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Page 22 • MICEBTN - MARCH- MAY 2017 BALI, INDONESIA BALI, INDONESIA ‘Origins’ is 2017 Writers Fest theme ORGANISERS are preparing for the annual five-day Ubud Writers and Readers Festival from 25–29 October 2017. “This year’s theme, ‘Origins’, is drawn from the Hindu philosophy ‘Sangkan Paraning Dumadi’ – and speaks of our eternal connection to where we have come from, and to where we will ultimately return,” explained founder and director Janet DeNeefe. “At a time of global unrest and political turmoil, ‘Origins’ invites us to consider the biggest picture – to contemplate not just our connec- tions from person to person, but as a collective humanity extending across people, the planet and peri- ods of time.” Early Bird tickets will be on sale with the program from July, with the full program and line-up availa- ble in August. Police chief makes transnational crime a priority Sanur bike touring has a little bit of everything CYCLE tours of Sanur have been attracting travel website and blog attention in recent months, iden- tifying the activity as one with wide appeal especially when combined with highlight venues such as the well-known Sindhu Market. Sanur Cycle Tours’ market visit gives visitors a chance to shop for local foods, fresh produce and souvenirs. It is well suited as a pre or post-wedding activity, allowing both the immedi- ate wedding party and guests to enjoy something together that is both relaxing and fulfilling. Such tours could also be ramped up for an incentive reward. The company’s tours program is suffi- ciently flexible for customisation and there is plenty of scope to add unique factors such as taking part in food preparation. A sunrise tour includes a relaxing slow-paced beachside ride with stops to enjoy the sunrise and for an early morning swim if wished. Riders can also watch fishermen casting their nets and sometimes kite-flying at Mertasari beach. Sanur Cycle Tours Breakfast is at the Stiff Chilli, something of a Sanur icon www.stiffchilli.com Among other alterna- tives are rice field rides, a visit to the harbour and fishing settlement of Serangan, a number of Ubud options and for real enthusiasts a longer tour of Bali. Cycling from Sanur to Ubud by local lanes and rice fields is a mem- orable experience. On the web: www.sanurcycletours.com BALI’s new police chief, inspector general Petrus (Peter) Reinhard Golose has made it clear he is going to crack down on transnational organised crime. While most visitors to Bali don’t come into contact with crime even at a petty level, when an Australian or other international visitor does become involved – as a victim or participant – the incident generates news headlines that have the poten- tial to scare off foreigners. Crime is a downside to Bali’s evo- lution as one of the world’s most welcoming destinations where the spiritual foundation of society can be shared by wedding parties, incentive groups, conference dele- gates and leisure travellers. Manado-born Golose has an impressive track record of handling counter-terrorism as well as other criminal investigations, including transnational crime, which has seen him working closely with police agencies throughout Asia Pacific and beyond. He also has a strong academic background. Golose explained recently that transnational organised crime ranged widely and encompassed terrorism, drug and human traf- ficking, cybercrime, international economic crime and money laun- dering. In Bali his priority will be to deal with drug trafficking.