August 2018

Please see the link below for an official statement from the Governor of West Nusa Tenggara regarding the recovery efforts in Lombok.

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August 29th - Please see link below for a statement regarding the Lombok Transition Status

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August 29th - Please see link below a statement regarding the earthquake in Gunungkidul Regency in Yogyakarta on 29 August 2018.

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August 20th 2018 - Please see the link below for an official statement regarding the aftershock earthquakes in Lombok on August 19th.

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August 20th 2018- Please see link below for information on the 6.9 SR earthquake and its aftershocks (in red) that affected Lombok on 19 Aug 2018 and 20 Aug 2018. The source of the earthquake derived from Sesar Naik Flores at North Lombok and Sumbawa.

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August 19th 2018 - Please link below for an official statement on the aftershocks felt in Lombok today (19 August 2018).

We advise travellers to stay updated with official information.

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August 12th 2018 - Following the earthquake in Lombok on 5th August and the subsequent aftershocks, the Governor of West Nusa Tenggara has issued a statement on its affects and thanking all local and international citizens who have provided assistance.

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August 9th - Infographic from BNPB (National Board of Disaster Management) regarding the impacts of August 5th's earthquake on Lombok

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August 9th - Bali Tourism Remains Conducive Despite Lombok Earthquake

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August 7th 2018: Please see the following update regarding the situation in Lombok, Indonesia, following the earthquake on Sunday.

The Indonesian government has managed to evacuate all tourists staying in Gili by boats to Bali.

Tourists are not among the victims in Lombok.

Currently there are no expected issues for those visiting Bali.

For those planning to travel to Lombok, at this time it is advisable to replace Lombok with Java or another destination in Indonesia.

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Lombok Bali ASITA Optimism of West Nusa Tenggara Tourism will have Speedy Recovery

All tourism stakeholders will work hand in hand to restore tourism in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), especially North Lombok. The Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (ASITA) is even being optimistic that the conditions will return to normal within a week. 

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Tourism Minister Arief Yahya Monitors the Night Atmosphere at Lombok International Airport (LIA)

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has been monitoring non-stop the management of Services and Transporting of foreign tourists out of Lombok Island. Through Ministry of Tourism Crisis Center team, Arief Yahya keeps reminding them to keep looking for the best possible ways to make them feel comfortable in the midst of a difficult environment. 

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BNPB (National Board of Disaster Management) Affirms Tsunami Issues on Gili is Hoax 

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Tourism Minister Arief Yahya: Gili Foreign Tourists Evacuation Complete Today

Efforts to evacuate tourists from Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno will be completed today, August 6, 2018. That is a shared commitment, Tourism Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya; Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi and Head of National Search and Rescue Agency, Marskal Muda TNI M Syaugi. 

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Tourism Minister Arief Yahya: Thank you BRI CSR for being responsive towards the Lombok Natural Disaster  

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya thanked BRI for being very responsive towards the natural disaster in Lombok. Through CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility. BRI will distribute various basic needs that are most needed by residents in evacuation. Especially in tourist areas that are very affected by the 7.0 SR scale earthquake. 

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Tourism Minister Arief Yahya Establishes Stronger Access in Lombok and Bali

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya focuses on the earthquake crisis management in Lombok and Bali.  The 7.0 SR earthquakes hit North Lombok, 5th August 2018. The crisis team is currently closely monitoring airports and airlines’ schedules to manage the significant traffic changes.

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January 2015

Garuda Indonesia Launches Beijing-Bali Regular Direct Flights

Along with the continuous growth in the number of tourists from China who spend their holidays on the enchanting Island ofBali, Garuda Indonesia, official airline of Indonesia,has launched regular direct flights between Beijing and Bali. The inaugural flight from Bali to Beijing took place on 12th January 2015, while the flight from Beijing to Bali took off  on 13th January 2015

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Bandung now Offers Direct Flights to form Batam and Kuala Lumpur 

As the city of Bandung has now grown more and more into an attractive tourist and business destination, Garuda Indonesia recently launched its daily direct Batam-Bandung flights starting Friday, 19 December 2014. From Bandung, passengers can also connect withdirect flights to Surabaya and Bali. 

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2014 Achievements and Tourism Indonesia Targets for 2015

The total number of international tourist arrivals to Indonesia in 2014 is at this very moment  recorded at 9.3 million, while  domestic tourism totals 251 million trips, said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya at the end of the year press conference.

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Top 10 countries booked by travellers for 2015

Indonesia is among the top 10 countries set to be booked by travelers globally for next year, according to 2015 trend data released by HotelsCombined.

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The 2016 Solar Eclipse can be Observed across the Indonesian Archipelago

Astronomers have confirmed that a small number of cities in Indonesia lie on the path of the 2016 total solar eclipse. Nevertheless, enthusiasts have the opportunity to observe parts  of this phenomenon  in  most parts of the Indonesian Archipelago.

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BauNyale: The Sea Worms Festival on the Island of Lombok

The island of Lombok in the West Nusa Tenggara Province will once again celebrate the age-old tradition of Bau Nyale or the  Sea Worms Festival from 9-10 February 2015.

The locals believe, that the Nyale are not just regular sea worms, but are considered as sacred creatures that bring prosperity to those who respect them, or misfortune to those who ignore them. This belief is based on a legend of princess Mandalika.

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Indonesia Fashion Week 2015

Indonesia Fashion Week is a fashion movement first initiated in 2012. This year, this event will be held on February 26 – March 1 and will present the uniqueness of Indonesian culture through the ready wear fashion and many more.

