press announcement on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
The same press release clarified and denied press reports from various sources suggesting the low-cost airline Garuda subsidiary of Citilink was poised to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.
From bases in Jakarta and Surabaya, Citilink operates 140 daily flights to Batam, Banjarmasin, Denpasar, Balikpapan, Yogyakarta, Medan, Palembang, Padang, Ujung Pandang, Pekanbaru, Lombok, Bengkulu, Jambi, Semarang, Malang, Kupang, Pangkal Pinang, Tanjung Pandan and Bandung.
What do You Do With a Cutthroat Sailor?
Six Hurt and One Dead When Man Runs Amuck with Knife of Local Passenger Ship Destined for Bali
A violent incident caused when a passenger ran amok of a domestic passenger vessel has left one dead and six injured.
NusaBali reports that the 969-passenger KM Awu operated by the State Shipping Line Pelni was sailing from Kupang in Eastern Indonesia to the port of Benoa in Bali on Monday, April 28, 2014, when the incident occurred.
Suffering from suspected stress in combination with alcohol consumption, a male passenger on the final leg of the voyage from Bima to Bali went berserk and began randomly stabbing fellow passengers on the ship.
The assailant was identified as Benediktus Leo (26) who stabbed and killed Agustinus Timo (28) – both of whom identified as hailing from Soe in East Nusa Tenggara. The dead man was a brother-in-law of Leo and died at the scene when he was stabbed in the abdomen.
Meanwhile the six people injured in the knife attacks were Yuliana Muluk (27) of Soe; Ejra Adol Pina Paratu (32 ) of Kupang; Maria Hurlatu (40) of Kupang; Feri Mandola (22) of Kupang; Mustajap, (52) of Kupang and Simon Umbu Kaleka (21) of Kupang.
Running from deck to deck of the ship and randomly attacking passengers, many of whom were sleeping on the deck, members of the crew assisted by passengers eventually managed to subdue Benediktus Leo after which he was beaten mercilessly until he was rendered unconscious.
Eyewitnesses say the ship sailed from Bima at around 5:00 pm and the attacks began approximately six hour later at around 10:50 pm when the ship was passing Dompu in West Nusa Tenggara.
Leo was travelling on deck 5 of the ship together with relations and friends, reportedly eating bread with Yuliana Muluk who was also injured in the attack. Reports say the man became suddenly agitated and began stabbing Yuliana Muluk who ran from the scene screaming for help.
The husband of Muluk, Agustinus Timo, was trying to save his wife from the vicious attacks when Leo stabbed him.
Benediktus Leo carried on his attack, blindly stabbing other passengers on deck 5 and 4 of the ship.
The attacks went on for nearly 20 minutes before crew and passengers subdued the man.
The extent of the beating inflicted on Leo by crew and passengers necessitated his hospitalization together with his victims in Bali when the ship landed the following afternoon at 3:00 pm.
All the injured passengers are being cared for at the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar with the cost of treatment covered by PT Pelni - the ship’s operator. Pelni has also made arrangements for the return of the remains of the dead man to his home village in Eastern Indonesia.
Australian Who Disrupted Bali Flight Operations Has Brisbane Court Date
Matt Christopher Lockley, the 28-year-old Australian plumber apprehended off a Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali on April 25, 2014, has been allowed to return to Australia where he will face federal charges.
Lockley was not charged by Indonesian authorities, who claim the Australians have jurisdiction in the matter, and allowed to fly back to Brisbane on April 28, 2014 where he was met on arrival by Australian Federal Police.
Lockley, who works as a plumber, has been summoned to appear in a Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 6, 2014 to face charges of unlawful interference with a crewmember.
As a result of Lockley’s attempts to gain entrance to the plane’s cockpit an emergency alert was put in effect triggering a large police and military presence surrounding the plane on a remote corner of the airport. Both international and domestic flights were delayed or diverted for several hours as Bali’s airport went into “lock down.”
Lockley has claimed that he was not drunk at the time of the incident, but was only fatigued and panicked, confusing the cockpit door with a bathroom entrance.
Australia-Indonesia Rapprochement Delayed
Fearing a Diplomatic Embarrassment, Australian PM Tony Abbott Cancel Plans to Travel to Bali to Meet Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbot thas abandoned at the 11th hour plans to attend the Open Government Partnership Conference to be held during the first week of May 2014 where original plans were to meet Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and take crucial steps towards normalizing the currently strained relations between the two countries.
