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Russia discusses investment in Indonesian railways Russia has voiced its interest in investing in several major projects in Indonesia such as the development of railway tracks and aluminum factories in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 November 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Basuki wishes for a hard-working deputy Jakarta s vice governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama revealed that he wanted a hard worker to be his deputy when he is inaugurated later as governor to replace Joko Widodo, who has been elected as president.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2014 17:21 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


House agrees to cut Bappenas budget by Rp46.47 billion The House of Representatives (DPR RI) agreed to slash the budget of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) by Rp46.47 billion as part of efforts to cut budgets at 86 ministries and government institutions in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2014 08:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Next president should continue pro-people programs The next president who is elected in the upcoming presidential race should continue pro-people programs laid down by the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a participant of a presidential candidate convention said.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2014 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks Kelud refugees not to risk returning home yet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the refugees of the Mount Kelud eruption not to risk going back home before the area is deemed safe.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 February 2014 21:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree on island construction project The governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the five islands construction project near the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya (East Java), for building the proposed industrial area.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 December 2013 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Philippine delegation visits Aceh to observe peace experience Delegation from the Philippines on Friday visits Banda Aceh to meet with local prominent figures and study the successful implementation of peace in Indonesia`s most eastern province after the central government and Aceh Freedom Movement (GAM) signed MoU last 2005.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2013 19:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two former leaders of legislative assembly law fugitives Two former leaders of the Bojonegoro legislative assembly have been declared law fugitives after failing to honor summon for execution of the verdict of law court in corruption case.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2013 23:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Political temperatures on the rise in Bali Anyone doubting that political temperatures are on the rise in Bali in the period leading up to the election of its next governor on May 15, 2013, need look no further than the ongoing polemic on whether or not the current governor Made Mangku Pastika is barred from making official visits to the regency of Tabanan and the report of the expulsion of a Denpasar municipal legislator from a town-forum meeting conducted by the governor on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2013 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Dahlan Iskan hospitalized in Singapore due to fatigue State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has been hospitalized at a hospital in Singapore since Sunday (September 9), after he complained of fatigue.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2012 13:53 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


Noted US cleric visit Islamic boarding schools in Lombok Noted cleric from Baltimore, the US, Muhammad Bashar Arafat, is in Lombok, in West Nusa Tenggara province to visit a number of Islamic boarding schools to inform about Islam development in his country.

Posted in Religion @ 14 July 2012 18:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'No need to worry about Leopard purchase plan' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesians need not worry about the government`s plan to purchase leopard tanks from Germany because the tanks would only be used for defense purposes.

Posted in Military @ 10 July 2012 17:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia, China to increase cooperation in defense Indonesia`s defense minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro received the commander of the China`s PLA`s Strategic Missile Corps and member of the Central Military Commission, General Jing Zhiyuan at the former`s office here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2012 10:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President urges demonstrators to remain lawful President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all elements who wish to conduct demonstrations against the government`s fuel policy to remain lawful and avoid hurting others.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2012 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President hands sacrificial animal to Istiqlal mosque President Susilo Yudhoyono handed a cow to the Istiqlal mosque's animal sacrifice committee shortly after performing Idul Adha prayers at the Southeast Asia's largest mosque on Sunday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 November 2011 07:22 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Indonesia and Philippines agree to joint sea border security The governments of Indonesia and the Philippines have agreed to increase their border security by cooperating through coordinating patrol teams.

Posted in Politics @ 15 June 2011 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Turkey agree on military industry cooperation The parliaments of Indonesia and Turkey on Tuesday agreed to increase cooperation in the fields of military and defense industry, officials said.

