Monday, September 21, 2015

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

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

Visitors in Bali should note that Thursday, September 24, 2015, is the Islamic Holiday of Idul Adha set by the Government - the day on which the “Father” of three Abrahamic religions made his epic offering to God. Also not that Thursday is a public holiday.

Leading the news this week from Bali: An intoxicated Perth man has died after crashing through a glass window of his hotel room in Kuta. Rabies has claimed the life of a woman in North Bali who was refused VAR vaccine at a health center two months ago. West Java and Bali police are investigating allegations of human trafficking made against a roadside café in West Bali. And, the manager of the Bali Wake Dolphin Park issues a formal reply to animal rights groups accusing his company of mistreating dolphins.

The fight against corruption in Bali continues. The new chief Police in Bali has quickly demoted and transferred three policemen from the Kuta police precinct accused of extorting money from 16 Australian men on holiday in Bali.

Following public outrage generated by a recent same-sex wedding in Bali, the Governor asks Non-Hindus not to use Hindu Religious Rituals in marriage celebrations. Meanwhile, Governor is lamenting reports of coercion by immigration officers at Bali’s Airport that he thinks have set back efforts to positively promote tourism.

Because of tourism, Bali’s economy is doing better than rest of Indonesia. Economic growth in Bali pegged at 6% for 2015.

Fight fans take note. There will be a WBO Lightweight title defense in Bali in November.

The Indonesian Government has a list of 10-tourist destinations in Indonesia due for heavy infrastructure investment to help them compete with Bali.

Hotel News: The surrounding community at Bali Nirwana Resort is asking the Trump Hotel Company not to disturb the after-dark tranquility of their area. There are Italian cooking lessons every Friday in October at Prego –The Westin Nusa Dua, Bali. And, you can worship the full moon each month through the end of 2015 by performing yoga at the Four Seasons Resort at Sayan in Ubud.

Aviation News: Qantas announces plans to return after a seven years absence to offer a short-season of flights between Sydney and Bali. Government planners say Indian travelers to Bali would surge with free visas and direct flights. And, domestic flights decreased 5.56% during the first seven months of 2015.

Excitement building following last week's press conference in Jakarta for the 8th Herbalife Bali International Triathlon on Sunday, October 25, 2015.

We also delve into the “X Files” and examine myths and superstitions surrounding Bali’s iconic Tanah Lot Temple

More than Half visiting Bali’s most sacred temple complains of bad treatment by guides and traders.

Looking Ahead:



Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...

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

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