Ticking Down to ATEC 2013
Bali’s First Animal Training & Enrichment Conference December 1-5, 2013
(10/21/2013) The clock is ticking down on Indonesia’s first Animal Training and Enrichment Conference to be held at the Bali Safari and Marine Park December 1-5, 2013 (ATEC 2013).
World leaders and innovators in animal training and enrichment techniques for use with captive animal populations will be traveling to Bali to trade insights and share cutting edge methodologies for use by zoos, sanctuaries and animal parks.
Thos attending ATEC 2013 will experience a number of highlights:
Meet Joe Coe who has designed zoos in more than 40 countries including the magnificent Bali Safari Marine Park. Joe will conduct walking tours while sharing his expertise on creating enriching animal exhibits.
Share with Valerie Hare of The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. (SHAPE). Valerie is the guru of animal enrichment and a worldwide ambassador for best practice in animal care. Valerie currently serves on the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment Committee (ICEE) and Bear Care Group BOD.
Steve Martin of Natural Encounter, Inc. will be traveling to Bali after appearing at the World Aquarium Zoo Association (WAZA). An recognized animal trainer for more than 30 years, Steve has worked with Disney’s Animal Kingdom, San Diego Wild Animal Park, AZA Animal Training School and the Elephant Management School in Hamburg Germany. He is also President of both Natural Encounters, Inc. (NEI) and Natural Encounters Conservation Fund, Inc. (NECF) - a company dedicated to raising money for conservation programs.
The Venue: Bali Safari and Marine Park - Indonesia’s leading wildlife park has been awarded “A’ class accreditation as a wildlife and animal conservation institution. Home to the groundbreaking Bali Agung Theatre, participants ar ATEC will gain privileged “behind the scene” insights from a team that prides itself on its care and expertise in the area of animal training and enhancement.
Special events have been organized at the Bali Safari and Marine Park Bali Agung Theatre – a 1200 seat state-of-the-art performance center where Balinese culture and a wide range of wildlife are the stars.
An exclusive night safari and dinner at the Bali Safari and Marine Park.
Special accommodation packages with pre and post conference options are available.
Where Running is a Shore Thing
AirAsia Beach Run 2013 on Sunday, November 23, 2013
Bali’s first beach run takes place on Sunday, November 24, 2013 along fabled Kuta Beach.
The AirAsia Beach Run 2013 will be operated in 10 kilometer and 5-kilometer categories along the beach and the roads of Petitenget.
The event is open to the public with participation expected by both professional and amateurs.
“We invite as many as possible participants to join the event so they can experience the enjoyment of beach running," said Hendra Lapus, founder of the Bali Beach Run 2013.
The race starts at 6:00 am for the 10-kilometer run from Kuta Beach – Petitienget – Kuta Beach followed a short time later by the 5-kilometer run.
Registration is now open and closed on November 10, 2013.
Bali Arrivals Through August 2013
Bali by the Numbers: Bali Set to Record 3.2 million Foreign Arrivals in 2013
(10/21/2013) Foreign tourist arrivals to Bali in August 2013 totaled 309,180 that's a 22.17% increase over the 254,020 visitors in August 2012.
On a cumulative basis for the first eight months of 2013, foreign tourist arrivals to Bali hit 2,100,079 - a total that is 11.55% ahead of the same period in 2012.On the assumption that Bali will sustain an 11.55% growth rate through the end of 2013, the Island will end the year with 3.226 million foreign visitors.
Growth in foreign tourists visitors to Bali is coming primarily from the following markets:
Mainland China up 23.59% year-to-date and now the 2nd largest source of tourist visitor to Bali after Australia.
Japan up 14.19% year-to-date. The 3rd largest source of foreign visitors to Bali is staging something of a comeback, steadily regaining lost ground after five years of steadily declining arrivals.
Taiwanese arrivals are up 27.3%, dramatically regaining ground lost in 2012.
Singapore arrivals are at an all-time high, increasing 13.05% year-to-date through the end of August. Singapore is now the 7th largest source of Bali visitors.
U.S.A. arrivals have increased 10.42% during the first eight months of 2013 and are operating at record levels.
German visitors are up 17.25% year-to-date with 62,690 visitors through the end of August.
Russian visitors year-to-date have increased 10.07%.
The Dutch market has improve 10.07% year-to-date through the end of August with 44,484 visitors.
Indian visitors are a new and emerging source of visitors to Bali. Now ranked 14th among all markets, Indian visitors increased 42.85% totaling 42,616 through the end of August. Indian visitors are poised to soon outpace Dutch visitors to the Island.
The Runners Up
Australian visitors remain the top source of visitors to Bali totaling 530,861 through the end of August. But, the days of double-digit growth from the Australian market appear to be at an end with year-to-date arrives ex-Australia down 0.64%.
