Bali Update January 9, 2017

In what many hope signals the “beginning of the end” to the polemic over the reclamation of Benoa Bay, the Government is ordering a complete and independent review of the project tp be conducted by Bali’s Udayana University and The World Bank.

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Leading the news this week: Ary Setya, a well-known Event Organizer in Bali, has died in a domestic dispute in Denpasar. Police are classifying the fall of a Central Javanese tourist into the ocean at the Uluwatu Temple Complex a suicide. And, 36 families of traditional fishermen on Serangan Island are now homeless after Bali police execute an eviction notice.

Street Justice in the news: One purse thief was injured and another killed when they were set upon by an angry crowd. In a separate but related item, Police in West Denpasar are asking people to turn captured thieves over to police after two teenage boys stealing food were humiliated and beaten on New Year’s Eve.

Travel professions express shock at a 20% drop in length-of-stay for visiting tourists that has largely rendered recent increases in tourist numbers a “zero sum game.”

Weather remains in the news. Rain is blamed for dramatic increases in the price of chilies island-wide and for failing grape crops in North Bali.

We have an update on continuing efforts to capture crocodiles roaming the metropolitan river delta in South Denpasar.

Police are now looking into possible criminal violations in connection with the construction and operation of the Level 21 Mall and Cinema XXI complex in downtown Denpasar.

Cruise News: The North Bali port of Celukan Bawang lacks proper infrastructure to handle the growing number of cruise ship visits. While at the Island’s South, the Port of Benoa experienced a decline in cruise passenger visits in 2016.

We have news this week of the death of two foreign nationals who made a difference in Bali: Bamboo campaigner Linda Garland and musicologist Richard Kaal.

Police Inspector General Petrus Golose has assumed top command of the Bali Police.

Officials in the Regency of Gianyar have set targets and goals for 2017 to improve the visitor experience in Ubud.

In hotel news, an unruly Englishman has been shown the door at least one hotel in Bali.

Aviation News: The Citilink Pilot who was off-loaded from a flight in Surabaya for exhibiting bizarre behavior has been fired and had his pilot’s license revoked. And, the newly renovated Blimbingsari Banyuwangi Airport will offer direct flight connections from Jakarta starting in April 2017.

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