Monday, July 27, 2015

BALI - Latest Updates...Om Swastiastu ...

Leading the news this week: 3 are dead and 1 hospitalized following suspected methanol poisoning at a Kuta Café. A visiting lifeguard from Canada is credited with saving four people on Canggu Beach. And, police are investigating allegations of possible police coercion in connection with the recent fire at Bank Central Asia in Kuta.

In other news: Bali collected US$36,9 million in visa fees during the first four months of 2015. In his new post for only four months, Bali's Chief of Police Ronny Sompie will soon be moving to Jakarta to become the next director general of immigration.

Certain to be felt in Indonesia's tourism sector, custom duties on a wide range of important items were dramatically increased last week.

Angkasa Pura at Bali's airport and BMKG are continually monitoring weather conditions and volcanic activity connected with Mt. Raung. In other weather-related stories: Indonesia's vice-president gets stranded in Bali when his jet was grounded by a brief airport closure. And, the ferry that travels between Padang Bai and Nusa Penida suspends services after striking a leak.

Certain that liberalized visa policies guarantee success, Indonesia's Tourism Minister says foreign arrivals will more than double by 2019.

New HIV/AIDS cases have increased in Bali by more than 50% in just three years with most infections limited to heterosexual contact.

News from North Bali: Community members in Lovina call on a floating water park to suspend operations and be towed to shore until it has obtained all needed licenses and permits. Meanwhile, village officials want the West Bali National Park to repairs the pier used by boats crossing from Bali to Menjangan Island.

Indonesia's Transportation Minister want passenger ship to end malfeasance by taking their ticket sales on line.

Tourist are complaining about inoperable public toilets at Kintamani.

Sign of the times? say Indonesian domestic traveler now prefer Yogyakarta over Bali.

Hotel News: The Park Regis Kuta appoints a new director of sales. St. Regis Bali Resort and The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa win honors from Wine Spectator Magazine. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has invited Yoga Masters to lead free Yoga classes for in-house guests. And, the outgoing Regent of Badung defends his role in Bali's unprecedented building boom of new hotels.

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J.M. Daniels,
Editor Bali Update
Bali Discovery Tours

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