Monday, September 20, 2010

Latest Bali Updates

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Bali hotels and the island as a destination have won honors in the 2010 Smart Asia Travel poll. In a celebratory mood, hoteliers hit the streets this weekend for a 7 kilometer fun run – part of a months' long Sports and Cultural Carnival organized by the Bali Hotel Association.

At two opposite ends of Bali's hotel sector: there's news of 'The Rock Bars' top spot in a CNN ranking among the best 30 hotel bars in the world, and the opening of a small resort focused on helping its guest avoid a drink.

Security and safety are always top news in Bali. Terrorism and rabies warnings from Canberra – will they negatively impact booming travel numbers from Australia to Bali?

Oblivious to such threats, Strategic Airlines is increasing flight frequencies form Townsville, Port Headlands and Brisbane to Bali.

The World Economic Forum reports encouraging news that Indonesia has became more competitive in 2010.

Bali's new police chief is on the beat. He's threatening to fire senior officers who can't solve crimes and meeting with Seminyak residents concerned about deteriorating security in their neighborhood. There's also been another arrest – this time a Frenchman – in the expanding investigation of sacred artifacts stolen from Balinese temples.

Also linked to security: Hundred of Indonesians are being refused entry to Bali at the Gilimanuk port due to the lack of a valid identity cards. Meanwhile, Iranian tourists are under close scrutiny at Bali's airport in the continuing war against narcotics smuggling.

The health and well-being of the Balinese is the focus of coverage of growing suicide rates in Bali and the implementation of free-health services for the island's poor.

Governor Pastika is putting forth an ingenious idea to raise money for schools that will also rid the island of unwanted plastic trash. There's some news of the provincial budget for 2011 that some see as unrealistic and impossible to achieve.

Certain to make some property investors nervous, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association Secretary would like to see illegal commercial villas torn down.

Looking for special events in Bali? Attend an experimental music workshop in Sanur this Wednesday. Coming in November – an important painting exhibition at The Ganesha Gallery in Jimbarnan.

Just some of the news in this edition of Bali Update.

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