Posted in Military @ 20 April 2011 01:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Indonesia formalizes diplomatic ties with 21 countries Indonesia on Monday formalized 21 new diplomatic relationships, leaving Israel and Taiwan as the only two countries which do not have diplomatic links with Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 29 November 2010 22:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Obama Indonesia bound, again? U.S. President Obama is quoted on the U.S. White House Website as confirming his plans to visit Indonesia in November 2010, his third attempt to visit his boyhood home after plans for his first two visits were postponed due to commitments to pass his health-care agenda and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted in Politics @ 26 September 2010 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Obama cancels visit to Indonesia - again U.S. President Barack Obama has canceled, for the second time, a planned visit to the Asia Pacific that included a stop in Bali in mid-June. Citing the "on-going environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said: "President Obama spoke tonight with Prime Minister Rudd of Australia, and with President Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2010 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A few hours in Jalan Jaksa I have been there before and I have written about it before. It is still a nice and not unimportant easy-to-reach destination for a quick lunch and a Large Bintang before you start the second half of the day. Just relaxing for a couple of hours, coming to terms after the first part of the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 March 2010 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama delays trip to Indonesia and Australia President Barack Obama has postponed his trip to Asia until June so he can stay in Washington for a possible Sunday vote on his health care overhaul. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday the president is disappointed and regrets having to delay his visits to Indonesia and Australia but has told the leaders of those nations that health care is a crucial priority.

Posted in Politics @ 19 March 2010 02:22 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


Bali needs more direct air access from Europe The Bali Chapter of the Association of Indonesian Travel Agents (ASITA) is recommending to the Department of Air Communications that they open more direct air access between Europe and Bali. As reported by Beritabali.com, this recommendation is being made by ASITA in order to increase tourism visits to Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 January 2010 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Waiting for the umbilical cord to fall off I didn't tell anything yet about the fact why we are in the kampung all of a sudden. In fact there is not much to tell since there is only one reason why we are here now and that is the birth of a new member of the family. A nice gave birth. She gave birth to a two-kilogram weighing, but healthy, son named David on December 3.

Posted in Culture @ 10 December 2009 01:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


List of most influential Muslems: Congratulations Indonesia! Congratulations! Indonesia did not win again. They did not loose either, but are just playing a small role in this case. Most likely that is the best solution as well. Huh? What? Not winning is still okay? For sure, since it is all about the small representation of Indonesians in the list of 500 most prominent Muslems in the world.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali reports hotter than usual weather Tourists and residents across the island are complaining that temperatures on the island are exceptionally hot. According to Kompas.com, Bali's hotter-than-normal-heat-wave have seen sunbathers, who used to spend the entire day on Kuta Beach, abandoning the shoreline at 9:30 a.m. to escape the escalating heat.

Posted in Weather @ 02 November 2009 00:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Julia Robert pays extra to start filming in Bali Oscar-winning Hollywood star Julia Roberts has arrived in Bali for what is expected to be a month-long filming of the Bali portion of Elizabeth Gilbert's novel "Eat Pray Love." Gilbert's best-selling autobiographical recounting of her post-divorce travels in Italy, India and Bali is to become a Columbia Pictures (Sony) film starring Roberts, Javier Bardem and Richard Jenkins.

Posted in Media @ 19 October 2009 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security lacking at many Bali tourist class hotels Beritabali.com reports that 44 "Melati" or "tourist class" hotels recently failed to earn security and safety certificates issued by the government of Bali. The certificates are issued after visits and review by a team of officials from various departments of the island's government.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 October 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists staying shorter and spending less Despite growing tourist arrivals to Bali, recent information released by Bank Indonesia show that the amount being spent by tourist visitors to Bali is on the decline. Ida Bagus Viraguna Bagoes Oka who heads the Bali branch of Bank Indonesia, pointed to the changing composition of Bali visitors now dominated by Asians who stay for shorter periods and spend less on a per day basis while holidaying in Bali.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 October 2009 15:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Papua waisted 30 trillion Rupiah on autonomy' In the eight years that a special autonomy has been in place in Papua, the people there still do not enjoy improved welfare, partly because incompetent government actions in the two provinces. An official from West Papua said that both provincial governments had wasted some 30 trillion Rupiah (2.1 billion euro) in funds meant to support autonomy.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to provide free medical care for the poor in 2010 Bali's provincial government is preparing a budget of Rp. 250 billion (18 million euro) to pay for a free medical care program to be introduced in 2010. "Jaminan Kesehatan Bali Mandara" is the extension of a program launched in 2008 in 500 villages at a cost of Rp. 12 billion (800.000 euro) that covers the cost of medical examinations, treatment, surgical operations, outpatient care and hospitalization.

Posted in Health @ 01 August 2009 12:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Papuans tortured by Indonesian army' Indonesia's controversial special forces, which are trained by Australia, have been accused of new human rights abuses in the troubled province of Papua. In a report by US-based Human Rights Watch, off-duty members of the elite Kopassus branch of the Indonesian army are said to have tortured and abused Papuans.

