Bali News Update Week 49.

Bali Counting on Soaring Arrivals

Bali Expecting 10 million Foreign and Domestic Tourists in 2014

 

Bali News: Bali Counting on Soaring Arrivals

(12/22/2013) The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy is targeting 9.1 million foreign tourists visiting Indonesia in 2014.

 

Meanwhile, the head of the Bali Tourism Service (Kadisparda), I.B. Kade Subhisku, quoted in Bisnis Bali, is targeting 3.5 million foreign tourist visitors to Bali for all of 2014. A projected 6.5 million domestic tourists  will supplement this number, resulting in a total 10 million visitors, both domestic and international for the year.

 

Balidiscovery.com is projecting Bali to end the year with 3.2 million foreign visitors. If this number is realized, Subhisku’s projection would represent a 9.4% improvement in foreign arrivals in 2014.

 

Subhisku annotated his projections for tourist arrivals in 2014 saying they were made ceteris apribus or on the understanding “all other things being equal or held constant.”

 

Subhisku, as the head provincial tourism office for Bali, said maintaining security and peace on the island is a main pre-condition to growing arrivals. He also pointed out that the improved infrastructure in Bali is now more supportive to the hosting of major meetings and conferences.

 

Come Ye Lassies and Laddies

Book Now for Robert Burn’s Night in Bali at the Bali Dynasty Resort Saturday, January 25, 2013

 

Bali News: Come Ye Lassies and Laddies

(12/22/2013) What has become the second national day of Scotland – Robert Burn’s Night will be celebrated in Bali on Saturday, January 25, 2013, at the Bali Dynasty Resort.

 

Celebrated each year on the date of the famed Scottish poet's birth for nearly 250 years, Burn’s night traditionally follow a format that includes a traditional Selkirk Grace, the ceremonial cutting of that quintessential Scottish dish of Haggis heralded into the room by a Scottish piper and the time-honored and emotion-filled “Address to the Haggis”

 

Joining Haggis at the table will be Cock a Leekie Soup, Neeps and Tatties, Scottish Rib of Beef and Hot Sticky Toffee Pudding.

 

There will also be keynote addresses, Scottish entertainments, the poetry of Robert Burns, a “Toast to the Lassies” and a traditional closing with a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.”

 

Starting from the welcoming cocktail until the end of festivities – free flow beer and wine are provided. 

 

Wines for the evening are sponsored by Artisan Estates.

 

Max Kay - a Famous Scottish Entertainer and also a Western Australian Icon will travel to Bali to serving as Master of ceremonies for the evening. Max has appeared all over the world, including Canada and Carnegie Hall in the U.S.A.. 

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Max will lead the evening of Scottish poetry and music, aided by members of the Scottish Diaspora living and vacationing in Bali. 

 

Guests are encouraged to add to the Scottish quality of the night by wearing, at their option, the plaid of their clan.

 

Tickets for the evening cost Rp. 850,000 net (US$72), which covers cocktails, dinner and free flow beer and wine. 

 

Select Scotch Whiskeys will also be available from a cash bar.

 

A 10% discount is available for advance purchasers of a table of ten.

 

The Bali Dynasty Resort is also offering special accommodation rates for those wishing to stay the Resort in connection with Robert Burns Night.

 

Interest is being surveyed among attendees for a friendly round of 9-holes of golf played in kilts on the Sunday afternoon following the Burn’s night. 

 

Keeping the Plot

Swiss Charity Given Grant to Bali Children’s Project to Teach the Value of Agricultural Sustainability

 

(12/22/2013) Citizens Of Our World (COOW) – a Geneva, Switzerland-based non-profit association has award the Bali Children’s Project (BCP) a US$2,000 grant to re-educate Balinese kids and their families on the importance and joys of agriculture.

 

 

BCP’s winning proposal was to build an organic, traditional and sustainable teaching garden in the village of Kembengan in Tulikup, Gianyar. The resulting garden is used to educate local Balinese youth in the heritage of medicinal plants by creating a rich and varied organic garden producing herbs and edible plants. A major aim of the garden is to help sustain the Balinese tradition of healing with natural herbal remedies that has been studied and practice through centuries but is now under threat from modernization.

 

Bali is a traditional agricultural society, but due to the pressures of modern tourism and changing land use, Balinese youth are forgetting how to grow the plants that once sustained their diets and provided the ingredients for traditional healing arts.

