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Bali deports four foreigners for violating stay permit The Immigration Office of Bali province will deport four foreigners for violating their visa permits, Chief of Supervisory Unit at Balis Immigration Office Mohamad Soleh said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2014 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


22,000 pesonnel secure election dispute hearing Jakarta Regional Police have deployed 22,000 police personnel to provide security around the Constitutional Court building here during election dispute hearing.

Posted in Elections @ 06 August 2014 20:25 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


President Yudhoyono to inaugurate Sail Raja Ampat President Susilo Yudhoyono is scheduled to open the international maritime event of Sail Raja Ampat on August 22, 2014, stated West Papua Governor Abraham O Atururi.

Posted in Culture @ 20 June 2014 13:19 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


Indonesia to close its border gate with PNG Indonesia will close its border gate with Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the runup to its legislative elections on April 9, 2014, a border official said. "We will close the border gate until April 12, 2014," Susanna Wanggai, head of the Indonesia-PNG border office, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2014 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Australian journalists deported from Bali Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. "They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali," Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 14:49 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


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


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


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


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


Indonesia to End Visa-on-Arrival for Iranians The Jakarta Globe reports that effective August 20, 2013, Indonesia will withdraw the visa-on-arrival facility currently extended to Iranian passport holders visiting Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 20 July 2013 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Air Force holds static show in Biak The national air defense command of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, held a static air defense exhibition at the Manuhua airbase on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 23 June 2013 20:18 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


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


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


Small traders get their space on new Bali airport terminal After increasing pressure on a number of fronts, the managers of Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport, PT Angkasa Pura I (AP-I), has relented on strict qualifying requirements for traders currently operating from the airport and seeking commercial space in newly renovated air gateway for the Island.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


2.5 million visitors for Tanah Lot in 2012 The number of visitors to West Baliís iconic Tanah Lot Temple for the period January Ė November 2012 totaled 2.4 million people. Operators now expect to end the year with 2.5 million visitors to the picturesque ancient temple set on a rock a short distance from Baliís coastline.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2012 06:01 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


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


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


Gembiraloka zoo to have penguin attraction by 2013 The Gembiraloka Zoo of Yogyakarta has set itself a target of completing a penguin attraction by 2013. The penguin attraction was aimed to attract more visitors to the Yogyakarta landmark, which is visited by around 700-800 people everyday, Spokesperson of Gembiraloka Zoo Gunardi said here, Monday.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 November 2012 00:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Baliís beaches not free to all A number of hotels in Nusa Dua are being accused of expropriating their beachfronts, turning these areas into private beaches off-limits to non-hotel guests.

Posted in General @ 12 November 2012 07:01 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


Convicted terrorist escapes wearing niqab Roki Aprisdianto (29), a convicted terrorist held at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police detention centre, has escaped disguised as a woman in niqab, according to the police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 November 2012 20:09 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 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


Jakarta smokers demand special room inside buildings Several members of a people`s group called `Cigarettes Community` have demanded that the Jakarta government revise Governor`s Regulation number 88/2010 that abolishes the presence of smoking room inside buildings in Jakarta.

Posted in Health @ 08 October 2012 19:33 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


Islamic leaders support journalists` sharia caucus Aceh Islamic clerics and regional administration support the establishment of a caucus aimed to fully implement the Sharia Law in the province. The Caucus of the Sharia defenders has been established by a group of local journalists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2012 13:16 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


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


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


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


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


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


First herbal community health center launched The first herbal community health center (Puskesmas) was launched in the Second Bogor Organic Fair (BOF) and the Indonesian Herbal Festival, here, Sunday.

Posted in Health @ 10 June 2012 09:12 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


Bali full of illegal money changers News Agency Antara reports that 40% of the moneychangers operating in Bali do not hold the required permits issued by Bank Indonesia. The Secretary General of the Association of the Foreign Exchange Dealers (APVA), Ayu Astuti D, said, ďaccording to our data, 30-40% of the 146 (foreign exchange) companies headquartered in Bali are illegal.Ē

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2012 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to build new international hospital Beritabali.com reports that the provincial government of Bali will begin the construction of an international standard hospital in the early part of 2012. The government has set aside Rp. 168 billion (12 million euro) to build the proposed 200-room hospital.

Posted in Health @ 04 December 2011 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


High security around 19th ASEAN summit Bali police will ensure the 19th ASEAN Summit security would be in accordance with universal protocol security standards, Bali police spokesman Brig Gen I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2011 09:44 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


Best Western opening another brand new hotel in Kuta Best Western International will soon be offering visitors to Bali the choice of a delightful new hotel, when Best Western Kuta Seaview opens in the popular tourist destination of Kuta.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 October 2011 11:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to have second airport in 2014? Indonesiaís 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


Higher alert-status for Anak Ranakah volcano on Flores The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG has announced that it has raised the alert status for the Anak Ranakah volcano in the district of Manggarai on the island of Flores in southeastern Indonesia. The status is now two out of scale of four. The 2,247 meter high volcano almost continuously emits a small plume of white smoke, but now the activity inside the volcano has also increased.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 28 August 2011 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's recreational parks ready for waves of visitors Three of Jakarta`s favorite recreational centers - Ragunan Zoo, Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park (TMII), and Jaya Ancol Dreamland - are ready to admit huge numbers of visitors during this year`s Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 August 2011 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trucks and bulldozers clean Bali's Kuta beach Over two dozen garbage trucks and two loaders were dispatched to Bali's popular Kuta beach last week to undertake an urgent clean up the large piles of flotsam, jetsam and other waste that has washed ashore in recent weeks.