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BaliSpirit Festival 2015 (31 March 2015 - 05 April 2015 at Ubud, Bali)

A global celebration of yoga, dance and music.As the BaliSpirit Festival celebrates its sixth year, news of this gathering of world-renowned musicians, yogis and dancers from every continent has spread across the globe. The BaliSpirit Festival has become a magnet for fans, students and followers of every yoga, movement, healing and music calling. Weeks before the Festival, Ubud begins to fill with a colorful, international tribe of conscious travelers, gathering in anticipation of one of the world's most inspiring events.

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December 2014

Bali among TripAdvisor's Most Popular Year End Holiday Destinations in Asia Pacific

The island of Bali was named among the most popular tourist destinations in   TripAdvisor, for the End of the Year 2014 holiday period.                   

The survey was conducted by TripAdvisor, the world’s biggest travel site,  to determine  the top 10 most popular holiday destinations in the Asia Pacific to celebrate the turn of the year. 

Indonesia, through the island of Bali, managed to place two destinations among the top 10 chosen by travelers in TripAdvisor’s Travel Forum: Seminyak and Kuta.

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Captivating Wayang Kulit Performance Enthralls London Audience

A captivating performance of Indonesia's traditional art of Wayang Kulit or shadow puppet theatre entitled “Anoman Obong” or the “The Burning of Hanuman” enthralled the audience at the Southbank Hall Festival in London on Sunday, 14th December 2014.

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Pekalongan: first Indonesian city included in UNESCO's World Creative Cities Network

Pekalongan, the Batik City located on the north coast of Central Java, best known for its distinct colorful Batiks that are infused with Chinese influence, was officially included by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) into the World’s Creative Cities Network in the “Crafts and Folk Arts” category. Pekalongan is the first Indonesian city to have made it to this prestigious global Network.

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Holi Color Festival February 2015

‘Holi’ or the Festival of Colour is the  early spring festival, celebrated by the Hindu community in a number of countries as a religious tradition.

However, this time in Jakarta, this festival will be held a celebration by the whole city of fun and excitement with water guns, color powders, glowsticks and new concept music.

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Java Jazz Festival 2015

Once a year since 2005, Jakarta has held an International Jazz Festival. The Festival has presented both internationally renowned names such as the late James Brown, Incognito, Santana, Stevie Wonder, Lee Ritenour, John Legend and many more, as well as nationally renowned musicians from Indonesian. The upcoming Java Jazz Festival will be held from 6-8 March 2015.

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Timeless Indonesia Festival (December 24-31, 2014)

Bringing together the rich culture diversity of Indonesia in one place, Konderatu presents the ‘Timeless Indonesia Festival.’

In this inaugural edition, the Festival will highlight the cultural wonders from 7 provinces: East Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara, North Sumatra, North Sulawesi, East Java, South Sulawesi, and Bali. 

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November 2014

January-September foreign arrivals to Indonesia grew by significant 8.31 percent

Total January-September arrivals through all of Indonesia’s entry ports came to 6.95 million, a significant increase of 8.31% compared to the same period last year, reached 6.41 million. This growth is consistent with   past average increases of 8%, and, therefore, bodes well that this year’s target to reach 9.5 million international tourist arrivals will be achieved.

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FLORES, in Lonely Planet Top 10 Regions Best in Travel 2015

World's most popular tourism website, Lonely Planet, recently released the Best Destinations to Explore in 2015. Indonesia through the island of Flores in the province of East Nusatenggara, was chosen among the Top 10 Regions Best in Travel 2015.

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Garuda launches Kalimantan Intercity flights: Balikpapan-Palangkaraya- Pontianak-Putusibau

On 1 November Garuda Indonesia  launched its Kalimantan intercity connections linking four main cities on this huge island, namely: Balikpapan,  Palangkaraya, Pontianak and Putusibau. Earlier this year, Garuda opened three new routes, which are between Balikpapan and  Berau (East Kalimantan),  Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan) , and Manado,  capital city of North Sulawesi.

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The Amazing Tabot Festival of Bengkulu

On Monday, 3 November, thousands of people flocked and crowded the City center of the town of Bengkulu in order to witness the grand Tabot Festival 2014. The Tabot Festival had started on 24 October and lasted until 3 November. For the full 10 days,  cultural performances, traditional games and exhibitions brightened  up the Festival.

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Musi Triboatton III 2014

This November, the spotlight will shine on the longest running river on Sumatra: the Musi River as the Musi Triboatton III is set to take place from 23rd to 30th November 2013 in Palembang, capital of the province of South Sumatra.

Combining rafting, kayaking, and dragon boat races, this is a one of a kind event to introduce the splendors of South Sumatra in terms of special interests activities. Set on the wide Musi River that flows through the city of Palembang, the event will feature over 500Km of adrenaline rushing races as well as relaxing sports events.

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The 27th Baba Nyonya Convention 2014 in Jakarta

The 27th Baba Nyonya Convention 2014 will this year be hosted by Indonesia at the Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel, Jakarta to take place between 28-30 November 2014.

There will be an extravagant Gala Dinner to welcome participants from around the globe. Expected participants are not only Peranakan descendents from Singapore and Malaysia, but also from Australia and the United States.

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New Years Eve 2015 in Bali

There are many people who love to celebrate the New Year in style, and New Years Eve 2015 in Bali will be no different. In fact, Bali has become the number one destination for people all over the world to celebrate NYE 2015. The people of Indonesia flock to the island that they nickname the Goddess Island and Paradise.]

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Indonesia's New Tourism Project Commended by British Guild of Travel Writers

Indonesia’s trailblazing decision to turn Raja Ampat’s entire aquatic territory into a sanctuary for sharks and manta rays has been honoured by the British Guild of Travel Writers. On 2nd November 2014, during a prestigious gala awards dinner at The Savoy Hotel in London, the sanctuary was bestowed with a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the category of ‘Outstanding New Tourism Project’ in recognition of its marine conservation work. 

