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President Jokowi announces cabinet lineup President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced his cabinet lineup consisting of 34 ministers or the so-called "Work Cabinet" for 2014-2019 period at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday as follows.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


8.9 million Indonesians travel to Europe annually Over 8.9 million Indonesians visit Europe every year not only for holidaying but also for pursuing higher education, stated European Union Ambassador to Indonesia Olof Skoog.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 October 2014 11:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Double-track railway construction should be accelerated' The construction of double-track railway in Java Island should be accelerated, the Vice Minister of Transportation Bambang Susantono reported here on Wednesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 10 September 2014 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Indonesia to double tourism totals in 5 years? Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy warns that Indonesian President-Elect Joko Widodo plans to attract 20 million foreign tourists by 2019 will require hard work. Quoted by Metrobali.com Pangestu said on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, “The target of 20 million foreign tourist in five years will require a lot of hard work.”

Posted in Tourism @ 23 August 2014 11:01 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


Bali governor would like to see ten milion as minimum wage Bali's Governor told those attending his monthly open-house town meeting he wants to see every worker in the tourism sector to earn a minimum Rp. 10 million ( US$870) per month. Adding: “In principle, I want to see workers in Bali prosper. Don't let them suffer privations, even though (the privations) are permitted within the law.”

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Slamet status increased to alert level III The Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center PVMBG on Wednesday raised the status of Mount Slamet in Central Java from alert level II (Waspada) to alert level III (Siaga).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 April 2014 15:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long list of complaints for Bali’s renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Island’s tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of chinese visitors to North Sumatra increases The number of Chinese visitors to North Sumatra in the first two months of this year rose 2.63 percent on year to 1,055.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 April 2014 21:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal immigrants stranded at Pangandaran beach Tens of illegal immigrants from the Middle East were found stranded at Pangandaran Beach in West Java on Wednesday night, stated an official.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2014 12:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nineteen volcanoes in Indonesia on alert level As many as 19 out of 127 volcanoes in Indonesia have shown increasing volcanic activities and their statuses have been raised from normal to alert level II (Waspada).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 February 2014 17:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Villa demolition yet to solve flood problem' Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya stated that the demolition of illegal villas in the Puncak resort area have not yet been able to solve the environment problem. "We support the measure to demolish illegal villas in the area, but it has not really solved the flood problem," the minister stated, while examining the demolition of illegal villages in the Puncak resort area on Monday.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Free tourist bus tours for Jakarta visitors The Jakarta Tourism Agency welcomed the arrival of five double-decker tour buses Monday night as the capital, long listed as a sight best left unseen on a visit to Indonesia, began an aggressive push to double the number of foreign tourists visiting the city.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 January 2014 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · 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


Two cultural heritage relics missing from Musirawas Two cultural heritage relics, a gold-plated elephant statue and a Tunggul Wulung spear, kept in the Musirawas Culture and Tourism Office in South Sumatra Province have gone missing.

Posted in History @ 26 December 2013 13:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hotel rate war escalates As Bali grows increasing fearful of an escalating price war among the Island’s hotels, rates among hotels within the Nusa Dua Complex (BTDC) are reported to be increasing. Bisnis Bali said that despite declining occupancies, the average room rate among BTDC hotel hit US$152.94 per night.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army ready to assist police secure Christmas Indonesian Military (TNI) is ready to assist the police in providing security during Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia by deploying personnel in areas of worship to prevent terrorist activities.

Posted in Religion @ 18 December 2013 21:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Bali’s 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 Bali’s 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


Indonesia, Netherlands agree to improve bilateral relations Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed here on Wednesday to increase cooperation and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono visits Soeharto memorial President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited the Great General Soeharto Memorial at Soeharto`s birthplace in Kemusuk village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, in Central Java on Friday.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2013 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta Airport gets clean toilet award Jakarta`s Soekarno-Hatta airport in the Tangerang district of Banten Province, has received the second prize in a clean public toilet competition organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, an airport official revealed.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 27 September 2013 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President officially opens Bali toll road President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially opened the 12.7-km Bali toll road, spanning across Benoa Bay, at 4 pm local time on Monday. Apart from pressing a button to mark the official opening of the toll road, the president was the first person to pay the toll fare using the e-toll card.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2013 17:37 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


Miss World contest to be staged only in Bali The Indonesian government has announced that the Miss World 2013 pageant will only be held in Bali. "We have revised the security permit (allowing) it to be held completely in Bali. So changes have been made with regard to Miss World activities according to what the public wanted and the development interests of Indonesian tourism."

