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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


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


Dahlan Iskan urges Garuda to hold extraordinary meeting State-owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan has instructed state airlines PT Garuda Indonesia to convene a special meeting of shareholders to discuss its swelling losses.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 August 2014 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to double tourism totals in 5 years? Mari Elka Pangestu, Indonesiaís 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, ďThe target of 20 million foreign tourist in five years will require a lot of hard work.Ē

Posted in Tourism @ 23 August 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Ongoing complaints about new Bali airport terminal The Bali Consumer Protection Bureau (YLPK-Bali) has undertaken a customer service surveys for Bali Ngurah Rai International and the Lombok International Airports.I Putu Armaya, director of YLPK, told Metrobali.com on June 24, 2014, that the survey was undertaken over 5 days ,June 4-8, 2014. The survey involved around 300 respondents - both domestic and international air passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 30 June 2014 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PNG tourist visits decline due to closure of border The number of tourists from Papua New Guinea, PNG, visiting Jayapura is reported to have decreased after the border was closed by the local authorities following a shooting incident by unknown gunmen.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


minister: 'Indonesia`s control over its waters still weak' Marine Resources and Fisheries Minister Sharif C Sutardjo admitted that the governments control over the country's waters was still weak due to small budget for ship operations.

Posted in Military @ 08 June 2014 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís 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


Tourists advised not to visit Bali during Day of Seclusion Foreign tourists are advised not to visit Bali during the Hindu Day of Seclusion on March 31, 2014, a regional government official said.

Posted in Religion @ 13 March 2014 11:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Slamet status raised to alert level The Indonesian authorities have raised the status of Mount Slamet in Central Java from normal to alert level as of 9 p.m. on Monday, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 March 2014 13:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title ďProfessor of DangdutĒ Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly ďKing of DangdutĒ in the not-too-distant future after Indonesiaís education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borobudur temple expected to be fully opened soon Borobudur temple, the worlds largest Buddhist temple located in central Java, is expected to be fully opened next week as the cleaning up work of the temple from Mount Keluds ash has reached 80 percent.

Posted in Culture @ 23 February 2014 13:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rescue team searches for seven Japanese missing The Denpasar Search and Rescue (SAR) team is searching for seven Japanese tourists who went missing in the waters off the Nusa Lembongan Island, Klungkung Regency, an official said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Trucks used to clear out volcanic ash in Yogyakarta Dozens of trucks belonging to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) were deployed to clear out the volcanic ash spewed by Mount Kelud, which erupted on Thursday night.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 14 February 2014 22:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping Baliís mother temple sacred The provincial government of Bali has prepared a small team to review input from a number of sources on how best to create a Pura Agung Besakih Authority to control and oversee the operation of Baliís Mother Temple.

Posted in Religion @ 02 February 2014 06:00 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. ďA 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,Ē agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record number of tourists for Bali in 2013 The foreign arrival numbers for Bali through the end of November 2013 are in totaling 2.97 million, surpassing, even before figures for December are in, the highest total for any year in the history of Bali arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2014 07:01 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


Bali hotel rate war escalates As Bali grows increasing fearful of an escalating price war among the Islandís 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


'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


Indonesia wants visa on arrival facility for citizens visiting China Indonesia has called for the Chinese government to grant the visa on arrival facility for Indonesians traveling to the country, saying that Indonesia had already been doing the same for Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 November 2013 20:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to extradite Italian mob fugitive Antonio Vitale Indonesia will extradite Italian fugitive Antonio Messicati Vitale, following a Bali provincial courts recent approval of the extradition request from an Italian prosecutor, Attorney General Offices spokesman Untung Setia Arimuladi said here on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 November 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead in tourist bus crash in Bali Seven people, including five foreign tourists, were found dead near Pecatu area, Badung district, Bali, after the tourist bus in which they get into fall to a 20-meters deep of valley here on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Accidents @ 19 November 2013 08:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Marines arrested for helping illegal immigrants Three personnel of Indonesian Marine Corps (TNI AL) were arrested last Sunday (Nov 17) for allegedly assisting 106 illegal immigrants from Myanmar to pass Indonesian territory and head for Australia.