 

The COOW funding supports a Balinese gardening expert who will teach the children not only the use of the herbs for medicine, but also how to garden organically. The project will start with a 2 ARE (200 square meters) plot, but with expansion planned to adjoining land is available.

 

The funds provided by COOW, are helping to establish pilot small traditional gardens tended by those assisted by the Bali Children’s Project.

 

Demonstrating the value of farming, the produce from these small gardens is often sold, teaching in the process a valuable lesson in sustainability.

As a consequence of the pilot project in Tulikup, BCP staff, in cooperation with experts from Bali ROLE Foundation, is now also creating a small prototype garden at a kindergarten in Tegallalang, near Ubud. 

 

A larger garden is also planned to be cultivated in January in Tulikup, multiplying the many benefits of the initial funding provided by COOW.

The Bali project is turning formally unproductive garden plots into “living drug stores” (Apotik Hidup) with plans that are put to productive ends. 

 

Tourists visiting the Bali Children’s Project are shown the plots by the young agriculturalists who share their excitement and knowledge acquired by the enthusiastic kids.

 

Citizen Of Our World (COOW) was founded in 2009 to allow people around the world the chance to contribute to the well being of the most disadvantaged people through small, transparent and well-documented projects. Those contributing funds are also allowed to actively vote in selecting the recipients of grants that must, as a matter of eligibility, use 90% of the donated funds for actual project work.

 

The U.N. Millennium Goals for the planet reflect the values and aspirations of COOW. 

 

Bali Children’s Project (BCP) is a tax-exempt non-profit charitable foundation that has been helping children in Bali for nearly two decades. Using education as a means of improving the lives of disadvantaged young people in Bali. BCP empowers children to realize their potential while learning how to enrich their lives and their villages. 

 

Focusing on girls as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty, BCP programs include sponsorship of individual children, classroom support, teacher training, workshops and classes for Sex Ed and HIV-AIDS awareness and health. 

 

Guardian Angels on Patrol

Bali Police Out in Force to Keep Christmas and New Years Peaceful

 

Bali News: Guardian Angels on Patrol

(12/22/2013) The State News Agency Antara reports that as many as 12,260 police personnel will be on stand-by during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays for 2013-2014.

 

The head of the Bali Police Force, Inspector General Julius Benny Mokalu, said at an assembly for “Operasi Lilin” on Saturday, December 21m 2013, intended to safeguard the approaching holiday period: “We will maximize the deployment of 12,260 personnel. There will be no holidays, except for illness.”

 

Mokalu said that the police personnel would be synergized, proactive and innovative in working with members of the Armed Forces to secure all gateways to Bali, including informal access points that might be used by terrorists.

 

General Mokalu said Bali’s security situation remains conducive.

 

Fire in Ubud

Fire Destroys Byukukung Spa and Restaurant in Ubud

 

Bali News: Fire in Ubud

(12/22/2013) During a heavy rainstorm on Friday evening, December 20, 2013, a fire consumed the spa and restaurant at Villa Byukukung on Jalan Sugriwa, Padangtegal, in Ubud.

 

The building, covered in thatching, were largely destroyed by the blaze.

Efforts by firefighters to bring the fire under control were frustrated by the distance of the burning buildings from the main road.

 

The Bali Post reports that the fire was first discovered at 10:15 pm. The fire quickly grew and spread, punctuated by the sound of exploding LPG canisters.

 

Shortly after midnight the complete complement firefighters and equipment from the Gianyar regency managed to contain the fire believed to have caused hundreds of millions in Rupiah of damage.

 

Police investigators believe the fire originated from a short-circuiting of the hot water systems for the spa that spread to a nearby LPG tank.

 

Taking Tourism Promotion for Granted

Lack of Government Funding Support for the Promotion Destines Bali Tourism Growth to be Stunted

 

Bali News: Taking Tourism Promotion for Granted

(12/22/2013) The Bali Tourism Agency official in charge of promotions, Nyoman Wardawan, is complaining that the Rp. 1 billion (US$83,200) allocated from the provincial budget for tourism promotion in 2014 is “too little.”

 

As quoted by Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post), Wardawan said: ?? “The amount is similar to that in 2013, and we consider this small considering that tourism is Bali’s economic backbone. To sustain the economy, or even improve it, we need more funds to promote tourism.” 

 

Wardawan says the money allocated isinsufficient to meet the Government’s desire to increase tourist numbers through the use of creative and innovative promotional activities.

 

With the limited funds in hand, the provincial tourism agency said delegations would join the annual ITB tourism Exhibition in Berlin and the World Travel Mart in London.