Relations between Canberra and Jakarta soured suddenly last year when Abbott refused to apologize to the Indonesian President when details surfaced of a large-scale spying operation by the Australian Government targeted against the Indonesian First Family and Cabinet members.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the planned formal meeting and tête-à-tête between the two leaders was cancelled due to a developing “on water operation” in which it is expected that an Australian Border Protection Boat will intercept a boat full of suspected asylum speakers sailing between Indonesia and Australia at a time when the planned conference in Bali is underway.
Fearing the coincidental timing of the international meeting and the raid on asylum seekers in Australia could result in potential embarrassment for the two leaders, Abbot decided to cancel his plans to visit Bali.
Relations worsened further between the two countries when Australian Naval Ships made illegal incursions into Indonesian territorial waters in April that resulted in the demotion of a senior Australian naval officers and formal sanctions to others.
A Lingering Nose Job
Frenchman Sentenced to 10-Months Prison for Cocaine Possession in Bali
A French National, Thierry Claude Joseph Verchere (47), has been sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after being caught with 112 grams of cocaine in Bali.
Quoted in The Jakarta Globe, in issuing his decision the presiding judge Parulian Saragih said Verchere’s actions were in direct contradiction to the Indonesian government’s program to eliminate narcotics.
Police placed a street value of US$48,600 on the narcotics confiscated from the Frenchman on January 9, 2014.
Convicted on the lesser charge of possession instead of distribution of narcotics, Verchere escape much harsher penalties for his crime and was sentenced to a shorter period than the one-year sought by State prosecutors.
A conviction for intent to sell and distribute narcotic the same amount of drugs could have sent the man to prison for 20 years.
Is Your Motorbike on Fire?
Two Men Caught Stealing Pets to Sell to Bali’s Dog Meat Restaurants
The widespread practice of poisoning and stealing pet dogs to supply meat to dog meat vendors in Bali suffered a small, but symbolic, setback on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, when two “dog butchers’ were caught by police and local citizens.
As reported by Metrobali.com, Putu Gede Umbara (18) of Banjar Sarikuning and Komang Santika Jaya (20) of Banjar Ketimun were circulating on a motorcycle at 1:00 am using poisons concealed in meatballs lure dogs and a sling to garrote and drag the animals stolen from local households.
When the two men tried to take make off with the pet retriever of Komang Ardana, a 28-year-old resident of Banjar Ketimun and an active police officer assigned to the Jembrana police precinct, their dog-stealing enterprise began to unravel.
Alerted to the poisoning and killing happening in the neighborhood, Ardana left his house in the early hours to inspect the surroundings and check on his pet dog. Seeing the off-duty policeman, the two men tried to escape on a motorbike with Ardana and neighbors in hot pursuit. While fleeing, the men flung a freshly killed dog they were draging to the edge of the roadside and then crashed their motorbike into a nearby ditch compelling them to try to run from the angry citizens on foot.
The posse set the motorcycle on fire with the two men taken into custody by police a short while later.
Charged with stealing under the Indonesian criminal code (KUHP 363, paragraph 4 e) the two men could be imprisoned for up to 7 years upon final conviction.
Interrogated by police, the two men admitted to similar offenses committed 15 times in the past. The stolen dogs were sold to “RW” stands serving dog meat from between Rp. 40,000 to Rp. 60,000 each (US$3.50 –US$5.25).
Tribute to the Greats
Antonio Villano & Kate Lara Return to Bali to Encore Singing Performance to Raise Funds for John Fawcett Foundation
The talented Australian singing duo of Antonio and Kate Villano will return to Bali for a special encore performance on Friday, June 6, 2014, performing on behalf of the John Fawcett Foundation and its mission of returning the gift of sight to Indonesians.
Antonio Villano and Kate Lara
Born in Roccapiemonte in the Campania region of southwest Italy, Antonio Villano migrated with his family to Australia at the age of 9. Teaching himself the guitar and how to sing by listening to a record collection, by the age of 14 Antonio had formed his first gospel band together with two friends and two brothers.
In his 20s, Antonio's first brush with stardom was a fluke. Sean Timms from Timms Tunes needed a singer able to duplicate 30 seconds of Puccini's Nessum Dorma in the style of Luciano Pavorotti for a television commercial. Antonio gave it a try, leaving Timms so impressed that he ended up producing the entire song into a commercial recording for Antonio, igniting a love for the operatic repertoire along the way.
Later, an appearance on ABC Australia led to engagements across Australia and overseas.
A musical and familial partnership was eventually formed between Antonio and Kate Lara who the singing duo “Vogue” that travelled to international engagements where they performed a wide range of musical styles from classical, ballad, jazz, blues, Motown, rock'n'roll and more.
