Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 - TH1 IITHBRIDGI HERALD - Friday, March 19, 1971 BALI, LAND OF TEMPLES AND DANCERS Bali becoming Paradise Lost? By ED BLANCHE DEN PASAR, Bali (AP) -The copper-skinned natives really do wear flowers in their hair. The girls really are beautiful and willowy. The sand on the beach really is as fine as talcum powder. The days really are lazy and peaceful. This is Bali, the legendary island, east of Java, the Indonesians call Pulau Dewata, the Isle of Light. Paradise. Or Paradise Lost-maybe. Jets loaded with tourists are invading this gentle land of temples, dancers and flower children. It's only a trickle now, about 15,000 a year. But in the next couple of years this is expected to double. The Indonesian government is all for the invasion. It's trying to get its fledgling tourist industry going and, because it has little money to spare on building it up, the natural place to start was Bali, a ready-made resort with the exotic palm-swaying allure for tourists and their dollars. Once the new International airport at Ngurah Rai was opened last fall, major airlines were quick to jump on the bandwagon. Now two or three jetliners a day roar in over the white sands. Several big hotels are planned. PRICES CLIMB Land prices have skyrocketed. Scrub-covered tracts along the beaches that two years ago were just so much worthless sand now sell for as much as $4,000 an acre. Bali already has attracted some big names: Prince Philip, Ingrid Bergman, Vice-President Spiro Agnew, Australian Prime Minister John Gorton, Rolling TAPE SAIE Regular C OCT S7.9S......... O.SfD MUSICLAND Cor. 13th St. and 3rd Ave. S. Stone Mick J a g g e r, Prince Bernhard. As they do with everyone, the Balinese greeted them with exotic elegance and showered them with fragrant flower petals. Here are the original flower children, all shy charm and innocence, smiles and elegance. There are no beggars to embarrass the tourist, as there are in Jakarta and Surabaja. The very earth is swept clean in villages and temples. Here, religion-a curious fusion of pagan worship, Buddhism and unique Hinduism tracing back 2,000 years-and culture are living things. For Bali's three million islanders in the sun, life is simple and pleasant; so far little troubled by the outside world of television sets, commuters and the hard seE. Food is abundant on this lush isle, of coconut palms, banana trees and breeze-swept terraces of green rice fields. But times are changing; imperceptibly perhaps, but changing. Some Balinese feel their island paradise's days are numbered. The loose caste system, based originally on the strict Hindu caste system but never rigidly observed by the easygoing Balinese, is disintegrating fast. Where once the island's beauties went bare-breasetd, they now modestly wear blouses and mini-sarongs. Only the very young and very old go topless. The authorities are also cracking down on hippies, attracted by Bali's Eden-like life. But the hippie syndrome is catching on among younger Balinese, who've turned on with marijuana, long hair, Japanese motorcycles and wild music, far removed from the graceful Ga-melan orchestras and centuries-old dances of their fathers. "It's unavoidable," said Reta, a young Balinese tourist guide. "We're discovering new things. "It's fun. But deep inside us, we've not abandoned the old ways. We're still Balinese." CHARTER For Those Travelling On Group and Charter Flights to Britain and Europe in 1971! A.M.A. World Travel are Agents for the following tour companies: Southdown and Glenton Cooks Frames Trafalgar Tour Pleasant Scandinavia Car hire In Britain/Ireland Eurail Pass British Rail Wallace Arnold Europabus For Further Information Contact Us!! Book Now . . . Phone 328-7921 or 328-1771 All INQUIRIES WELCOME! A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 903 3rd AVE. S. - LETHBRIDGE FREE PARKING AT REAR OF BUILDING Miami the city beautiful now paradise polluted Miami was one great place to live, recall* Associated Press writer Ben Funk, who took his family there 20 years ago. Now? The City Beautiful may be turning into a Paradise Polluted. By BEN FUNK MIAMI (AP) - The northern cold nipped at our heels all the way from Denver, Colo., to the southeast coast of Florida. Then, somewhere south of Palm Beach, we passed through an invisible climate barrier and into the balmy embrace of the sub-tropics. The warm air was scented by salty sea breezes and the perfume of orange blossoms. Blue and turquoise surf splashed up on clean Atlantic Ocean beaches. Pelicans soared in formation along the rollers, peering down in search of lunch. The sky seemed filled with birds. It was January, 1951. Our destination was Miami, that special haven of northerners seeking respites from the cold and the grime back home. We hoped to remain all of our lives. Coming from Denver, where (he winter days of 1961 were dark with the smoke of coal furnaces burning in thousands of homes, we were struck by the sight of seaside towns spread out in pastle colors over white And in Miami we found everything we sought. The waters were pure, the air free of man's contamination, the fishing great, the life Jolly and unhurried. The 10-mile drive home from the office was a 15-minute breeze over roads and streets shaded by spreading banyan trees and flowering poincianas. Key Biscayne was a wild coconut plantation inhabited by raccoons and a small colony of humans who had settled on the island to get away from it all. Its miles of beaches along the ocean and Biscayne Bay were clear of man-made obstructions. We could stroll through hardwood hammocks teeming with wildlife, swim in any body of water, walk a lonely beach and watch the moon rise out of the Atlantic, sparkling the waters and filling the eastern sky with a golden glow. IN NAME OF PROGRESS In those days, the tourist "season" was December to March. The rest of the year, most of the hotels closed and the town belonged to the "natives." It was a great place to live. But the drumbeaters were busy. Resort owners, land promoters, cities, airlines, counties and the state were spending