 

If additional funding can be secured during the course of the coming fiscal year, promotion might also be undertaken to other markets including Japan, India and China.

 

Meanwhile, what funding, if any, will be made available for the Bali Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) remains unclear. The head of BPPD, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, claims he has received no confirmation of what funds will be made available, saying: ??“We have proposed funds [for programs], but there’s been no clarity. In fact, the law stipulates that the board was established by the government and we are entitled to funds from the central and regional budgets.”

 

Tjokorda said that the newly formed BPPD would like to focus on promoting Bali tourism to new travelers and promoting MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), sports, leisure, silver (retirees) and creative tourism.

 

The BPPD has requested a minimum budget of Rp. 59 billion to operate in 2014.

 

Separately, the head of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Wiryanti Sukamdani, says that at least US$10 is needed in promotional funding to lure one foreign visitor Indonesia.

 

News that Really Bites

Bali Officials Admit Bali Won’t be Rabies-Free before 2015

 

Bali News: News that Really Bites

(12/22/2013) The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that Bali has pushed back its target for once again being rabies free from 2012 to 2015.

 

The reemergence of rabies cases in several areas of Bali in 2013 meant efforts to completely eradicate the disease have failed.

 

A human casualty in September 2013 has also called into question the effectiveness of the government’s free vaccine program intended to protect those living on the island from dying from rabies bites.

 

The September 2013 fatality was the first confirmed human case of rabies since the previous July.

 

Dr. Ketut Suarjaya, the head of the Bali Health Agency explained: “Bali can only declare itself rabies-free if there is no single case of rabies in humans or animals within a two-year period.”

 

Cases of rabies among Bali’s dog population are still reported in the regencies of Gianyar, Bangli and Buleleng.

 

Health authorities still report an average 100 dog bite reports per day, down from the average 130 reported each day in 2012.

 

The Bali Post states that the stock of anti-rabies vaccine (VAR) for humans bitten by animals suspected of rabies is currently very low.

 

Bali’s Sanglah General Hospital is reportedly out of VAR stock and only treating bite victims by cleaning their wounds. Patients, promised free VAR by the government, are now being told they must purchase life-saving and expensive VAR from a nearby drug store.

 

The lack of VAR at the at Sanglah General Hospital and Udayana University Hospital – two of Bali’s largest medical centers -  is happening at the same time that Dr. Ketut Suarjaya insists Bali still has a remaining stock of 9,000 vials of VAR.

 

Suarjaya also says an additional 41,00 vials of VAR will arrive in Bali before the New Year.

 

In the meantime, those bitten by stray dogs are told to wash their bite wounds, seek a supply of free VAR from a local health center that still holds a stock, try to observe the attack dog for two weeks to see if it shows signs of a rabies infection or purchase VAR from a commercial pharmacy.

 

Taking Tourism Promotion for Granted

Lack of Government Funding Support for the Promotion Destines Bali Tourism Growth to be Stunted

 

Bali News: Taking Tourism Promotion for Granted

(12/22/2013) The Bali Tourism Agency official in charge of promotions, Nyoman Wardawan, is complaining that the Rp. 1 billion (US$83,200) allocated from the provincial budget for tourism promotion in 2014 is “too little.”

 

As quoted by Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post), Wardawan said: ?? “The amount is similar to that in 2013, and we consider this small considering that tourism is Bali’s economic backbone. To sustain the economy, or even improve it, we need more funds to promote tourism.” 

 

Wardawan says the money allocated isinsufficient to meet the Government’s desire to increase tourist numbers through the use of creative and innovative promotional activities.

 

With the limited funds in hand, the provincial tourism agency said delegations would join the annual ITB tourism Exhibition in Berlin and the World Travel Mart in London.

 

If additional funding can be secured during the course of the coming fiscal year, promotion might also be undertaken to other markets including Japan, India and China.

 

Meanwhile, what funding, if any, will be made available for the Bali Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) remains unclear. The head of BPPD, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati, claims he has received no confirmation of what funds will be made available, saying: ??“We have proposed funds [for programs], but there’s been no clarity. In fact, the law stipulates that the board was established by the government and we are entitled to funds from the central and regional budgets.”

 

Tjokorda said that the newly formed BPPD would like to focus on promoting Bali tourism to new travelers and promoting MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), sports, leisure, silver (retirees) and creative tourism.

 

The BPPD has requested a minimum budget of Rp. 59 billion to operate in 2014.

