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Tuesday May 25, 12:36 PM

Bali Attracting More Tourists: Travel Operators

JAKARTA, May 25 Asia Pulse - The number of foreign tourists from Asia and Europe to the country's tourist island of Bali has tended to increase lately, airlines said.
Trene Jacko from Singapore Airlines said the carrier has continued flying tourists from Denmark to Bali even after the bloody terrorist bombing of Bali in 2002.

"Bali is very popular in Denmark, therefore, we will continue to sell Bali" Jacko said in a meeting of airline operators and travel agents in Bali on Monday.

Puan Sri Kamelia Abdu Azis, head of Malaysia's KAA Travel Sdn Bhd, said Bali gains greater popularity in Malaysia and more Malaysians visit Bali from year to year.

Based on official data, Danish visitors to Bali average 1,000 per month so far in 2004 up from 900 in 2003.

Around 4,380 Malaysians visited Bali in April, placing it the eighth among the countries sending tourists to Bali after Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Germany, Britain, the United States and South Korea.

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Bali - the best island in the world 2003 -

It's been a challenging year for Bali, but that hasn't stopped T+L readers from visiting the island—and loving it. It takes top honors for the second year in a row, boosted by No. 1 scores for its people and for value. Perhaps the most significant island news this year, however, is Kauai: for the first time since we began asking T+L readers to rate islands, the Garden Isle finishes ahead of its sister island Maui.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/results.cfm?cat=islands
 

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Bvlgari announces first Asia resort in Bali next July


Mimi Hudoyo, Bali ( 2003-12-15 )


BALI is to have a super luxury, five star-plus boutique resort, when the Bvlgari Hotels and Resorts Bali opens in July 2005.

The resort is to start construction in January 2004 for 58 villas including one Bvlgari Suite. Each one-bedroom villa takes about 300m2 of land. The size of the villas and the rooms will be the largest among hotels in a similar category in Bali.

Owned by Jimbaran Villas, which is part of Indonesia’s MRA Group, the project is estimated to cost a total investment of US$25 million.

Commenting on the prospect of the resort, MRA director, Mr Soetikno Soedarjo, said: “On the one hand, Bali is still a top island destination in the world according to travel publications worldwide. On the other hand, the products of the existing boutique hotels in Bali look tired already. So Bali needs new and fresh products in that category.”
 

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Westin Bali opens in grand scale today

Mimi Hudoyo, Bali ( 2003-12-10 )


THE Westin Resort Bali, which was formerly Sheraton Nusa Indah Resort, was officially launched today after having undergone an extensive US$5 million refurbishment.

The renovation program was led by several internationally acclaimed architects and designers including the famous Made Wijaya, who was responsible for the remodelling of the whole pool area and gardens. And leading the redesign of the 355 guest rooms and suites was Indonesian’s well-known interior designer, Hadi Prana.

Each room has the Westub Heavenly Bed, a 25” flat-screen TV, electronic laptop-size safe, three telephones and broadband Internet access.

The resort has an introductory package from US$85 per room per night until December 25, 2003 and from January 10 to March 31, 2004. This includes accommodation in garden view room and buffet breakfast for two. For reservations, call toll free 0800-123-9595 (in Indonesia) or 1800-325-9595 (in Singapore) and quote rate
 

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35 countries to participate in Bali banner festival

DENPASAR, Bali (Antara): Some 35 countries have confirmed their participation in a banner festival to be held here from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, a spokesman said on Friday.

American, African, Asian and European countries, as well as Indonesian provinces, will send banners to the three-day international festival, I Kadek Suardana, the chairman of the Arti Foundation, which is organizing the event, said.

Each country has sent at least three banners, he said, adding that one country had sent 10 banners.

Some 135 banners have been sent to Bali and will be displayed in Puputan field in downtown Denpasar, he said.

Suardana said the festival was aimed at improving understanding among people.
 

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Bvlgari Hotel to Operate Soon
Wed June 16, 2004

JAKARTA (Bisnis): PT Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA) is going to operate Bvlgari Hotel in Bali at the end of 2005 and targets the occupancy rate at 40% in the first year.

"We estimate the occupancy rate to reach 40% in the first year and 65% at most in the fifth year," said Soetikno Soedarjo, managing director of MRA, to Bisnis recently.

He was optimistic the outlook of the hotel would be bright. "Bali is the most visited tourism island in Indonesia. Furthermore, Bvlgari Hotel is the second hotel only after Milan."

Bvlgari Hotel is a five-star hotel whose development involves local and foreign investors. The hotel is a franchise of Bvlgari SpA, Italy.

The hotel includes 58 villas, a spa, two restaurants, and other facilities. Soetikno predicted the hotel would reach its BEP (break event point) by the sixth year.

Carla Parengkuan, Executive Director of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI), said there would be two more five-star hotels operating in Indonesia by 2005, which were Bvlgari hotle in Bali and The Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta.

