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Inauguration of Jembrana Tourism Board at Dajuma

Very good news this week in the still gloomy landscape of covid 19: the launch of the Jembrana Tourism Promotion Board which is aimed at accommodating the interests of regional tourism actors in close partnership with the local government. This new organisation is aimed at developing and promoting West Bali to attract tourists discovering this preserved part of the island.

Last Wednesday, October 7th 2020, took place its inauguration by the regent of Jembrana in Dajuma.

The organization consist of 9 people (called team 9) from different background.

  1. PHRI (Hotel & Restaurant Association) 2 persons
  2. ASITA (Travel Agent Association) 2 persons
  3. Academic (Universities Udayana & Polytechnic Negeri Bali) 2 persons
  4. HPI (Tour Guide Association) 1 person
  5. Professional Organization (ICA) 1 person
  6. Garuda Indonesia (Airline Company) 1 person

Our GM in charges of Sales and Marketing, I Kade Rondy Ginawan was chosen by the government to be the chief of this organization. Congratulations dear Rondy!
On the picture Rondy in the middle surrounded by his team.

DAJUMA WIDELY OPENS ITS DOORS

This week, with the unexpected announcement made by Governor Koster to postpone the welcome of foreign tourists until the end of the year, we found some inspiration from history when Winston Churchill said “Never let a good crisis go to waste”!

Why not applying this paradoxical statement to our current situation? This is what we try to do by intensifying our promotion in favor of the domestic market including expatriates at very competitive rates. Our hope was to return slowly but surely to normal after Sept 11th, hope unfortunately nipped in the bud.

So now, let’s open our doors to domestic travellers. West Bali and Dajuma have never been so beautiful and attractive!

DAJUMA CERTIFIED BY HEALTH AUTHORITIES

This week, to complete our July 20th post, Dajuma officially received from the Indonesian authorities a certificate of compliance attesting the respect of hygiene rules all around the resort, aimed at protecting our guests and our staff from the covid 19.

The return to normal is now approaching. Being announced by the Governor of Bali for September 11th with the reopening of Bali Airport to international flights, it was essential to reinforce our internal hygiene rules by following all the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation.

As already explained in our July 20th post, they consist in 6 main measures: hands washing with hydroalcoholic gel, face masks, spray of disinfectant on luggages, check of body temperature, health screening form to be filled during check-in and physical distancing.

A little paradise which becomes safer than ever! When are you back? Airline tickets have never been so cheap!

HELP-COVID CAMPAIGN STATUS

After only 4 weeks, our “Help Covid” campaign has collected 160 MRp (10711 €)  from 63 contributors including 6895 € via Paypal and 57 MRp by direct transfer on our bank account. Our commitment is to transform your contribution into a credit on your next stay with a 30% bonus.

On top of that our staff also received big rice bags from Melinda, Andrew, Angela and Wolfram.

One million thanks for your generosity. It helps a lot Dajuma going through this terrible pandemic.

Let’s dream we will celebrate together the return to normal soon!

AN INTERESTING NEW CONCEPT CALLED « NEW NORMAL »

Last week, the Balinese authorities have inaugurated an interesting new concept called « new normal » supposed to succeed to the Corona virus pandemic. It consists of a set of procedures to be applied by all hotels in Bali. It combines both new individual hygiene behaviours with some specific equipment. Among the most important ones are the masks (both face and plexiglass ones), the hydro-alcoholic distributors, the new social greetings, the physical distancing, the body temperature control and a new equipment installed in the parking area consisting in a sink where everybody (guests and staff) entering Dajuma must deeply wash their hands.

At Dajuma, since the beginning in March, we already applied most of these « new normal » procedures ensuring the best protection of the health of our staff and our guests. After 16 weeks of practice and fine-tuning we can now say that we are totally ready for the « new normal », hoping that it will come soon.

We selected some pictures illustrating these changes.

Welcome again at Dajuma in a safe and secure environment which does not hamper the legendary Balinese zest for life!