 

Separately, the head of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Wiryanti Sukamdani, says that at least US$10 is needed in promotional funding to lure one foreign visitor Indonesia.

 

Less than Happy Landings

Private Jet Operators Protest Higher Landing Fees at Bali Airport

 

Bali News: Less than Happy Landings

(12/22/2013) Charter aircraft operators are complaining bitterly about mandatory ground handling fees being imposed on visiting aircraft by a joint-veture partner of  PT Angkasa Pura I  who manage of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport.

 

The Jakarta Post reports that chartered planes have been obliged since October 2013 to use the services of PT ExecuJet Indonesia, despite the availability of competing service companies at the airport. 

 

PT Execujet Indonesia is a joint venture between Angkasa Pura and the Swiss ExecuJet Aviation Group.

 

Indonesian National Air Carrier Association (INACA) representative Denon Prawiraatmadja complained: “There are a number of firms providing the same services at Ngurah Rai. As players, we have the right to freely choose our own ground-handling partner that will help accommodate our operations.” 

 

Angkasa Pura, in seeming violation of national anti-monopoly legislation, issued a circular in September requiring the services of their join venture be used.

 

The cost of using the Angkasa Pura affiliate is high. Explained Denon: ??“[AngkasaPura] charges every player, including those that provide pioneer flights or medical evacuation services, US$6,000 per landing, which is very expensive.” 

 

Previously the charges were less than US$2,000.

 

Angkasa Pura justifies the steep increase in charges by pointing to the new private aviation terminal constructed to handle the growing number of private charter flights operating to Bali.

 

Angkasa Pura has promised to meet and discuss the concerns of charter flight operators.

 

Restrained Celebration

Police and Kuta, Bali Village Officials to Restrain the Use of Fireworks and Firecrackers on New Year’s Eve

 

Bali News: Restrained Celebration

(12/22/2013) During the celebration of 2013-2014 New Year’s Eve on Bali’s popular Kuta Beach police have vowed that the roadsides will be free of vendors selling firecrackers and fireworks. 

 

Tempo.co reports that the use of firecrackers and fireworks will be limited to specific areas. 

 

These rules have been agreed with local village, sub-districts heads and the police in Kuta. An agreement between police and the local authorities was annonced by the sub-district chief (Camat) of Kuta, Gede Rai Wijaya, on Monday, December 16, 2013.

 

Rai said the steps had been undertaken to protect the heavy concentration of tourists expected to be on Kuta Beach ushering in the New Year. 

 

Said Wijaya: “If we see traders selling fireworks, we will take firm action; telling them to get out of Kuta. We will (also) turn them over to the village chief for further action.”

 

Tourists wishing to celebrate the New Year with fireworks or firecrackers will only be allowed to do so beginning at 10:00 pm on December 31, 2103 until 2:00 a.m. on January 1, 2014.

 

The use of such material will be limited to several special areas on Kuta Beach. These areas will be outlined and controlled by the traditional village authorities of Kuta assisted by the Kuta Police Precinct. 

 

A Dark Transition to 2014?

Outsourced Workers' Union Threaten to Closed Down PLN, Garuda Indonesia and State Railways on December 31, 2013



Bali News: A Dark Transition to 2014?

(12/22/2013) New Year’s revelers in Bali and Java may be celebrating in the dark if power utility workers carry through with their threats to stage a “Black Day” on December 31, 2013.

 

Suppliers or outsourced companies providing services to the State Power Board (PT PLN) say they will make New Year’s Eve go “dark” if their demands are unmet. 

 

Metronews.com reports that the Fraternal President of the Muslim Workers of Indonesia (PPMI), Ahmad Faud Anwar, repeated the threat on behalf of outsourced workers on Java and Bali that they are prepared to go on strike. Anwar said: “Just imagine if the employees of PLN, Garuda Indonesia and the State Rail Company (PT KAI) refuse to work. What will happen will be a total shut down. We wish to demonstrate that these are the things we run. We have a basic need (to be answered)." 

 

The union leader's statements were made at the Jakarta Legal Aid Office (LBH) on Saturday, December 14, 2013. 

 

He said workers in Java and Bali were prepared to go on strike.

 

Ahmad also told how East Kalimantan once undertook a “Black Day” for 10 minutes that caused a total shutdown.

 

Ahmad went on to explain that the planned action is not sabotage, but the result of needed work procedures that have not been performed. Continuing to underline his threat, he said: “PLN has 700,000 outsourced workers. Imagine if they refuse to work. There will be no need to shut down the power, it will shut down on its own.”