Posted in Violence @ 26 June 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, Stadium However the name might look like you are attending a game of soccer when you enter this piece of 'paradise on earth', it is not anything like it. It could at best be a nice confusion of words if you are smart enough, so you will not be caught for lying when you are telling in all honesty that you went to the stadium, but keep it in English then. The building that calls itself 'Stadium' is not just a club, it is a center of pleasure and entertainment, 24 hours a day, almost all days of the year.

Posted in Nightlife @ 29 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono only wants to go to Europe with Garuda Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to cancel his planned state visits to several European countries. He will not bring a visit before the ban for Indonesian airlines to fly to any country in the European Union has ended, in special the ban for Garuda Indonesia. "The President only wants to fly with Garuda Indonesia," said Minister of Transportation Jusman Syafii Djamal.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 July 2008 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa-free facility proposed for ten countries Travel Trade Gazette's (TTG) Mimi Hudoyo reports that the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism is seeking agreement to change current visa regulations to permit visa-free short visits from 10 countries.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 January 2008 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 killed, 52 missing in Sulawesi landslide Twenty people have been killed and 52 others were still missing after a landslide and flood hit areas in the province of Central Sulawesi on Sunday evening, the Disaster Management Agency told Tuesday. The disaster in Batu Bare and Tomboyali districts in the regency of Morowali had destroyed over one hundred houses, including transport facilities, according to officials.

Posted in Weather @ 24 July 2007 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia extends visa facility to 11 countries Indonesia has expanded the visa on arrival (VoA) facility to 11 more countries and is currently considering 11 more countries in an attempt to lure foreign tourists to the country. The 11 newly granted countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia. The Directorate General of Immigration announced yesterday that based on a decree, citizens from a total of 63 countries are now able to enjoy a visa on arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 June 2007 17:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Mate, you can now move to Aussie jail There is some good news for Australians serving jail terms in Bali's Kerobokan prison. Thanks to a prisoner transfer agreement to be signed between Australia and Indonesia, they will be able to serve out their sentences in their home country, closer to their own families. One would think they would be happy, especially as Kerobokan prison has been described as a hell-hole where sanitary and health standards are sorely lacking.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 July 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono meets Balkenende President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Saturday met with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who seeks closer ties between the two countries. The two leaders met for 30 minutes, which was followed with bilateral talks between officials of the two countries. But, there was no immediate report about the result of the talks.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grants visa privilege for Swedish visitors The Indonesian government has granted visa-on-arrival facility for Swedish visitors to increase tourist visits from the European country, an official said here Wednesday. "The facility aims to increase international visitors and strengthen bilateral ties," immigration office spokesman Soepriatna Anwar said.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 March 2006 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Bali sentences stoke tensions with Indonesia Australia was last night bracing itself for more tension with Indonesia following the death sentences handed down to two Bali Nine ringleaders and the life sentences that will possibly see the other ring members die in Indonesian jails. Andrew Chan, 22, and Myuran Sukumaran, 24, were convicted of drug smuggling at Denpasar District Court and face death by firing squad unless they launch a successful appeal or are granted a presidential pardon.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Denmark pulls ambassadors from Syria, Iran, Indonesia Denmark has temporarily withdrawn its ambassadors from Syria, Iran and Indonesia because their safety was at risk in the wake of a Danish newspaper's publication of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Denmark's embassy buildings in all three countries had been targeted by angry mobs protesting the publication of the caricatures in September. European and American newspapers subsequently reprinted the drawings.

Posted in Protests @ 11 February 2006 18:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions


Soeharto admitted to hospital Former president Soeharto was admitted to the Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta on Friday suffering from an identified illness. The RCTI television broadcaster said the former strongman was admitted to the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. Friday but it was not clear what he was suffering from.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2005 15:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Japan PM seeks to meet China's Hu in Indonesia Officials are working hard to arrange a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chinese President Hu Jintao in Indonesia soon, Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday, as the two Asian giants deal with a slide in relations to their worst in decades.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


On several different occasions, I travelled by train over Jawa. Some of the trips were made in the evening or at night, so there wasn’t much to see except some white lights from distant villages and every once in a while a train station where we made a short stop to let other trains pass, since most of the rail network still is single-lined.

