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Ozjet to operate Perth-Bali flights
September 14th, 2007

Australian charter operator OzJet will move into the improving Bali market later this month.
Following on the success of its Perth-Derby service launched earlier this year, the carrier will start a three times weekly operation between Perth and Denpasar.

OzJet general manager Western Australia, Richard George, said the new service was a measure of the airlines continuing commitment to grow its business in the west. Our operations in Western Australia are going from strength to strength and with our Bali schedule taking off, OzJet is poised to continue to expand its charter business, he said.

The airlines chief executive officer, Willie ONeill, believes OzJet is geared to develop new and increased charter work. Business is good and we now operate flights from four Australian states and will continue to consolidate and build upon our successes, he said.

The inaugural OzJet Perth-Bali service will leave Perth on Wednesday, September 26, with scheduled services operating every Wednesday, departing at 15.40, arriving in Denpasar at 18-15. The two other services on Saturday and Sunday, will depart at 10.30 and arrive at Denpasar at 14.15. All flights return to Perth an hour later.

The airlines 737-200 aircraft is configured for 102 passengers, including eight business class seats.
OzJet also operates regular services to Norfolk Island from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle; from Brisbane to Port Moresby; and from Perth to Derby.

Cautious Davenport no easy rider in Bali
September 12th, 2007

Comeback mum Lindsay Davenport played it safe while off-court at the Bali International, passing up the chance to arrive at a beachside award ceremony by motorcycle. Instead the three-time Grand Slam champion, who returned to tennis after a short-lived 2006 retirement by winning a doubles match with Daniela Hantuchova on Monday, opted to travel by car for the UNICEF presentation.

The safety-first transport strategy was designed to prevent any potential injury niggles going into a singles match later Tuesday against Eleni Daniilidou of Greece. Davenport is travelling with a large entourage comprising mother Ann, coach Adam Petersen, a nanny and three-year-old son Jagger.

The Californian, who owns 51 titles, last played a year ago in Beijing when she announced she was leaving the game for the joys of home and heart. That vow lasted barely a month after the June birth of Jagger, with Davenport now committed to Bali plus the WTA event next week in Beijing. After that, she will make a decision about continuing into 2008, beginning in January in Australia.

“Nothing is set in stone,” she insists. “I’m excited about playing. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well,” Davenport said after dipping her toe into the doubles. “I still have a little ways to go to get back into the shape I was in before, but I know all that. I’m still excited to be out here and get competitive again and see what I can learn from this week.”

Serb Jelena Jankovic heads the Bali field with a bye in the first round, with Hantuchova seeded second and Patty Schnyder on third.

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Hantuchova Blogs From Bali
September 12th, 2007

Hello again everyone!

Although I didn’t play any matches today, I did practice quite a bit. I had my first session at 8am, then another one around noon. The rest of the day I took it easy, just because I play singles and doubles tomorrow. One of the things we did later was get a Balinese massage in a resort close to the hotel, which was just great.

I love the culture here. The religion is all about being at peace with nature, a much different way of approaching life than I’m used to! It’s so simple, relaxed, and they appreciate the simple things. We’re all so used to rushing through life hoping to get certain things, which here are not necessarily as important as the simple things. Being here really makes you see that a little bit more. Obviously, the food here is wonderful too! The fresh juice… a perfect way to live life :)

Speaking of rushing through everything, there was my journey to Bali! From New York, I got to go home for one day – just to see family and catch up – and then it was time to come here. It wasn’t a very long visit but hopefully I’ll see them all again soon. Of course, New York was great. It’s a wonderful city, there’s always a lot of things happening. I don’t think there could be a bigger contrast between that city and this city. They’re two completely different places on Earth and both are really special. But for me right now, this is the place to be!

Lindsay won her first singles match back convincingly – but I’m not surprised. We practiced a few times already this week and she was hitting the ball really well. I was quite sure she was going to do well this week. Once a champion…

We have a good relationship. I’d say she is one of my friends on the Tour. My closest friends on the Tour are probably Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanovic and Ai Sugiyama. Martina and I come from the same place and we also spend lots of time practicing together. She’s just a great person to be around. Ana is a good friend, also. Ai Sugiyama is definitely one of my best friends. I try to be nice to everyone. It’s important, also when you’re playing doubles, to have a lot of fun.

Just like last year, I did the fashion show here this year. It was a fun experience and very easy to do. They try to make everything as easy and simple as possible for the players, which is great of course. I’ve done some modeling things outside of the Tour, too, for a change – but I’d never trade it for being a tennis player!

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. I play my first singles match, as well as my second doubles match with Lindsay. I’ll just be trying to do my best on the court as always. I have to be ready and do the right things. Hopefully it all goes well.

I’ll talk to you all afterwards!


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W Hotels debuts in Bali
September 3rd, 2007

Singapore–W Hotels will open its first property in Indonesia in 2009. W Retreat & Spa–Bali will be the brand’s fourth retreat in the world, W Retreat & Spa-Maldives, which opened in September 2006, and the impending openings of W Retreat & Spa-Vieques, scheduled to open in late 2008, and W Retreat & Residences-Koh Samui, scheduled to open in 2009.

The newly built W Retreat & Spa-Bali will be located in the Seminyak in Bali, featuring 232 rooms, including 80 luxury villas.

Putin to visit Indonesia, Australia, UAE in early Sep-Kremlin
September 1st, 2007

MOSCOW, August 31 (Itar-Tass) — On September 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to Indonesia, the Kremlin press service reported on Friday.

On September 7, the Russian head of state will make an official visit to Australia. On September 8-9, Putin will take part in a summit of heads of state and government of the countries-participants in the forum “Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Sydney.

On September 10, the Russian president will pay an official visit to United Arab Emirates.

Bali now fourth most popular destination
August 28th, 2007

Bali is now Australia’s fourth most popular holiday destination, behind New Zealand, Thailand and the USA. Its share of the total Australian holiday market has grown by 44.5 per cent over the most recent half year, he says.Garuda says the 85,860 Australians visiting Bali during the first half of this year was around 30,000 more than for the same time last year. Western Australia remains Bali’s biggest Australian market, followed by NSW and Victoria.

Meanwhile, collapsed Bali airline Air Paradise is often reported to be looking at a comeback, depending on finance, while Singapore-based low-budget carrier Tiger Airways has also hinted at possible flights between Bali and Australia.

The Little Bali Hotel and Resort Company co-founder Brett Morgan says although Australian numbers have improved they are still a long way from where they should be.

Foreign investors eyeing Bali Banks
August 20th, 2007

DENPASAR (Antara): American and Singaporean investors are eyeing two local banks which are in dire need of fresh fund to increase their capital to a minimum of Rp 80 billion (US$8.6 million) respectively, an official has said.

“Some Indonesian and foreign investors have expressed keen interest in buying Bank Sariparta and Bank Sinar which are required to increase their capital to Rp 80 billion each by the end of 2007,” Denpasar-chapter of Bank Indonesia (BI) medium-scale bank senior controller Achmad Fauji said Sunday.

Investors from Singapore and the United States had been exploring the possibility of buying Bank Sariparta, he said on the sidelines of a Denpasar-chapter Bank Indonesia meeting.

He, however, did not mention the names of investors that wanted to purchase Bank Sinar.

Previously, the head of BI office in Denpasar, I Ketut Sanjaya, said Bank Sinar was looking for an additional capital of Rp 55 billion and Bank Sriparta Rp 65 billion.


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