No paid holidays in Indonesia

January 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

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  
Filed under Indonesia, News

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  
Filed under Indonesia, News

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

Lion Air eyes Vietnam

November 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 22 November 2016: Indonesia’s low cost airline, Lion Air, plans a joint venture in Vietnam around the second quarter of next year using its Batik Air brand.

Vietnam Net Bridge reported Lion Air is currently negotiating a joint venture  with a Vietnamese partner and signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week in Jakarta.

According to the memorandum, the joint venture  airline will be called Batik Air . Read more

Bali next venue for Capella tents

November 21, 2016 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

SINGAPORE, 21 November 2016: Capella Hotel Group Asia has named PT Awahita Indonesia as the operator of a new luxury resort in Ubud, Bali.

Located in densely forested terrain, Capella Ubud will offer 22 luxury tents designed by veteran architect, Bill Bensley.

Capella Hotel Group Asia chief executive officer, Nicholas Clayton, said: “Within the next 18 months, we will introduce three Capella projects to Asia, beginning with Shanghai in Spring 2017, Ubud in Autumn 2017 and Bangkok in Spring 2018. Each Capella hotel will showcase the heritage of each destination.” Read more

Indonesia to sell airports

November 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 14 November 2016: Indonesia plans to sell minority stakes in some airports and ports to private investors, a report said late last week, as Southeast Asia’s top economy seeks extra funding for an infrastructure drive.

Holdings of up to 45% will be sold in 10 airports and 20 ports, although the state will retain control of the sites, Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said.

“Airports and ports that generate profits will be given to the private sectors to be managed professionally,” Sumadi told Bloomberg News. Read more

Wyndham opens Bali resort

November 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

BALI, 10 November 2016: The opening of Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali this week marks Wyndham Hotel Group’s 100th hotel milestone in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.

This year, Wyndham Hotel Group  has opened 17 new hotels, adding 2,336 rooms and entering to two new countries with Ramada Hotel Niigata in Japan and Wyndham Legend Halong Bay in Vietnam.

This growth is set to continue with a pipeline consisting of more than 30 properties, the majority of which are new builds due to open by 2020. Read more

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