As part of their traveling musical repertoire, thematic programs have been developed by Antonio and Kate that include:
Tribute to the Tenors - A classical tribute to the great tenors, both past and present.
Tribute to the Greats - A musical live performance of the greatest voices of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's.
The Neil Diamond Experience - A tribute to the great Neil Diamond.
Shirazzamattaz - A classy singing and dance performance including hits from cabaret, burlesque and All that Jazz.
One Night Only in Bali
The one-night-only Bali performance of Tribute to the Greats by Antonio and Kate Villano will take place at the Segera Village Hotel in Sanur on Friday, June 6, 2014, starting at 7:00 pm.
Door prizes and auction items will complete the night of music and fund-raising accompanied by free-flow bar, welcoming canapes, a 3-course Italian dinner and desserts for only Rp. 1,250,000 (US$109) per person.
The Day the Music Died
PHRI-Bali wants Hotels to End On-Site Cultural and Dance Performances
The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that the local chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) wants to see hotels and accommodation providers to stop organizing cultural and dance performances on their premises, believing such program should be organized in local villages as a means of creating tourism activities of direct benefit to the local communities.
Those proposing the new approach to cultural tourism argue that cultural shows and extravaganzas organized at Bali hotels represent unfair competition and deprive local artists of the opportunity to develop performances in their own locales.
PHRI-Bali chairman Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati insists that keeping performances linked to village settings will compel tourists to travel further afield in Bali, beyond the much-visited areas of the Island’s south.
Said Ardhana: “Let them [villages] hold these performances to attract more tourists. We shouldn’t bring all the products to hotels, rather we should promote tourist distribution instead.”
Continuing, he said: “Give them space to develop their own potential. The province should support them by all means, and the tourist industry must share income with these people.”
The PHRI chief for Bali who once served as the regent of Gianyar said hotels could hold cultural performances on special holidays, such as Christmas and New Years, and, then on those occasions only hire performance groups from surrounding communities.
Claiming his idea was workable, Sukawati cited his home turf of Ubud where, he said, ??“Today, almost all hotels in Ubud no longer hold regular shows. Tourists now visit village halls where the shows are performed. If we have everything performed in hotels, tourists will stay in the building and not go anywhere”
The PHRI chief acknowledged such a program would be voluntary with no basis of enforcement existing local laws and regulations. He went on to explain: “So this is for the hotels to decide based on their goodwill to create sustainable tourism in Bali.”??
It is unclear if the PHRI-Bali chairman also wishes to see Bali cultural presentations included at major hotels and conventions centers as part of conference and incentive programs discontinued.
Revolution of Rising Expectations
Governor Pastika Wants Bali Tourism Workers to Earn a Minimum Rp. 10 million per month
Bali's Governor told those attending his monthly open-house town meeting he wants to see every worker in the tourism sector to earn a minimum Rp. 10 million ( US$870) per month. Adding: “In principle, I want to see workers in Bali prosper. Don't let them suffer privations, even though (the privations) are permitted within the law.”
The current provincial minimum monthly wage for Bali is Rp. 1,5420,000 (US$134), with many companies still paying below that level.
The Governor’s comments were made on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
MetroBali.com reports that the governor would be very pleased if every household head in Bali earned Rp. 10 million each month, including those in the tourism sector. The governor said that a Balinese household with an income less than Rp. 10 million does not have sufficient money to fill the basic and educational needs of a family with children.
Continuing, Pastika said: “But the problem remains, are the companies capable of paying such high wages? Will they be bankrupted if they pay such salaries and then end up creating more unemployment.”
The governor underlined that the provincial administration is prepared to set wage levels in the tourism sector, but has concerns that a more prosperous level of remuneration would threaten hotel profitability in remote areas, such as Buleleng and Karangasem.
Exploring the topic further, the governor said high wages in the tourism sector would have the negative impact of serving as a disincentive to the younger generation to seek jobs in the agricultural sector.
Love Makes the Wheels Go Round
Two Dutchmen Cycle Across Bali to Raise Fund for Those Suffering from AIDS
Two Dutch nationals Mathieu Nagelkerke and Ad Landheerm mixed a cycling tour of Bali with raising funds for people afflicted with AIDS (OHDA) when they pedaled the 109 kilometers from Karangasem to Tanah Lot.
“Initially we only wanted to ride our bicycles, but after we thought about it and not wishing to waste the trip we dedicated it to people suffering from AIDS,” explained Mathieu who owns the Villa Blue Bamboo.
