Monday, May 10, 2010

Bali Updates

Om Swastiastu ...

Bali suffered the sad loss of a loyal supporter this week with the death of Peter Rieger of and Bali Villas. A professional member of Bali's travel fraternity and founder of the Bali Travel Forum, Rieger will be missed by many.

Last week, Indonesia's Minister of Justice and Human Rights rescinded the unpopular and time-consuming fingerprinting and photography requirement for Bali visitors. The man convicted with killing a Japanese female tourist is sentenced to 20 years in prison. An Australian trade unionist receives 5 months for smuggling marijuana into Bali. Custom officials destroy thousands of bottles of contraband alcohol. And, Mount Barujari volcano on Bali's neighboring island of Lombok has erupted into life.

We've got two articles on the continuing saga of the "Kuta Cowboys."

The Bali Police undergo training in order to deal with new transparency rules which came into effect on May 1, 2010.

A leading Balinese artist is voicing his support for a proposed round Bali rail system, while various members of the tourism industry come out in support of a proposed long term tourist visa for Japanese visitors.

We have an interview with Andreas Kansil the man in charge of the MRA Bali International Triathlon happening on Sunday, June 20, 2010. We also introduce Alejandro Helbing the new general manager at The Bulgari Resort, Bali.

Calendars ready? We've got news of two important art exhibitions and a conference on human sexuality to be held in Bali in August.

We also provide a peak into our mail bag and the letters received over the last week.

Galungan falls on Wednesday this week during this very special and sacred time to be on the island.

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Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...

J.M. Daniels - Bali Update
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