Monday, April 13, 2015

BALI - Latest Updates - Om Swastiastu ...

Chinese visitors to Bali are booming; some of them behaving badly. Bali immigration authorities working with Chinese police have arrested and deported 39 Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese nationals for cyber-crime activities in Bali. Bali’s chief of police issues a warning for local residents to be more aware of possible criminal activity by foreign visitors.

Cases of hemorrhagic fever are expected to peak this month as Bali’s main hospital is experiencing a bed shortage trying to keep up with the large influx of patients.

Stricter control on the sale of beer are scheduled to take effect this week under new rules issued by the Minister of Trade, Meanwhile, beer distributors say 4-5 million bottles in beer sales will be lost due to the new regulation. In an angry exchange with local citizens in Bali last week, the Minister of Trade affirmed the enforcement of the new rules would go ahead as planned.

Once the pride of his home island, Bali-born Jero Wacik is facing multiple corruption charges in connection with his handling of two ministerial portfolios he held under President Yudhoyono.

The Minister of Justice has called for better facilities and more staff at the Airport immigration office.

The Governor has delivered his State of the Economy report to the DPR-Bali, we share the highlights.

In other news: Bali university students have planted trees in Bali’s southern mangrove to raise environmental awareness. Jamie Oliver's Italian Restaurant in Bali names a veteran Bali hotelier as general manager. And, Singapore, in the face of a downturn in arrivals, invests heavily in tourism promotion.

Hotel News: A new hotel project in Canggu is accused of violating zoning laws. Melia Hotels International to add 3 more properties in Bali. Pierre Lang is named as general manager to open the new Alila Seminyak. Asian comfort food of noodles and congee on offer 24 hours a day at the Trans Resort Bali. Bene Italian Kitchen at the Sheraton Bali Resort proclaims “No Phone Fridays” with food discounts of 50% if you’re prepared to leave your phone at the door. Uma Cucina at the Umba by COMO in Ubud now features a Sunday brunch. And we share the mysterious history of room #327 at the Inna Grand Bali Beach in Bali.

Bali Hai Cruises launches Discovery Luncheon Cruises at Nusa Lembongan Island. The Denpasar Tourism Office promotes Denpasar Heritage City Tours. And,, 8 honored for putting Bali first at 2015 Tri Hita Karana Awards.

Join me at Rotary Club Nusa Dua on April 23, 2015 where I will be the lunchtime speaker on why Bali needs a moratorium on new hotels.

Looking Ahead:



Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...

J.M. Daniels,
Editor Bali Update
Bali Discovery Tours

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