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October 2014

New Tourism Minister Arief Yahya - Digital Technology, Breakthrough to Promote Indonesia's Tourism

The newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, said that the three key factors in developing and promoting tourism are : Infrastructure, ICT and Health and Hygiene. Of the three, the factor that can and should be undertaken immediately is optimizing the use of Digital Technology. 

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Jakarta's Tourism Industry Continues Robust Growth

Along with the increasing number of domestic and international tourists to Jakarta, the tourism industry in this capital city has kept in step with equally robust growth. In the past years international tourists to this metropolitan city has grown between 7-10 percent. 

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Jogja International Heritage Walk 2014 - "Save Nature, Respect the Culture, Jogja to the world"

The Jogja Walking Association will hold an international scale sport tourism event called the Jogja International Heritage Walk (JIHW) on 15th to 16th November 2014 in Yogyakarta, the cultural heartland of Java. The event will be centered in two areas:  at the  Prambanan Temple Complex and at the  Imogiri Village. With the tagline:”Let’s Walk Together", the event intends to promote a healthy lifestyle by walking,  and to further promote the cultural splendors around Yogyakarta.

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Kenya's Elite Runners Again Dominated Jakarta Marathon 2014

The Jakarta Marathon 2014, the Biggest Running Event in Indonesia participated by over 14,000 runners from 47 countries,  was successfully held on Sunday morning, 26th October 2014.  With a pre-dawn start at 5.0 am West Indonesia Time, this annual sport tourism event has now definitely established itself as  an icon of the capital city,  Jakarta,  and of Indonesia.

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Visa Free facility to be extended to 5 more countries; Yachts Entry Permits Simplified 

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Indroyono Soesilo  informed that the government  to grant Visa Free facility to nationals of 5 of Indonesia's most important tourist source markets, which are : the People’s Republic of China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and Australia, adding up to the nationals of 15 countries that are already given visa free facility to Indonesia.

He also addressed the issue of Permit Simplification for international yachts entering Indonesian Waters by implementing one stop online Clearance Approval system to Indonesian Territory (CAIT).

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Timeless Indonesia Festival 2014: An All-Indonesia Cultural Extravanganza

Bringing the best from all over the Indonesian Archipelago, an all-Indonesia cultural extravaganza will be presented at Timeless Indonesia Festival 2014 scheduled to take place from 9th to 15th November 2014 at K-Land Beach, Badung Regency, on the romantic island of Bali.

The festival will spectacularly showcase rarely exposed traditional music and dances, traditional culinary delights, fashions and more. In this inaugural edition, the festival will highlight the cultural wonders from 7 provinces, which are: East Kalimantan, West Nusa Tenggara, North Sumatra, North Sulawesi, East Java, South Sulawesi, and Bali.

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Remembering the Deadly Aceh Tsunami 10 Years On

A decade ago on 26th December 2014, the province of Aceh In the north-western-most part of Indonesia was devastated by a  disaster of gigantic proportions that shook the world,  known as the Aceh Tsunami.

After years of rehabilitation and restoration work, today the province and the people of  Aceh have managed to overcome the catastrophe and continue with building their cities and their life. To remind us of this tragedy that occurred 10 years ago, the10th Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster Commemoration will be held on 25th to 28th December 2014, centered in the capital city of Banda Aceh.

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Djakarta Warehouse Project - 12 - 13 December 2014 - JlExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta

Claimed to be the biggest dance festival in Indonesia, this event is a place to go for dance music lovers. The festival has featured the best International acts and Indonesia’s best electronic artists / djs, with different music genres, ranging from: electronic, house, progressive, techno, trance, drum and bass, to dubstep. They have featured the biggest EDM stars like Avicii, Calvin Harris, Paul Van Dyk, Markus Schulz, Bob Sinclair, Roger Sanchez, Kaskade, Ferry Corsten, and so much more.

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September 2014

Jakarta Marathon 2014 is ready to be staged - 23rd to 25th October

Building the hype ahead of the  Jakarta Marathon 2014,  the Sport Running Expo will take place at the Jakarta Convention Center from 23rd to 25th October 2014. The sport exhibition will feature all  necessary gear and accessories perfect for running events such as shoes, jerseys, hats, watches, and more.

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Top Ten Indonesia Restaurants in Indonesia

For tourists in search of good Indonesian food, Bali is the place to go - if a latest study by TripAdvisor is to be believed.

The study, announced on Friday, details the top restaurants serving popular local cuisines in Asia. It says Bali is home to the best Indonesian restaurants in the country.

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Hotel Management and Technology Indonesia Conference

The Hotel Management and Technology Indonesia Summit (Nov 13, Jakarta) will address all management, technological and sales & marketing challenges that impact guest satisfaction, operation and P&L, all under one roof. 

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Bali Hotels Association Coastal Cleanup was a Great Success

Bali Hotels Association (BHA) participation in the International Coastal Cleanup campaign was another great success. The initiative saw more than 70 hotels under the BHA banner gather over 1600 volunteers to clear debris from several beaches and rivers in Nusa Dua, Legian, Kuta, Seminyak, Tabanan and Ubud. Approximately 19.5km was covered and everyone involved was proud to be part of the solution to help protect Bali’s coastal strip and waterways.

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Balikpan operates brand-new and extensive Eco-Airport complete with Mall

On 15th September, President Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono officially opened the brand new airport of Sepinggan in Balikpapan, renaming it: the Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman, Sepinggan Balikpapan Airport, in honor of the 18th Sultan of Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan.   The ceremony was held concurrently in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Angkasa Pura I, the state-run holding company of airports in Indonesia’s eastern Region.  

