Monday, October 18, 2010

Bali Latest Updates

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A particularly busy week for news in Bali.

The White House says President Obama may once again be inbound for Bali in early November. After two cancelled visits to date, we’re eagerly waiting to see if Air Force One eventually does land in Bali. If the President does come this way, we hope President Yudhoyono and Tourism Minister Wacik invites him to view the magnificent show of “Bali Agung” now playing 4 days each week at the Bali Safari and Marine Park. The show does Indonesia and Bali proud and would be the perfect moment to share with Mr. Obama.

In two solemn ceremonies last week Bali remembered the 202 people who died in terrorists attacks in Bali on October 12, 2002.

More sad news this week as a deadly truck crash on Jalan Uluwatu leaves 6 dead and many injured. No less tragic – Bali’s death toll from rabies has logged its 100th victim.

Lines of confrontation may be forming as opposing sides line up on both sides of Bali’s continuing zoning confrontation. An effort to repeal the new zoning law with the Supreme Court by the people of Pecatu is being lambasted by Balinese who see the new law as a “matter of life and death” for the preservation of Balinese culture.

Other news includes an additional arrest of a leading Bali tourism official for corruption. There's news of the arrest of a Hotel Putri Bali employee for the embezzlement of US$222,000. A violent taxi driver who vandalized Blue Bird taxis gets off lightly with probation. And Bali police uncover another cache of stolen sacred items linked to a Frenchman, Mr. Kino, who is now being sought by the authorities.

In aviation news: Philippine Airlines have announced plans to link Bali and Manila. Garuda is smiling broadly as it wins a top service award. The President orders work on the renovation of Bali’s airport to commence ahead of schedule in November 2010. And the government announces plans to expand its “visa-on-board” policy to help reduce waiting lines at Bali’s airport.

In hotel news, the long-running saga over the struggle for control of the Aston Bali Resort on Tanjung Benoa continues. On a more cheerful note, The Nikko Bali Resort and Spa is holding a bridal fair on October 30, 2010.

Villas in Bali are back in the news. The Bali police find that many commercial villas are failing to adequately provide for the safety and security of their guests. In a separate story Badung regency officials complain that many villa owners are evading their tax obligations by pretending their commercial villa operations are private homes.

There’s news on the very short length of stay for Bali visitors and confirmation that some 25,000 new migrants flock to Bali every year from other islands of Indonesia.

There’s also news from Bali's theatrical business – a tale of elephants who don’t flush from Bali Taman Safari and Marine Park’s ‘Bali Agung’ show may give you cause to smile..

Just some of the news in this week’s Bali Update.

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