Posted in Environment @ 10 April 2011 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali pushes on with island-wide rail network The Indonesian government is moving ahead with plans to construct a 560 kilometer long rail system circumnavigating Bali at a total cost of Rp. 7 trillion (600 million euro).

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2011 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: trash in plain sight of foreign tourists an eyesore Bisnis Bali reports that foreign tourists visiting Bali continue to complain about the lack of cleanliness in many tourist areas of the island. Nyoman Kandia, the head of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI), recently called on the government and the public to join forces in addressing the problem of trash in Bali which has become the source of numerous complaints from foreign visitors served by the island's tourist guides.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2011 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali traffic jams endanger tourism Bali Tourism leaders are warning that tourist may eventually abandon Bali unless urgent action is taken to resolve the island's worsening traffic situation.

Posted in Tourism @ 27 February 2011 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali targeting 2.7 million foreign tourists in 2011 Bali is targeting total foreign tourist arrivals of between 2.6 - 2.8 million for 2011. The chief of the Bali office of the National Board of Statistics (BPS), Gede Suarsa, told Bali Post, "that target is higher that the 2.57 million foreign visitors achieved in 2010, a number that surpassed the stated target of 2 to 2.3 million."

Posted in Tourism @ 08 February 2011 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian president Yudhoyono to open new airport in Lombok The beginning of March will see the airport being dedicated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after all security and safety checks have been completed. Once all the test runs have been finalized the President will be at the ceremony for the opening which is taking place nearly a year behind schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 05 February 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau volcano sends ash clouds in the sky The height of the ash clouds that are exhausted by the Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait now reach heights up to 1200 meters. This is not very unusual for the volcano, but does show that the volcano is still very active. The ash cloud is currently blown into southern direction, towards the Indian Ocean.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 30 January 2011 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mysterious crop circle found in Yogyakarta A mysterious crop circle appeared Sunday afternoon in a small rice field in the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, local media reported Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 January 2011 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau volcano still produces sound of explosions The Mount Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Sumatra and Java still causes regular explosions with a heavy thundering sound. These explosions can be heard as far away as the nearest mainland at Anyer, almost 50 kilometers away, where windows are trembling. The head of the observation post for the volcano confirmed the regular bangs.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 13 January 2011 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French 'Survivor' to shoot in Raja Ampat Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik is excited about a French filmmakerís plans to shoot a reality television series in the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua. Jero said Thursday about 200 crew members would film "Koh Lanta", the French franchise of the popular American reality television show "Survivor", in Raja Ampat.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 January 2011 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbah Maridjanís home now tourist attraction Mount Merapiís deceased spiritual guardian Mbah Maridjanís home in Kinahrejo hamlet in Sleman, Yogyakarta, has now become a tourist attraction. The remains of Mbah Maridjanís house are currently one of the most visited attractions for tourists.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 January 2011 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Ash from Mount Bromo volcano towards Lumajang Ash clouds exhausted by the most recent small eruptions of the Mount Bromo volcano still find their way into the direction of the district of Lumajang, East Java province. "The direction of the wind is still northwestern, which brings the ash clouds in that direction," said Mulyono, head of the observation post for the Bromo volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 December 2010 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali expecting very busy Christmas and New Year Beritabali.com reports that the Bali Tourism Office is saying that, on the average, 80% of all available hotel rooms in Bali have been booked for the coming Christmas and New Years period.

Posted in Tourism @ 19 December 2010 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert status Bromo volcano lowered to level 3 The alert status for the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has been lowered from level 4 to level 3 earlier today. This decision was made because the volcano has showed further decreasing activity, especially compared to earlier this month. The volcano is still very active and an ash cloud can still be seen over the active crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 December 2010 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI forces waria model contest to stop The true face of radical Islam in Indonesia, represented by the Islamic idiots that call themselves Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front, FPI), have closed down a modeling contest for waria (men dressed as women). Their demand was that no such activity was to be held in any circumstance.