Posted in Crime @ 19 November 2013 08:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Marapi in West Sumatra erupts again Mount Marapi, which is located in the Tanahdatar and Agam districts in the West Sumatra Province, erupted again on Wednesday morning.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 November 2013 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No to mining business in Raja Ampat Minister for the Environment Balthasar Kambuaya said he would reject any proposal for mining operation in the district of Raja Ampat of West Papua. "I have already told my staff to reject any such proposal in the district of Raja Ampat," Balthasar said here on Friday.

Posted in Environment @ 18 October 2013 07:06 CET by Jeroen · 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


Hary Tanoe to face legal action over Miss World contest National entrepreneur Hary Tanoesoedibyo said he is ready to face legal action if he had violated the law by organising the 2013 Miss World contest in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Miss World`s final round moved to Bali CEO of MNC Group Hary Tanoesoedibjo expressed his disappointment over the government`s decision to centralise all activities of the Miss World 2013 beauty pageant in Bali, following protests from Islamic organisations.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2013 18:20 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


Slower growth in tourists to Indonesia expected in 2014 The Indonesian Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu has labeled as ďoptimisticĒ a target of 9.5 million foreign tourists in 2014. Quoted in Kompas.com, Pangestu said: ďThe 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


Indonesian police name bus driver suspect in deadly accident Police have named Muhammad Amin, the driver of Giri Indah tourist bus, a suspect in a deadly accident at Tugu Utara Village, Bogor District, West Java, on Wednesday. "We have named the driver a key suspect in this accident," chief of the Bogor district police Adj. Snr. Comr. Asep Syafrudin said here on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2013 19:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 20 after bus plunges into valley At least 20 people are known to have died after Giri Indah tourist bus plunged into an eight-metre deep valley in Tugu Utara Village, Bogor District on August 21, 2013, said the police. "Sulaeman, a resident of Bogor, died in Sentra Medika Hospital in Cibinong," added a Bogor police officer on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2013 17:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


18 dead when bus plunges into valley At least 18 people were killed on Wednesday morning when a tourist bus plunged into a valley in a mountain resort in the regency of Bogor, West Java. The bus , Giri Indah, carrying 53 passengers rolled down the valley near the Ciliwung river in the village of Tugu Utara in the sub-district of Cisarua.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 August 2013 12:37 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Bali tightens security against possible infiltration of terrorists Bali police tighten control at all entry gates to the tourist island to prevent infiltration of terrorists to the island which has twice suffered big terrorist bombings over the past several years. Units of police mobile brigade are placed at the ports of Gilimanuk, Badung and Padangbai, Bali Police Chief Insp. Gen. Arif Wahyunadi said here on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 August 2013 13:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team evacuates dead body of Slovenian tourist A search and rescue team from the Denpasar agency has evacuated the body of Slovenian tourist Alexander who died after he was swept away high waves in Sawangan beach, South Kuta, Badung district on Saturday (July 27).

Posted in Accidents @ 30 July 2013 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four people arrested with billions of rupiahs in fake money The police have arrested four people with billions of rupiahs in fake money in Sleman, Yogyakarta. "The suspects offered loans in fake money with interest rate below bank lending rate," Sleman chief detective Adj. Comr. Heru Muslimin, said here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 15 July 2013 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan eases off entry visa requirements for Indonesia The Japan government to ease off entry visa requirements for some ASEAN countries where Malaysia and Thailand nationals are exempted for visa while nationals from Indonesia gets extension of period of stays for those holding multiple entry visa, official said.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Agricultural land conversion in Bali alarming Agricultural land conversion in Bali in the past five years has been alarming and potentially threatening food resilience in the tourist island, a local university professor said.

Posted in Environment @ 23 June 2013 14:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Buddhist students campaign for Borobudur preservation Buddhist students campaigned for preservation of Borobudur Temple on the sidelines of Vesak 2557 BE (2013) celebration in Borobudur Sub-district, Magelang District, Central Java Province, Saturday.

Posted in Culture @ 25 May 2013 15:34 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


33 foreigners suffer from HIV/AIDS in Bali A total of 33 foreigners who once visited or stayed in the Indonesian tourist resort province of Bali suffered from HIV/AIDS, a local AIDS Commission (KPA) said here on Wednesday. Dr Mangku Karmaya, prevention working group coordinator of Bali`s KPA, said the data were collected from 1987 to 2013.

