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  
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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  
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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  
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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

Bali statues not under wraps

March 10, 2017 by  
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BALI, 10 March 2017: Indonesia’s Hindu resort island of Bali Wednesday defended a decision not to cover up any of its ubiquitous statues of deities and semi-naked women during a visit by the Saudi king.

King Salman and a 1,000-strong entourage are enjoying a week-long holiday in Bali after a state visit to Jakarta, during the first trip by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia in nearly half a century.

When he met President Joko Widodo for talks at a palace in Bogor, near the capital, officials hid some naked statues in the grounds by covering them with cloth and putting plants around them as a sign of respect for the Muslim monarch. Read more

Royalty takes a break in Bali

March 7, 2017 by  
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BALI, 7 March 2017: Five luxury hotels on the holiday island are occupied this week by Saudi Arabia’s King and his entourage, who are taking a break during a historic three-week Asian tour.

Security forces were deployed across Bali as the resort island at the weekend to ensure the safety of the Saudi King Salman on the latest leg of his extravagant Indonesian tour.

Hundreds of top-end cars and SUVs were imported to Bali to transport the king, who required 396 tons of equipment to be flown in to support his holiday treat. Read more

Aviary Bintaro names GM

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, People, Trade Talk

JAKARTA, 28 February 2017: PT Sumampau Hotels and Resorts has hired hospitality professional, Didit Anthony, as the opening general manager of Aviary Bintaro, a newly built hotel and serviced apartment due to open this April.

Anthony has work experience with airlines, travel agencies and theme parks.

A specialists in sales and marketing with BW International (BW Hotels, formerly Aston), Prasanthi Hotels & Resorts, AccorHotels, and Pan Pacific Hotels Group. Read more

Indonesia hits 2016 target

February 23, 2017 by  
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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

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