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The Color Run: the popular Colorful Running Event in Jakarta

After its successful first edition on 26th January 2014, this one of a kind running event will return to the capital city of Jakarta. The Color Run will paint the capital city with a rainbow of happy colors on 23rd November 2014, to take place at the East Parking Area (Parkir Timur) of the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex.

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August 2014

Record Number of International Tourists To Indonesia in June 2014

June 2014 recorded the highest number of tourists ever who visited Indonesia in one month, reaching 851,500, which is a significant growth of 13.17% compared to the previous month of May, or up 7.84% compared to June last year, informed Suryamin, Head of Indonesia’s National Statistics Bureau.  

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Bali Visitors up by 15.75%Save

Bali was visited by 1.72 million international visitors during the first half of 2014, increasing by 15.75 percent from the same period in 2013, which recorded 1.49 million visitors.

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Seven Indonesia Cities 'Most Livable':Survey

Balikpapan – East Kalimantan, Surakarta – Central Java, Malang – East Java, Yogyakarta, Palembang – South Sumatera, Makassar – South Sulawesi and Bandung – West Java, have been named the country’s most livable cities in the 2014 Most Livable City Index, a survey by the Indonesian Association of Planners (IAP).

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New Route to Lake Toba, North Sumatera Expected to Boost Tourism

Tour operators and the Samosir administration have committed to promoting Lake Toba using a new tourism route in North Sumatra, which will offer a more convenient way to enjoy new tourism destinations.

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Sanur to Launch Tourism Brand at Annual Festival

Sanur is set to launch its new brand, Morning of the World, in a bid to strengthen its image as a world-class tourist destination.

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Upcoming Events: Sail Raja Ampat 2014

Following the success of Sail  Bunaken in 2009, Sail Banda in 2010, Sail Wakatobi - Belitung in 2011, Sail Morotai in 2012, and Sail Komodo in 2013, the Indonesian seas will again be highlighted with a colossal maritime event which this year will be centered around the paradise islands of Raja Ampat, West Papua, in the Sail Raja Ampat 2014.

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Batu Secret Zoo and Bali Zoo are among Asia's must-visit zoos

Batu Secret Zoo in East Java and Bali Zoo are among the top 25 zoos in Asia according to Traveler's Choice awards for Zoos and Aquariums around the globe announced on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by TripAdvisor.

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In Kendari, Escaping to a Hidden Tropical Paradise

Kendari, the Southeast Sulawesi capital, boasts easy access to scenic secluded islands, palm-fringed white sandy beaches, and waterfront cafes. If you are seeking a weekend break from Jakarta featuring fresh seafood and tropical islands in a little-visited destination, then Southeast Sulawesi might just be for you.

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July 2014

January-May 2014 Tourists Arrivals to Indonesia grows almost 10%

During the first 5 months of 2014, the cumulative number of international tourist arrivals to Indonesia grew by a significant 9.96% compared to the same period in 2013, Indonesia’s Statistics Bureau (BPS) revealed on 1st July 2014. Over 3.7 million visitors entered Indonesia during January through May 2014 compared to 3.36 million arrivals the same period last year.

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Bali, Java and West Nusa Tenggara are most-searched Indonesian destinations

Bali, Java and West Nusa Tenggara are the top three most searched Indonesian destinations in the past year, according to a survey by TripAdvisor released on July 14, 2014.

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Waterbom Bali named top water park in Asia

Waterbom Bali was named the top water park in Asia and ranked fifth in the world, according to Traveler's Choice Awards for Amusement Parks and Water Parks around the globe initiated by TripAdvisor and reported on July 16, 2014.

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Garuda Indonesia Airlines Awarded "World's Best Cabin Staff" by Skytrax

Having received the title of "The World's Best Regional Airline" in 2012 and "The World's Best Economy Class" in 2013, Indonesia’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia was again honoured. This time the airline won "The World's Best Cabin Staff" award by renowned flights reviewer, Skytrax, on 15th July 2014.

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Suroboyo Carnival Night Market: Exciting New Recreation Park to open in Surabaya

While Jakarta has Ancol Fantasy World, and both Bandung and Makassar have Universal Trans Studio, so Surabaya, capital of the province of East Java will soon have its own grand recreation park. It is called the Suroboyo Carnival Night Market and is set to open on 28th July 2014. Coinciding with the Islamic celebration of the end of the fasting month, Eid Al Fitr, the opening of the new recreation park is expected to add to the festivity.

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Bill Clinton Visited Tanjung Puting Orangutan Conservation in Central Kalimantan

Bill Clinton, former (42nd) President of the United States of America, was currently on an unofficial visit to Indonesia. Commencing 19th July 2014 he first visited the 2004 tsunami stricken province of Aceh for which he and former President George Bush led the international recovery effort through fund raising.  On July 21, 2014 Bill Clinton was scheduled to be in Tanjung Puting National Park, in Pangkalan Bun, Kotawaringin Barat Regency, in the Central Kalimantan Province.

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Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve, where nature is reserved for your visit

The day was getting dark. I was dripping with sweat after walking through the humid air of the tropical forest. Where were we exactly, I didn’t know. I wiped my forehead with my hand before suddenly; my tour guide grabbed my shoulder tightly and pointed into the distance. Two huge eyes were staring back at me. I froze. I would have run, if only those eyes hadn’t belonged to the cutest primate in the world, the tarsier.

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Finding Inner Peace at the School of Life

As an urban citizen who lives in a hectic city like Jakarta, it is common to suffer from daily stress. The root cause of stress here can come from various sources, including traffic, work and even family matters. An escape to a quiet and serene getaway is sometimes desperately needed. This is how I discovered a program called The School of Life in Tembok Village in North Bali.