Posted in Travel @ 30 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN meter readings 'often incorrect' State-owned power company PT PLN has acknowledged that electricity meter readings are often incorrect and give rise to unreasonable bills. It plans to implement a new system, but has warned that customers may face high bills as a result of arrears and unpaid usage as a consequence. "There will be a 'booming' of bills," Fahmi Mochtar, the general manager of the firm's Jakarta and Tangerang branch, said on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali fears Jakarta bomb will ruin tourism again Australians returning yesterday morning from Denpasar said they, and many Balinese, experienced after Thursday's Jakarta attack flashbacks of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people. "They are really scared that it is going to affect tourism again," Yvonne Moloney said after arriving at Melbourne Airport. "One of the taxi drivers actually said, 'That's Indonesia, that's not Bali. It doesn't belong to us.' "

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt delays implementation of new visa policy again The government has again postponed the implementation of the new policy revoking the visa-on-arrival facility extended to nationals of 48 countries, saying the President must consider opposition from tourism industry players. The implementation of the controversial policy had earlier been delayed on Oct. 1 because its operational regulations had not yet been issued.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourist visits to Bali rise , but slip to Indonesia The number of foreign tourists visiting Bali increased in March from the previous month despite a slight decline in numbers for Indonesia as a whole, the Indonesia Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. It said in a statement the number of tourists from Europe, the Middle East and America fell due to the impact of the war in Iraq, while the decline in tourist visits from Asia was caused by the outbreak of the SARS virus in Singapore and other countries.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism sector hit by cancellations in March Both inbound and outbound travellers in Indonesia have cancelled trips because of the Iraq war and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in March. At least 95 percent of inbound tourists cancelled visits to Indonesia and 90 percent of outbound travelers from the country dropped travel plans.

Posted in SARS @ 15 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia toughens entry visa rule for 37 nations The government has drastically reduced the number of countries whose nationals must have visas to enter Indonesia for short visits, officials said yesterday. A presidential decree which came into force on March 31 reduces the number from 48 to 11, said a spokesman for the Tourism Ministry. The decree comes at a time when Indonesia is struggling to rebuild its tourism industry after the Bali terror bombings of last October.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cancel trips to Bali, Foreign Office says The Foreign Office today advised British citizens to cancel all visits to Bali and to avoid all non-essential travel to the whole of Indonesia after a devastating nightclub bombing in the popular tourist resort. "We are advising people to defer all travel to Bali and to defer all non-essential travel to Indonesia," a Foreign Office spokesman told Reuters news agency.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese firms interested in S. Sulawesi railway sector Chinese businessmen engaged in the railway industry are interested in the South Sulawesi provincial administration's plan to build a 155-kilometer railway track connecting Makassar with Parepare, South Sulawesi Governor HZB Palaguna has said.

Posted in Economy @ 28 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US embassy opens after alleged terror threat The United States embassy here and the consulate in Surabaya reopened on Monday after four working days closed as a result of a terrorist threat from the al-Qaeda network. Dozens of people were seen queuing at the embassy to arrange documents, while heavily armed police stood guard outside the building located on Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 17 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bleak future for repatriated Indonesians There won't be jobs in Indonesia for most migrant workers returning from Malaysia, but officials in Jakarta said they can offer them training to develop their skills, or help them start small businesses. Mr Adang Farid, who oversees domestic-employment matters at the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, also disclosed that President Megawati Sukarnoputri would raise Malaysia's repatriation of illegal Indonesian workers next week when she meets Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for talks.

Posted in General @ 01 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The past 12 years have hardly been normal for Suraiya Kamaruzzaman. As a women's rights activist in conflict-torn Aceh, intimidation and terror have been part of the 33-year-old's daily life.

Posted in Politics @ 30 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The number of hotels and entertainment places in the capital adopting different rates for services for local and foreign customers has been growing since the economic crisis hit the country in 1997.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


About 250,000 people were forced from their homes in East Timor last year after militias supporting Indonesia reacted violently to the vote for independence on August 30. Nine months later, about 100,000 of those who fled remain in West Timor -- living in more than 200 squalid, disease-ridden camps scattered across the countryside.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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