Key Appointment at Discovery Kartika Plaza
Mirah Marhaendram to Head Public Relations at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Bali News: Key Appointment at Discovery Kartika Plaza
The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel has welcomed a new addition to its Sales and Marketing Department, Mirah Marhaendram in the role of Public Relations Manager.
A native Balinese, Mirah spent her college years began her career as an hotelier in the United States. Upon returning to Bali, she initially joined luxury hotels in Legian and Nusa Dua areas of Bali.
Assigned to help Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel reposition itself as a leading destination resort, Mirah will be applying her experience in marketing and public relations, strengthening the local and international relations in the hotel’s strategic markets.
“We believe with her international exposure and extensive knowledge on Bali’s hospitality industry will bring significant contribution to the brand awareness and engagements of the international market,” said Alice Matulessy, director of sales & marketing Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel.
5 Years for 5 Grams of Grass
Iranian Tourist Facing 5 Years in a Bali Prison for Carrying 5 Grams of Marijuana in his Luggage
(9/9/2013) Athony Simonian Koedolia Alexander (30), a tourist hailing from Iran, has heard Bali prosecutors demand a 5 year prison sentence for trying to smuggle 5.44 grams of marijuana through Bali’s International Airport on April 7, 2013.
Alexander, arriving off a flight from Kuala Lumpur, was discovered to have the small bag of cannabis hidden inside his luggage.
At his initial hearing in the Denpasar District Court on Monday, September 2, 2013, prosecutors asked the presiding panel of judges to punish the Iranian with 5 years in prison. The maximum penalty applicable under Indonesian law for Alexander’s crime was 20 years imprisonment.
According to Tempo.co, the Iranian’s Indonesian lawyer objected to the severity of the sentence sought against his clients saying the man was not an importer but a simple user of the narcotic.
The Care of Creatures Great and Small
International Experts Join Speakers to Participate in Indonesia’s First Animal Training and Enrichment Conference December 1-5, 2013
Bali News: The Care of Creatures Great and Small
(9/9/2013) The Animal Training and Enrichment Conference 2013 (ATEC-2013) hosted by the Bali Safari & Marine Park have secured two world-renowned keynote facilitators for the coming conference to be held in Bali December 1-5, 2013.
In hosting the coming conference, Taman Safari Indonesia is demonstrating their commitment to animal management and animal by hosting the first ‘Animal Training & Enrichment Conference’ - ATEC2013 that aims to bring a specialized group of international experts to share their wealth of experience and provide a training and development opportunity for zoo professionals.
Slated to play key roles as facilitators in the coming conference are animal trainer extraordinaire Steve Martin of Natural Encounters, Inc. together with Valerie Hare of Shape of Enrichment – both of whom bring a wealth of expertise in the fields of animal training & enrichment.
Steve Martin began his professional animal training career when he set up the first-of-its-kind free-flight bird show at the San Diego Wild Animal Park in 1976. The show gained world acclaim for its unique ability to combine the entertainment of birds performing natural behaviors with an inspirational conservation messages.
In 1984 Martin branched out and began teaching animal keepers the art and science of behavior change to enhance the husbandry, enrichment, and behavioral management of exhibit animals. During his distinguished career he has served as an animal behavior and visitor experience consultant for some 100 zoological facilities in over 20 countries. Steve is an instructor at the AZA Animal Training School, an instructor at the Elephant Management School in Hamburg Germany, a Trustee with the World Parrot Trust, and President of both Natural Encounters, Inc. (NEI) and Natural Encounters Conservation Fund, Inc. (NECF) - a company dedicated to raising money for conservation programs. NECF has now raised and donated well over one million dollars to in situ conservation programs around the world.
Natural Encounters, Inc. has a strong commitment to conservation and helping people understand their relationship with the living earth.
The Mission Statement of NEI is “Connecting Humans with the Natural World.”
Valerie J. Hare – The Shape of Enrichment, Inc.
“Environmental enrichment” has become a well-known buzz phrase in the world’s zoological, laboratory, farm, and companion animal institutions. Accordingly, many of these organizations now have regulations providing for the enrichment to animals in captivity.