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June 2014

Jakarta the second most affordable destination in the world, study says

The annual cost comparison study, dubbed TripIndex Cities, listed Jakarta as the world's best value destination after Hanoi, Vietnam. Conducted by independent research firm Ipsos Mori, TripIndex Cities basically compares the cost of an evening out in tourist cities around the world, taking into account typical costs for two people to enjoy a pre-meal cocktail at a five star hotel, a meal out, taxis and an overnight stay for two in a four-star hotel during June to August.

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Jakarta, Bali and Bandung are most searched summer holiday destinations

Jakarta, Bali and Bandung are the three most-searched destinations among Indonesian tourists, according to a study released by TripAdvisor on Monday that examined online trends over the months of June and July. Yogyakarta, Bogor and Surabaya also cracked the top-10 list of the most-browsed destinations on the TripAdvisor website, www.tripadvisor.co.id.

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Airlines to add 62 extra flights for Idul Fitri exodus

With the number of airline passengers expected to increase surrounding the Islamic holiday of Idul Fitri at the end of July, five Indonesian airlines have requested permission to provide extra flights for the annual exodus from Jakarta to different parts of Indonesia.

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Jakartans welcome 24-hour Transjakarta services

Transjakarta began providing a 24-hour service to passengers traveling along three of its most popular corridors — the Blok M-Kota route, Pinang Ranti-Pluit route and Kalideres-Pasar Baru route.

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Chinese tourists overtake Australian arrivals

The number of Chinese tourists — the world’s biggest tourism spenders — visiting the archipelago this year exceeded Australians, who over the years have traditionally been ranked third after Singaporeans and Malaysians.

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Ferry Tariff Connecting Nusa Penida (Southeast Island of Bali) and Padang Bai (Ferry Port) Increase

Ferry tarriffs connecting Nusa Penida (Southeast Island of Bali) and Padang Bai (Ferry Port in East Bali) increased on June 1, 2014.

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Amir Zargari of Iran: Champion of Tour de Singkarak 2014; Indonesian Dadi Suryadi Champion of ASEAN

Maintaining superb performance throughout all stages, Iranian cyclist, Amir Zargari of the Pisgaman Yazd Team was crowned Overall Champion of Tour de Singkarak 2014 at the close of the event, having completed the 9th and final stage on Sunday, 15th June 2014.

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A new getaway destination on Gili Meno: The Reef

Based on the number of tourists who stopped for a moment to snap photos, The Reef is indeed an intriguing new resort. Located on Gili Meno off of mainland Lombok, The Reef stands on an island known for its serenity and alluring landscape.

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An adventure to Mount Anak Krakatau

For those bold enough to conquer an active volcano,, Mount Anak Krakatau awaits in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra.

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May 2014

Manado named "Coral Reef Capital of the World"

Manado, capital city of North Sulawesi, was designated “Coral Reef Capital of the World” by the World Coral Reef Conference (WCRC) that took place in this city from 14th to 17th May 2014. This also marked the 2nd time that Manado was chosen as host city, having been the venue for the first World Coral Reef Conference 2009.

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Tourists to Kuala Namu up Double Digits in Q1 of 2014

The number of foreign tourists passing through Kuala Namu Airport in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, rose by 13.54 percent in the first quarter of 2014 year-on-year.

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Garuda Indonesia Wins Gold Awards in "Airline Amenity Bag Award 2013"

Garuda Indonesia won yet again another international recognition as Indonesia’s flag carrier received a “Gold Award” for Amenity Kits products for both the “First Class Unisex” as well as for “Business Class Unisex Asia/Oceania” categories in the “Airline Amenity Bag Award 2013”. The Awards ceremony took place in Hamburg, Germany, on 8th April 2014.

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Garuda launches Manado-Sorong-Jayapura route

Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia launched its Manado-Sorong-Jayapura route on May 20, 2014. Garuda’s 96-passenger seat Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen will fly the route four times a week.

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Hilton set to open five more hotels in Indonesia

The international chain of full-service hotels and resorts, Hilton Worldwide, is set to open five new hotels with luxury, upscale and midscale classifications in Indonesia over the next few years.

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Five Indonesian summer dishes

Naturally there is no such thing as 'summer food' in Indonesia due to the country's yearlong hot weather. But for those who insist on finding one regardless, here are five delicious local dishes that you may enjoy to celebrate the occasion.

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Four cool destinations to visit in summer

For those looking for cool destinations to visit during the hot season in Indonesia, these four places offer just that, as well as plenty of tourist attractions to marvel at.

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Airport Tax at Medan, Bintan and Pekanbaru International Airports Raised

Angkasa Pura II, Operators of airports in the western part of Indonesia, has announced that Passenger Service Cost or Airport Tax at three of its major airports will be increased starting Monday 19 May 2014.

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April 2014

Indonesia Airports Raise Taxes from April 1 2014

Indonesian Airport authority PT Angkasa Pura Airports is incrasing airport taxes on domestic and international flights at five airports in the country with effect from April 1, 2014.

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Bali is now Indonesia’s leading Conventions Destination

With the opening of the Bali Nusa Dua Hotel attached to the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, the fabulous island of Bali has now become Indonesia’s leading Convention destination.

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Tourist arrivals booming on international events

The number of foreign tourists achieved double-digit growth in the first two months of this year, partly thanks to international events and the increased seat capacity on several international flights.

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Soekarno-Hatta one of the world's most improved airports: Survey

The country's main gateway Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, was named the world's fourth most improved airport in 2014 according to a survey by Skytrax, a UK-based institution.

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AirAsia connects Johor Bahru with Yogyakarta and Lombok

Malaysia based low cost carrier AirAsia launched new flight services connecting Johor Bahru and Indonesia's two popular destinations Yogyakarta and Lombok in a bid to capture the growing travel demand between the two countries.

