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Indonesian domestic tourists` spending reaches Rp76.16 trillion The total spending by domestic tourists in the first semester this year reached Rp76.16 trillion."Until the first semester, this year, a total of 107 million domestic tourists have travelled across the country spending up to Rp76.16 trillion," Tourism Minister Mari Elka Pangestu stated here on Monday.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 September 2014 19:34 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


Papua military confiscate 28 weapons from separatists The Indonesian Military has seized 28 weapons from a separatist group during the period between January and April 2014, noted the Cendrawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2014 20:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Baliís airport' A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013, the government must take steps to reduce the possibility of corruption by immigration and customs officers at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport while, at the same time, reducing the length immigration queues.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Democracy must include peace, economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said democracy could not operate alone, but must proceed side-by-side with peace, stability and economic growth so that democracy benefits the people.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2013 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Decline of rupiah test for Bali tourist industry The rapid decline in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. Dollar and a host of other currencies is presenting a myriad of challenges to Bali and its tourism industry.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta Fair to be opened on June 6 Jakarta is ready to hold the annual Jakarta Fair to mark its anniversary on June 6. The biggest trade fair in Southeast Asia organized by the Jakarta administration in cooperation with PT Jakarta International Expo will last for a month until July 7 to mark the capital city`s 486th anniversary.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2013 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sky Aviation touts safety at Sukhoi Superjet unveiling Indonesian airline Sky Aviation assured the public that the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 is safe during a press conference unveiling the first of 12 planes purchased by the small domestic airline on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 28 February 2013 13:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Bali tourism official put in prison Baliís former chief of Tourism for the province of Bali (Kadisparda), I Gede Nurjaya, became an inmate at Baliís Kerobokan prison on January 2, 2013, starting the final chapter on a long and sometimes tortuous journey through the legal system.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


War veterans arrive in Morotai to revive WW II memories World War II veterans from several countries have arrived in Morotai Island District, North Maluku, to recall war-related events that took place on the island once used as a military base by the United States and Japan.

Posted in History @ 13 September 2012 19:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to visit Mongolia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to make an official visit to Mongolia from September 5 to 7, an official said on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 22:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Belarus to open embassy in Jakarta Belarus will soon open an embassy in Jakarta, according to visiting Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Martinov.

Posted in Politics @ 11 June 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban kicks off in Bali The province of Bali became "officially smoke free" as of June 1, 2012. Quoted by Republika.co.id, Baliís governor Made Mangku Pastika said the ban on smoking in public places will be phased in, commencing with an immediate ban on smoking in government offices.

Posted in Health @ 05 June 2012 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Complete investigation into Sukhoi crash could take a year The Head of the National Committee of Transportation Safety (KNKT)`s Investigation Field, Masruri, said it would take about 12 months to complete a thorough investigation into the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ-100) plane crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 14 May 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue team evacuates 12 bodies from crash site The rescue team is evacuating 12 bodies of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100 victims from the crash site to a temporary helipad in a nearby evacuation post.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 15:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Culture preservation, tourism push to go hand in hand The preservation of culture and tourism promotion could go hand in hand, Culture and Education Deputy Minister Wiendu Nuryanti said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 May 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Semarang  to restrict cigarette ads The Semarang city administration will restrict cigarette advertisements when a draft regional regulation on no smoking area is endorsed, a spokesman of the city administration has said.

Posted in Health @ 25 April 2012 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to acquire three more submarines by 2015 Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Indonesia would add three more submarines to its current fleet of two, to patrol the country`s waters.

Posted in Military @ 04 April 2012 11:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono concerned about anarchist actions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern about anarchism and violence in many regions due to ignorance amongst people concerning their personal rights.