Valerie J. Hare who will join ATEC 2013 as a keynote facilitator has experience as a research animal care supervisor, zookeeper, behavioral research technician and enrichment consultant. Valerie currently serves on the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment Committee (ICEE) and Bear Care Group BOD. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology and an Associate Degree as a veterinary technician.
In 1991, Valerie Hare and Karen Worley were inspired to create a useful publication to share knowledge and expertise with workers in the animal care industry and co-founded The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. – a company dedicated to furthering environmental enrichment efforts on behalf of captive animals everywhere.
Valerie and her team, work to support staff in zoos, parks and sanctuaries across the globe in providing the best environments for the animals in their care. Valerie has instructed numerous enrichment workshops in Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Philippines, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States and Viet Nam.
The Shape of Enrichment teams are also dedicated to assisting volunteers who are committed to improving animal welfare, further cementing its reputation as a leading international animal enrichment organization.
ATEC 2013 in Bali
Registrations are flowing in quickly for what promises to be a major event for all involved in the care and enrichment of captive animals. The December conference will be centered at Bali’s Taman Safari and Marine Park that will serve as the setting for the entertainment and networking sessions that will complement a full program of seminars and hands-on workshops.
Early bird discounts are available through September 30, 2013.
Attractive accommodation packages available.
Inmates at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison Auction Art to Improve Jail’s Conditions
(9/14/2013) The Rotary Club of Bali Canggu recently helped raise funds via an art auction of artworks created by inmates at Bali’s notorious Kerobokan Prison.
Among the artists featured at the auction was one of the “Bali Nine” Australian Myuran Sukumaran, who, with prison approval and support, plans to fund an organic garden and improve drainage and basic environmental conditions at the jail.
Emerald Community House Director Mary Farrow, who has been providing support to Kerobokan inmates for over a year, said: “The prison arts program provides a rehabilitation activity that engages inmates and provides an opportunity for expression. The artwork produced by the prison arts studio will fund a new permaculture garden and help improve drainage in the garden area.”
Earlier this year, acclaimed Australian painter Ben Quilty led an art class at the prison art studio. The quality of artworks produced by the inmates improved remarkably as demonstrated by the active bidding for the artworks at the recent auction.
“We raised over IDR 65,150,000 to help improve the lives of those living in the Kerobokan jail,” said Tricia Kim of The Rotary Club of Bali Canggu. Adding, “Thank you so much to those who came along and donated generously.”
Earlier this year, local Indonesian non-governmental agency (NGO), Indonesian Development of Education and Permaculture Foundation (IDEP) visited the prison to help develop a plan for the inmates’ garden and address drainage issues. The Rotary Club of Bali Canggu
then offered to host an auction of artworks by the inmates to help fund the prison garden project.
Gede Sugiarta of IDEP said: “We recently worked with the Bangli prison to create an organic garden and the inmates found it very therapeutic. They get exercise and they grow fresh vegetables they might not get otherwise.
“We’re really excited to work with Kerobokan prison and the inmates to build a garden and improve the environment at the same time,” Gede said.
Bali House of Representatives Impatient with Delayed Plans for Bali International Hospital
(9/9/2013) Commission IV of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) have called on governor Made Mangku Pastika to realize his plan to build the Mandara Bali International Hospital (RSI).
Legislators also say that if, for whatever reason, the RSI is now considered too difficult to build the Rp. 200 billion already allocated for its construction should be diverted to other programs.
The DPRD-Bali plans to soon call the governor to seek an update on the RSI project.
Nusa Bali quotes Ketut Kariyasa Adnyana, a member of Commission IV of the DPRD-Bali, who said the RSI project, first proposed by governor Pastika should materialize during the second term of the governor.
Said Kariyasa: “We will ask the Head of the House to invite the Governor or the Head of the Health Department to explain the fate of the Bali International Hospital project. Let’s not have the project budgeted every year, but end up as an unspent item. If, indeed, it’s difficult to materialize, then let’s just stop the RSI Bali Mandara Project and use the money on other programs. I have also been told that efforts to tender the RSI project have failed on several occasions.”