Posted in General @ 07 September 2013 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 4.8 million tourists visit Indonesia until July More than 4,872,260 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in the first seven months of this year, up 6.4 percent from the same period last year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2013 00:43 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


Slower growth in tourists to Indonesia expected in 2014 The Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu has labeled as “optimistic” a target of 9.5 million foreign tourists in 2014. Quoted in Kompas.com, Pangestu said: “The big possibility is that we can no longer adhere to a target of 10 million visitors, maybe we will achieve only 9.5 million.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 August 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palue Island to be emptied over Mount Rokatenda danger Residents living on the tiny island of Palue, in East Nusa Tenggara,will be moved to a nearby island over concern that the erupting Mount Rokatenda could become a larger threat, a disaster mitigation agency official said on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 August 2013 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sixty tourists stung by jellyfish at Pelabuhanratu Beach As many as 60 tourists were stung by jellyfish at Pelabuhanratu Beach, West Java, on Saturday. "Jellyfish were swept into the beach due to the cold water and they sting visiting tourists," spokesperson of Sukabumi Water Tourism Safety Board Dede Sumarna said here on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 August 2013 19:23 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


Indonesia`s natural beauty ranked world`s sixth Indonesia`s natural beauty is ranked sixth in the world based on a survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2012 which was released recently, said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Menparekraf) Mari Elka Pangestu.

Posted in Environment @ 10 June 2013 12:18 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


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


President Yudhoyono to visit three ASEAN countries President Susilo Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit three ASEAN countries, respectively Singapore, Myanmar, and Brunei Darussalam early next week.

Posted in Politics @ 20 April 2013 10:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali transport operators seek a hike in rates The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that the Bali’s Tourist Transportation Association (Pawiba) is seeking to increase the tariff for tourism transport in Bali from levels that have remained largely static since 2005.

Posted in Travel @ 25 March 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker disagrees with dissolution of Densus 88 House Speaker Marzuki Alie said he disagreed with the dissolution of the Densus 88 anti-terror squad, saying its presence is able to minimize terror acts in Indonesia. "If Densus 88 has weaknesses, it is the weaknesses that should be improved, its institution should not be disbanded," the House Speaker said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali regional government becomes toll road shareholder The provincial government of Bali has formally become a shareholder in PT Jasa Marga Tol – the operator of the new toll road set to soon connect Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2013 02:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Bali tourism official put in prison Bali’s former chief of Tourism for the province of Bali (Kadisparda), I Gede Nurjaya, became an inmate at Bali’s 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


Lower occupancy Bali hotels during holidays The head of the Denpasar chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), I.B. Gede Sidharta Putra, told Radar Bali that there has been a “retreat” in hotel occupancy levels over the just concluded Christmas and New Years Holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 January 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor charged over 55-year swamp lease The Bali Friends of the Earth (WALHI) have formally charged Bali’s Governor Made Magnus Pastika before the State Administrative Court (PTUN) in connection with the 55-year lease given to a private company to manage the Tahura Mangrove Forest Area (Tahura) in South Bali.

Posted in Environment @ 05 January 2013 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia should expand its footprints in China Indonesian ambassador to China and Mongolia, Imron Cotan said the 2013 is a momentum to further expand the former`s "footprints" in China, so that the people of both countries can understand each other.

Posted in Economy @ 01 January 2013 00:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Record number of tourists visit Indonesia in 2012 The Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy reports that foreign tourist visitors to Indonesia through the end of November 2012 have reached 7.227 million, against a target for the year of 8 million.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2012 06:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police gives priority to Jakarta ahead of Christmas, New Year The National Police Headquarters will give top priority to the capital city of Jakarta in its efforts to ensure security across the country during Christmas and New Year celebrations, the Head of Security Maintenance Department of the National Police, Commissioner General Imam Sujarwo, said.