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Shop till you Drop at Jakarta Great Sale 2014

Over 75 malls and trade centers have confirmed participation during this year’s Jakarta Great Sale, which is held in conjunction with the 487th Anniversary celebrations of the capital city and will continue even through the presidential elections in July, confident that the elections will be continue to be held peacefully.

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Tour de Singkarak 2014: This time longer, bigger

The sixth Tour de Singkarak has raised the bar for competitors this year, with an additional stage added to the annual cycling event’s lineup, which is slated for June 7-15. There will be a total of Rp 1.3 billion (US$114,423) in prize money, an increase of Rp 100 million from last year, up for grabs in the nine-stage event.

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Indonesia’s General Elections proceeded smoothly and peacefully

Wednesday 9 April was a particularly quiet and peaceful day when over 130 million Indonesians went to cast their votes across the world’s largest archipelago of over 13,000 islands. For, the government has designated general elections day a public holiday.

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Mt. Padang: Perfect Destination for a Rejuvenating Weekend

Mt. Padang which was first mentioned in Papporten van de Oudheidkundigen Dienst (Report of the Department of Antiquities) compiled by the Dutch colonial rule in 1914, is located in Karyamukti village, Cianjur, West Java. This 25 hectare area was officially declared as heritage site in 1985 and believed to be the biggest megalithic site in Southeast Asia.

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The story of a couture wooden radio from Temanggung, Central Java

A wooden radio made of East Indian pine and rosewood looks distinctive inside a hip retail store in Jakarta. The letter “g” on the product demonstrates the brand Magno, which is now in high demand on the international market.

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March 2014

Conserving Local Customs in Ratenggaro Village - Southwest Sumba Island

Although they don’t always wear their traditional grab, the residents of Ratenggaro village in Southwest Sumba Island live their customs in every sense of word. Rituals are not done out of a sense of duty, but as a spiritual belief to honor ancestors. Everything handed down from these ancestors is sacred, including every piece of land around them.

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Bandung’s City Oases

As a developing city, the West Java capital Bandung is trying to revamp and revitalize its green spaces to their original function. In order to maintain its image as “The City of Flowers,” Mayor Ridwan Kamil is increasing the number and quality of the city’s parks. His efforts have, so far, been successful as tourists and residents alike have been lured to these revitalized parks, some of which have themes relevant to the area.

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Mt. Slamet in Central Java closed to public

Local authorities closed public access to Mt. Slamet through the Bambangan shelter in Kutabawa village, Purbalingga, Central Java, as of Monday, March 10, 2014 due to increased volcanic activity.

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Indonesia is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays

Indonesia is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays.The government on Friday announced that manta rays within the archipelago's 5.8 million square kilometers (2.2 million square miles) of ocean will be protected from fishing and export.

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Bali Starred Hotels Averaged 57.76% Occupancy in January 2014

The occupancy rate at starred hotels iin Bali for January 2014 is averaged 57.76%. This rate is declined about 4.77% compared to December 2013. The occupancy rate on December 2013 was 65.23%. Although the occupancy levels of hotels have declined, they are still sufficiently strong because the occupancy is above 50% and enough to cover operational costs including staff wages.

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More foreign cruise ships visit Semarang

Hundreds of foreign tourists visited Semarang, Central Java, arriving on two foreign cruise ships — MV Crystal Symphony from the Bahamas and MV Rotterdam from the Netherlands — which berthed at Tanjung Emas Port, Monday.

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Bali International Airport closed for Nyepi: Monday, 31st March 2014

Those planning to travel to the fabled island of Bali towards the end of March, please note that the entire island will come to a complete standstill for the Balinese New Year of Nyepi which this year falls on Monday, 31st March 2014. To allow all to follow the prescribed rituals, all traffic all over Bali will come to a complete halt. No planes will be allowed to land or take off for 24 hours. All shops are closed and no one is allowed on the beach or on the streets.

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Direct flights boost arrivals

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said on Monday that direct international flights to cities such as Jakarta, Bali and Batam had a positive impact on tourism.

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February 2014

In Sumba, a Beach Day All Year

If you are a beach person, you will definitely be fascinated by the beauty of Sumba. The East Nusa Tenggara island, sandwiched between the Savu Sea to the north and east and the Indian Ocean to the south and west, boasts pristine white sandy beaches with dramatic backgrounds of rocky mountains and dense woodland. Some of its beaches have also been known as surfer’s paradise.

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Original Balinese life in Tenganan village

Tenganan village in Karangasem is one of only a few remaining communities in Bali that offers an authentic experience of what life was like on the island decades ago before all our modern-day developments.

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Ranking the Cheapest Places to Travel – Jakarta Ranked Number 16!

Jakarta the capital city of enchanting Indonesia ranked on the number 16 of “The least and most expensive cities from Roger Wage- Backpacker Index”. The total cost of backpacking in Jakarta is about USD $24.4, while cost of backpacking in Kuta, Bali is just slightly higher at about USD $26.88.

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New infrastructure to boost tourism in Indonesia

Here is the list of four new items of infrastructure, either recently opened or to be opened this year that will have a significant impact on tourism in Indonesia.

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Conservation workers remove ash from temples

The Central Java Cultural Heritage Conservation Center (BPCB) started on Monday to clean several temples affected by the Mount Kelud eruption on 14 Feb 2014. The temples include Plaosan, Sewu, Sojiwan and Merak, which are located in the Prambanan temple area have been affected by volcanic ash.