NusaBali confirms that the building permit (IMB) for the RSI Bali Mandara project had been issued, after some initial delay over the building’s violation of the maximum 15-meter building height.
The location listed in the IMB is in the village of Sanur Kauh and is planned to house 200 patient rooms, with 25% of the total rooms reserved for the care and treatment of Balinese holding a provincial Medicare card (JKBM).
NusaBali reports that the Thompson Medical Singapore has agreed to invest in the project, but a formal joint-venture agreement has yet to be signed.
The RSI project will occupy a 29,530 square meter plot and will include a restaurant, hotel and other facilities, in addition to the 200-room hospital.
The three stated rationales given for establishing the RSI project are a) the need to enlarge the variety of medical treatments available to the public in Bali while increasing the carrying capacity of the Bali medical infrastructure, b) the desire to develop medical services that will end the current tendency on the part of the Balinese to seek medical treatment abroad, and c) a desire to create inbound medical tourism to Bali.
Organize Your Own Morality!
Hindu Youth in Bali Stage Demonstration in Support of Miss World Contest
(9/9/2013) In the midst of a barrage of criticism and calls by Indonesian Islamist groups for the cancellation of the Miss World Contest in Bali, the Indonesian Alliance of Hindu Youth in Bali (Aliansi Hindu Muda Indonesia Bali) held a demonstration in support of the internationally known beauty contest.
Held on Monday, September 2, 2013, the demonstration took place at the Puputuan Badung Field in front of the Denpasar Mayor’s Office. Involving an estimated 100 protestors, the demonstrators held posters and banners criticizing the Islamic organizations opposing the Miss World Contest accusing these groups of trying to disrupt Bali’s security and as being opposed to the pluralistic values embodied in the State philosophy of Pancasila.
Among the organizations who have calling for the cancellation of the Miss World Contest are the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI).
As reported by Beritabali.com, the coordinator of the Indonesian Alliance of Hindu Youth in Bali, I Gede Mas Megantara, said there is no basis for FPI's and MUI’s rejection of the Miss World Contest. Adding: “The Miss World Contest is not pornographic or displaying the intimate parts of the contestants. The organizers have promised there will not be what can be described as a ‘bikini.’ They will consistently follow the customs and traditions of Bali. So, there’s nothing to make a fuss about as regards the Miss World Contest.”
During the demonstration in front of the Mayor’s office, the protestors made speeches and handed out leaflets outlining the stance of those religiously opposed to the pageant.
Banners seen at the location of the protest proclaimed:
“Organize your Own Morality”
“Bali doesn’t interfere in the business of MUI. MUI don’t interfere in Bali’s Affairs.”
“Hai, Bro, this is a Hindu territory, the Miss World Contest in Bali"
Evict Mass Organizations that Disturb Bali"
“We Reject MUI’s interference in the Affairs of Bali”
“The citizens of Bali are ready to confront Islamic mass organizations that are opposed to Pancasila and disturb the peace of Bali."
Megantara said the Indonesian Alliance of Hindu Youth in Bali would do whatever it takes to stop various mass organizations from trying to disturb the peace and tranquility of Bali.
Commenting further on the Miss World Contest, he added: “We get free promotion. The positive effect (of the Contest) is great. The profit to the Balinese economy is extraordinary.”
Bali 2013 Global Youth Conference
Global Initiatives Networking Conference to be Held in Canggu, Bali October 5-6, 2013
(9/9/2013) While APEC delegates from more than 20 countries arrive on the Island of Bali, school students from Bali and the region will be spending three days participating in motivational and educational experiences created to foster deeper understandings of community action on behalf of environmental and humanitarian concerns,
The Bali 2013 Global Youth Conference (Global Initiatives Networking Conference) will be held October 5-6, 2013 at the Canggu Community School. Students from Bali and the region will meet with each other and international leaders to mutually inspire and motivate.
Students will be given the chance to learn, create, and join together in group activities that seek to achieve shared understandings on the challenges faced in the modern world. In the end, they will acquire practical approaches to major challenges to be shared with their home communities.