Posted in General @ 21 December 2012 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism growth for Bali expected to moderate As reported by The Jakarta Post, Bali is targeting 3.1 million foreign tourist visitors in 2013, based on the belief that improvements in the island’s infrastructure will add to the island’s appeal.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 December 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for inclusive Christmas celebration President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed his hope that Christmas 2012 would be celebrated inclusively and enjoyed by all Indonesians who wish to participate, National Christmas Committee Chairperson Nafsiah Mboi said here on Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 07 December 2012 20:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Closing illegal online travel agents almost impossible As part of a growing dialogue on illegal online travel agents (OTA) in Bali, Bisnis Bali reports that trying to curb such operations won’t be an easy task.

Posted in Travel @ 01 December 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Provincial minimum wage cannot satisfy all' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said the Jakarta administration could not satisfy all in connection with his decision to raise provincial minimum wage (UMP) from Rp1.5 million per month to Rp2.2 million in 2013. "It is difficult to satisfy all," Jokowi, as Joko Widodo is popularly called, said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 November 2012 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping Bali hotel guests safe and sound The Bali chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) is targeting by the end of 2012 to have audited the safety systems of 25 four and give star-rated hotels in Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 25 November 2012 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Conserving energy and resources in Bali Former Indonesian Minister of Tourism and keen observer of the national tourism industry, I Gede Ardika, has declared that the development of sustainable tourism projects demands conservation of water and energy resources as a necessary prerequisite.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism growth slowing down Bisnis.com reports that tourism leaders are beginning to see predictions of 9 million tourists to Indonesia in 2013 as overly optimistic and problematic to achieve in the light of the developing global economic situation.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 November 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines adds new routes In December 2012 Mandala Airlines plans to open four new air routes between Padang (West Sumatra) and Singapore and Denpasar (Bali) with Surabaya (East Java) and Singapore. Mandala’s commercial manager, Brata Rafly, told the press that the new routes would serve both the business and tourism sectors between the cities served.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2012 03:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Architects asked to create iconic buildings Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu has asked the country`s architects to develop creativeness and create iconic buildings.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2012 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ASITA: 'illegal guides, agencies cause loses' Illegal travel agencies, illegal guides and illegal accommodation providers are depicted as a natural outcome of the increasingly competitive environment within Bali’s tourism industry.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2012 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to develop tourist villages for elderly foreigners Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali has plans to develop seven tourism villages catering to retired foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ketawanggede site in Malang stunted by McDonald`s A historian and archaeologist from Malang University, Dwi Cahyono has claimed to have discovered the existence of Ketawanggede, an archaeological site from the megalithic era, and has blamed the local branch of McDonald`s for neglecting its importance in the Dinoyo area, Malang in East Java.

Posted in Culture @ 11 October 2012 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Russian busted for smuggling drugs into Bali A 30-year-old Russian faces the possibility of 11 years in prison for trying to smuggle one kilogram of methamphetamine into Bali concealed in capsules inside his alimentary tract.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 October 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO: 'Batur`s caldera part of global geopark network' The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the caldera area of Mt Batur located in Kintamani district, Bali, as part of Global Geopark Network (GGN), a ministry official said here Thursday.

Posted in Environment @ 04 October 2012 23:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power price hike for Bali in the making Bisnis Bali reports that a planned 15% hike in electrical power rates will increase overall energy costs by up to 10%. For many companies in the tourism sector, expenditures for energy represent 5% of gross revenues.

Posted in Power supply @ 29 September 2012 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 September 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opens consulate in Tallin, Estonia The official opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) based in Szda 10-16, Tallin took place in Estonia and Indonesia joined the list of 30 nations which formerly had an office at the address.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2012 16:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Higher tax bracket should apply for Bali nightclubs' Legislators from the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) are complaining that lax collection policies by tax authorities are costing the regency substantial revenues in underpayment of taxes by nightspots and discothèques.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlicensed guides cause poor service level Illegal and unlicensed guides operating in Bali are being cited as the cause of poor service to visitors coming to the island that results in damage to the destination’s reputation.

