Monday, August 24, 2009

Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

May I "steal" the next dance? Malaysia and Indonesia are at loggerheads, with Bali claiming Malaysian tourism promoters are hi-jacking Balinese dances to promote Malaysian destinations.

The Best Western Hotel in Kuta is reportedly open and doing business with no operating license. Three out of four of Bali’s fresh water lakes are shrinking. Arrival numbers via Bali’s airport remain very robust. And, 44 immigration officials in Bali are now safe from criminal prosecutions after being caught stealing US$300,000 in visa-on-arrival fees.

Bali’s police need more bomb-sniffing dogs to fight terrorism, while police officials warn of a possible upsurge in terrorism in the coming October-November period.

A Balinese girl has just won a bikini fashion contest in China; a win causing some concern and embarrassment to Bali tourism officials.

From the Hotel Beat: Starwood hotels in Bali join forces to provide kids with motorcycle helmets; we’ve got a brief interview with the new Chef de Cuisine at the Ayana Resort’s “Dava” restaurant; and Australian Adam McDonald is appointed Resort Manager at the InterContinental Bali Resort.

Looking for something to do in Bali? The Kuta Karnival returns for the 7th year September 17-29; SKAL International President Hulya Aslantas gives a speech in Bali on Friday, August 28; The Ubud Readers & Writers Festival is shaping up to be a gala event October 7-11th; and there’s a major exhibition of paintings by Ipong Purnama Sidhi at the Ganesha Gallery September 3 – October 5.

All these stories, and more, in this week’s Bali Update

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