Indonesia hits 2016 target

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 23 February 2017: Indonesia welcomed slightly more than 12 million international visitors in 2016, representing a 15.54% increase year-on-year.

Ministry of Tourism deputy minister for international tourism marketing, I Gede Pitana, and National of Bureau of Statistics head, Suharyono, confirmed at a press conference, last week, that the country had reached its 12 million target set for 2016.

The year’s tally closed at 12.023 million visits including data from secondary border checkpoints. Read more

Tigerair terminates Bali flights

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

BALI, 6 February 2017: Tigerair Australia has scrapped all flights to the resort island of Bali, the airline said Friday, after failing to obtain regulatory approval from Indonesian authorities.

Hundreds of tourists were stranded in Bali last month when the carrier’s flights were grounded temporarily after the airline allegedly broke Indonesian regulations.

“We have been advised by Indonesian authorities that in order to continue operating our flights to Bali, we would have to transfer to a new operating model that would take at least six months to implement,” Tigerair chief executive Rob Sharp said. Read more

Garuda plane skids off runway

February 3, 2017 by  
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JAKARTA, 3 February 2017: An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 130 people skidded off the runway as it landed at a major airport in heavy rain, the airline said Thursday, the latest mishap to hit the country’s aviation sector.

No one was hurt after the Boeing 737-800 operated by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda came off the runway at the airport serving the city of Yogyakarta late Wednesday as it arrived from Jakarta.

Adisutjipto International Airport, on Java island, was closed following the incident, with authorities saying it would remain shut until Thursday afternoon to allow the plane to be removed from the area. Read more

Swiss groups arrives in Bali

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

BALI, 24 January 2017: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali officially opened for business earlier this month.

The resort features 297 rooms and suites, each with private balconies and offering guests complimentary Wi-Fi.

To celebrate the launch, the resort is offering a special opening offer through to 25 June for bookings made on its website for IDR1,880,000 per night for two persons in deluxe accommodation including daily breakfast and an IDR200,000 per room F&B credit. Read more

No paid holidays in Indonesia

January 13, 2017 by  
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JAKARTA, 13 January 2017: Indonesia’s Law and Human Rights Minister, Yasonna Laoly, said the ministry will crackdown on tourists working illegally in the country.

Quoted by The Jakarta Post, earlier this week, the minister said: “The most important thing is monitoring. If there are 9 million arrivals of foreigners, there should also be the same number of foreigners departing Indonesia, or even more.”

Yasonna also rejected as fake news reporting that President Widodo had recently called for 10 million Chinese to visit Indonesia each year during his recent visit to the PRC. Read more

Tigerair Bali flights cancelled

January 12, 2017 by  
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BALI, 12 January 2017: Low-cost airline Tigerair has suspended all flights between Australia and Bali, following a decision by the Indonesian Government to impose new administrative requirements.

Australia’s ABC Newz broke the story, releasing details of the airline’s statement that all of its flights had been cancelled to Indonesia’s top holiday destination effective 11 January.

It is not known when flights will resume, but the airline said passengers should check for updates on its website. Read more

Indonesia raises tourism target

January 4, 2017 by  
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BALI, 4 January 2017: Indonesia sets an ambitious 15 million target for its 2017 tourist arrivals according to the latest release from, the official website of Indonesia’s tourism ministry.

Quoted by Bali Discovery, an online travel news service, Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, said the 15 million target represented a “25% increase over a still-to-be-confirmed 12 million visitors for all of 2016”.

National tourism arrivals up to the end of October reached 9.413 million representing a year-on-year growth of 9.54%. Read more

A top resort for golf and luxury

December 22, 2016 by  
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BALI, 22 December 2016: Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort snatched various awards recently for luxury resorts and golf.

It won the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016 as the top luxury golf resort in Southeast Asia competing with prominent golf courses in the Asia Pacific Region.

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Trump towers a terror target?

December 9, 2016 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Hospitality, Indonesia, News, Philippines

BANGKOK, 9 December 2016: US President Elect, Donald Trump, has properties under development in Southeast Asia (ASEAN) that could ultimately become terror targets.

A report by Bloomberg identifies the worldwide terror risk to buildings branded Trump, once the President Elect takes office in January 2017.

In Indonesia, Trump has licensed his name to MNC Group to build a resort in Bali and another in Lido, 65 km south of Jakarta, already a popular up-scale golf resort Read more

Bali hotel profits shrink

November 29, 2016 by  
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BALI, 29 November 2016: This year’s surge in visitor arrivals to Bali is continuing and while the Chinese are the second largest international source of business, inroads are being made in a number of other markets, reports C9 Hotelworks managing director  Bill Barnett.

In the villa rental groups two source markets, India and the Middle East, are gaining momentum.

Occupancy has improved, but rates are under stress, while Bali’s high inflation in costs of labour and utilities has caused the bottom line profit to shrink. Read more

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