Posted in Religion @ 02 December 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: Five million foreign tourists by 2015? Bali's visionary governor I Made Mangku Pastika remains confident that foreign tourist arrivals will continue to grow, reaching 5 million visitors by 2015. If achieved, this would be a more than 100% increase from the 2.3-2.4 million foreign visitors projected for all of 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 November 2010 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Bromo volcano put at highest alert status Indonesian authorities on Tuesday put the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province on the highest alert following increased activity. Although it has been put on highest alert, there's no recommendation for evacuation told Andi Arief, a presidential aide on disaster relief coordination, citing information from scientists monitoring the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 November 2010 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: More than 7 million visitors for 2010 Indonesia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has stated he remains optimistic that national tourism arrivals for 2010 will surpass the declared target of 7 million. "I an convinced and optimistic that the target of 7 million foreign tourists will not only be achieved but also surpassed," said Wacik and quoted in Bisnis Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 October 2010 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians now 66% of all Bali tourists The Bali tourism service is targeting four million domestic tourist visitors for the whole of 2010, based on statistics showing two million domestic holidaymakers came to Bali in the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 26 September 2010 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rabies death toll in Bali now put at 93 Bali's Rabies epidemic continues to plague the island. According to Radar Bali, a total of 93 people have died from suspected rabies spread from dog bites, despite massive expenditures and efforts to inoculate pet dogs and eliminate stray animals.

Posted in Health @ 08 September 2010 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New 10.000 Rupiah note is blue, has 1.000 Rupiah coin as friend Indonesia's Vice President Boediono has unveiled a new Rp 1,000 coin and a new, "bluer" Rp 10,000 banknote. The new Rp. 10,000 note will be blue in color, departing from the current red which oftentimes causes tourist visitors confusion in trying to distinguish it from the Rp. 100,000 note.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More tourists that have shorter stays The length of stay for foreign tourist visiting Indonesia declined 10.33% in May 2010, becoming 1.91 days as compared to 2.13 days in May 2009. Downturns in the length of stay were recorded in Jakarta, Central Java, North Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, Riau, Lampung, Jambi and Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 July 2010 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gamblers help Singapore visitor arrivals soar Singapore welcomed 30.3 percent more visitors in May than the same month a year ago as the city-stateís two new casinos helped draw in tourists. The Singapore Tourism Board said on Monday that 946,000 people visited the city-state last month, up from 939,000 in April and 726,000 in May 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 June 2010 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to develop 450 tourism villages in 2011 Indonesian government has said it planned to develop 450 tourism villages across the country in 2011 to lure more visitors to the country. "We hope our plan will be approved by the House of Representatives," an expert staff of the Tourism and Culture Minister, Surya Yoga, said Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 June 2010 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


International payment methods added to ticketindonesia.info Making a reservation for domestic flights in Indonesia has once again become more easy now the website ticketindonesia.info offers additional payment methods. After making a reservation for your flight you can now pay with iDEAL, Moneybookers and a number of credit cards; among them MasterCard, Amex, Visa and JCB.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Turtle seller arrested by Bali police A total of 71 green turtles (chelonia mydas) - some weighing more than 200 kilograms and thought to be more than 70-years-old, were saved from the chopping block by Bali police in a raid conducted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Posted in Environment @ 23 May 2010 09:31 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


A strange wish: three-year tourist visas A proposal from a group of Japanese tourist that the visa period beyond the current 2 months maximum to three years has received support from the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and the Bali Tourism Authority (Diparda). A sign that both organisations have lost their common sense in supporting ideas originating from the people in the street.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 May 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's booming tourism numbers Foreign tourist arrivals to Bali for March 2010 increased 20.7% over the same month one year before, totaling 194,487. For the first three months of 2010 (Q1) arrivals were up 18.49% at 551,186 foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 May 2010 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2010 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This was in the picture! #21 A gangway over the shallow tropical sea brings you towards a viewpoint with some kind of restaurant. Although it doesn't look that steady, it is safe enough for visitors and couples that go here to enjoy the afternoon sun and the sound of the waves. This picture was made at Pulau Galang at the 'end' of the Barelang chain of bridges towards the south from Batam Island.

Posted in Picture guess @ 12 April 2010 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism will suffer from higher alcohol taxes BisnisBali reports that high taxes in the form of customs and excise tax applied on imported alcohol are a great concern for Bali business people. Threatened tax increases of as much as 300 percent have the potential of damaging Bali tourism where the consumption of alcoholic beverages is an important part of a holiday visitors experience.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 April 2010 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Tax refund: Government decides where you should shop The Indonesian Directorate General of Taxation have appointed eight retail companies to help introduce the first phases of the new value-added-tax (VAT) refund scheme available to visitors to Indonesia effective April 1, 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 April 2010 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long wait for a visa on Bali airport Bisnis Bali reports that despite a total of 26 visa on arrival counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, long delays of as much as two hours are being encountered by those landing during peak traffic hours.

Posted in Travel @ 26 February 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scrapping 7-day visa-on-arrival causes problems Resort developers and tour agents who market tour packages for Batam and Bintan islands are crying foul over Jakarta's sudden decision to change its visa rules. On Jan 25, the Law and Human Rights Ministry said it would scrap the option for a US$10 visa-on-arrival for visitors from non-Asean countries, like the United States and Australia, which would let them stay in Indonesia for seven days.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets 7 million tourist arrivals in 2010 In 2010 Indonesia targets a total of 7 million international visitors spending on average US$ 1,000 per stay, thus contributing some US$ 7 billion to Indonesias economy, said Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Hatta Rajasa. This is an increase of between 8%-10% growth compared to 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 February 2010 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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