U.K. arrivals to Bali have also gone flat, decreasing 0.50% year-to-date through the end of August.
Smoqee Gets in Your Eye
Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar at Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran
Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran has unveiled its new urban-chic venue – Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar.
Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar features two separate spaces for sophisticated crowds to chill out over sunsets at Jimbaran Bay or dance nearby in stylish rhythm.
Smoqee Sky Bar sets a new standard for idyllic open-air imbibing with a wide selection of signature drinks crafted by one of the world’s most distinguished mixologists – Joseph Boroski.
Offered at no additional charge, dramatic sunset views can be enjoyed while sitting on the loungers cooled by breezes from the Indian Ocean.
Completing the experience, Smoqee Lounge presents music and dancing with vibes created by homegrown and International DJs.
Smoqee Sky Bar opens every day from 5.00 pm till midnight at an unique open-air water deck with an elevated viewpoint to the unparalleled ocean views and rhythms to inspire.
This new venue also provides an ideal setting for exclusive social gatherings, celebrations or private parties for up to 150 guests.
A selection of complimentary sunset tapas are served daily from 05:45 pm to 06: 30 pm.
Located on the top floor of the Le Meridien Jimbaran Bay Resort, Smoqee Sky Bar can be accessed through the hotel or via the beach side entrance located just opposite the popular range of seafood restaurants on Muaya Beach.
Market Brunch at Bali's Beachwalk
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Introduces Open-Air Market Sunday Brunch
(10/21/2013) The intensely competitive Sunday brunch market in Bali is getting a fresh makeover at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort with the introduction of “Market Brunch ” with the theme of Sip, Savor and Shop.
Intended to transform the traditional brunch concept, the Sheraton Sunday Brunch ia an open-air market of delicious food, handmade crafts and services from local farmers, artisans and vendors. Located on Kuta’s famed Beachwalk, “Market Brunch” is a chance for families and friends to savor and enjoy a Sunday out at Kuta Beach.
The Beachwalk Market Brunch boasts a large array of culinary choices with an option of Duval Leroy Brut Champagne, fine wines or handcrafted fruit and tea-inspired beverages.
“We’re delighted to re-introduce Sunday brunch Kuta-style,” said Dario Orsini, general manager of the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. “Perfect for the whole family to celebrate a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Market Brunch at Feast has something for everyone with a variety of delectable selections and to-go items in casual down-to-earth ambiance with live entertainment and kids’ corner and other fun activities for the entire family.”
The brunch runs each Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm with a variety of live stations and buffets emphasizing tapas and small bites so guests can sample a variety of Asian favorites. The menu changes each week in keeping with seasonal ingredients’ availability.
Market Brunch will feature retail stalls selling fresh produce, groceries and pre-made items to go – perfect for guests who want to explore Kuta Beach and Bali for the afternoon – as well as enjoy live entertainment provided by local bands and DJ’s.
Sunday Market Brunch is home to some 20 live stations and an extensive buffet. Typical offerings include artisanal cheeses and sliced meats; hand-picked fruits and vegetables; fresh-made sushi; Japanese Teppanyaki; Middle Eastern delicacies; seafood barbeque; eggs made-to-order and fresh pastries.
Sip Illy coffee accompanied by homemade gelato, freshly made breads and pies, and Bali’s own fantastic Pod Chocolate.
The Market Brunch is attractively priced at Rp. 270,000 (US$24) for adults and Rp. 135,000 (US$12) for children aged 4-12 years.
A selection of locally-crafted beers, fine wines and signature cocktails are available on a free-slow basis for an additional Rp. 200.000 (US$18) and free-flow Duval Leroy Brut Champagne and wines from Starwood Wines of the World selection at an additional RP. 450.000 (US$39).
All prices are quoted in Indonesia Rupiah and are subject to 21% local government tax and service charge.
Feeling the Hyatt Touch
Bali Hyatt Relents and Agrees to Keep Employees on Payroll During Coming Renovation
(10/21/2013) Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that after intense lobbying by the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), the management and owners of the Bali Hyatt in Sanur have relented on plans to terminate employees during a planned two-year renovation of the iconic Bali hotel scheduled to begin in November 2013.
The chairman of the Bali Hyatt Worker’s Union, Wayan Sudarsa, told the press that he has received a letter from the hotel’s management confirming staff would not be retrenched during the renovation period.
Previously, workers from the hotel staged rallies and protests, demanding that 352 employees remain gainfully employed in recognition of service periods ranging from 10 to 30 years at the hotel.
197 of the 352 have, in fact, already accepted severance payments of up to Rp. 70 million (US$6,067), while the remainder held out demanding continued employment.
