Monday, August 31, 2015

BALI...Latest Updates...Om Swastiastu ...

Lead news stories from the last week: The body of a young instructor was recovered in Benoa Bay after he fell from an air borne "flying fish." A French tourist told friends he had been poisoned shortly before dying in a Kuta hotel room. A Chinese Mainland bride drowns in Jimbaran while posing for pre-wedding pictures. A 79-year-old Melbourne man avoids jail time after charges are withdrawn in a vicious knife attack. And, following widespread press reports in Australia, the Chief of Police in Kuta and a number of his subordinates are under investigation in connection with allegation of criminal coercion.

Other news of the week: As dog bite reports decline, Bali officals claim they have enough VAR vaccine to last for the coming three months. Bali's Sanur Village has been declared a "Digital Tourism Village." And, Emergency Preparedness Officials reveal tsunami evacuation plans for Nusa Lembongan.

Shocking many, Bali's governor asks a new power plant in Denpasar to consider "donating" Rp. 100 million each day to his Bali Mandara Plan to assist the Island's poor.
We also have reports on new tighter and better-coordinated permit procedures for visiting filmmakers and journalists. Meanwhile, police announce that more than 12,000 police personnel will be deployed to safeguard the December elections for regional political heads.
38 Bali companies were honored last week at the inaugural Bali Tourism Award ceremony. Included among the winners - the Bali Safari and Marine Park winning honors in three separate categories.

Hotel News: Collier International provides a breakdown of new hotels opening in Bali over the coming two years. PT Raga Wisata - a luxury hotel developer on the Ungasan Peninsula is accused of defacing the cliff face and failing to hold the required building permits. A story of digital marketing success from The Trans Resort Bali and Hotel Link Solutions - Indonesia. And, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua appoints a new Pastry Chef - Baker.
In aviation news, we have coverage of a "second" grand launch of Bali Adventure Sky Tours held near Benoa last week,
Bali Hai Cruises and a West Australian Rotary Club provide desks and chairs to a Grade School on Nusa Lembongan.
Hotel and small inn operators in Labuan Bajo, West Flores and the surrounding regions should consider attending a free seminar on digital marketing for small and medium accommodation providers on Tuesday, September 8, 2015,


Looking Ahead:



Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...

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

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