Half Way to 3 Million Visitors in 2013
Missing in Action
Are We Not Worthy?
Bumpy Road Ahead
Bali Tourism Promotion Board Established
Licensed to Thrill
Educating the Public on Tourism
Cebu Pacific Commences Bali Service
Bali Ability to Feed Itself in Doubt
NELBali Property News
Bali By the Numbers: Bali Ends the First Half of 2013 with 9% More Foreign Visitors than 2012
June 2013 saw 275,617 foreign tourists visit Bali, an increase month-on-month of 15.7% over the 238,296 foreign visitors that came to Bali in June 2012.
On a cumulative basis for the first half of the year, arrivals have reached 1,492,971 – an improvement of 9% over the total foreign visitors who came to Bali in the first half of 2012.
With a full six months of visitors under our belt, it is now possible to more boldly extrapolate that by the end of 2013 a record 3.15 million foreign tourists will have come to Bali, providing the current overall growth rate of 9% is sustained untill the end of the year.
Foreign Arrivals by Major Markets
- AUSTRALIA – continues to be the leader for tourist visitors. The strong growth experienced in Australian arrivals over the past half-decade, however, now appears to be cooling with arrivals up only 1.37% for January-June 2013.
- PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – PRC arrivals have increased 15.09% in the first half of 2013, firmly cementing the Mainland Chinese market’s role as the second largest producer of foreign visitors to Bali – a ranking held by the Chinese for the past three years.
- JAPAN – After falling into the doldrums, Japanese arrivals are on a rebound, responding to added flight capacities and more focused promotion. Japanese arrivals increased 17.87% during the first six months of 2013 totaling 96,013.
- MALAYSIA – Cheap flights, and lots of them, continue to boost Malaysian visitors to Bali. With 93,200 visitors from Malaysia during the first six months of 2013, Malaysian arrivals are up12.29% and stand poised to potentially push Japan out of third place in the race for foreign source markets to Bali.
- SINGAPORE – Singapore arrivals are up 15.28% for the first half of 2013 at 63,510. Will an additional flight bySingapore Airlines help to boost Singapore arrival numbers even higher?
- SOUTH KOREAN – South Korean visitors – on a cumulative basis – declined 1.86% during the first six months of the year.
- TAIWAN – Taiwanese visitors are on the mend, improving January – June 2013 by 8.99%.
- UNITED KINGDOM – The news is not good from the U.K. with visitors down 7.41% from the U.K. during the six months of 2013. Will these declining numbers in U.K. visitors divert Garuda Indonesia from its plans to recommence flights to the U.K?
- UNITED STATES – In 9th place among all source markets for Bali visitors, American tourists are up 7.77% for the first half of 2013.
- FRANCE – The French are operating on something of a plateau with an increase of only 1.34% for visitors January-June 2013.
- RUSSIA – Russian visitors have increased a respectable 7.57% during the first half of 2013.
- GERMANY- Despite any economic woes in Germany, German tourists continue to visit Bali, improving 9.94% January-June 2013.
- INDIA– India is increasingly a player in Bali tourism with arrivals January to June up 23.56% totaling 31,529.
- THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch visitors declined 1.47% during the first six months of 2013 and have been supplanted in the rankings by India.
Statue of Namesake of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Moved to New Location Closer to Entrance
Gusti Ngurah Rai – the Balinese revolutionary hero went missing in action, at least temporarily.
At 11:30 pm on Monday. July 15, 2013, the statue of Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai left its dais at the round-about near the airport’s entrance and was moved to a new location even closer to the new entrance to the airport.
The move, necessitated by the extensive remodeling and upgrade underway at Bali’s airport, was approved by the family of the illustrious revolutionary leader who perished on November 20, 1946 in the Puputan Margarana near Tabanan, West Bali.
The timing and date of the move was done in accordance with dewasa aya– the Balinese calendar that sets out specific and propitious dates for major undertakings.
The entire move went smoothly requiring only one hour to complete and took place almost one year later than originally planned by the airport authority and four year’s after the monument's initial erection.
Much care and attention was invested in the statue's initial erection in 2009. The statues (including its pedestal) stood 8 meters high and was surrounded by 17 water fountains in order to reflect the founding date of the Indonesian Republic August 17, 1945.
It is not clear if this numerological significance has been preserved in the statue’s new location.
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is home to two commemorative statues honoring the Airport’s namesake. One statue of Gusti Ngurah Rai stands in the newly created roundabout at the airport entrance to the new Bali toll way and the second, the just-move statue now standing near the airport’s entrance.
Opening Date and Tariff for Bali’s New Toll Road will Only be Known after July 25, 2013
When, exactly, Bali’s new toll road connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport - Nusa Dua will open and what it will cost to travel Bali’s first toll road remain uncertain.
While Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to formally inaugurate the road on July 13, 2013, the actual opening of the road to traffic may be sometime later.
The State News Agency Antara says that roadworthiness tests will only be completed on July 25, 2013.