The post-2002 bombing Bali's tourism potential, she added, recently improved from less than 1,000 people per day to 4,000. Before the bombing, the volume of the tourists could reach 5,500 tourists a day.

She believed the recent sluggish rupiah and the presidential election would not significantly affect the outlook of the tourism and hotel business. (ltc)
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Eh,
I remembered reading about a Garuda something something statue in Bali that suppose to be really2 big and high.
It is not finished yet right?
Any pics?
 

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Eh,
I remembered reading about a Garuda something something statue in Bali that suppose to be really2 big and high.
It is not finished yet right?
Any pics?
I think you mean the GWK Garuda WisnU Kencana cultural Park.
Costing US$ 42million and composed of 2500 tons of stainless steel covered in moulded copper at a height of 146 metres
 

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Bali World’s Best

Review - Private Enterprise: Bali World’s Best
July 25, 2004 11:45 PM,

Laksamana.Net - Bali has won the US-based Travel + Leisure magazine’s World's Best Island Award for the third consecutive year.

Thousands of readers voted in the poll published in the magazine’s July 27 edition, reported Antara.

Other categories included best hotel, city, tour operator and safari outfitter, airline, cruise liner and car-rental agency.

The www.travelandleisure.com website said that Bali collected the highest points based on evaluations of its natural attractions, restaurants and food, people, value, hotel services, transportation and the overall tourism package.

Indonesian consul general in New York, Kristio Wahyono, is expected to receive the award on July 29 at a ceremony in the city's Per Se restaurant, reported The Jakarta Post.

The island's Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort & Spa also won the award for the World's Best Hotel for $250 or less.

Wahyono said the award confirmed that Bali had bounced back as one of the world's top tourist destinations following the bombing two years ago that killed over 200 people, mainly foreign tourists.

Other winners included Singapore Airlines and Sydney as the world's best airline and city, respectively.
 

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Kunjungan Warga Australia di Bali tak Berubah

Menbudpar I Gede Ardika menuturkan kunjungan warga Australia di Bali tidak mengalami perubahan yang signifikan meski terjadi peledakan bom di kawasan Kuningan, Jakarta.

"Sebelumn ada ledakan, warga negara Australia di Bali sekitar 900 orang per hari. Setelah ledakan bom, dari pantauan kami pada 10-11 September warga Australia yang berada di Bali mencapai 1.200 orang per hari," ujarnya di Istan Wapres hari ini

Menurut dia, kebijakan travel warning oleh Australia merupakan kewajiban setiap pemerintah untuk mengingatkan warga negaranya. Namun hal itu tetap tergantun pada warga negaranya sendiri apakah akan tetap datang atau tidak.

Sumber: Bisnis Indonesia
 

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I personally do know someone who's cancelled her planned visit to Bali at the end of the year...it may not hit now, but it will certainly affect the numbers in the coming holiday season..
 

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yeah... this travel warning sucks..
thanks to the bombing, my girlfriend is not coming to Jakarta and Bali anymore at the end of the year...
 

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yeah... this travel warning sucks..
thanks to the bombing, my girlfriend is not coming to Jakarta and Bali anymore at the end of the year...
do you know that travel insurance companies won't accept any claim for bali and indonesia, though they say they cover it, but one of their article obvious quted that they won't accept any claim for countries that listed in the "to defer non essential traveliing country" in the government websites???
 

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I personally do know someone who's cancelled her planned visit to Bali at the end of the year...it may not hit now, but it will certainly affect the numbers in the coming holiday season
Lets hope it wont be mass cancelation, I read on www.baliforum.com and all the australian and many more from europe/States already confirm with their plan to go Bali. well baliforum is a forum for bali lovers, of course they wont deter their trip but hope the best for Bali and Indonesia in particular.

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Bali tops holiday destination list
JAKARTA: Indonesia's resort island of Bali has been chosen as the most favorite holiday destination in Asia for four consecutive years, a survey by international magazine TIME has disclosed.

The 2004 TIME Readers' Travel Choice, which drew almost 2,500 responses from its readers in Asia, also named Singapore as the most favorite business city, Singapore Airlines as the most favorite airline, and Changi as the most favorite airport in the region.

TIME Asia associate publisher Ivy Choi said the results highlighted the appreciation toward Asia's brands in the travel sector.

Also in the list were Shangri-La hotels as the preferred hotel chain and Visa as the preferred credit card. --JP
 
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Bali is again the best island in terms of everything...not just the beach but the mountain view, the paddy field, the culture, the people, the art, the way of life, and how everything just seems to exist as 1 big gift from God to the earth.... and nothing is plastic in Bali.......

If we can just make our other tourist destination as wonderful as Bali, then we will probably be one of the very top destined countries in the world. :)
 
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