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Benoa in Bali aims to become hub port for cruise ships

Becoming increasingly popular as a destination port and turn-around port, Benoa in Bali is aiming to expand its operations to become a hub port for cruise ships.By being a hub port, Benoa would be an arrival and departure point for cruise ships from around the world, with cruise operators establishing their home base in Bali.

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Hotel occupancy rate in Bali up

The starred-hotel room occupancy rate in Bali was 62.53 percent in December 2013, up by 1.59 percent from 60.94 percent in the previous month, the Bali chapter of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has reported.

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Tourist Arrivals to Indonesia Spent Record US$ 10.1 Billion

The number of tourist arrivals to Indonesia in 2013 hit a record high of 8.8 million for the entire y ear, an upsurge of 9.4% compared to 2012. As well, total foreign currency receipts from tourism reached US$ 10.1 billion, up 10% compared to the previous year, confirmed by final figures issued by Indonesia’s National Statistic Bureau.

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BHA Press Release: Travel Disruptions Caused by the Eruption of Mount Kelud

Representing more than one hundred hotels, the Bali Hotels Association stands together with all travellers affected by the volcanic eruption of Mount Kelud that occurred on Thursday, 13 February 2014.

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Mt. Kelud in Java erupts and sends clouds of ash to wide area

The danger status of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, near Solo has been raised from alert to the highest caution level following its increasing activity. Mount Kelud erupted twice on Thursday night, February 13 2014 at 22.56 and 23.30 local time. The Indonesia Agency of Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation stated that the area as far as 10 kilometers away from the mountains peak must be sterilized and people were also advised to evacuate to safer places.

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New Komodo Dragon Community Found in Indonesia

Dragons are creatures of legend but in a landscape as spectacular and biologically diverse as Indonesia, myths become reality – as demonstrated by the recent discovery of several Komodo dragons (Varanus Komodoensis) living in Mbeliling Forest on Flores Island. Previously, it was believed that this ancient, endangered species could only be found in Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara.

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January 2014

New Bandung to Offer Lots of Excitement

After launching vintage style double-decker tour buses on New Year’s Eve, which are said to begin operation before mid-2014, newly elected Bandung mayor Ridwan Kamil inaugurated a new park earlier this month.

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Mt. Rinjani will be temporary closed in early 2014

Mt. Rinjani in Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) will be closed to climbers for three months from January 10, 2014 to March 31, 2014 because of bad weather.

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Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta Ready for D-Day on January 10, 2014

Following months of renovation work, Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in East Jakarta will be ready to serve scheduled commercial flights as of Friday January 10, 2014 as part of the ongoing efforts to ease air travel congestion at Jakarta’s main airport, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

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Bali Target USD 5.5 B in Tourism Revenues

Bali was targeting revenue of USD 5.5 billion in foreign exchange this year from tourism, the island’s leading sector. Bali is aiming to attract 3.5 million foreign tourists this year, a 10 percent increase on last year target of 3.18 million. The island is also expecting to welcome 6.5 million domestic tourists.

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Yogyakarta is on NY Times Recommended “52 Places to Go in 2014” List

The city of Yogyakarta in the cultural heartland of Java was chosen at No. 20 by The New York Times among the paper’s recommended “52 Places to Go in 2014” that encompasses the whole world. Located in the shadow of the active Mt. Merapi Volcano, Yogyakarta is a cultural and academic city with the palace of the Sultan of Yogyakarta.

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Malaysian Number One for Visitors Traveling to RI

Foreign tourist arrivals in November increased 16.37 percent to 807,400 from a year earlier, with Malaysian sending the most tourists visiting the archipelago, according to the Central Statistic Agency (BPS).

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Bali by the Numbers: Penultimate Report for 2013 Confirms Bali Will End Year with More than 3.2 Million Foreign Visitors

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

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Indonesia prepares to lure more tourists in 2014

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has set an optimistict target to increase foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia from 8.6 million in 2013 to 9.2 million or a 7 percent increase by the end of 2014.

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Indonesia's new tourism website targets the UK

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MOTCE) for the Republic of Indonesia has launched a brand new tourism website dedicated to the UK market. The new site, www.tourism-indonesia.co.uk, is Indonesia’s first official destination site in the UK and reflects MOTCE’s commitment to its largest European source market and the potential it sees for growth from the UK to Indonesia with its many attractive destinations.

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December 2013

Indonesia confident to achieve 8.6 million international tourists target in 2013

With a positive rise of 8.36% in international tourist arrivals to Indonesia in the first 10 months of 2013 until October year on year, the government is confident that the 2013 target of 8.6 million international tourist arrivals will be achieved. The tourism sector is also estimated will generate US$ 6.7 billion in receipts, indicating tourism’s resilience in the face of global economic upheavals.

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Bali by the Numbers: Bali Welcomes Record 266,502 Foreign Visitors in October 2013 on the Way to 3.2 visitors for Entire Year

Foreign tourist arrivals for October 2013 totaled 266,502 - an increase of 4.3% over October 2012 when 255,709 foreign travelers came to the Island. Arrivals for the first 10 months of the year totaled 2,675,836 - demonstrating a 12.34% improvement year-on-year over the same period in 2012.

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Indonesia's Best Tourism Village 2013 is: Pekraman Jasri Village in Karangasem, Bali

Outranking other 138 villages from 29 provinces, Pekraman Jasri Village in the Karangasem Regency, on the island of Bali was recently named Best Tourism Village in 2013 by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. Following in 2nd place was Nglanggeran Village in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, while the Samiran Village, in Boyolali Regency, Central Java took 3rd place. This year, the number of villages evaluated by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy increased from 72 to 139.