It is unclear if the 197 who accepted dismissal from the hotel will be affected by the latest decision by the hotel’s management not to terminate staff over the two-year shutdown.
Don’t Let your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys
TIME Magazine Explore Role of ‘Kuta Cowboys’ in Bali’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic
(10/20/2013) An article by Charlie Campbell for TIME Magazine cast dubious fame on Bali’s male sex worker industry and its role in the growing HIV epidemic on the Island.
Campell’s article - “Bali’s ‘Gigilos,” Carefree Sex Industry Leads to HIV Crisis” cites 100 new cases of HIV discovered each month in Bali and the role “Kuta’s Cowboys” may play in spreading the disease.
Female travelers, depicted in the article as the love forlorn, follow in the steps of Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2010 screenplay “Eat Pray Love” lavishing clothes, meals, motorbikes on charming young men of easy virtue.
The very existence of “male sex tourism” in Bali has been a long and hotly debated topic in Bali. But a 2010 documentary “Cowboys in Paradise” forced the hand of local police who arrested 28 young men on morals charges.
The article cites experts from a local medical clinic providing care to those infected with HIV saying the estimated 26,000 confirmed cases of HIV/AIDS in Bali is merely the “tip of the iceberg” with many case as yet undiscovered.
Heterosexual contact remains the main source of new infections, with alarming increases reported among women and children infected by sexually errant husbands who patronize the Island’s houses of prostitution.
Meanwhile, men, engaging in sex-for-pay to support an intravenous drug habit may add yet another invidious layer of risk for both the male and female customers of these sex workers.
Those working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS also bemoan the resistance to condom use among some segments of society as representing another impediment in efforts to stop the spread of sexually transmitted disease.
Meanwhile, Bali clinics providing antiretroviral treatment to those confirmed to be suffering from HIV are doing a brisk trade, not unrelated to the burgeoning pace of Bali’s booming commercial sex trade.
It’s a Bali-Holiday
Government Offices Closed October 22-24, 2013 for Galungan Celebrations
(10/20/2013) Bali government offices will be closed for three days from October 22-24, 2013 to mark the Holy Day of Galungan – the day celebrating the triumph of Good (Dharma) over Evil (Adharma).
Bali provincial spokesman, I Ketut Teneng, told the State News Agency Antara, the three day holiday will be in effect for all educational institutions beginning from grade school, junior high, high school and tertiary bodies.
The governor has also declared the holiday for all provincial employees for the three days to assist them in meeting their ritual and religious obligations.
Private businesses, including hotels, are being urged to provide similar facilities to their Hindu employees.
The three days encompass Tuesday (October 22nd) to prepare for the celebration, Wednesday (October 23rd) for Hari Raya Galungan and Thursday (October 24) for Hari Umanis Galungan.
Essential institutions such as hospitals, firehouses and public utilities will remain open with work schedules decided by their individual managements.
The three-day celebration of Galungan form part of the 21 local holidays in Bali set for 2013 in accirdance with Bali-Hindu religious practice.
There are a separate 14 national holidays celebrated in Bali in 2013.
More Gang Violence in Bali
Just Days After Bali Police Negotiate a Peace Between Warring Gangs in Bali, Thugs Attack Construction Site Sending Guard to Hospital
(10/20/2013) Just five days after gang violence on Jalan Mahendradatta in West Denpasar between the "mass organizations" of Laskar Bali and Baladika sent one person to hospital with stab wounds, street thugs have launched yet another attack on a construction site in Denpasar.
DenPost reports that “tens of suspected mass organization” members carrying swords and sharp weapons attacked the TS Suite Hotel and Restaurant project on Jalan Nakula on Friday, October 18, 2013 at approximately 4:30 pm.
The security coordinator for the project, Welem Patubalo (30), suffered head and stab injuries in the attack.
Police are reportedly investigating the motive behind the incident, trying to determine if it started from a private dispute or a turf dispute between rival Bali gangs.
Police estimate 30 men carrying weapons attacked the Hotel TS construction site. The men damaged a fence surrounding the project. causing construction workers to run for safety as the thugs ransacked interior portions of the building.
Destroying the fence and gaining access to the site, the gang members entered the project’s basement and headed towards the security office. The men were said to be seeking Andrian Paso, the chief of security for the Hotel who hails from Kupang, who was not at the site at that time.
Angry at their inability to meet Andrian, the men attacked Welem, hitting him with planks of wood, double sticks and bamboo. During the assault Walem was also stabbed in the stomach. Seeing the man on the ground covered in blood, the gang members quickly ran from the site.
The remaining security guards and workers re-entered the site after the gang’s departure and quickly brought Walem to the nearby Bali Med Hospital on Jalan Mahendradatta.