But that does not mean the road will immediately open on that date. Drajad Hari Suseno, the spokesman for the roadway’s operators PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol, said: “One the road worthiness tests are done, only then can we seek approval of the tariff for the roadway.”
Drajad said the Ministry of Public Works, the Ministry of Transportation and the Indonesian Police would carry out the roadworthiness certification. The official tariff to be charged the public will be set by the Minister of Public Works.
PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol has already proposed a tariff for four-wheeled vehicles of Rp. 10,000 (US$1.00) and for motorcycles Rp. 4,000 (US$0.40).
Among the areas to be reviewed in determining the roadworthiness of the Bali toll road is the conformance of the road’s design with existing regulations, demarcation and signage and the finishing of the road surface.
Drajad also explained that wind speed monitors are being installed on the road, permitting the road to be closed to motorcycles or cars if wind conditions make the road unsafe for vehicular traffic.
Shoddy Roadwork Work Cited at Bali’s New Dewa Ruci Simpang Siur Underpass
Complaints are raining in regarding the poor quality of cement paving done by PT Adhi Karya and others in the construction of the new underpass project at the Dewa Ruci Monument at Simpang Siur.
As reported by Beritabali.com, the cement finish on the roadway through the underpass is uneven and wavy, providing a less-than-smooth ride for passing motorists.
The chairman of the Bali Chapter of the National Association of Contractors, Wayan Adnyana, says, “In my opinion the uneven quality of the cement in underpass is due to one of two possible causes. It was either not built in accordance the original design plans (bestek) or the workmanship is of inferior quality."
Saying he had read complaints about the quality of work on the new road in the local press, Adnyana who also serves as a member of the Bali Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), added: “The people have every right to voice their opinion on a project that consumed billions of rupiah from both national and regional budgets. The people will also the ones to use the new road together with the millions of tourists who holiday in Bali.”
Adnyana said he would soon visit the project site to review the overall quality of work performed by the contractor. Such a review, he insisted, must be done before the formal handover of the project from the contractors - PT Adhi Karya to the government.
Adnyana told the press that the land occupied by the new underpass is labile, due to its close location to the mangrove forests. Nonetheless, if the road is “rolling” he insisted there remains little choice but to tear up the road and redo the cement paving.
“The purpose of the underpass is to reduce traffic congestion in South Bali. Because of this the work must be of a high quality, because tens of thousand of vehicles will use the road every day,” sad Adnyana.
The project manager for the new underpass, Hendro Satrio, confirmed to reporters on May 28, 2013, that the roadway was indeed “wavy” and that the road is currently undergoing trial operations. “We are testing the road. In connection with complaints received from the public, we will review the project. We are now correcting deficiencies,” he said.
According to Satrio, a formal review of the project by the contractors would be delivered in June.
The Dewa Ruci Underpass Project was built by PT Adhi Karya and associates at a total cost of Rp. 136.19 billion (US$13.6 million) covering an area of 0.744 hectares.
The project is part of several major infrastructure projects funded by the government in anticipation of the APEC International Summit to take placein October 2013.
Asphalt is not the Answer
There is concern in some circles that the contractors, under pressure by deadlines to complete and handover the project, will offer to reseal the road with asphalt - a step that would quickly improve the “ride” and remove the current unevenness of the underpass’ road bed.
Critics, however, cite the environmental concerns of using a petroleum-based seal on the road and the fear that resurfacing with asphalt will only incur additional cost for Bali in the future necesitated by having to reseal the highway every 4 to 5 years.
Although certain to cause a delay in the handover, critics argue that PT Adhi Karya must be compelled by the government to rebuild the road bed by replacing the cement so inexpertly installed initially.
Governor Names Nine to Head Bali Tourism Promotion Board
(6/7/2013)The Jakarta Post reports that Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika will “immediately inaugurate" the Bali Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) comprised of local tourism leaders and academics charged with promoting Bali tourism overseas.
Said Pastika on Wednesday, June 5, 2013: “I am eager to inaugurate the board as soon as possible, so that the board could work soon. I strongly support the board to identify and answer the many challenges in Bali’s tourism.”
An official decree issued in December 2012 called for the creation of the BPPD led by nine members drawn from tourism, academia and government circles.
Appointed to head the BPPD are:
- Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (Cok Ace) the former regent of Gianyar and chairman of the Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI).
- Bagus Sudibya, a hotel and travel company owner in Bali and also a member of the Association of Tour and Travel Agents (ASITA).
- Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, a hotel owner and a member of the Indonesian Tourism Association (GIPI).
- Yos WK Amerta, a marine tourism operator and a member of the Indonesian Marine Tourism Association (Gahawisri).
- Sang Putu Subaya from the Association of Tour Guides Association (HPI).
- Putu Juarez Robin Putra, owner of a professional conference organizer and a member of the Society of Indonesian Professional Convention Organizers (SIPCO).
- Professor Dr. Komang Bendesa, an Assistant Rector at Bali’s Udayana University.
- Putu Saroyoni Piartini, a lecturer in management studies at Udayana University.
- Taufik Hidayat, general manager for Garuda Indonesia in Bali.