Qatar flies triple daily to Bali

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, Middle east, News

DOHA, 25 April 2017: Qatar Airways will add a third daily nonstop flight to Denpasar, Bali, 7 May increasing weekly seat capacity by 35%.

Qatar Airways introduced services to Bali in 2014 shortly afterwards increased frequency to twice daily based on the island’s popularity.

Prior to the 2014 launch, Qatar Airways served the destination via Singapore. Read more

Best Western dives into Manado

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its first property in Manado, the scuba diving and snorkelling destination on the northern tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The new Best Western The Lagoon Hotel opened its doors 1 April. The hotel overlooks the Bay of Manado and island of Manado Tua.

It is also close to Manado’s main commercial and entertainment areas and a 45-minute drive from the city’s Sam Ratulangi International Airport. Read more

Indonesia improves WEF ranking

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 18 April 2017: Indonesia climbs eight positions in the latest World Economic Forum’s World’s Travel & Tourism Competitive Index based on 2016 data and research.

In the previous indexes, Indonesia improved its rating from 70th place in 2014, 50th in 2015 and 42nd in 2016. The ratings measure tourism competitiveness.

In a recent press briefing Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, credited the success to the country’s decision to elevate its tourism sector to a ‘Top Priority’ status for national  development. Read more

MP forced to take the train

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 7 April 2017: An Indian politician who attacked a flight steward after being refused a business class seat caused uproar in parliament Thursday by demanding his ban on air travel be overturned.

Ravindra Gaikwad made national headlines after footage emerged in March of the Shiv Sena politician repeatedly striking a steward with his sandal aboard an Air India flight.

He has admitted whacking the 60-year-old steward roughly two dozen times during the altercation over seating on a flight from Pune to New Delhi. Read more

Bali Dynasty Resort names GM

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, People, Trade Talk

TUBAN, BALI, 5 April 2017: Bali Dynasty Resort announced the appointment of Didit Indra Purnawarman as general manager effective 1 April.

Drawing from more than 27 years of experience in the hotel industry, Didit will be responsible for running the family resort and the overall, day-to-day operations.

Didit’s career at the Bali Dynasty Resort began in 2001 when he was appointed executive assistant manager before being promoted as the resort manager in 2014. Read more

Swiss-Belhotel expands in Indonesia

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

BANDAR LAMPUNG, INDONESIA, 4 April 2017: Swiss-Belhotel International has officially taken over the management of a four-star hotel in Bandar Lampung, Indonesia, renaming the property Swiss-Belhotel Lampung.

The hotel was formerly known as The 7th Hotel & Convention Centre.

Swiss-Belhotel Lampung has 167 rooms and international standard facilities including its branded Swiss-Café restaurant. Read more

Quake shakes Bali

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

DENPARSAR, 23 March 2017: Tourists fled their hotels in panic on Bali, Wednesday, after the popular Indonesian holiday island was rattled by an early morning earthquake.

The 5.5-magnitude quake struck inland about 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of the Balinese capital, Denpasar, and not far from the concentration of holiday resorts in the south of the island.

There were no reports of casualties and damage after the quake struck just after 0700 (2300 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 118 kilometres, but some holidaymakers got a shock. Read more

Bali captures two TripAdvisor awards

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

SINGAPORE, 22 March 2017: Bali once again tops international awards, this time TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards for Best Destinations in Asia and also the world.

The popular island destination in Indonesia was followed in second place on the Asia list by Cambodia’s Siem Reap, home to the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat.

Thailand famed for its mass tourism, that packs in more than 32 million tourists annually, had three destinations in the top 10 list for Asia; third placed Phuket, seventh placed Samui  and eighth placed Bangkok.  Read more

Wyndham expands fast in Bali

March 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

BALI, 21 March 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group has expanded its portfolio in Bali with the launch of its upper-midscale brand, Wyndham Garden.

The 155-room Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach Bali, previously known as Kuta Playa Hotel & Villas, is the first Wyndham Garden hotel to open in Southeast Asia.

It was rebranded under a management agreement between PT Wyndham Hotel Management and PT Global Bali Investama, the property’s owner. Read more

Cruise ship in hit and run

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 20 March 2017: Indonesia summoned the British ambassador Friday after a cruise ship on a voyage organised by a London-based company smashed into coral reefs in a popular tourist spot and caused extensive damage.

Raja Ampat, in eastern Indonesia, is one of the world’s most biodiverse marine habitats that attracts intrepid travellers and divers to its palm-fringed islands surrounded by coral and fish.

The accident happened this month when the 4,200-ton Caledonian Sky smashed into the reefs at low tide around Kri, one of hundreds of small islands in Raja Ampat, after taking tourists on a bird-watching expedition. Read more

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