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No. 35 l June 10 - 24, 2012

Support Community-based Tourism Maya Ubud Resort & Spa’s Sustainable Management Plan places much emphasis on our corporate social responsibility actions in the local communities. As part of this program, preserving local culture and protecting the environment is one of our primary aims. The resort has therefore become the Bapak Angkat of the Penglipuran Village Community in Bangli. This community intends to provide simple tourist accommodation that will enable visitors to the island to experience the true style of Balinese village life.

Joseph Polito


Maya Ubud is assisting in training and guiding the village people in various aspects of customer services, health and safety concerns, financial management, food and beverage service in order they may capitalize on the potential their villages has to offer in respect of the art, culture

and nature. This enriching experience will give visitors a rare opportunity to be involved in community-based tourism that will directly assist villagers in protecting the environment and preserving their cultural heritage, while at the same time being immersed in village life. v

General Manager Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

Joseph oversees operations at the 103-hectare Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort and brings with him over 28 years of hospitality experience spanning six countries and 10 cities. Born in New York, Joseph began his career at Mayfair Regent in New York and spent the last 20 years in Asia including China, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand. Boasting an excellent track record of opening and managing successful resorts, he held key appointments with leading resort brands such as Alila Hotels & Resorts, Aman Resorts as well as Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. Through his leadership and dedication to innovation and service excellence, the hotels that Joseph managed were consistently recognised as amongst the world’s finest by Conde Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure magazines. In his most recent appointment, Joseph was Vice President, Restaurants, Bars & Events at Pan Pacific Hotels Group which manages both Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL brands. He was responsible for developing and implementing restaurant concepts across over 30 properties including Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort. Additionally, he will continue to support the Group’s strategy for Restaurants, Bars and Events by bringing a fresh approach through new and innovative concepts in line with both Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL brands. About Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort The expansive 103-hectare integrated resort is

located on Bali’s magnificent southwest coast and features spectacular views of the island’s volcanic mountains and the Indian Ocean. With 278 rooms including luxury suites and villas, the resort offers world class recreational and banquet facilities including indoor and outdoor meeting spaces for up to 300 guests. Its lush 18-hole world class Greg Norman golf course has also won acclaimed honours including “Best Course in Asia” and “Best Course in Indonesia” and the resort has been named by World Travel Awards as ‘Indonesia’s Leading Golf Resort’. For more information, visit pan-

About Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts comprises 20 premium hotels, resorts and serviced suites (including those under development) in 12 countries across Asia, North America and Oceania. The “Pan Pacific” brand provides refreshing Pacific experiences inspired by an invigorating blend of its Pacific Rim locations. It is focused on enriching experiences that draw on a diversity of landscapes and cultures; and relevant choices that convey freedom and individuality. Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts has been recognised by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the 25 hotel companies demonstrating social responsibility and has won esteemed accolades such as World Travel Awards, AAA Four Diamond Award, Condé Nast Gold List and Readers Choice Awards. For more information, visit v BTNewspaper/PR

Blood Donation in Bali Palms Resort Candidasa To implement the Tri Hita Karana concept, particularly in the area of Pawongan (social aspect) Bali Palms Resort located in Candidasa, Amed organized a blood donation last Saturday (May 26). Blood donation organized in cooperation with the Red Cross of Karangasem was routinely held ev-

ery three months. For the activity in May, the event was also intended to commemorate the National Awakening Day. “Aside from involving our employees, we also invite all employees of other hotels in the Candidasa area, including police, military officer and general public,” said Putu Tirta Yasa, General Manager of Bali Palms Resort and Bali Shangri-la Beach Club. During the activity of blood donation, the committee managed to collect 25 bags of blood, including participation by the Chief of Manggis Police and Chief of Karangasem Town Police who also donated his blood. According to Putu Tirta Yasa, every female employee who donated her first blood was spontaneously given a bonus. The bonus was provided by the General Manager, where in the blood donation last May there were two female employees who received the bonuses. v BTNewspaper/Krisna

Lobby of Griya Santrian

The renovation of Lobby Griya Santrian has been completed and the opening ceremony was held on Wednesday (25/4). The new lobby has a unique look, a feature of it is styling with elegant furniture, like invitations to discover the new look and the foretaste of the hotel. And please welcome the very nice and elegant of the new Lobby of Griya Santrian. v BTNewspaper/PR

The Sixth Anniversary of Bali Villa Association:

Marked with Social Activities and House Refurbishment B a l i Villa Association (BVA) recently celebrated its sixth anniversary on May 19, and pinnacle of the celebration was organized on May 25. According to Chairman of the BVA, Mangku Suteja, at the moment the total membership of BVA has reached 75 villas. “Most of our members are instigators and those from the villa management,” he said when giving a press conference on Wednesday (May 23). Mangku Suteja also doubling as General Manager of The Kunja Villas added the current focus of BVA was to make the organization as a means of communication and gathering for all the villas in Bali. However, its activities gave more priorities to social activities and joint promotion, both in the national and international arena. Meanwhile, related to the anniversary of this year, BVA had organized social activities in which one of them was providing a house refurbishment for the poor at Lebah Pangkung Hamlet, Mengwi, along with furnishings of the house. “It is adequately unique because we do not just build a house, but we also furnish the house with other household furniture,” said Mangku Suteja. Besides, BVA has also helped provide scholarships to disadvantaged students. It specially targeted students who had never acquired a scholarship so that the program would arrive at the right target and meet its designation.

Pinnacle of the sixth anniversary of BVA took place at Mano Café in Seminyak and Wantilan Hall of Petitenget Temple. The happening was attended by all members of the BVA as well as the surrounding community, scholarship recipients, and traders in the night market within the Seminyak area. “We make a concept resembling a night market, where we care about the traders in the night market,” said Mangku Suteja. Illegal Villas When being asked about the rise of illegal or unlicensed villas, Mangku Suteja revealed the role of government as a regulator for this matter was very important. “BVA only serves as a hub of information, so that his party is unable to serve as law enforcement instrument for the illegal villas in Bali,” said Mangku Suteja. Today, there had been thousands of mushrooming villas and their construction could not be stopped, especially in Badung Regency. By all means, they would bring in negative impact to the operator of villas as they were not built in accordance with the existing regulations. v BTNewspaper/Krisna