The two traveled by car from Canggu in West Bali to Karangasem where their bikes were unloaded to start the trip from Tirta Gangga. The trip traversed Candi Dasa, Gianyar, Ubud, Taman Ayun and ended at iconic Tanah Lot.
The Dutch cyclers collected some Rp. 90 million (US$7,825) in donations from well-wishers, supporters and followers of their Facebook Page “The Double T Tours” that were all used to buy powdered milk and cash donations to the Kerti Praya Foundation in Bali.
Thanking the Dutch cyclers for their donation, Professor Dr. Dewa Nyoman Wirawan, who founded the Foundation, confirmed that Bali has 1,600 people suffering from AIDS. Of that total, 875 were recommended to undergo antiretroviral therapy (ARV), with only 475 still undergoing treatment. The remaining 375 have ceased treatment due to death, cessation of treatment or a change of address.
Bali Has No Licensed Arabic Speaking Guides
The Bali chapter of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI) is complaining that it is difficult to recruit guides with Arab language abilities.
“At this time we have fifteen language division, but we would like to complete our list of languages with the addition of guides competent in the Arabic language,” explained the vice-chairman of the HPI-Bali, Nyoman Yohanes and quoted in Bisnis Bali.
Requests for HPI licensed guides with Arabic language skills remain unanswered for potential Bali visitors.
Although the number of Arabic speaking tourists to Bali remains relatively low, those that do visit have very high levels of average spending.
In the Swim of Things
Bali Looks to Add More Life Savings Stations on its Southern Beaches
The Bali Post reports that the Badung Regency is seeking to expand the beaches supervised by trained lifeguards in an effort to reduce the number of swimming accidents resulting in the loss of human life.
While a number of beaches are guarded by life saving stations and lifeguards (balawista) who save hundreds of people each year, other areas such as Tegalwangi Beach, Perenan Beach, Batu Belig Beach and beaches in Canggu remain unguarded.
The coordinator of lifeguard services for the Badung regency, Ketut Ipel, said on Thursday, May 1, 2014, the increasing number of visitors of Bali’s southern beaches and a failure to be able to respond to swimming emergencies in some regions necessitates the need for more lifeguard stations and lifeguards to man them.
Said Ipel: “Along beaches that are guarded there are few drowning deaths. Meanwhile deaths by drowning are a much more frequent occurrence along unguarded stretches of shoreline."
The Head of the Regencies Tourism Object Division from the Badung Regencies Tourism Service, Made Suastika , said his office continues to study the supply and assignment of lifeguards and will soon decide where new posts will be installed.
Presently, Bali has 23 lifesaving posts on Kuta Beach, Nusa Dua Beach, Uluwatu Beach, Kedonganan Beach and Jimbaran Beach. Badung employs 159 lifeguards.
Round and Round We Go
Support Growing for an F-1 Circuit in Bali
Plans to build a F-1 circuit on provincial land located in Jembrana regency in Bali must first be endorsed by the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and undergo careful review and study for overall viability.
The proposed race circuit will require an allocation of 300 hectares of land.
The proposal is still in its early days. A preliminary survey is being carried out on behalf of a candidate investors by PT Sarana Sirkuitindo Utama. It is the investor’s responsibility to show the financial viability of an international racetrack for Bali.
Meanwhile, the Jembrana regency is expected to review the environmental, cultural and economic impact of an F-1 circuit.
A number of local lawmakers from Jembrana have lent their voices in support of the F-1 circuit, citing the project's ability to provide employment and other economic benefits.
According to NusaBali, plans for the F-1 Circuit in Jembrana call for a starred-hotel and a expressway connecting Kuta-Tanah Lot – Soka – Perkutatan – Seririt.
Heralding a problem for the new course encountered by F-1 promoters worldwide, recent laws ratified in Bali ban sponsorship of events by tobacco producers.
Time Out for Hand Outs
Legian to Fine Bali Visitors who Give Money to Street Beggars Rp. 2 million
Cooperation between three local community elements in Bali has resulted in a new regulation intended to once and for all eliminate beggars from the beach and streets of Legian.
In the future those who hand money to street beggars are liable to a fine of Rp. 2 million (US$174).
Quoted in DenPost, the chairman of the Legian People’s Association (LPM), I Gusti Oka Wardana, said on April 28, 2014: “Beggars will always operate if people continue to give them money. If no one donates money to them, automatically the receivers (beggars) will disappear.”
Oka Wardana said it will take several months to socialize and make the new rule effective. Local community leaders will coordinate the publication of the new rules to accommodation providers in Legian who will, in turn, inform their guests.