huge sums of money to lure people to this unique corner of the continent. They were coming in rapidly-growing numbers. And, in the loudly-trumpeted name of progress, began the subtle but sure process of destroying everything we had come here to find. More and more people meant more garbage, more trash, more sewage, more hotels, more automobiles. Human wastes poured in an ever-increasing flood into the canals, the Miami River, the bay and the ocean. Fumes from automobile exhausts and jet planes fouled the once-pure air. Hammocks were flattened by the bulldozers. Dredges mangled the shorelines. Mile after mile, hotels and motels marched up the beaches -gaudy monuments to the tourist dollar-hiding the oceans behind a concrete wall. Urbanization gobbled up thousands of, acres of land each year, wiping out everything natural that stood in its path. And one day we took a good look around. Suddenly we knew that we had kissed the good life goodbye. The off-season for tourists quickly vanished. By 1970, some Where to rest on your travels Vacationers this coming season would do well to obtain a copy of the 1971 Alberta Government Travel Bureau's "Guide to Approved Accommodation." It's now available and is free for the asking. Whether you prefer a hotel or motel, campground or trailer park, guest ranch, fishing lodge or ski chalet, they're all listed. Hotels and motels are classified under the cities in which they are located. Other accommodation is detailed in individual sections. Even without the Guide, the Travel Bureau assists you in choosing suitable stopping places. The distinctive "Approved Accommodation" sign outside any operation indicates that the owner has participated voluntarily in the province's inspection plan and that his establishment has compiled with four basic requirements of cleanliness, comfort, courtesy and construction. All accommodation facilities in Alberta are inspected each year by qualified personnel of the Bureau. If you'd like a copy, write the Alberta Government Travel Bureau, 1629 Centennial Build ing, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Canadians urged to apply for passports at early date The Canadian Passport Office says that Canadians travelling abroad in the next few months would be wise to apply early for their passports. Passport officials say that all evidence points to an increase in international travel this year and that more Canadians than ever will require passports'. 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CALGARY, ALBERTA _ ^.-^ AFTER HOURS phone: 262-3788 283-0447 10 million visitors were elbowing the natives off the sidewalks, winter and summer. That was 10 times more than descended onus in 1951. The pollution and widespread draining and filling of spawning grounds badly hurt the once-great sport of fishing. Miami has never permitted industrial smokestacks in the city. But automobile and jet plane exhausts and municipal incinerators do a complete Job of polluting the air. There are 10 cars for every 22 residents of Dade County and they double in numbers every five years. Still the drums beat. "As we increase the preference for Florida in the public mind," trumpets a recent bulletin of the Florida department of commerce, "we can increase our tourist traffic flow." If it is increased, says Dade Couny's polhiion conrol officer, Peer Baljet, the time will come when we will have dense smogs lasting for days, despite the trade winds and the absence of mountains to trap the pollution. After a joint federal-state enforcement conference, the Miami Metropolitan Commission was ordered to prepare a master plan for a water cleanup. But, there have been master plans before. The water pollution problem is so massive, so complicated, so expensive to correct, a rational attack on it will take a long time to organize. The cost, Baljet says, will be more than $1 billion, "maybe $2 billion if we wait to get started." Only the fact that Miami still is w.:mer than the rest of North America keeps the tourist tide flowing. Red tape, inefficiency irk tourists Thai reputation slipping BANGKOK (AP) - "This is the first time I have been to Thailand," a woman tourist told a Bangkok newspaper. "I can tell you it is the last time." She was complaining that rudeness and inefficiency at Homecoming '71 beautification program in Sask. A decoration program for Saskatchewan's Homecoming '71 party will be undertaken as the province prepares itself for the thousands of tourists who will be visiting during the summer months. J. W. Gardiner, executive director of Homecoming '71, has announced a community beautification program for all levels of government in the province. The program will be on the basis of a contest among the various levels of government and will be divided into six categories: Regina and Saskatoon; incorporated cities other than Regina and Saskatoon; incorporated towns; incorporated villages, rural municipalities and local improvement districts and Indian Reserves. Deadline for pogram submission is May 1. Free booklet offered by SAS Scandinavian Airlines is offering a 1971 calendar of events in Scandinavia booklet free of charge. The handy ten page publication is crammed with 194 separate events of interest, including exhibition, fairs, festivals, congresses, recreation features, marketing and sales sessions and a host of other important dates and places of happenings throughout Scandinavia between March and December. Bangkok's international airport caused her to miss a plane. This kind of complaint is being heard more and more as Thailand's tourist industry continues to grow. There were 400,000 visitors last year. Many Thais feel the country's reputation as "the land of smiles" is slipping and that foreign investments as well may suffer. There is evidence that potential visitors, appalled by .bureaucracy, lack of services, payoffs to officials and time; wasting immigration formali- ties, have dropped Thailand in favor of the streamlined efficiency of Singapore. Soul-searching has been going on, some of it in the Thai newspapers. 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