Upon receiving the report police declared the construction site a crime scene and began interviewing the many witnesses to the attack.
Nothing But Blue Skies From Now On
Bali Airport Pioneers Sustainable Eco-Friendly Design
(10/20/2013) Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that the management of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport has gone green in some aspects of the operation of the Island’s newly renovated airport.
PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP I) has installed solar energy panels in an effort to reduce electricity usage.
Tommy Soetomo, the president director of PAP I, told the press that in addition to solar panels steps were also underway to reduce water resumption.
Describing the design of the “new” air gateway in Bali, Soetomo said: “The architectural design, selection of materials and energy uses refer to energy efficiency concepts adopted by many international airports across the world.”
The wave-like design of the airport’s roof not only creates a powerful visual impact but also aid cross ventilation within the airport’s premises, reducing air conditioning demands. Extensive use of glass wall will maximize the use of natural lighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.
“We will continue eco-airport developments in other places,” Soetomo pledged.
Seeking to advance the concept of eco-airports in Indonesia, ??PT Angkasa Pura has signed an agreement with Sintesa Group-Sun Edison. The signing of the agreement was a breakthrough in realizing the development of eco-airports in Indonesia,” according to Farid Indra Nugraha, corporate secretary of PAP I. ??
Meanwhile the CEO of the Sintesa Group, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, praised the agreement as a step forward in sustainable development principles.
The Stars Shine in Bali
7th BALINALE Audience Choice Awards Draws Top Actors and Filmmakers from Around the World
(10/20/2013) The 7th BALINALE International Film Festival was held in Bali October 4-10, 2013 and concluded with the gala presentation of the “Audience Choice Awards” held at The Stones Hotel in Legian, Bali, on Thursday, October 10, 2013.
This year’s "Audience Choice Awards" selection films included:
Best Documentary Film: Go Grandriders - ChineseTaipei
Best Feature Film: Air Mata Terakhir Bunda (Indonesia)
Best Short Film: Linear (Brazil)
Best Overall Film: 9 Summers 10 Autumns (Indonesia)
Special Recognition: Tatarakihi: The Children Of Parihaka (New Zealand)
International filmmakers and artists from over 20 countries attended this year’s BALINABLE International Film Festival.
Among the Indonesian artists in attendance were: Raditya Dika, Titi Rajo Bintang, Happy Salma, Donny Damara, Julia Perez, Alex Komang, Agus Kuncoro, Tika Bravani, Ario Bayu, Rizky Hanggono, Rima Melati, Didi Petet and festival co-founder Christine Hakim.
Visiting filmmakers included; Donna Smith, Michael Altman, Paora Joseph, Jan Chapman, Emmanuel Palo, Jong Pil Lee, Ryu Hyun-Kyung and Hua Tien-Hao.
Other highlights from The 7th BALINALE International Film Festival:
A visit by Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu to attend the world premiere of Rahabi Mandra and Hanung Bramantyo’s highly anticipated" 2014”.
Screening of Studio Box Office "Don Jon" and "About Time".
Shown on Balidiscovery.com are photographs from the 7th BALINALE International Film Festival.
Life’s a Beach
Balinese Seeking a Beachhead on the Island of their Birth
(10/19/2013) The Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) ran an article “Beaches are closed to public and surfers, sorry!” in its October 16, 2013 edition underlining the increasing problem of Bali’s disappearing shorelines, illegally commandeered and usurped by villa and resort developers.
Despite zoning laws that principally keep beaches open to public use, many tourist-related facilities manage to exert hegemony over adjacent beachfronts, barring the public and the Balinese from lawful access.
Making the problem socially acute, a number of traditional Balinese rituals and celebrations include elements that must be performed on the edge of the sea, are chased away by security teams of hotel and villas who find Balinese culture a bother and an inconvenience.
Wayan Rasna a professional surfer from Jimbaran said he and his fellow villagers are now banned from using public beaches in front of hotels.
At a recent conference held in Ketewel in Bali, Rasna said that the next generations of aspiring Balinese surfers are encountering difficulties to practice as hotels and villas prohibit their access to the beach. Said Rasna: “These hotels and villas have been built along the coastline and have closed almost every access to the public. We have to use a very narrow alley between hotels or villas if we want to access the beach.”
He cited the loss of public beaches as happening on Bali's favorite beaches, including Jimbaran, Uluwatu and Dreamland. Balinese surfers and local villagers seeking to perform purification ceremonies are now told to stay off beaches that both the law and ancestral tradition mandates should be open to all.
Continuing, Rasna also said: “Fishermen find almost no space to moor their boats along these beaches.”
He bemoaned a failure of authorities to enforce zoning laws and set back rules as leading to the diminishing area of public beaches in Bali.
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