Posted in Politics @ 25 February 2012 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Berlin embassy implements one-hour visa service The Indonesian Embassy in Berlin has implemented a one-hour visa service for tourists wishing to visit the country, Ambassador Eddy Pratomo said here on Friday.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 February 2012 04:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam to become 'tourism portal' by 2015? Batam in the Riau Islands is set a target to become a ďtourism portalĒ for western Indonesia in 2015, the local administration says. Batam has the potential to become a hub for tourism promotion for western Indonesian regions, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan said Monday in Batam.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2011 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to host 2012 D-8 ministerial meeting Indonesia on Wednesday was appointed as host of the third Developing-8 (D-8) Ministerial Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in 2012.

Posted in Politics @ 18 May 2011 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism officials await their legal fates Public prosecutors have demanded varying sentences for the two provincial tourism officials charged with mishandling Bali's tourism promotion budget. The men are charged with seeking double reimbursement of the cost of participation at the World Travel Mart in London from both the provincial and national tourism budgets.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 May 2011 03:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia to boost bilateral cooperation China and Indonesia on Friday vowed to boost bilateral cooperation to benefit the two major emerging developing economies in Asia.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2011 04:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Tommy Suharto sues Garuda over 'convicted murderer' Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the son of deceased dictator Suharto, is suing state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia and the publishers of its in-flight magazine for referring to him as a ďconvicted murdererĒ in an article about one of his resorts. The civil hearing kicked off in the South Jakarta District Court on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 September 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Air flies to Singapore, Hong Kong en Macau Mandala Air has announced it will open up a number of new international routes next month. New flights will bring visitors from and to Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore from Jakarta and Balikpapan. With attractive ticket prices promotion for the new routes has just started. From June 25 the new routes will be fully operational.

Posted in Travel @ 20 May 2010 12:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali generates almost half of Indonesia foreign exchange Antara, the state-owned news agency, reports that Bali contributes Rp. 34 trillion (3.1 billion euro) or 45% of all foreign exchange earned nationally from tourism. This figure corresponds with the approximate 2 million Bali visitors from a national total of 6.4 million tourists in 2009.

Posted in Economy @ 19 May 2010 07:00 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


Sexy and Indonesian #10: Sales promotion girl This young woman is called an SPG in good 'Indonesian', it means Sales Promotion Girl and what they do is indeed promoting. They promote all kinds of products from popular vitamin drinks, to cigarettes, cars and computers and everything in between. They are a well-known and popular sight in Indonesia, as every self-respected company has a bunch of them roaming over markets, in malls, in traffic jams and on trade expo's.

Posted in Sexy @ 05 January 2010 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Southeast Sulawesi promoting itself The Culture and Tourism Office for Southeast Sulawesi (Sultra) is opening tourism information centers in three major Indonesian cities in order to enhance the promotion of that province. The Head of the Culture and Tourism Office for Southeast Sulawesi, Ibrahim Marsel, told Bisnis.com that the three cities scheduled to host Sultra Tourism Information Offices are Jakarta, Bali and Batam.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 January 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Nusa Dua Fiesta XIII 2009 Bali's Nusa Dua Complex will once again host the Nusa Dua Fiesta XIII 2009 October 17-21, 2009, which will include participation by 20 different provinces across Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists to Indonesia in first quarter of 2009 An official of the Department of Culture and Tourism has told the press that Indonesia is not capable of "vertical promotion" using international broadcast media due to a lack of needed funding. Nia Nurcaya, Director for Conferences, Incentives and Promotion of the Marketing Division of the Department of Culture and Tourism, said, "in terms of the vertical promotion of tourism, Indonesia is left far behind by other neighboring nations, such as Malaysia."

