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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 »

Indonesia and UK Establish Business Vision Group

Indonesia and the UK have set up a joint group of eminent businesspeople that will work to enhance long-term economic links. The vision group would map out available business opportunities in both countries as part of stepped up efforts to boost trade and investment by 2030, visiting UK Trade and Investment Minister Stephen Green said on Tuesday. For the UK, ... Read More »

Indonesia set to Dominate US Shrimp Market After Duties Lifted

Indonesia is eyeing a larger share of the US shrimp market after a preliminary finding by US investigators cleared exporters of subsidy allegations and freed the country from paying countervailing duties. The US Department of Commerce announced its preliminary finding late last month, saying that Indonesia, along with Ecuador, was not proven to have given considerable subsidies to its shrimp ... Read More »

CNN: Indonesia’s NIHIWATU, CANGGU, and DERAWAN among the World’s 100 Best Beaches

The enchanting natural features of Indonesia have yet again captured the attention of the world as some of the country’s most stunning beaches were named among the World’s 100 Best Beaches as released by CNN on 30th May 2013. The three beaches that made it to the list are Nihiwatu Beach on Sumba island which sits in 17th position, Canggu Beach on the fabled island of Bali which is in 39th position, and the pristine ... Read More »