Among the diverse activities planned during the two days are skateboarding, surfing, farming, environment studies, literacy, health and human rights issues. Students sign up for the groups in which they have an interest where, through skill enhancement, they will discover ways to help others in their community.
Solutions explored might include creating a fundraising sports tournament or setting up a reading group with local school children using their love of ocean to raise environmental awareness.
The Bali 2013 Global Youth Conference seeks to motivate and educate, build networks and prepare the coming generations for the challenges ahead.
Speaking the conference will be:
Canadian champion skateboarder Rob Dyer from Skate for Cancer (SC4).
Scott Hammell a professional stunt man who shares the power of personal belief and conviction.
Indonesia's Nila Tanzil who runs Taman Bacaan Pelangi - an Indonesia-wide literacy program.
Martyn Denis a young intern working with the United Nations in East Timor.
Robi Navicula an environmental activist and front man of the indie Balinese Rock Band Navicula.
Smoking is Against the Law
Bali Starts Portable Courts to Bring Instant Justice to People Caught Smoking in Public Areas
The Province of Bali has introducing a program of "portable" courts to process violators of no smoking rules in public areas
A law ratified in 2011 Bans smoking in most public places.
The head of Disease Control and Environmental Health for the Province of Bali, Dr. Gede Wira Sunetra, explained that the in situ court concept is being done to hasten the punishment phase for those caught breaking the law by smoking in non-smoking zones.
During the test phase of the "mobile court" program a total of 19 people received “quick justice” after they were caught smoking in restaurants, schools and public areas.
The anti-smoking law in Bali provides for maximum fines of Rp. 50,000 or 3 months in prison.
Take this to the Bank
Bank Indonesia Urges Calm in the Face of Economic Fluctuations
(9/9/2013) Detik.com quotes the governor of Bank Indonesia, Agus Martowardojo as discounting dire predictions that Indonesia is about to repeat the economic crisis it experienced in 1997/1998.
Calling for calm, Martowardojo eschewed predictions of dire economic straits ahead, insisting economic conditions and the marketplace are vastly different from those in place in 1998, particularly as regards the money market.
Martowardojo said: “I wish to inform, don’t compare the crisis that happened in 1997 and 1998 with what is happening now.”
Agus Marto explained that in 1998 the Indonesian banking system was very weak, Also, at that time, he said many companies managed their money poorly with unhealthy games played by many shareholders.
“Now all is healthy,” insisted the head of Bank Indonesia.
Agus Marto said all countries cannot escape the effects of the changing world economy. Nonetheless, Indonesia is coordinating both with Bank Indonesia and the money authorities
Bali and Beyond Medical Tourism
BIMC Hospital Helps West Flores Create a Modern Emergency Medical Facility
(9/9/2013) BIMC Hospitals of Bali are working closely with the local Health Department of Manggarai Barat, East Nusa Tenggara to support the successful operation of Sail Komodo 2013.
Renovating an existing government health clinic, the Bali-based hospitals are establishing international standard procedures for emergency room treatment of trauma patients.
The cooperation between BIMC, organizers of Sail Komodo 2013 and the regency government of Manggarai Barat will not only provide much-needed medical support to visiting yachtsmen but also achieve long-term better health care for the people of Labuhan Bajo.
Labuhan is the gateway to the Komodo National Park, exclusive home to the large dragon-like retiles found only in this area. Most tourists destined for the Komodo approach the Park via Labuhan Bajo’s Komodo Airport. The areas surrounding Labuhan Bajo contains a number of unique and interesting tourist sites, in addition to the popular national park located on a number of islands just to the west.
In renovating the existing community health center in Labuhan Bajo, BIMC Hospitals donated patient beds for the treatment and observation rooms, medical equipments for the consultation room, created an emergency room, procedures room, ward rooms, a sterilization unit, an Advanced Life Support Ambulance and a stock of medical supplies.
“It is part of our commitment as the pioneer of Medical Tourism facility in Indonesia. We also aim to support medical services improvement in Indonesia,” said Deddy Suhartawan, the BIMC’s deputy general manager marketing.
To date, BIMC have spent approximately Rp. 550,000,000 on the Labuhan Bajo project.
