Monday, September 14, 2009

Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

The biggest news of the week is the decision by Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, to resign his ministerial post. Read the whys and wherefores in this week’s update.

Other news includes a decision to delay enhanced air traffic rights between Malaysia and Indonesia. Another sign of worsening relations between Malaysia and Indonesia? Bali’s police chief calls for identity and background checks on everyone working at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport. A national tourism official outlines tourist arrival targets for 2009 and 2010. Bali has been declared an infectious area for the spread of rabies with confirmed cases now in three districts of the island. A pregnant woman’s death at Denpasar's General Hospital has been officially linked to the H1N1 virus. And, police arrest two men in connection with a well-organized ring selling turtle meat to Bali restaurants.

Good news this week with the report of the birth of the 3rd baby elephant in six months at Bali’s Elephant Safari Park and a record-setting flight of 90 paragliders over Bali’s southern peninsula on September 9, 2009.

Spice Diver respond to deny last week’s press reports that they are operating their business without the required licenses.

Feeling hungry? The Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel re-opens its refurbished and relocated Sanur Harum Chinese Restaurant. On the other side of the island, InterContinental Bali Resort begins weekly seafood preparation and cooking lessons.

Mark your calendar for the BIWA Christmas Bazaar on November 1, 2009 and the performance of a Balinese version of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” coming to Ubud October 7-11, 2009.

I’ll be traveling in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong September 20-26th. Members of the travel industry in those cities who’d like to learn about Bali and the services of Bali Discovery Tours can drop me an email.

Bali News as it happens: Follow me on at BaliUpdateEd

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