Wardana is confident the new program will eliminate beggars in Legian.
The Warung with No Beer
Warung Beer Sales Outlawed
Under recently passed national regulations, the sale of “Class-A” alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of between 0-5% can now only take place at minimarkets, hypermarkets and supermarkets and the sale of low-alcohol beverages, such as beer, is no longer allowed at warung kaki lima, small grocers and small food stands.
The director general of Standardization and Consumer Protection of the Ministry of Trade, Widodo, promised stricter enforcement at a meeting in Jakarta on April 25, 2014.
The Ministry of Trade has issued new regulations governing the stocking, distribution and sale of alcohol (Permendag No. 20/M-DAG/PER/4/2014).
In cooperation with the police, businesses found violating the rules by trading in these alcoholic beverages are subject to having such items seized.
Widodo said regular patrols would be organized to identify those violating the law or retail outlets selling beverages other than beer with alcohol contents in excess of 5%.
The government is also promising to take steps to control the distribution of alcohol to ensure that under-aged drinkers are not being sold alcohol.
Smile, You’re on Candid Camera
CCTV Camera Leads to Arrest of Burglar in North Kuta, Bali
A repeat offender burglar was arrested by North Kuta Police on Friday, April 25, 2014 after burglarizing the villa of a French woman on Jalan Braban in Kerobokan, North Kuta three days before.
Arrested by police was I Gusti Putu Subawa (41) after police analyzed CCTV recordings that showed him stealing jewelry, a TV and a computer from the woman’s home.
Police recognized the face of the thief, recalling an arrest two months earlier in connection with an attempted break in of a villa in Umalas.
When they arrested Subawa police also took into custody as evidence a television set, two laptops, jewelry, a knife, a sickle and an automobile used as transport by the thief in committing his burglaries.
Subawa has two previous arrests on his record resulting in jail time for thievery.
Working as a free-lance driver, Subawa is known to always carry a knife and a sickle used to threaten any victims who offered resistance.
The arrest underlines recommendations from Bali’s Governor to employ security guards and install security systems on villas rented by foreigners in Bali
Indonesia – For All the World to See
Reception Held in Bali by The Indonesian Channel
On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Indonesia’s First English TV Channel - The Indonesia Channel - hosted a reception dinner in Bali at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Nusa Dua.
/> Former CNN anchor and Metro TV Host Dalton Tanonaka played host for the evening to share company visions and program clips from The Indonesia Channel (TIC) that will debut on June 2, 2013.
Dalton who serves as CEO of TIC, shared details of a rapidly expanding global network of cable and satellite partners who will carry the 24-hour programming of Indonesian-content news, talk shows and fashion programming .
One segment hosted by Jamie Aditya will focus on the “The Best of Bali” visiting new areas and attractions across the island with each new episode.
Also attending the Bali event were Indah Nugrohowati, director of sales, and Indah Ceylam, manager of marketing and communications, who shared details of special advertising packages available to celebrate the TIC’s launch.
One Month to Go to IHIC 2014
Registrations Strong for One-Day Gathering of Those in the Know on Hotel and Accommodation Investment in Bali
The 2nd Indonesian Hotel Investment Conference (IHIC 2014) returns to Bali on Friday, June 6, 2014 with a full day slate of informative speakers and networking opportunities.
Among the keynote speakers will be former Minister of Tourism and Culture Gede Ardika and respected observer of Indonesian political and business affairs Dr. Douglas Ramage.
The plenary and breakout sessions that comprise the remainder of the day will feature speakers and panelists who will examine the Indonesian hotel investment outlook; present statistical reviews on the state of the Indonesian hotel industry; explore investment opportunities in Bali and beyond; discuss sustainability issues for the accommodation sector; provide insights on new trends in design and product innovation; look at new approaches to product financing; consider the growing role of OTAs, channel distribution and social media; and learn how Indonesian accommodation companies are tackling the issue of successful branding.??
Networking coffee breaks, a luncheon and a sundowner cocktail will provide valuable opportunities to make important new contacts in Indonesia’s Hotel investment sector.
Sponsored by Bali Hotels Association and Horwath HTL- IHIC 2014 will be held at the Grand Nikko Resort and Spa.
Supporting sponsorship support comes from Qooco and Artisan Estate Wines.
Media Support is provided by Hotelier Indonesia, The Bali Daily, Travel Signature, The Jakarta Globe, Suara Pembaruan and Investor Daily.
Admission covering the conference, conference material, coffee breaks, lunch and networking cocktail is only US$500 per person, with discounts available to Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) members and Bali Hotel Association (BHA) members.
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