Monday, October 26, 2015

BALI…Latest Updates…Om Swastiastu ...

Over 1,000 athletes from 31 countries swam, biked and ran in South Bali yesterday at the 8th Herbalife Bali International Triathlon with Australians claiming the #1 spot in all divisions.

Leading this weeks news: Police have 119 foreign nationals in their sites as suspects in a massive ATM Card fraud scheme inflicted on visiting holidaymakers to Indonesia. Yesterday, Bali police and immigration officials arrested a serial killer from India as he landed at Bali’s airport. A large group of disgraced Bali’s cops will undergo a disciplinary hearing soon for extorting money from Australian tourists. A Taiwanese woman has reportedly contracted rabies after being attacked by stray dogs near Tanah Lot. And, the National Anti-Terror Agency is putting procedures in place to safeguard tourist sites from terror attacks.

Agricultural News: A farming cooperative in Petang is recording phenomenal increases in income from selling asparagus to local hotels and restaurants. An insurance scheme is being launched to protect Bali farmers from economic ruin when their crop fails. And, Bali’s Governor insists Balinese philosophical beliefs hold the key to preserving its fabled rice terraces.

From Ubud comes the concerning news that police have placed censorship restrictions on the coming Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.

Hotel news: We have a recap of a magical musical evening held at the Westin resort Bali to raise funds for children in Asia.

Aviation News: Indonesia AirAsia X has commenced its 5 times a week service between Bali and Sydney. And, Garuda Indonesia stages a strong return to profitability through the end of Q3 2015.

There’s news on how Chinese travelers rate Bali’s restaurants.

Bali’s tourism industry says Immigration officials need to set up more immigration gateways to help achieve ambitious tourism targets.

The Japanese ambassador to Indonesia pays an official call on Bali asking that special care be given to keeping Japanese travelers safe and sound.

Feeling Hungry? Join me this Wednesday at The Trans Resort Bali for a very special wine dinner. I promise to keep the conversation snappy on topics touristic.

Next week Bali Update #1,000 goes to press. Please help keep the news coming by placing your banner ads on Balidiscovery,com and Bali Update.


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Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...

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

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