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The 9th WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Bali

Centered at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (BNDCC), the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference will be held on the fabled island of Bali from 3rd to 6th December 2013. To be officially opened by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soesilo Bambang Yudhoyono  onTuesday, 3rd December, other speakers addressing the  WTO Ministerial Conference will be:  Conference Chairman, Indonesia’s Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan; Director-General Roberto Azevêdo; and  Chairman of the General Council, Ambassador Shahid ... Read More »

Local Governments Need to Brace Citizens for ASEAN Community

Local governments in ASEAN member countries are expected to brace themselves and their citizens for the start of the ASEAN Community by 2015, Secretary General to the United Cities and Local Governments Region Asia Pacific, Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, said here on Tuesday. “The ASEAN community will enable a more free movement of people within the region. There must be a ... Read More »

Indonesia Launches Tourism Website in Mandarin Language

The Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry launched a Mandarin language website here on Monday in an effort to provide more information about Indonesia and tourism destinations for Chinese tourists. “This website is specially designed for Chinese tourists, so this is not a mere translation of the existing website from the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry (Kemenparekraf), but we made ... Read More »

Indonesian Economic Conditions Stabilizing: Minister

Indonesian Finance Minister Chatib Basri said there was no reason to believe that Indonesia is having an economic crisis. “There is no reason to say that Indonesia is entering a crisis. There is also nothing such as a mini-crisis for Indonesia. Now, the countrys economic conditions have become stable,” he said after speaking at the “Mandiri Investment Forum 2013” here ... Read More »

Two Rafflesia Flowers in Bloom in Bengkulu

Two Rafflesia Arnoldi flowers are in bloom in the Central Bengkulu and Kepahiang forest areas of Bengkulu Province. “One flower is in bloom in the Taba Penanjung sanctuary and another in the protected forest of Bukit Daun,” Sofian Ramadhan, coordinator for Bengkulu Rare Flower Community, said here on Monday. The Rafflesia arnoldii found in Taba Penanjung has been in full ... Read More »

Garuda Indonesia to fly London-Jakarta non-stop, adds Beijing and Osaka flights

At the prestigious World Travel Mart (WTM) in London held from 4 – 7 November, Garuda Indonesia announced that starting May 2014, the airline will fly London-Jakarta non-stop. Thhis flight will continue onward to Sydney, Australia, so that passengers wishing to fly from London to Sydney will have only one transit stop in Jakarta. As the airline has been absent 10 years from London, Garuda ... Read More »

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 »