Relief on Way for Crowded Market
Out-of-town traders using the Badung Market precinct to sell their wares are an unstoppable problem until alternative arrangements can be made for them, according to Satpol and the market’s management.
The traders spill out of the market area into crowded Jl Gadjah Mada and narrow, congested Jl Sulawesi – Silk Street – adding to traffic problems and restricting entry and exit to the market’s car park.
Denpasar Satpol chief I Ketut Wibawa and market chief executive I Made Westra met at the weekend to discuss plans for a new area for out-of-town traders after the market’s car park is redeveloped. At present the car park doubles as a trading area on certain days.
The market houses 87 traders in the building while 132 merchants trade outside.
Visas Net $4m
Record tourist arrivals in May brought in another record – US$4 million in $25 Visa on Arrival (VoA) fees collected at Ngurah Rai International Airport. The figure came from Denpasar-based Bank Indonesia analyst Ronald L. Torupan, who said this week VoA fees for the first four months of 2010 totalled $18.5 million.
One factor in increased revenue has been the elimination of the $10 seven-day tourist visa, scrapped last year to foreclose on scams by immigration officers reporting fictional numbers for seven-day arrivals and pocketing the difference.
Twenty-eight hotels in Bali and Lombok were listed this week as asking the Environment Ministry to audit their green credentials under a new national programme. The 18 star-rated Bali hotels and 10 in Lombok were the only ones to apply for the tests in this part of Indonesia, according to Raden Sudirman, who heads an interprovincial environmental taskforce.
In future such tests will be mandatory. Environmental audits are also regularly made in the mining, manufacturing and forestry sectors.
Leading conservation pressure group Indonesia WWF says the government should immediately set up a body with sufficient statutory powers to monitor and control deforestation and degradation of remaining forests.
It made the statement at the Asia Forest Partnership dialogue meeting held at Nusa Dua last weekend. It also said more should be done to ensure equitable benefit sharing flowed from exploitation of natural resources.
This year’s Tanah Lot Arts Festival, held from July 26-August 1, attracted 40,131 visitors, a 13.85 percent increase over 2009, organisers said this week.
Festival chairman I Made Sujana said the increased numbers were “very significant” and organisers hoped future festivals would be even better and more attractive to tourists. “The atmosphere is good and security is always maintained. We hope the festival will bring more tourists to Tanah Lot,” he said.
Sing Us a Song
Monitoring by the radio regulator, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, shows most broadcasters in Bali have no defined target audience and present only entertainment programming even though radio has an important role in providing public information.
Commission member Nyoman Mardika, who released details of the monitoring results last week, said that even if radio stations only took information from newspapers and online sources, that at least would be a public benefit.
He said there was now no radio station on the island that packaged Indonesian news for listeners.
Indonesian-born leading world classical pianist Ananda Sukarlan is heading to Bali to give local enthusiasts an Independence Day treat. He will perform his Rhapsody of the Archipelago in concert at Hotel Tugu Bali, Canggu. Details are available from the hotel.
It will be Sukarlan’s debut Bali performance. He lives in Spain.
The Bali TimesFiled under: The Island