Om Swastiastu ...
Om Swastiastu ...
The secret is out. You now know how we spent our New Year’s Eve: Preparing the first edition of Bali Update for 2018, This year Bali Update will mark our 20th year when, in early March 2018, we publish Bali’s leading tourism newsletter.
Let us be among the first to wish all our many readers around the world the happiest and most prosperous of New Years.
Things are starting to look up in the New Year. After arrivals to Bali dropped dramatically after the 2.5-day closure of Bali’s Airport in later November, arrivals and occupancies are now on a rapid mend. A Presidential visit and new bookings for the Christmas and New Years are demonstrating to Bali and the entire world that the Island remains safe for a holiday, despite the continued rumbling of volcanic Mount Agung.
Another reason for New Year cheer, last week China withdrew its travel caution telling what has become Bali’s biggest inbound market that Bali is a safe place to visit as long as people stay away from the narrow “exclusion zone” surrounding the volcano.
In other news, A Grab Taxi driver has been arrested for stealing money and jewelry from one of his passengers.
In a surprise and rather confusing move, Bali’s Deputy Governor has declared the Besakih Temple open to visitors apparently ignoring its very close proximity to the Temple and its location within the official “no go” exclusion zone. Possibly precipitated by such confusion, a number of fool-hardly tourists ignored police warnings last week and climbed to the peak of Mount Agung, luckily escaping death and injury in the process.
Bali’s Chief of Police has named names and taken the bold position of warning the heretofore sacrosanct Balinese “mass organisations ” seen in many quarters as “criminal gangs,” to cease illegal activities and the victimisation of the people in Bali.
Trash forms a part of this week’s Update. Badung Regency officials some dressed as superheroes are working morning to night to keep Kuta Beach trash free. Meanwhile, it’s full speed ahead to reduce the 20-meter high trash dump of TPA Suwung before next October’s IMF-World Bank Summit.
Aviation and Transportation News: Bali’s Airport now offers terminal announcements in Indonesian, English, and Balinese. A new fast ship service can now speed traveler from Jimbaran to Banyuwangi in just two hours – cutting some 4-hours off a comparable overland journey. Bali records tragic increases in traffic accidents and road fatalities in 2017. The Trans Sabargita Bus System is not using fewer and smaller buses as the Island’s mass transit system undergoes a major rethink. And, local tourism leaders call on he Government to postpone any increase in the Passenger Service Charge at Bali’s Airport.
The Badung Regency has put substantial funding in place to operate a Tourism Emergency Center to Assist Travelers in the Event of any temporary closure of Bali’s Airport.
Bali’s Governor has agreed to grant senior licensed tour guide “life-long” operating licenses to replace the current 3-year license.
Bali’s immigration office provides data and plans to track foreigners taking up residence in Bali.
The Visesa Resort in Bali is preparing a new program of two new daily live cultural performances at the Puri Kantor (mid-day) and Visesa Desa Ubud (late afternoon). Designed and choreographed by the artistic team of Made Sidia and Peter Wilson, set to premiere in late September, show every sign of becoming theatrical blockbusters.
Dog fanciers and animal lovers generally are sure to enjoy the appearance of Dr. Lawrence Blair on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Ayodya Bali Resorts 3rd instalment of the Bale Banjar Club.
Source: Bali Daily