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September International Arrivals to Indonesia Up Significant 12.7 Percent

Indonesia’s Central Bureau of Statistics announced that tourist arrivals to Indonesia in September increased by a significant 12.7%, due to the large number of international events and conventions held in the country, including the Miss World pageant, meetings of APEC in Bali , Sail Komodo and more. Major markets remained consistent, topped by Singapore (15.11% share), followed by Malaysia (13.86%), Australia(11.42%), China (9.85%) and Japan (5.78% share). While total tourist arrivals to the ... Read More »

Governnor Proposes Temples to be Excluded from Tourism

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has proposed that temples be excluded as tourist destinations on the island to limit, or even prevent, tourists visiting the places of worship. “Further discussion with the island’s tourist industry will be necessary to consider the proposal. It is high time for us to limit access to our temples. Please use the temples to worship ... Read More »

Wakatobi To Host International Conference on Alfred Wallace

The Second International Conference on Alfred Russel Wallace and the Wallacea will be organized in Wangi-wangi, Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, on 10-13 November 2013. The conference is part of world-wide activities called “Wallace100” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Alfred Russel Wallace`s death, Wakatobi District Head Hugua was quoted as saying by Jalaluddin, representative of Wakatobi District Office in Kendari, Wednesday. ... Read More »

Trade Ministry ESstimates Non-Oil/Gas Surplus to Reach US$ 5 Billion

The Indonesian ministry of trade has estimated the non-oil/gas surplus by the end of 2013 will amount to US$5 billion, even though the country will still suffer an overall deficit of US$6-8 billion. “The surplus in the non-oil/gas sector is between US$4.5 billion and US$5 billion. So, we will now have to focus on the oil and gas trade. If ... Read More »

UNWTO Praises Indonesia for Active Role in Assisting Travel Industry

A United Nations official has praised the Indonesian government for its role in encouraging the promotion and assistance for the travel industry, including within the APEC region. United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai delivered his praise at a meeting with Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu on the sidelines of the fifth ... Read More »

Energy Subsidy Seen at Risk of Exceeding 2014 Target

The risk to overrun the energy subsidy next year looms large even as Indonesia’s 2014 approved state-budget slashes much of the spending in Southeast Asia’s largest economy due, in part, to an unclear fuel policy, economists and analysts in Jakarta said on Monday. The government reduced subsidies on fuel and electricity by Rp 17.7 trillion ($1.6 billion) to Rp 282.1 ... Read More »

Bali Hindus Angered By Sacred Temple Tourism Plan

Hindu leaders on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali Tuesday lashed out at a government plan to attract more tourists to their most sacred temple as “degrading” to Hinduism. The row highlighted concerns that Bali’s booming tourism industry is a double-edged sword, as it threatens to erode the Hindu culture which is part of the attraction for the millions who ... Read More »

Indonesia-Swiss sign MoU to develop Tourism Capacity Building in 4 main Destinations

Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, on Monday 28 October, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Jakarta with Swiss Minister for the Economy, Schneider-Amman, to further develop four of Indonesia’s main tourism destinations, in particular in the field of tourism capacity building. The four destinations are : the island of Flores, hopping off point to the Komodo National ... Read More »

Indonesia-EU Forestry Agreement Breakthrough in Fight Against Illegal Timber Trade

The long-waited Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade – Voluntary Partnership Agreement (FLEGT-VPA) was finally signed recently by Indonesia and the European Union (EU) following six years of negotiations involving government officials, civil society, and the private sector. Indonesia is the first Asian country and the largest timber exporter to enter into such an agreement, which aims to ensure that ... Read More »

World Culture in Development Forum 2013 in Bali

All local, national, regional and international participants involved in Culture and Sustainable development are cordially invited to the inaugural World Culture in Development Forum to take place on the fabled island of Bali from 24th to 29th November 2013. The World Culture in Development Forum (WCF) 2013 is the first in a planned series of annual international meetings in Bali that will bring together key ... Read More »