Posted in Health @ 01 May 2013 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 3 reactions


Agency: 'Dieng`s volcanic tremors still taking place' The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said deep and shallow volcanic tremors still continued to take place in Mount Dieng, in Sumberejo village, Banjarnegara disrtrict, Central Java, on Tuesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 April 2013 20:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali transport operators seek a hike in rates The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that the Baliís 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


Tangkuban Parahu volcano suddenly erupts The Mount Tangkuban Parahu volcano, north of the large city of Bandung, has erupted earlier today. The eruption was clearly visible this time. The volcano has been increasinly active since the start of this year and earlier showed signs of being in eruption, but those were only visible with sensitive instruments.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 March 2013 12:46 CET by Jeroen · 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 prepares to regulate local fruit sales The Jakarta Post reports that the province of Bali plans to propose specific bylaws protecting the market for local farmers by controlling the sale and consumption of local fruit.

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2013 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands offers help to preserve Jakarta's 'Old City' Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmersmans met Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at the City Hall on Wednesday to offer help to preserve an old Kota district area of Jakarta.

Posted in History @ 20 February 2013 22:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Farmers demand compensation for their khat plants Farmers in Cisarua, in the mountain resort of Puncak, Bogor, said they would destroy their chata edulis plants,locally known as khat, which is illegal in the country, if the government provide them a compensation.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 February 2013 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta beaches littered with trash Strong winds over the past week have brought an annual harvest of flotsam that washed ashore on Baliís popular Kuta Beach. The unsavory sight of plastic, trash, trees and plastic containers has covered the entire length of the beach, requiring a continual and diligent clean-up effort be mounted by local authorities and community members.

Posted in General @ 26 January 2013 07:00 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 ďretreatĒ 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


Children swept away by sea water have been rescued Two children who were swept away by sea water at the Karanghawu beach in Sukabumi district, West Java, on Tuesday, have been rescued. The two children, aged 16 and 18, were swept away, as far as tens of meters from the coastline, said Dede Sumarna, head of the Sukabumi coast guard agency.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 January 2013 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People crossing border in Timor increase in number The number of people crossing the border between the Indonesian part of the Timor island of Atambua and Timor Leste rose sharply ahead and after Christmas on Dec 25.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2012 19:26 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


Domestic tourists flood Bali over year-end holidays Tens of thousands of domestic tourists are descending on Bali over the current Christmas and New Years holiday. Until January 5, 2013 Bali will see a total of 76 additional flights landing during the holiday period.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 December 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas mass in Kuta delivered in English Hundreds of foreign tourists attended a Christmas Mass at St Fransiskus Xaverius Paroki church in Badung district on Christmas Eve, where the Mass was delivered in both Indonesian and English.

Posted in Religion @ 25 December 2012 04:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali once again wants a part of VoA money Once again a movement has been launched in Bali to secure a share of the visa-on-arrival fees (VoA) paid by visiting tourists to Bali that is now entirely remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Catholic sacred place Sendangsono to be renovated Catholic sacred place Sendangsono in the sub-district of Kalibawang, Yogyakarta, will be renovated to serve not only as a place for devotional visit by Catholics but also as a tourist object. Renovation will be made by phases depending on the available fund collected from donators and philanthropists.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2012 21:38 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 islandís infrastructure will add to the islandís appeal.

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


Power outages hit Ngurah Rai airport Public service at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport was disrupted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:20 pm when a power interruption left most of the airport in the dark.The Wednesday power outage followed a similar power failure on Monday, two days earlier.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to inaugurate Sukarno monument in Bangka Indonesia`s fifth President, Megawati Soekarnoputri, will inaugurate the monument of Sukarno, called the `Bung Karno Monument`, in Air Anyir village in Bangka, on Saturday (November 24).

Posted in General @ 20 November 2012 14:59 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


BMKG: Heat in Bali will end in November The hot weather which Bali has experienced over the past few months is expected to end in November, according to the Bali branch of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Posted in Weather @ 03 November 2012 18:07 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


Volcanic activity continues at Mount Anak Krakatau Volcanic activity has been continuing at Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait since early October, according to an observation officer. "The volcano has not erupted since mid-September," said Andi Suardi, the head of the observation post in Hargopancuran village, Rajabasa subdistrict, South Lampung district, on Thursday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 October 2012 20:41 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 Baliís 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


Official: 'Indonesia to have navy museum' The Education and Culture Ministry`s Director of Museum And Cultural Heritage Preservation, Surya Helmy, has stated that Indonesia will soon have a Navy museum, which will be set up inside a warship.