In the lead up to Sail Komodo 2013, the Australian-owned and managed hospital sent a medical team to train the clinic’s staff. The team will also be stationed at the clinic during the international sailing event, which will peak on September 14, 2013.
“The support (of BIMC) is very valuable for us and for the success of Sail Komodo 2013. We hope the cooperation will continue in the future,” said Dr. Imaculata Djelulut, head of Health Department of Manggarai Barat.
Sailors from all over the world will participate in Sail Komodo 2013 with 130 different countries registered to sail the waters of Eastern Indonesia.
Bali to End 2013 with 3.2 million Visitors
Bali by the Numbers: July 2013 Arrivals to Bali Increase 15% as Australian Number Begin to Wane
(9/9/2013) Foreign tourist arrivals to Bali for the month of July 2013 totaled 297,783. That total was 15% more than the 258,781 foreign visitors who came to Bali in the same month in 2012.
On a cumulative basis for the first seven months of 2013, a total of 1,790,804 foreign tourists came to Bali, an increase of 9.96% over the first seven months of 2012 when 1,628,539 foreign tourists came to Bali.
If the current 9.96% rate-of-growth is maintained through the end of 2013, Bali will end the year with 3.18 million foreign visitors.
Australia – the Australian market to Bali is losing steam. Month-on-month Australia arrivals to Bali in July 2013 (75,797) are down 15.7% from July 2013 (89,930). On a cumulative basis January – July Australian visitors stand at 459,272, down 2.14% from the first seven months of 2012.
People’s Republic of China – Coming in at a distant second as a source of foreign visitors to Bali, but growing rapidly, is the PRC market that totaled 39,035 in July 2013. Month-on-month PRC arrivals increased 78.9% in July over July 2012 (21,818). Cumulatively, year-on-year for the first seven months of 2013 PRC arrivals have increased 22.58%.
Japan – Once the number one source of foreign visitors to Bali, Japan now ranks third. The good news is that the high-spending and culturally interested Japanese are staging a modest comeback. July arrivals from Japan totaled 17,840 – a 10.7% decrease from the 19,980 Japanese who came to Bali in July 2012. On an aggregate basis for January-July 2013 Japanese arrivals are improving, up12.17% as compared to the same period 2012.
Malaysia – Now ranks in fourth place as a source of Bali visitors. Month-on-month, Malaysian visitors in July 2013 (12,120) were a concerning 40.4% behind July 2012 (20,338). Malaysian visitor to Bali – seen on cumulative basis – have gone flat with only 1.16% more Malaysia visiting Bali in the first seven months of 2013 when compared to the same period last year.
South Korea – 12,614 South Koreans came to Bali in July 2013, that's a 37.4% improvement over July 2012 (9,181). Seen cumulatively for the first seven months of 2013 South Korean arrivals are up 2.69% at 73,184.
Taiwan – Taiwan is staging a comeback. Taiwanese visitors to Bali in July 2013 totaled 16,337 - an improvement month-on-month of 230% over the 4,951 Taiwanese who visited Bali in July 2012. On a cumulative basis, Taiwanese visitor have increased 26,86% during the first seven months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.
Singapore – Bali remains a preferred holiday destination for Singaporeans suffering from island fever. Singapore arrivals to Bali in July 2013 totaled 8,979 down 11.8% from Singaporean arrivals in July 2012 (10.035). Year-on-year for the first seven months of 2013, Singapore arrivals totaled 71,814 – increasing 10.27% over the same period one year before.
European, Indian and U.S. Visitors to Bali Turn in a Very Strong July
United Kingdom – U.K. visitors to Bali increased dramatically month-on-month in July 2013 totaling 12,108. That’s 30.1% higher than the 9,306 who visited in July 2012. Year-on-year, 63,915 British nationals visited Bali during the first seven months of 2013 - a decrease of 2.11% over the number visiting during the same period in 2012.
France – French visitors to Bali in July 2013 reached 15,531 visitors, an increase month-on-month of 70.5% over visitors from France in July 2012 (9,107). Year-on-year ending July 2013, Russian visitors totaled 62,108 – an increase of 12.79% over January-July 2012.