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Garuda Indonesia now flies to Komodo Airport at Labuan Bajo

Starting 3 December, Garuda Indonesia launched its flights to Indonesia's many attractive tourist destinations airports in Eastern Indonesia that are accessible only to smaller aircrafts. Using the newly acquired ATR72-600 turboprop planes, Garuda Explore now serves daily flights from Bali to the Komodo Airport at Labuan Bajo in Flores. The flight takes the route: Denpasar (Bali) - Labuan Bajo - Ende.

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Jetstar in Australia flies its first Dreamliner to Bali

Bali was the first destination for Jetstar’s inaugural flight of its state-of-the-art Dreamliner aircraft that will serve the Sydney-Bali route next month. Jetstar launched Wednesday its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a flight from Melbourne to Bali, carrying a total of 224 passengers.

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Asia Pacific Hash 2014 across Bali, Flores and Komodo

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy will present the Wonderful Adventure Indonesia: Asia Pacific Hash 2014 to take place in Bali and Labuan Bajo, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara from 9th to 11th May 2014.Carrying the tagline "Fun, Friendship, and Fitness", the event that uniquely combines Sports and tourism will take the runners (Hash Harriers) and their supporters through some of the most fascinating natural landscapes of the fabled island of Bali and Flores.

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Komodos Found in Mbeilling Forest, Flores

A recent study has discovered several komodo dragons, mostly in the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), surviving near Golo Mori and Tanjung Kerita Mese villages in the Mbeliling Forest area on Flores Island.

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A Year in Review, Most Improved Destinations in 2013

As the largest archipelago in the world, it is only natural that the most improved travel destinations of 2013 in Indonesia should be those that include pristine beaches and spectacular underwater life. Check out the most improved tourism destination along 2013 such as Derawan Island in East Kalimantan, Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara, Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku Islands, Nusa Lembongan in Bali.

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International Jakarta Jazz Festival

The Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2014 (JJF 2014) will be held on February 28th, March 1st and 2nd 2014, at Jiexpo Kemayoran, and is the 10th year edition of the biggest jazz festival in the world produced by Indonesian people consistently.

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Bau Nyale - Lombok's Annual Sea Worms Festival

Annually, on the 20th day of the 10th month on the traditional Sasak Calendar, which falls around February each year, the Sasak people celebrate the traditional ceremony of Bau Nyale. Bau in the Lombok language means “to-catch” and Nyale is a type of sea worm that surfaces only around this time of the year. Therefore, Bau Nyale is the festive ceremony when large crowds catch the Nyale along a number of Lombok’s finest beaches. The Sasak are the dominant ethnic group inhabiting the island of Lombok, in West Nusatenggara.

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November 2013

Derawan Island named ‘Readers Choice’ in National Geographic Traveler’s 2014 ‘Best of the World List’

The secluded wonders of the Derawan Islands in the province of East Kalimantan, Indonesia, was recently named among National Geographic Traveler’s Annual Best of the World list for 2014, released on 21st November 2013. Not only did it make the list, but Derawan Islands emerged as the Readers’ Choice outranking 66 other received nominees.  Considered as the third best dive destination in the world, the Derawan archipelago comprises 31 islands, most well known among these are the islands of Derawan, Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban. Here is Indonesia’s largest nesting site of the rare and endangered giant green turtles and hawksbill turtles, where one can daily watch turtles lay their eggs in the sand or you can swim to sea with the turtles.


HalimAirport to serve scheduled commercial flights to Jakarta in January

Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta will start accommodating scheduled commercial flight services next January to help ease congestion at the country’s main gateway, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, to the west of Jakarta.


W. Nusa Tenggara promotes ‘green tourism’ for Lombok, Sumbawa

The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration has said it was committed to working with all relevant stakeholders to promote the development of green or 'eco' tourism in Lombok and Sumbawa.  NTB ranked third behind Bali and Yogyakarta on tourism sector growth in the last two years.


RI promotes ‘incentive travel’

The Indonesian government is now actively promoting MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) in its newest tourism packages, placing Bali and Jakarta as the major venues


Garuda opens new routes to Jayapura and Lombok

Garuda Indonesia has opened a new route to Jayapura, Papua from Makassar, South Sulawesi as part of its network expansion to the eastern part of the archipelago.  The Makassar-Sorong-Manokwari-Jayapura flight will be available once a day offering 12 executive seats and 84 economy seats.  The national flag carrier will also provide new routes from Denpasar, Bali to cities in West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara.  Starting Dec. 3, it will open Denpasar-Bima-Lombok and Denpasar-Labuan Bajo-Ende routes.


Exploring the Hidden Treasures of East Nusa Tenggara

Sandalwood and Komodo dragons might be two things that instantaneously come to mind when you think about this province. But East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), once occupied by the Portuguese for more than 200 years, has so many hidden treasures. Embarking on a full-blown adventure here is the quintessential explorers’ dream, as this place has virgin habitats, untouched and unpolluted by commercialization. This is one of the many provinces that ensured Indonesia firmly on the map of world tourism.

The province itself consists of a staggering 550 islands – with the main islands are Flores, Sumba and Timor. Unlike the neighboring West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), here the natives are predominantly Catholic, as the lands were heavily influenced by the Portuguese.

You will understandably see examples of a strong European cultural heritage. Although only part of Timor island belongs to Indonesia, it is still considered the biggest and most populated island among the rest — hence this is where East Nusa Tenggara’s capital city of Kupang is located.

Flores, which means ‘flower’ in Portuguese, is a long island crowded with volcanoes, creating a remarkable landscape of ridges and terrains that in effect has divided this island into several distinct regions with their own unique languages and traditions.

Sumba, called Sandalwood island in the past, is now famous for the locally-bred pony horses as well as its precious woven Ikat cloth. The island with the same size as the Massachusetts is also famous for Nihiwatu, one of the best resorts in the archipelago.