Posted in Tourism @ 14 June 2009 09:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to implement WiMAX in 2009 Indonesia will launch a network adopting the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) broadband technology next year to improve access to the Internet across the country, an official said Sunday quoted by the Jakarta Post. "We hope that by next year, WiMAX technology will be implemented," said Engkos Koswara, an expert adviser to Indonesian State Minister for Research and Technology, at the promotion of Indonesia Goes Open Source (IGOS) program.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2008 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets 6.8 million tourists for 2009 Indonesia is targeting 6.8 million foreign tourist visitors in 2009 with tourism officials insisting that the tourism sector will remain the "prima donna" of the nation's foreign exchange generators.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 December 2008 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Call for more flights Bali to Melbourne Bisnis.com reports that Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has called on Garuda Indonesia to increase flight frequencies between Denpasar and Melbourne from four times a week to five in order to meet strong market demand. "The route Denpasar-Melbourne is always packed with passengers, we need to add flight frequencies," explained Minister Wacik in remarks made at the opening of the Indonesian Tourism and Travel Fair 2008 in Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 September 2008 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National tourism targets difficult to achieve Bisnis.com quoted well known tourism observer Wuryastuti Sunario as saying she is pessimistic that the official national tourism target of 7 million visitors for 2008 can be achieved, bearing in mind that growth rates in national tourism reached only 11.43% during the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 September 2008 12:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore Airlines launches its fourth daily flight to Denpasar In a ceremony attended by officials of Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, the press, representatives of local tourism organizations and Bali government officials - the first arrival of Singapore Airlines' fourth daily flight was celebrated at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport on Friday, August 1, 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 August 2008 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four airlines seeking traffic rights to Indonesia Four foreign airlines have declared their interest in commencing scheduled flight services to Indonesia: Shanghai Airlines (China), China Eastern (China), Aeroflot (Russia) and Mohan Air (Iran). A Director General of Civil Aviation, Tri S. Sunoko, confirmed to Bisnis Indonesia that his office has received formal applications for traffic rights in Indonesia by the afore mentioned airlines.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2008 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Bali to organize festivals to support Visit Indonesia Year The resort island of Bali is expected to organize 17 festivals, 14 of which are already approved by the Minister for Arts and Tourism, to celebrate the "Visit Indonesia Year 2008", according to local media on Sunday. The festivals were expected to attract tourists to visit Bali, Antara news agency quoted head of the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) Ir Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati as saying.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 February 2008 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IITF 2008 - Holiday fair offering discounted travel packages With the theme 'Plan Your Holidays Ahead', the Indonesia International Travel Fair 2008 which is considered to be an important event in the Visit Indonesia Year (VIY 2008) calendar of events, will be held on 27-30 March 2008. Balai Kartini Expo, located at the heart of Jakarta, was chosen to be the venue for IITF 2008 which is a one-day B2B and a 3-day consumer show where the Jakarta consumers can purchase domestic and international travel packages at very special prices.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2008 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freehold land title for foreigners in Bali Foreigners trying to obtain a freehold title on land in Indonesia should note that current law is clear in both its letter and intent: namely, foreigners cannot directly hold freehold title on Indonesian land.

Posted in General @ 12 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


70% of villa's on Bali illegal Tempo Interaktif reports that an estimated 70% of villas in Bali operated commercially do not have the required permits and licenses. In the Regency of Badung, where most villa development is centered, only 253, or approximately 35%, of the 711 villas recently surveyed can be considered legal operations.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2007 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