 

Ahamd explained that the planned “Black Day” is a last ditch effort if demands are not met in negotiations being held in the run up to New Years.

 

The workers assigned to State-Owned Companies are demanding that the President issue an order in accordance with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Working Committee on Outsourcing and Labor for State-Owned Company.

 

The workers are also calling on the government to dismiss the Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Dahlan Iskan, and for the House of Representatives (DPR) to form a special legislative committee on outsourcing.

 

Beware of Falling Trees in Bali

5 Deaths Blamed on Strong Winds in North Bali.

 

Bali News: Beware of Falling Trees in Bali

(12/23/2013) Adverse weather in Bali’s north on Sunday, December 15, 2013 resulted in ancient trees falling along the Seririt-Singaraja road, blamed for the death of two local residents.

 

Desy Handayani (23) and Made Artana (46) from Mayong Village near Seririt were killed instantly when a large falling tree struck the motorcycle on which they were traveling.

 

As reported by Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post), police for the Seririt Police precinct confirmed the two were found dead at the scene with serious head injuries.

 

Commander I Made Joni issued a warning to the public, saying: “There are so many old trees along the roads, we cannot be sure about their condition.” 

 

At the same time, police asked the department of public works to inspect the condition of trees lining the main highway.

 

A public works official from Buleleng refused to shoulder the blame, insisting that the trees are a matter for attention by the provincial government. Ketut Yasa of the Buleleng Public Works Office said: ??“The shade trees were planted by the provincial administration and therefore, it is their responsibility to deal with the trees.”

 

Wishing to spread around the blame even further, Yasa added: “All members of the community must also be proactive in protecting their locales, including reporting to Buleleng Public Works Agency, as well as the Sanitation and Landscape Agency, when they find old trees that may endanger motorists and people.” 

 

The severe weather in Bali’s north was also blamed for the death of three construction workers at Lokpaksa in Serirt when the wall at a construction site collapse. Dead are three workers Gede Sarjana (25) from Karangasem, and Gusti Gede Mangku (45) and Gusti Aji Mangku (50) – both from Lokpaksa.

 

Fear and Loathing from Small Minds

Terrorism Expert: Bali Not a Prime Target of Terrorists

 

Bali News: Fear and Loathing from Small Minds

(12/21/2013) Against the background of new terrorism warnings from the National Police saying Bali may be at risk of terrorist attack over the Christmas and New Year Holidays, the director of the National Body of for the Prevention of Terrorism (BNPT), Esa Permadi, has told a Bali audience that the Island is no longer a prime target for extremists.

 

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Permadi recently told an audience in Sanur that Bali is no longer a main target for acts of terror. “The current strong unity and local knowledge (in Bali) not only bars terrorists but also prevents radical acts,” said Permadi.

 

He continued by saying that since the first Bali bombing of 2002 and the second bombing in 2005, the people of Bali, law enforcement agencies and local neighborhood watch (pecalang) are united to keep Bali safe.

 

“The BNPT also has joint programs with the public, academics, religious leaders, public figures and the youth to prevent radical thinking,” he said.

 

At the same time the BNPT caution that Bali is not immune to extraordinary acts of terrorism. “We are at risk if the people and officials let down their guard,” he warned.

 

The terrorism expert warned that there are still areas of Bali ripe for radical movements including Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. In these areas he said there are still pockets of radicalism based on research carried out by the BNPT.

 

 

Good for What Ails You

Siloam Hospitals Acquires BIMC Hospitals in Bali

 

Bali News: Good for What Ails You

(12/21/2013) PT Siloam International Hospitals have announced the acquisition of BIMC Hospital, operating medical facilitiies in Kuta and Nusa Dua.

 

The announcement was made on Monday, December 16, 2013. 

 

According to Kompas.com, the acquisition took place through the purchase of 80% of the shares of PT Medika Sarana Traliansia by Siloam at a cost of Rp. 308 billion (US$25.6 million) including the assumption of the outstanding debt.

 

The acquisition sees Siloam operating three hospitals in Bali.

 

The recently opened Siloam Hospital on the Sunset Road in Bali provides 280 patient beds.

 

Dr. Gershu Paul, president director of the Siloam Hospital Group said: “Siloam also has plans to establish clinics in Ubud, Mataram (Lombok) and Labuan Bajo (Flores) to widen access to both quality primary and secondary health service in those areas.”

 

By purchasing BIMC Hospital, Siloam adds 80 patient beds to their Bali operation.

 

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