USA – July 2013 saw 9,108 U.S. visitors come to Bali, up 11.3% over the 8,106 Americans who came to the Island in July 2012. On a cumulative basis for the first seven months of 2013, U.S. visitors increased 8.28% totaling 58,998.
Germany – German visitors month-on-month increased 97.4% in July 2013 (10,225) as compared to July 2012 (5,179). On a cumulative basis through the end of July, German visitors to Bali have increased 20.58%.
Russia – Russian visitors increased 69.1% month-on-month in July with 4,358 visitors. On a cumulative basis for the first seven months of 2013, Russian visitors are up 11.11%.
The Netherlands – Reflecting a trend of strong European travel to Bali in July 2013, a total of 9.599 Dutch visitors came to Bali an increase of 88% over the 5,106 Dutch who visited in July 2012. On a cumulative basis year-on-year until the end of July, Dutch visitors were up 11.67%.
India – The Indian market continues to demonstrate strong growth. The 5,767 Indian who came to Bali in July 2013 represented an increase of 249%over the 1,651 Indian nationals who visited the Island in July 2012. For the seven months ending in July 2013, Indian visitors are up 37.12% year-on-year.
The strongest growth in traffic to Bali during the first seven months of 2013 – in order of strongest growth - was from the America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.
The Show Must Go On!
Government Makes 11th-Hour Decision to Hold Entire Miss World 2013 Competition in Bali
(9/9/2013) The Indonesian government has finally decided that the entire Miss World Contest, including the finals originally scheduled to be held in West Java, will now take place in Bali.
As reported by The Bali Post, the decision was taken following a ministerial coordination meeting in Jakarta. The decision to “isolate” the event to Bali was announced by the Coordinating Minister for the People’s Welfare Agung Laksono on Saturday, September 7, 2013.
Laksono, vice-president Boediono, the commander of the Indonesian National Police General Timur Prodopo and the deputy-minister for Tourism and the Creative Economy Sapta Nirwandar attended the Saturday meeting.
The original plans of the organizers of Miss World was to hold the international beauty pageant in a number of locations across Indonesia with the preliminary competition and judging to in Bali and the gala final evening in West Java.
Angry protests from religious fundamentalist, including threats to disrupt the proceedings, prompted the government and the organizers to localize the event in Bali. Said Laksono: “Miss World 2013 will only take place and be centered on Bali. There will be no activity outside of Bali.”
Although the actual competition and judging will be limited to Bali, the Miss World contestants will still be allowed to make visits to other parts of Indonesia during their stay, including the Borobudur temple in Central Java.
Laksono added: “I think there will be no problem if (they) visit Borobudur, treated as normal tourists. There will be no problem, but the event of Miss World will be in Bali.”
Agung Laksono said he understood the pro and contra arguments that have arisen around Indonesia’s hosting of the Miss World Contest. For this reason, he said, the Government was revising the permit issued to the organizers for the event in order that the event can go ahead.
“Hopefully all can be in accordance with the aspirations of the public while at the same time embracing the progress of Indonesian tourism. Hopefully all parties can understand and everything will go smoothly and successfully,” said Laksono.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Indonesian Police Timur Pradopo said his officiers were ready to safeguard the Miss World Contest.
All the 130 contestants of Miss World and the organizers have arrived in Bali. The chairwoman of the affiliated Miss Indonesia competition, Liliana Tanosadibio, said on Saturday, September 7, 2013, “This is an opportunity for Indonesia to expose its natural beauty, its culture and the position of Indonesian woman to the world.”
Liliana told the press there was no hesitation or reluctance on the part of the organizers of the Miss World Contest 2013 in hosting the first competition in Indonesia. She said the Miss World has the potential of demonstrating internationally that Indonesia is safe, peaceful, beautiful and rich in resources. At the same time, she underlined that Miss World 2013 would be held in accordance with the cultural norms of Indonesia.
The chairman of the organizing committee for Miss World 2013 in Indonesia, Nana Putra, said the closing of the pageant would have the theme “Bringing Indonesia’s Beauty to the World.”
