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18 of 20 foreign tourists in sinking boat off Bima saved At least 18 of 20 foreign tourist reported missing in the sea off Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, were found safe and rescued by rescue team and local fishermen. The boat with 25 people on board including 5 crewmen capsized off the Sangeang island in the district of Bima, West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2014 11:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sail Raja Ampat to be launched on June 21, 2014 Sail Raja Ampat 2014 is ready to be kicked off at Waisai Torang Cinta (WTC) beach, Kota Waisai, Raja Ampat, West Papua, on June 21, 2014.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 May 2014 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President summons East Java governor over zoo problem President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned East Java Governor Soekarwo and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani to discuss the problem being faced by the Surabaya Zoo (KBS).

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists visit Komodo National Park in 2013 The town of Labuan Bajo, the entry point to Komodo island, in East Nusa Tenggara, has seen a steady influx of domestic and foreign tourists, following the inclusion of the Komodo National Park in the New7Wonders of Nature.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 December 2013 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President to name combat vehicle after Komodo Lizard President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will immortalize the `Komodo` lizard, as it becomes the name of the Indonesian-made tactical combat vehicle.

Posted in Military @ 14 September 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


130 countries join Sail Komodo 2013 About 130 countries have registered as participants of Sail Komodo 2013 and the total number is still counting, the Head of Tourism and Culture Agency of East Nusa Tenggara Abraham Klakik said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


150 ships from 40 countries to take part in Sail Komodo 2013 Around 150 ships from 40 countries have been registered to participate in Sail Komodo 2013 which will be held in July-August.

"Up to Wednesday, 150 ships have been registered, and the number might increase further because every day there are always requests to participate in the event which will be held in East Nusa Tenggara," H.A. Haris of the local tourism office, said here on Wednesday.

The Sail Komodo registration for participation is open until participants will start sailing from Darwin, Australia on July 27, 2013, to Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara Province. If one ship carries five people on board, there will be around 750 people who will sail for one month during Sail Komodo.

He urged all stakeholders in East Nusa Tenggara to warmly welcome the participants and make them feel comfortable and safe when staying in the province.As part of annual Sail Indonesia activities, East Nusa Tenggara Province will host an international maritime event called Sail Komodo this year.

"Sail Komodo will make Komodo Island famous and help attract foreign as well as domestic tourists to visit the island," said Indonesian Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono when chairing a coordinating meeting on the implementation of Sail Komodo, in Jakarta on February 4, 2013.

Posted in General @ 22 May 2013 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pindad: 'Military`s demand for ammunition increasing' The Indonesian Defence Forces` demand for ammunition has tripled this year, according to Adik Avianto, the president director of state-owned ammunition company Pindad.

Posted in Military @ 31 October 2012 20:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists visiting Komodo Island The number of foreign tourists visiting Komodo National Park has increased since Komodo became a finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature competition, East Nusa-Tenggara Deputy Governor Esthon Foenay said. "Up to August 2011, some 32,354 foreign tourists visited the Komodo national park while the number of domestic tourists who came to the island was 4,145, up from 2,955 in 2010," the deputy governor said.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 November 2011 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AviaStar plane drives into three cows on landing strip A British Aerospace BAE 146/200 operated by AviaStar Jet on route from Kupang – Ende – Labuan Bajo (Komodo) to Bali narrowly averted disaster on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, when it plowed into a herd of cattle grazing on the runway of the Labuan Bajo Komodo Airport in West Flores.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2011 02:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seaports too small: fewer cruise ships to Indonesia The number of cruise ship visits to Indonesia in 2011 is put at only 31, a decline from the numbers projected last year due to the cancellation of planned ship visits to Bali and Komodo.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 March 2011 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targeting $8.4b from foreign tourists in 2011 Indonesia expects to earn $8.4 billion in tourism revenue this year, up from $7.6 billion last year, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Total foreign arrivals are expected to increase to as many as 7.7 million this year from 7 million tourists last year, he said in Jakarta on Thursday.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 January 2011 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourist boat capsizes near Komodo Island A tourist boat carrying about 15 foreigners capsized near Komodo island, the best known diving spot in East Nusa Tenggara Province after reportedly hitting a reef in the waters on Tuesday. Blue Dragon boat carrying tourists from United States, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia sank in Lohoksera south of Komodo Island which all were rescued by local search and rescue service, although a Japanese and a diving instructor were left injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2010 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Sheraton and Mercure Hotels on Komodo Island For those who wants to enjoy five star hotel comforts on Komodo Island, two hotel Sheraton and Mercure in Komodo Island. The two hotels will complete existing hotels. "Currently, there are two three stars hotels, Jayakarta Hotels, Bintang Flores and several small hotels in the area," said Director General of Marketing, Sapta Nirwandar.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 April 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Komodo Island drops to 17th place in voting Komodo Island has slipped to the 17th place in the race for a place among the world’s new seven wonders of nature. Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik said Sunday concerns about security in the country might have caused the decline.

Posted in Environment @ 21 December 2009 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists to Indonesia in 2010? The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has said that the target of the number of tourists that will visit Indonesia in 2010 has been raised by half a million foreign tourists from the 2009 target of 6,5 million. "We are planning to raise the target for foreign tourist arrivals in 2010 to seven million, taking into account security improvements in Indonesia as well as the growth in arrivals this year," said Sapta Nirwandar, a marketing director at the ministry.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Batik design to become world heritage this year The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will appoint batik designs from Indonesia as one of the cultural heritages in May this year. The secretary of Coordinating Minister for Social Welfare, Indroyono Soesilo, said that the Indonesian people are hoping to establish batik design as heritage as soon as possible. "If UNESCO will recognize batik designs, it will be good for Indonesia since it will recognize our ancestors across the world," said Indroyono in Yogyakarta yesterday.

Posted in General @ 09 January 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon disappearing from natural habitat The legendary Komodo dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo, and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, according to zoologists. The dragons, which grown to three meters long and weigh as much as 165 kilograms, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey.

Posted in Environment @ 06 September 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon kills boy in Indonesia Guards in a national park in Indonesia have started a search for a Komodo dragon which attacked and killed an 8-year-old boy when he was going to the toilet in a bush. The fatal attack on a human by a giant lizard is the first in 33 years and happened Saturday on the island of Komodo, according to a guard of the park.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 June 2007 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Little lady of Flores forces rethink of human evolution A new human-like species - a dwarfed relative who lived just 18,000 years ago in the company of pygmy elephants and giant lizards - has been discovered in Indonesia. Skeletal remains show that the hominins, nicknamed 'hobbits' by some of their discoverers, were only one metre tall, had a brain one-third the size of that of modern humans, and lived on an isolated island long after Homo sapiens had migrated through the South Pacific region.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 28 October 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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