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Cristiano Ronaldo : Save the Mangrove, Save the Earth

Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid has joined the campaign for earth’s sustainable environment through his appointment as Ambassador for Bali Mangrove. On Wednesday, 26 June, Ronaldo – popularly called CR7 – joined Indonesia’s President and First Lady, Ani Yudhoyono in planting mangrove seedlings at the Hutan Raya, – or the Great Forest of Ngurah Rai at Tanjung Benoa in Bali. The campaign is the ... Read More »

Bali Urged to Focus on Green Tourism

Bali is being urged to focus on green tourism by developing more attractions highlighting the principles of sustainable tourism. Udayana University tourism research consortium head Agung Suryawan Wiranatha pointed out that visitors from developed countries had shown an increasing preference toward destinations possessing beautiful nature, as well as continuing environmental conservation programs. “These visitors view tourism as not only an ... Read More »

Garuda Indonesia, World’s Best Economy Class : Skytrax

Skytrax has this year awarded The World’s Best Economy Class to Garuda Indonesia, outranking Singapore Airlines, who won the category last year.  Garuda shot up to the top from 4th position held last year. The Award was handed by CNN’s Richard Quest to Garuda Indonesia’s CEO, Emirsyah Satar, at theInternational Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, Tuesday, 18 June 2013.  Additionally, Garuda Indonesia was ... Read More »

Festival Danau Toba : Showcasing Batak Culture and Sports midst amazing Lake Toba

Festival Danau Toba (FDT) 2013  – or Lake Toba Festival – that was originally planned for June-July, has now been postponed to 8 – 14 September 2013  to allow districts all over North Sumatra to better prepare themselves to participate and to make the event into an exceptional occasion for the public and tourists alike. The Festival will cover comprehensive activities from music, arts ... Read More »

Riau Islands: Batam builds Botanic Gardens, Anambas plans Airport

To further green Batam, the Batam authority plans to build an 86.5 hectares Botanic Garden on the islands, equal in size to the one in Bogor near Jakarta. Batam island is only half an hour by ferry from Singapore. The area allocated is around Nongsa. The Science Institute of Indonesia (LIPI) has already given their support to the program and will assist with the necessary expertise. ... Read More »

Government Plans to Develop Agrotourism in Bali

Minister of Agriculture, Suswono plans to combine agriculture and tourism in concept of agrotourism. Once the project done, this kind of tourism will be as attractive as other tourist destinations. “Malaysia for example, it developes agrotourism area which attract a lot of foreign tourists in Langkawi,” Suswono said on Friday. Suswono said that with its natural beauty, Bali would attract ... Read More »

Swedish H&M to Open Two Stores in Jakarta This Year

H&M, a Swedish fashion and lifestyle retailer, is in preparation for the opening of its two stores in Jakarta this year in a bid to capitalize from the middle class market in the country. Here, the retailer known also as Hennes & Mauritz AB, will be working with PT Hindo which serves a franchise operator. PT Hindo country manager Sanveer ... Read More »

US and Indonesia Committed to Increasing Carbon Trade Cooperation

The United States is committed to increasing bilateral cooperation in carbon trade with Indonesia. The commitment was revealed in a meeting between Indonesian Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan and US Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones at the former`s office here on Monday. In the meeting Zulkifli Hasan said that the Indonesian people had ... Read More »

Indonesia Receives Award from FAO for Consistency in Reducing Hunger

Indonesia receives an award from the United Nations` Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for its consistency in reducing hunger and malnutrition as mandated by the Millennium Development Goals, a press release received from the Coordinating ministry for the Economy here on Monday said. “Indonesian government will continuously try to create a conducive environment to support the eradication of poverty, hunger ... Read More »

Indonesia Has Become World`s Fifteenth Biggest Economy: Minister

Indonesia now is the world`s fifteenth biggest economy with a value reaching Rp10,000 trillion in 2012, Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said. “If the value of Indonesia`s economy is accumulated from 2012 to 20 years ahead, it will reach Rp600,000 trillion. With its domestic consumption reaching 60 percent, Indonesia`s domestic market potential is very big,” the minister said. The minister made ... Read More »