Posted in Tourism @ 23 September 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali needs off-street parking A group calling itself the People’s Group for Indonesian Transportation (Masyarakat Transportasi Indonesia – MTI) has called on the provincial government of Bali and the municipal administration of Denpasar to bring greater order to cars parking on the island’s roads.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2012 08:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali contributed 4.4 billion USD to economy in 2011 Bali continues to make a substantial contribution to the overall Indonesian economy. The head of tourism for the province of Bali, Ida Bagus Subhiksu, said tourism revenues are up 10% compared to the previous year.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 September 2012 10:33 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


Minister: 'Domestic tourists causes economic growth' Domestic tourist visiting attractions across the country during the just completed Idul Fitri holiday grew dramatically, providing much needed income to the local economies during the traditional downturn in foreign visitors of the fasting month.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 September 2012 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia promotes local film to Indian investors Indonesia is promoting its tourism sector through local films to Indian investors, Vice Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Sapta Nirwandar said here on Friday. "One of Tourism and Creative Economic Ministry`s efforts to promote Indonesian tourism sector in India is through local films," Sapta noted.

Posted in Culture @ 10 August 2012 21:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Bali needs direct flights to support tourism' Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, sees direct flights as critical to increasing international tourist flows to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 July 2012 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal expatriate workers in Bali Radar Bali reports that data from the Denpasar Manpower Department shows more than 500 foreign workers are currently registered with their office.

Posted in Economy @ 09 July 2012 05:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Czech president: 'Borobudur greater than Pyramids' The renowned Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Magelang, Central Java, is greater than the Pyramids in Egypt, visiting Czech President Vaclac Klaus said here on Sunday. "Borobudur temple is greater than Pyramids because its architecture is more complicated," Klaus was quoted by Youth and Sports Affairs Minister Andi Malarangeng as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 08 July 2012 14:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister: 'Limit visitors to Bali' Former Indonesian Minister and a member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Committee on Tourism Ethics, I Gde Ardika, has called on the provincial government of Bali to consider limiting the number of both domestic and international tourists allowed to visit Bali due to the island’s limited carrying capacity.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 July 2012 04:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sees 19.89 percent increase in VoA Bali province enjoyed an increase of 19.89 percent in visa on arrival (VoA) from foreign tourists during the first quarter of 2012, and its tourism revenue reached US$14.4 million, from US$14.3 million during the same period last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2012 10:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ancient inscriptions found in West Sulawesi Local residents in Majene district, West Sulawesi, have found three ancient inscriptions that are likely to be 400 to 500 years old, according to an official.

Posted in History @ 28 June 2012 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air to fly Denpasar - Guangzhou route After successfully commencing service between Jakarta and Guangzhou, Indonesian carrier Batavia Air is seeking to start flights between Denpasar (Bali) and Hangzhou. Batavia Air reportedly seeks to fly between Bali and Hangzhou three times a week.

Posted in Travel @ 10 June 2012 13:33 CET by Jeroen · 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


120 sailing ships to participate in Sail Morotai At least 120 sailing ships from Indonesia and other countries will participate in the upcoming international marine event of Sail Morotai, to be held in the Morotai Islands district, North Maluku, in mid-September 2012.

Posted in General @ 23 April 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Some 70% of all alcohol sales on Bali illegal Radar Bali reports that 70% of the alcoholic beverages sold on the island are illegal. The value of illegal liquor sold on the island is estimated to account to sales of Rp. 1 billion per day or Rp. 360 billion (US$40 million) per year.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2012 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina : 'Subsidized fuel quota only enough until October' Indonesia`s subsidized fuel oil quota of 40 million kiloliters for 2012 will only be enough to meet consumption until the third week of October, officials at state oil and gas company Pertamina have predicted.

Posted in Economy @ 13 April 2012 12:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal Bali villa's front for illegal foreign workers? Bagus Sudibya, a Bali tourism entrepreneur and the Honorary Consul for South Africa in Bali, told Bisnis Bali on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, that there are many expatriates in Bali operating illegal villas. He has called on the government to increase the scrutiny of those foreigner involved in operating illegal accommodation services.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2012 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gianyar says 'no’ to construction of condotels The Gianyar regency in Bali has taken the bold step of banning condotel investments, closing the door on the local development of condotels mushrooming in other parts of Bali in their region.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 February 2012 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Archaeologists find cutting tools in Kudus A team of archaeologists from Yogyakarta Archaeology Center found three cutting tools in excavations near the Terban village hall in Jekulo sub district, Kudus district, Central Java province, a local official said here Monday.

