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New Kuta Condotel opening April 2009

The largest hotel chain the Best Western announced they will be opening a brand new hotel the Best Western New Kuta Condotel in April 2009 in Bali. The 278-room hotel will be located on the dreamland beach in Kuta and will offer great rooms and world-class facilities for its guests. This establishment will the first Best Western to open in Bali

The hotel will no doubt be a great place to relax and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of Kuta. With shaded loungers next to the beautiful swimming pool and complete fitness facility, this hotel will be highly sort after by visitors to Bali. And one more thing, if your looking for some where to de-stress, why not try the Bhuvana Spa, which is an exclusive Best Western Spa.

The hotel will offer dining and entertainment in its stylish restaurant that will serve wonderful international cuisines. It also has a lobby lounge, clubhouse, a shopping arcade and an entertainment centre to round thing off. Golfing facilities as well as a variety of activities are available nearby for entertainment. The Best Western New Kuta Condotel did not forget about the business person, they have full business centre facilities including meeting rooms available in the hotel.

Wayan R. Astawa the General Manager of the new Best Western in Bali said he was very excited to be opening the first Best Western property in Bali. He believes that the new property will be of great service to travelers needs while they are on holiday and he looks forward to greeting guests.

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Asia Development Bank to hold meetings in Bali

Three major meetings for 2009 have been scheduled in Bali by the Bali International Convention Centre (BICC)

 Early May will see the Board of Governor of Asia Development Bank hold its annual meeting which is anticipated to be attended by over 3000 delegates. Some of the subjects to be discussed are the current global financial crisis, regional economic integration and climate change.

The month of May will also see an estimated 5000 delegates attend the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) congress in Bali. About 500 international speakers will take part in this event with the support of 47 international and national organizations.

Finally, August see the BICC hosting the International Congress on AIDS for the Asia and Pacific areas.

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Bali’s Spiritual Tourism set to soar

Bali is seen as one of the world’s top spiritual tourism destinations, however its potential is yet to be fully explored, a seminar heard Saturday.

Wayan Wijayasa, an industry observer of the Denpasar Tourism Academy mentioned, the reality is spiritual tourism was already growing in Bali.

“An example is the fact there is an increase of hotels providing yoga classes. An increasing amount of tourists are traveling to Bali to expand their spirituality, even though we do not have the complete figures yet,” he said.

With a tourism masters degree focusing on Yoga, Wijayasa spoke at a seminar held at Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram in Klungkung. This seminar is a section of the continual International Bali-india Yoga Festival.

Wijayasa said the potential to grow such tourism comes predominately from western countries that are interested in learning eastern philosophies in this case yoga. Quoting from a recent study in the US showed approximately 16.5 million people were practicing yoga.

Wijayasa also went onto to say the if just 1 percent of this figure traveled to Bali to participate in spiritual tourism, that would see 160,000 tourists visiting Bali each year.

The recent study also showed the Americans spent around US$2.9 billion on purchasing yoga equipment and classes.

Wijayasa said “Bali could become the main supplier for equipment if it was more creative”

In addition Wijayasa conducted his own studies and found 14 hotels in Ubud that had made yoga classes available.

Having all the natural resources as well as natural scenery, Wijayasa is quite confident that Bali can benefit greatly for this industry.

Other speakers attending the seminar were Ketut Narya, head of research and development at the Bali Tourism Agency, and Indra Udayana, head of the Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram.

In spite of the enormous potential, Narya said the provincial administration has yet to come up with a comprehensible concept on how to grow spiritual tourism on the island.

“The growth of spiritual tourism has been completed by practitioners, whereas the provincial administration has yet to work out a development concept,” he said.

Narya went on to say that spiritual tourism was in line with the cultural tourism concept, regulated under Bylaw No. 3/1991 on Cultural Tourism.

“We are also anticipating that spiritual tourism will assist in extending visitors’ length of stay, which will bring higher spending in Bali,” he said.

The agency recorded that in the past year 2008, the average stay in Bali was approximately 10.6 days.

Indra said there is such great potential for spiritual tourism in Bali, and said his own facility; the Ashram Gandhi Puri Sevagram has 5 bedrooms, with guests staying on average, two weeks.