Posted in History @ 10 October 2012 21:44 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


Implementation of Bali smoking ban too slow A survey conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at starred hotels in Kuta carried out by provincial enforcement officers (Satpol PP-Bali) and working units of the provincial government (SKPD) revealed that most properties have yet to implement the Smoke-Free-Law of 2011 in their public areas.

Posted in Health @ 29 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesiaís 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


Russian tourist drowns on Ketewel Beach A 48-year-old Russian tourist has drowned while swimming on Baliís east coast, at Pantai Gumicik, Ketewel. Algrei Ilarioshoki drowned on Saturday, September 22, 2012, when he was swept out to sea by strong currents while swimming at the beach.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 September 2012 07:00 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 destinationís reputation.

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


Stricter environmental regulations for Gianyar The Gianyar regency is preparing new regulations that will govern the way in which new hotels are built and ensure that accommodation projects are ďgreenĒ and friendly to the environment.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2012 10:38 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


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


Mount Anak Krakatau still on alert status Mount Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait is still on level II alert, according to an observation officer. "We have asked all tourists and fishermen to stay away from the volcano because it could endanger the safety of their lives," Mount Anak Krakatau Observation Post officer Jumono said on Friday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 September 2012 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong earthquake rocks Bali A major quake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale jolted Bali early on Tuesday, but no report of casualty and damage to property on the tourist island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 04 September 2012 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of World War II veterans invited to Morotai At least 100 World War II veterans from the United States, Australia and Japan are invited to attend the opening ceremony of "Sail Morotai" in the regency of Morotai, North Maluku on September 15.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2012 11:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two tourist drowned along Garut shores Two tourists are reported to have drowned after being caught in strong sea currents while bathing at Garut district`s beach on Wednesday (Aug 22). The first victim was a 20 year old Yari who went swimming at Karang Papak beach during his holiday trip, along with seven of his friends.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 August 2012 15:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two tourists drown, 2 missing at Palabuhanratu beach Two local tourists have died and two others are missing, and are expected to have drowned at sea while visiting the Palabuhanratu beach of Sukabumi in West Java during the Idul Fitr holiday, a rescuer said on Wednesday.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 August 2012 19:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists obliged to wear sarung at Javanese temples Central Java visitors to the ancient Hindu Monument of Prambanan, the Borobudor Temple of Borobudur and the Ratu Boko Palace are now required to wear a batik sarung.The new policy took effect from August 17, 2012.

Posted in Culture @ 21 August 2012 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Bali needs direct flights to support tourism' Indonesiaís 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


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 Organizationís 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 islandís 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


Borobudur temple recognised as largest Buddhist monument The Guinness World Records has officially listed Indonesia`s Borobudur temple as the largest Buddhist monument in the world.

Posted in Culture @ 04 July 2012 12:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Resident finds body of foreign tourist in Bali A Kutuh village resident, Badung district, Bali, found the body of a foreign tourist on Thursday. The remains of Mark Ovenden were discovered by I Wayan Suada on a footpath.

Posted in Crime @ 21 June 2012 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidents calls for closer govt and private cooperation President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said the government and the private sector must strengthen cooperation to boost the country`s economy. "The private sector and the government are often late in benefiting the real opportunities for our economy and businesses," Yudhoyono said on the plane heading to Mexico, Sunday, for the G20 Summit.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2012 15:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One time zone for all of Indonesia? In a move that an advisory panel claims will improve national efficiency, Indonesia is steadily moving towards plans to put the entire Indonesian nation on a single time-zone, synchronizing clocks across the 5,300 milometer breadth of the archipelagic nation with the clocks of neighboring Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2012 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wounded German tourist to be evacuated to Singapore Dietmer Pieper, 55, a German tourist who sustained shotgun wounds, will be evacuated to Singapore soon, said a health officer from Papua. The German embassy will coordinate with an insurance company to carry out the evacuation, remarked Joseph Rinta, the head of the Papua health office, here on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 31 May 2012 09:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO declares Wakatobi world biosphere reserve The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared the Wakatobi Marine National Park of Southeast Sulawesi province as a world biosphere reserve area unconditionally.

Posted in Elections @ 10 May 2012 15:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Chinese nationals to be deported soon Local immigration authorities will soon deport three Chinese nationals for abusing their stay permits, a spokesman said.

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2012 20:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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