Residents flee as Agung belches smoke

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

KARANGASEM, Bali, 22 November 2017: Thousands living in the shadow of a rumbling volcano on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali fled Wednesday as fears grow that it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 700 metres (2,300 feet) above its summit, late Tuesday afternoon, sparking an exodus from the settlements near the mountain.

Nearly 1,600 people died when Mt. Agung last erupted in 1963. Read more

Radisson Blu debuts in Bali

November 9, 2017 by  
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BALI, 9 November  2017: Carlson Rezidor’s Radisson Blu brand will make its debut on this holiday island in January.

Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu is now in its final construction stage and set for a mid-January opening at a site on the southwest tip of the island.

The transfer from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport takes around 40 minutes, Read more

Bali lowers volcano alert

October 31, 2017 by  
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DENPASAR, 31 October 2017: The alert level for a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that forced more than 100,000 to flee has been lowered, authorities said Sunday, but there is still a chance it could erupt.

Volcanic activity in Mount Agung is slowing and the volcano’s status has been lowered from level four “danger” to level three “alert” by Indonesia’s volcanology centre.

The agency said villagers whose homes are located further than six kilometres from the crater could return home, but warned that the mountain, which has been shaking for months, had not quite come to a standstill. Read more

IHG outlines expansion in Southeast Asia

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 20 October 2017: InterContinental Hotels Group announced, the 2017 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) the signing of four new properties, which includes the first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in Southeast Asia.

The Kimpton brand will be introduced to Asia on Bali Island.

The other three properties will open in Vietnam;  InterContinental Sapa Resort, Holiday Inn Resort Sapa and Hotel Indigo Phu Quoc Starbay Read more

Indonesia Qatar talks on aviation

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 20 October 2017: The emir of Qatar held talks with Muslim-majority Indonesia on Wednesday, more than four months into a Saudi-led blockade against the Gulf emirate.

During the visit Qatar and Indonesia signed memorandums on aviation, health and education.

Talks also focussed on investment and trade opportunities in energy, infrastructure and tourism. Read more

Bali still on high alert

October 12, 2017 by  
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DENPASAR, 12 October 2017: The situation remains unchanged in Bali, Wednesday, with the threat of a volcanic eruption on Mount Agung still at the highest alert level.

But three weeks after the emergency evacuation of residents began within a 9 km radius of the volcanic mountain, the threat continues to unsettle and disrupt the lives of residents. There are also worries that tourism the island’s economic lifeline with take a tumble.

There have been considerable cancellations of advance bookings and travellers have lost their deposits on bookings or fallen foul of cancellation charges. Read more

Bali governor calls for calm

October 4, 2017 by  
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BALI, 4 October 2017: Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism insists that tourism to Bali remains unaffected by warnings of an imminent eruption of Mount Agung, according to the latest news from Bali Update, a reliable independent source on the island’s travel industry.

Bali Update reports that the island’s governor, Pastika, has called for moderation in reporting on the volcano, saying that in the event of an eruption, damage would be limited to areas immediately surrounding the mountain and far removed from the densely populated parts of Bali.

Transport officials have also surveyed roads and bridges that could be affected if there is an volcanic eruption on Mount Agung. Read more

Rumblings aside Bail is safe

October 3, 2017 by  
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DENPARSAR, 3 October 2017: Bali’s travel industry is making an impassioned plea for tourists to visit the island saying safety measures are in place in the event Mount Agung blows.

Rising from the plains on the eastern side of the island,  the volcano is a good 76 km away from popular beaches and the  island’s airport. Thousands of villagers have been evacuated to safety from around the mountain’s slopes within a radius of 9 km.

ASITA Bali Chapter, which operates under the auspices of Bali Tourism Board (BTB), issued a statement, Monday,  reassuring visitors that that the government and local communities are displaying a high level of vigilance and commitment to ensure visitors are safe. Read more

Cross border hot deals

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 3 October 2017: Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism is collaborating with several ferry and tourism operators in Batam and Bintan islands to boost travel through promotions.

Foreign visitors, who want to explore Batam via Singapore and Malaysia, can now buy travel packages at concessional prices,  Monday to Thursday.

The ‘hot deals’ offer a ferry return ticket from Singapore to Batam at SGD20 including terminal fees, down from the usual SGD48. Read more

Bali readies to evacuate tourists

September 27, 2017 by  
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BALI, 28 September 2017: Indonesian authorities are on standby to divert flights destined for the holiday island of Bali as increasingly frequent tremors from a rumbling volcano stoke fears an eruption could be imminent.

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years and forcing more than 80,000 people to flee their homes.

Bali attracts millions of foreign visitors annually to its palm-fringed beaches and an eruption would be a blow to its tourism-dependent economy. Read more

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