Dear people around the world,

Bali still safe for tourism,

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency has urged tourists to continue visiting Bali, saying the resort island is safe except for the area around Mount Agung, a volcano in eastern Indonesia that could erupt at any time.

Three hundred tremors were recorded in the vicinity of the volcano between midnight and 6am on Sunday and white smoke was detected 200 metres above the crater.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweeted that as of Sunday morning the volcano had not erupted and there was no volcanic ash.

A radius of nine kilometres and 12 kilometres around the mountain was considered dangerous but the resort island was otherwise safe.

Mount Agung is 71 kilometres from the tourist hot spot of Kuta and 32 kilometers away from centre of Ubud

Flights in and out of Bali's international airport remain normal with 50,000 to 60,000 travellers in and out of the island every day says Ngurah Rai airport general manager Yanus Suprayogi.

The director general of air transport, Agus Santoso said even if the volcano erupted with lava it would not affect aviation unless there was also volcanic ash.

Nine alternative airports outside of Bali had been prepared for diverted flights if volcanic ash was detected.

Mr Santoso said 300 buses would be available to transport affected travellers to ferry ports and bus stations so they could leave Bali if flights were affected.

"Bali tourism is safe. Do not spread misleading news that Bali is not safe because Mount Agung is on the highest alert status. Please come and visit Bali,"

Quoted from Sydney morning herald

Maca’s Environment Reponsibility

1. Water Conservation
Maca has installed of low flow shower-heads, and low flush toilets to reduce the water usage in all villas. Additionally, Maca also participate in sheet and towel exchange programs to conserve water resources by reducing the frequency of laundering guest linens. A typical occupied villa soaks up 400 lt of water every day. Installation of water-efficient guest fixtures has helped Maca decrease water use by an average of 20%. Water-efficient shower-heads have already been installed at most villa, and we continue to replace all toilets that have a flush capacity over 1 gallons. Engineering initiatives throughout the portfolio have been instrumental in conserving water and include capital works projects such as water-recycling systems for grounds irrigation.

2. Electricity
Energy conservation is increasingly important given the environmental costs associated with energy production and it's impact on the financial bottom line. Energy generation is the major source of green house gas emissions contributing to global warming. Additionally, energy production is a major expenditure for hotels including lighting, heating, and cooling. Maca has implemented an energy conservation effort through the use of energy efficient lighting and new technology including central key to swith on and of the light, LED lights, heat pump from the solar energy, and upgraded equipment. The company also measured its carbon footprint in accordance with the local government regulation.

3. Waste Management System

Maca has continued to support the separation of garbage into the following categories: food waste, paper, plastic, tin oil, etc. We also implemented the waste management plan such as Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We also recycling of waste water from our sewage treatment plant for irrigation water. Last but not least we use the bio-degradable products and cleaning supplies in laundry, stewarding and housekeeping to support and maintain our waste management program.

4. Keeping the Outdoor Area Green and Clean

Maca uses plants and trees that tolerant of the local climate, soils, and natural water availability.Measures are taken to prevent the introduction of pest and exotic species. On a regular basis, we conduct a cleaning blitz every month together with the local communities and other neighbour’s villa to ensure our area at Lebak Sari is well maintain and clean, including a fogging to eliminate the mosquitos.

5. Say No to Plastic Program
The plastic bags you bring to our villas from the supermarket or shop probably end up in a landfill. Every year, more than 500 billion plastic bags are distributed, and less than 3% of those bags are recycled. They are typically made of polyethylene and can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade in landfills that emit harmful greenhouse gases. Maca produces its own recycle bag available in each villas to be used to reducing your contribution to plastic-bag pollution.

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