The opening of the event will took place in the Mangupura Ballroom of The Westin, Nusa Dua, including leading Indonesian performing artists from both Bali and other parts of Indonesia.
Honors from the Middle Kingdom
Bali Named Island Destination of the Year in Chinese Travel Awards
The Island of Bali has been named “Island Destination of the Year” at the China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards 2013 conducted by the Chinese travel publications Travel Weekly and Events.
As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Bali received the highest rating from a blue-ribbon jury of travel experts in China and the highest number of votes in the course on an on-line survey,
The Indonesian government website setkab.go.id reports that in winning the top honor, Bali won out over the destinations of Tahiti and Mauritius.
The award was presented on Thursday, September 4, 2012 by the chairman and president of Across China Communication, Hersey Cao. Receiving the award on behalf of Bali was the First Economic Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing.
The president director of Contineo Media, Raymond Wong, who is the owner of Travel Weekly, said the purpose of the award is to acknowledge leaders in travel and the meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition sector
The China Travel & Meeting Industry Awards have been presented annually since 2002.
Snatch and Grab
American Woman Suffers Minor Injuries During Denpasar Purse Snatching
(9/8/2013) An American living in Bali suffered injuries on Thursday, September 5, 2013, as the result of an encounter with two purse-snatchers who grabbed her bag on Jalan Gunung Salak in Denpasar.
Cynthia Maria Alfatt (33) was dragged for approximately fifteen-meters when she resolutely held on to her handbag being torn away from her by two men on a motorbike.
The theft happened at 11:00 pm when Alfatt was riding as a pillion passenger on a motorcycle driven by husband.
A motorcycle carrying the purse-snatchers came along side the victim’s bike as the thieves snatch the woman’s bag, dragging her along the road in the process.
Alfatt told police she suffered various cuts and contusions in addition to losing items worth an estimated Rp. 15 million. The victim is a teacher at a school in Bali.
Lost in the theft were 2 credit cards, an iPhone 4S, iPod and a wallet containing identification and important documents.
According to the police, the thieves have already used one of the credit cards to make a transaction worth Rp. 6 million. Police continue to investigate the incident.
Trying to be Natural, Again
Jasa Marga Busy Planting Trees to Repair Mangrove Disruption Caused by Bali Toll Way. Will Promise to Remove Access Roads be Kept?
(9/8/2013) The State News Agency Antara reports that PT Jasa Marga Bali Tolls have publicly reaffirmed its commitment to replant thousands of trees along the 12.7-kilometer length of the new Benoa-Nusa Dua toll road.
“The conservation activity of replanting the mangrove forest has so far seen 10,000 trees planted,” said the finance director of Jasa Marga Bali, Reynaldi Hermansyah, on Friday, September 6, 2013. He went on to say that the conservation activity is a real result of the toll operator’s commitment to make Bali’s ecosystem sustainable.
“We are aware that every infrastructure project will always have consequences, including environmental consequences. Nonetheless, we continue to work to minimize those consequences,” said Hermansyah.
He said environmental protection has been a part of the toll road project that cost Rp. 2.4 trillion and took only 12 months to complete.
He cited the example of how the project required the laying of "temporary" roads for construction access across the mangrove. These roads, Hermansyah explained, used limestone in order not to disrupt the local ecology of the mangrove.
“Not only that, but we have also used LED lighting that is 60% more energy efficient, Hermansyah added.
He also explained how, as part of the replanting effort, the Jasa Marga operation includes a nursery operated by Bali’s Udayana University to study and propagate flora for the mangrove area surrounding the road.
In 2012 around 161,000 trees were planted near the toll road.
The original plans for constructing the roadway, submitted as part of the project’s environmental impact study, called for floating pontoons to be used to prevent minimum disruption to the mangrove’s bottomlands. This approach was, however, quickly abandoned when the waters around the construction area proved to shallow for pontoon-based construction.
Forced to build an extensive network of construction roads along the entire path of the new road, Jasa Marga Bali pledged that the roads would be dug up and removed once the constructionproject was completed, allowing again the free flow of tidal waters.
Environmental groups in Bali are now monitory the project to ensure Jasa Marga Bali keeps its promise to the people of Bali.
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