Monday, September 21, 2009
Om Swastiastu ...
Among our most newsworthy reports this week are the killing by police of the Malaysian terrorist Noordin M. Top in Central Java last Thursday and an off-shore earthquake that made its presence felt in Bali on Saturday morning. There's also news of a blackout on Wednesday that virtually left the entire island in the dark. Read also about the timely system being put into place on South Bali's Tanjung Benoa peninsula to save lives in the event of an actual tsunami.
There's a long awaited installment this week of "Bali by the Numbers" reviewing tourist arrivals to Bali in June and July and including my prediction for 2.2 million visitors by year's end.
There's also more interesting reading in the form of a Jones Lang LaSalle overview of Bali's tourism industry.
Calendar book ready? Be sure to note details of a "fun-raising" Halloween party in Ubud on October 31st, a 25 km down hill bike tour to fight polio on October 18th, an important exhibition of young Indonesian photographers October 10 – November 30, a joint exhibition by a Balinese and Irish painter in Ubud October 6 -30th, and a solo exhibition at the Maya Ubud Resort running through October 30th.
Feeling theatrical? Attend a series of free dramatic play readings being held in conjunction with the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival in the first week of October. Details in this week's edition.
It's high season in Bali over the coming weeks due to the Lebaran holidays. Rooms are at a premium, contact www.Balidiscovery.com if we can help.
To all our Moslem readers we extend the greetings of the season. "Maaf Lahir & Batin."
I'm in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong over the coming few days. Contact me if you're in these cities and you'd like to talk Bali travel.
Got to run – I'm sending this from Shanghai and my dim sum lunch is getting cold.
Bali tourism news as it happens: Follow me on Twitter.com at BaliUpdateEd
Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...
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