116 million local tourists targeted for 2007 The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has set a target of 116 million tourists visiting the different tourist objects accross Indonesia for this year. "This target is higher than that of last year which was set at 114 million," said Titien Soekarya, director for Domestic Tourism Promotion.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2007 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign ministry begins promoting Indonesian provinces The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a program to promote Indonesian provinces in other countries. The program, named 'Updates from the regions', is to promote the provinces periodically and it started last Tuesday with the promotion of Riau, as was told by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hassan Wirajuda.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 May 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Wisnu Park completed by October 2008 According to the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, President Bambang Susilo Yudhoyono has expressed the wish that the 250-hectare cultural park and monument Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) complex on Bali's Ungasan peninsula can be finally complete by October 2008, in time for the World Cultural Festival planned in Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 April 2007 03:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to reopen international tourism offices as arrivals sag In an attempt to boost the declining number of foreign visitors to Indonesia, the government will re-open a dozen international tourism offices this year, local media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia missed its tourist arrival target of 5.5 million in 2006, with only 4.8 million foreign visitors to the country, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Indonesia has set a target of 6 million foreign visitors for this year and 8 million in 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 February 2007 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia to grab 60,000 jobs in South Korea Indonesia has a great opportunity to grab around 60,000 jobs offered by the South Korean government in the sectors of industry, manucfacturing, construction, agriculture, fishery and stock breeding. The placement of workers in South Korea is currently not done by Indonesian labour recruitment agencies, but directly by the manpower and transmigration ministries of the two countries as stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 29, 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia intensify economic cooperation China and Indonesia agreed in Bali yesterday to intensify bilateral economic, trade and technical cooperation, especially in investment field. The agreement was reached at the 8th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to save historic rack railway Indonesian tourism is synonymous with Bali - the jet-set crowd, European tourists and hippy backpackers flocking to the resort island to hit the beaches and health spas. But for travellers with more discriminating tastes, specifically a thirst for the country's railway history, an historic town on the main island of Java is the place to be.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia's investment in Indonesia doubles While other economies have reduced their investments in Indonesia after the financial crisis period in 1997, Malaysian investors have doubled their investment in the republic. Indonesia's Promotion, Investment Coordinating Board director Ikmal Lukman said Malaysia's investment in Indonesia had grown in terms of number and value of projects soon after the crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2006 19:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 reactions


S'pore, RI negotiating Bintan management Singapore is negotiating with Indonesia to seek concessions to partly manage Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by turning it into free trade zone (FTZ), which could accommodate more foreign manufacturing companies. The first round of negotiation, which looks likely to trigger controversy among local politicians, began on Batam island Saturday, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Singapore's Foreign Affair Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo at the forefront of the talks.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2006 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Social workers: 'Much of the cash-for-the-poor diverted' Most of the social welfare programs created by the government following the fuel subsidy cuts are missing their proper targets, a report released by a group of social workers says. The report showed the four main programs -- the School Operational Aid (BOS) scheme, costing Rp 6.7 trillion; the Health Insurance plan, at Rp 3.8 trillion; the Rp 3.4 trillion Village Infrastructure Development program; and the Direct Cash Aid program costing Rp 6.5 trillion -- were not being distributed properly.

Posted in General @ 17 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-government investment official detained in graft probe Investigators from Indonesia's anti-corruption commission have detained the government's former investment chief, Theo Toemion. Lawyer Sugeng Teguh Santoso says Mr Toemin is being held over a probe into funds used by the Investment Coordinating Board to promote Indonesia to foreign businessmen.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Singapore jointly conduct tourism promotion Indonesia and Singapore have developed a joint tourism promotion campaign in order to make full use of Indonesiaís well-known resort island of Bali and Singaporeís world-renowned airlines, Singapore Airlines. Indonesian Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik told reporters in Jakarta that under the promotion, foreign tourists to Singapore, particularly Chinese, Indian and Middle-Eastern tourists, will be given discounts on visits to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 October 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S'pore, Indonesia hope to attract more Chinese tourists by joint promotion Singapore and Indonesia have joined hands in launching the first ever tourist promotion scheme in China in a bid to attract more Chinese tourists. According to the scheme, Chinese tourists will be able to appreciate the beautiful scenery in Singapore and Indonesia, such as the Sentosa island in Singapore and Bali island in Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 August 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa Summit aims at new cooperation After 50 years of suspension since the Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung in April 1955, nearly 60 leaders of Asian-African countries are expected to gather in Jakarta from next week to rebuild a bridge and structure for strengthening political and economic cooperation between the two continents.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to shorten FDI approval processing to 30 days The Indonesian government would drastically shorten time needed to process foreign investment licenses from 150 days to 30 days, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economy Aburizal Bakrie said. "It's usually 150 days, but we will shorten it to only 30 days.Even though the regulations have not been prepared yet, I will instruct the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to do so as soonas possible," Aburizal was quoted by the daily Jakarta Post here Saturday as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 13 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Tourist arrivals 2.55 million as of August The number of tourist arrivals through 13 main entry points throughout Indonesia jumped by 31.23 percent to over 2.55 million in the first seven months of the year from only 1.94 million in the corresponding period last year, an official saidon Thursday. "This is the highest increase ever recorded within the last five years after the country's tourist industry was hit by a series of terror attacks and catastrophes ranging from SARS outbreak to bird flu infection over the last two years," Udin Saifuddin of the office of the Minister of Tourism and Culturesaid.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will celebrate its 59 anniversary on Tuesday and many people nationwide are planning to welcome the anniversary by holding festivities around the special day. The Jakarta Post talked to city residents on what they planned to do on Aug. 17.