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Chinese tourists to Bali almost double

The number of Chinese tourists coming to Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has risen to 23,100 in January, an increase of 82.6 percent compared to the December period.

Chinese tourists made up 14.01 percent of foreign tourists visiting and holidaying on the resort island in January said the local statistic agency.

“That is a 82.6 percent increase from the 12,654 Chinese tourists that visited the island in the preceding month,” head of the Bali Provincial Office of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Ida Komang Wisnu said.

In 2008, 131,319 Chinese tourists and holiday makers visited Bali, which is 55.82 percent up from the year before when the number was 84,278.

China is now ranked the third after Australia and Japan in terms of the amount of tourists visiting and holidaying in Bali.

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Despite the apparent differences, Australia and Indonesia are seeking to form stronger ties.

As part of efforts to build an even closer connection, leaders from a wide spectrum of both nations — together with political, business, religious, academic and civil society representatives — met in Sydney, Australia, in late February for a three-day summit.

Key topics discussed were the environment, democracy, economic development and investment. The need to deal with how the two nations are perceived by each other was also a focus.

While the two-sided relationship has endured periods of strain, the individual governments currently enjoy good contacts.

In 2008, government ministers from Australia and Indonesia made 32 visits to each other between them, according to Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith.

Indonesia, the largest receiver of Australian aid, has committed $643,940 toward rebuilding in the wake of the destructive Victorian bushfires and also sent a forensics team to help identify victims.

The two countries also signed a comprehensive partnership agreement in 2005, committing to cooperation in economic, technical and security areas.

Furthermore, there are moves to liberalize trade between Australia and Indonesia as an addition to the recent free trade agreement between the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), of which Indonesia is a member, and Australia and New Zealand.

Although areas of debate remain — including Canberra’s refusal to reduce its travel warning to Indonesia — there are concerns that these good relationships at official levels are not being mirrored in relations between the two countries.

“We have a way to go in countering some negative perceptions of the relationship that persist in both Australian and Indonesia,” Smith said in an address to the summit on Feb. 20.

Smith’s counterpart Hassan Wirajuda, head of the group of 70 Indonesian delegates who attended, said that even though the Australia-Indonesia relationship had never been better, more needs to be done at the people-to-people level.

“The efforts to enhance the joint relations between our two countries and peoples are not the business of the two governments alone we need the participation of our people,” the Indonesian foreign minister said.

“Australia needs to do better, a lot better, in our level of Indonesian language study, in development of Indonesian studies within our universities and in our schools and our understanding of the enormous complexity that is Indonesian Islam,” Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said at a dinner held as part of the bilateral summit.

Australia’s drive to create a better understanding of Indonesia appears to be part of a process through which it wishes to take on with Asia as the region becomes more prominent. The Prime Minister wants to make Australia “the most Asia-literate country in the West.”

Associate professor Damien Kingsbury from Deakin University’s school of international and political studies said that while there is a high level of unawareness in Australia about Indonesia, the same can also be said of the knowledge of Australia across Indonesia’s 6,000 inhabited islands.

“It’s not so much that the two countries are willfully ignorant of each other. I think it’s just the nature of the types of countries they are,” he said.

Kingsbury said that the differences have less to do with religion — Australia has a predominantly Christian heritage while Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation than with their individual levels and courses of development.

He said that while Australia is a small, modern and cohesive nation, Indonesia is “almost a polar opposite to Australia in that sense”.

Budy Resosudarmo, an Indonesian national based at the research school of Pacific and Asian studies at the Australian National University, said that he has witnessed the effects of the enlarged number of Indonesians who have studied here.

He said he has prearranged conferences for social scientists since 1998. A decade ago, most speakers at the conferences had studied in either the United States or Japan, with very few having studied in Australia.

But at last year’s conference “almost 50 percent of the presenters had an Australian educational background,” said Resosudarmo, adding that a similar shift can be noticed among Indonesian television presenters.

“At least from the Indonesian side, I’m quite sure that there will be more and more of an ability to understand Australia,” he said.

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