Help-COVID

Dear Friends of Dajuma,

Thanks to the commitment and dedication of our staff, Dajuma has been able to stay open for the past 3 months by offering a full service to our rare customers from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.

We were hoping to return to normal in July and forget about this devastating pandemic. Unfortunately, the most optimistic voices are now predicting a return to normal not before the end of the year, the most pessimistic are even talking about 2021.

So far, we have been able to ensure a decent wage for our 48 employees. With their families, a total of 130 people depend economically on Dajuma, not to mention dozens of local suppliers, fishermen, farmers, breeders, workers, tradespeople. Apart from a few bags of rice distributed to the staff, the government has made no provision to help businesses in Bali.

In this context, we urgently need your help.

Whatever the amount of your contribution, it will be credited to your next stay with a 30% bonus and no limit in time.

On behalf of the entire staff of Dajuma, we are very grateful to you for what you can do for us, knowing that the situation is not flourishing in your country either.

We hope to see you again soon in our little paradise. In the meantime, take good care of yourselves.

I Komang Alit Jelantik
I Kade Rondy Ginawan
General Managers

HOW TO SUPPORT US

Thank you very much
Terima kasih banyak!

Thank you Andrew and Melinda!

Dajuma was fortunate to receive this week several bags of rice donated by Andrew and Melinda to our staff to help them overcome this difficult period. This young couple has been a client and friend of Dajuma for years. They celebrated their wedding at the hotel in May 2018 and have remained in contact with us since then. This gesture touched us a lot and we don’t have words strong enough to thank them. We will celebrate their return as soon as possible after the pandemic has ended. A million thanks!

On the picture, from left to right, Agus (Front Desk), Imam (Housekeeping) and Eddy (Restaurant) receiving the bags. Because of the masks, you can’t see their smiles but they are there!

Why West Bali should be on your travel list after the pandemic

Being quarantined for couple of months might be bring something boredom to yourselves, especially for those who are used to do their activities outside home. Now, there is  a question about what will we do after the pandemic passed over? One of the best thing  is traveling, either domestic or overseas and West Bali must be on your list. Why? Because West Bali with its secret vibration will recharge your energy and soul. This is what Bali used to be, totally authentic beautiful nature and culture. And in the heart of it, Dajuma is the place where to stay! We look forward to welcoming you soon!

PREPARING FOR THE POST-CRISIS WITH A NEW WEBSITE

It’s not easy to turn a major event like the corona virus crisis into an opportunity. However, this is what we are trying to do by keeping the hotel open, by offering our rare guests all of our services and above all, by preparing for the post-pandemic period.
A new website is thus under construction which should be put online soon, reflecting as much as possible what we are and our commitment to the environment. It is thanks to you, dear customers and friends, that for almost 20 years, we have been able to develop a hotel style based on the 3 principles of the Balinese philosophy: harmony with the Gods, with nature and between people.
Now, we dream to come back to the pre-crisis occupancy as shown in the 2 photos of the new terrace of our Rama restaurant: the first was taken this week, the second on New Year. Hopefully our dream come true quickly!

THE BALINESE « MIRACLE »

This week, we were lucky to welcome a few guests, happy to swim in our pools without worrying about the distancing rules. Still far from returning to normal, but good in any case for morale!
The other good news is the status of the pandemic in Bali: on May 16, there are only 99 active cases out of 346 in total, with 243 people healed and 4 dead.
An interesting article published by Aljazeera on May 2 finds that there is no visible sign of spread of the pandemic in Bali and wonders about this miracle while the island was still welcoming thousands of Chinese tourists in the beginning of the year. In their investigation, several interesting hypotheses have been put forward that are worth reading.
Either way, Dajuma is holding on thanks to its staff, always as motivated and involved as usual. Simply let us form the wish that all this ends quickly!
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/miracle-explains-bali-coronavirus-cases-200502035557649.html

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