Posted in History @ 15 February 2012 08:42 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


Indonesians to get faster Schengen visa service Indonesians planning to travel to Schengen-visa countries in Europe are going to get faster visa application service, a press statement from the European Union office in Jakarta received here on Wednesday said.

Posted in Travel @ 25 January 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan to repatriate remains of WWII dead from Papua The Japanese government plans to repatriate the remains of Japanese World War II dead still to be found in several parts of Papua province, a local tourism official said.

Posted in History @ 22 January 2012 10:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10 Indonesian hotels win ASEAN Green Award Ten hotels operating in Indonesia have won ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award 2012 for applying environmentally friendly principles to their operations. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu presented the award to representatives of the hotels here on Wednesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 January 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Permits travel agencies Bali one big mess The results of  a formal letter issued by Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika calling for a moratorium or a halt to the issuance of new travel agency licenses in Bali has failed to bear any concrete results, despite an eager reception by travel professionals in Bali when the governor’s recommendations were initially made public.

Posted in Travel @ 19 December 2011 03:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hungry monkeys on the rampage on Bali The tribes of monkeys that inhabit the jungles of Nenggan in the village of Abiantuwun, Kediri in the regency of Tabanan are hungry. As a result, valuable crops are being attacked and ravaged by tens of ravenous primates.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 17 December 2011 04:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Jakarta wins best tourism province award The Jakarta provincial government has won The Best Province for Tourism Development award during the Indonesia Tourism Award (ITA) 2011 event.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 December 2011 03:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resort island Bali bans smoking in public places The provincial legislature on the Indonesian resort island of Bali has passed a new law which will soon ban smoking in all public places, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday. It is not yet known when the ban will go into effect.

Posted in Health @ 28 November 2011 20:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saman dance to be nominated as UNESCO world heritage Aceh`s Saman dance is to be nominated for recognition as an intangible world cultural heritage at the 6th session of the UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage being held here from November 22 to 29, 2011.

Posted in Culture @ 25 November 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry denies Borobudur to be taken off UNESCO`s list A senior Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry official has denied allegations that the ancient Borobudur Temple in Central Java is to be scrapped from UNESCO`s world cultural heritages list.

Posted in History @ 13 November 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six drown after boat with immigrants capsizes in Indonesia At least six illegal immigrants trying to reach Australia were killed on early Tuesday morning when their boat capsized off Indonesia, officials said.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2011 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


YPTB: Timo Sea largely destroyed after 2009 Montara oil spill Recent undersea pictures and video have shown that conditions in Indonesia's Timor Sea have deteriorated at an alarming rate, largely caused by the 2009 Montara oil spill, the Care West Timor Foundation (YPTB) said.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2011 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Found: a clean toilet in Indonesia! Yes, it's true, they have found a clean toilet in Indonesia and have awarded it a prize as well. Okay, this is the result of a survey held among a number of airports in Indonesia, but hey, you have to start somewhere. And ask yourself, do you also hate it when you have to visit a dirty airport toilet because the queue for the plane toilets was just too long just before landing?

Posted in Culture @ 28 September 2011 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia urges Aussie compensation of 2009 oil spill Indonesia has urged the Government of Australia to sign a compensation payment agreement related to the 2009 Montara oil spill, which has already been postponed on two occasions.

Posted in Environment @ 21 September 2011 02:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to have second airport in 2014? Indonesia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, claims the construction of a new international airport in Buleleng, North Bali, is important to evenly distribute tourism visitors across the island. Wacik says that an airport in the north will split visitors across both the northern and southern regions of Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 12 September 2011 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia upbeat over its tourism target Indonesia will most probably achieve its tourism target this year considering that it attracted 4.3 million foreign tourists during the January-July period. In the coming five months, Indonesia has to record the arrival of another 3.4 million foreign tourists in order to meet its target of 7.7 million in 2011.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 September 2011 11:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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