Posted in History @ 17 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple rises in an immense dark stone pyramid from a fertile volcanic plain, a spiritual monument at the centre of a battle over tourism and commerce.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia to import 2.3m tons rice, sugar this year' Once hailed as a self-sufficient rice producing country, Indonesia this year has to import 2.3 million tons of rice, says a top official. Speaking in the cool mountain resort of Ambarawa in Central Java, Minister for the Economy Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti said that domestic production had failed to match the demand arising from population growth. Indonesia achieved self-sufficiency in primary food commodities in 1983.

Posted in Economy @ 25 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KAMUS-online.com reaches 100,000 searches A sister website of indahnesia.com, KAMUS-online.com, the ultimate dictionary website, has reached 100,000 searches since the website was launched less than a year ago.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body launches own cigarette brand Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has come up with its own brand of kretek cigarettes in an attempt to cash in on the industry's good business. The Tali Jagat ('rope of the universe') kretek hit the market last week after it was launched in the town of Pasuruan, East Java. Mr H. Sulaiman, the head of NU's Sirkah Muawwanah cooperative in Pasuruan, was quoted by Radar Bromo daily as saying: 'NU has a lot of members in Pasuruan. That is why we chose to launch the cigarettes there.'

Posted in Religion @ 12 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Since the terror bombings that killed nearly 200 people and destroyed his Paddy's bar, Kadek Wiranatha has closed two hotels and put off the launch of Bali's first airline. His Bounty Hotel remains open, but employees say their earnings have been halved by the absence of tipping tourists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 December 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minutes before his popular Paddy's club was struck by a bomb here last Saturday night, I Gde Wiratha, 55, was in one of his hotels some 5 km away, holding talks on his company's plan to launch Bali's first airline later this month. At around this time too, his brother and business partner, I Made Wiranatha, was getting ready to leave to shoot Kuta's clubbing scene for the fledgling airline's promotional video for the launch on Oct 27.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays passing of media law The government has delayed plans to pass a new media law that critics say would stifle freedom of information in the newly democratic country, reports said Thursday. The bill, which would bar local outlets from relaying foreign news programs and allow the government to temporarily shut down news broadcasts deemed to violate the law, originally was to be ratified by parliament at the end of this month.

Posted in Media @ 13 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In what could be an industry first, Indonesian travel and tourism associations are to mount a joint campaign to oppose an attack on Iraq. Citing the small but steady recovery taking place in one of the country's leading foreign-exchange earning industries, the Indonesian Tourism Council and the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (ITPB) are rallying the support of several other industry associations in drafting a letter to the US embassy in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 09 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SUHARTO: A Political Biography

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati unveils her team Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has named a new cabinet she hopes will revive the country's flailing economy. Two respected technocrats got the nod for the top economic posts, promotions viewed as welcome news for the country's efforts to cement economic recovery and repair the shattered financial system.

Posted in Politics @ 09 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rickety pedestrian bridges a danger zone As the capital still lacks the pedestrian underpasses which are commonplace in many other metropolises around the world, crossing bridges are an essential means for Jakarta residents to make their way across hectic streets. There are 172 pedestrian overpasses serving hundreds of thousands of pedestrians, and hoards of vendors, every day.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2000 10:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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