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Indonesia’s Mouth-Watering Culinary Presentations at ITB Berlin 2013

On  5th March at the Grand Opening of ITB Berlin,  over 4,500 invitees will have the chance to experience the true delectable taste of Indonesian cuisine at the Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB Berlin), the biggest Travel and Tourism Trade show in the world. Bringing all delicacies of the archipelago, Indonesia  co-hosts as the Official Partner Country of the event,  which will ... Read More »

Nyepi: Bali’s New Year’s Day of Complete Silence

Every culture and religion in the world has its own way to define and celebrate the coming of the new year. While the Chinese have the Imlek celebration, the Muslims celebrate the first of Muharram, and the world in general celebrates the first of January, the Hindus of Bali welcome the New Year based on the traditional Saka Calendar with the ritual of Nyepi.  This ... Read More »

Raja Ampat, First to Enact 4.6 Million Hectares Shark and Manta Marine Sanctuary

The district government of Raja Ampat, dubbed “the Underwater Paradise on Earth”  located at the western tip of West Papua’s Bird’s Head, has enforced the protection of sharks, manta rays, dugongs, turtles and aquarium fish over a 4.6 million hectares sanctuary. The regional bylaw No. 5 of 2012 was launched Wednesday, 20 February 2013, reports Kompas daily.   This is the ... Read More »

President Proposes No New Development Format for Post-2015

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, has said he did not propose a new format to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will expire in 2015. “I personally, as the co-chair, do suggest the third option, which is a new format (for the Post-2015 Development Agenda),” ... Read More »

Indonesia and Germany Cooperate in Ratan Industry

The National Rattan Innovation Center of the ministry of industry and Germany`s Innovationszentrun Lichtenfels have agreed to cooperate to develop rattan industry in the country. “This is part of efforts to create new rattan product designs to make rattan industry to boom again,” Deputy Minister of Industry Alex Retraubun said on Wednesday. He said the cooperation was also expected to ... Read More »

Garuda Launches Engine Test Facility

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, through its subsidiary GMF AeroAsia, has officially launched the operation of its CFM56-7B engine test facility in Cengkareng, Banten, to better develop GMF’s capacity for aircraft repair. The engine test facility, developed in cooperation with US firm General Electric (GE) and CFM International, a joint venture company between GE and Snecma of Safran Group, will ... Read More »

Besakih Temple to be Equipped with Advanced Information Center

The largest temple complex in Bali, Besakih Temple is now equipped with showrooms, an audio visual room, a library, a plaza and other modern facilities to provide better tourist information regarding the site. “Thanks to the audio visual room, visitors can watch a video of ceremonies and rituals carried out at Besakih Temple in the past,” said Ketut Wija, second ... Read More »

MUI Expects to Take Leading Part in Halal Certification

Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) expects the institution still have the leading role in halal certification process. Government could play roles in socializing, regulating and monitoring, Chairman of MUI, Amihdan, said. Amihdan said that MUI was the right insitution to lead the process. “If only government wants to participate, they can take part in post-certification,” Amihdan said on Wednesday in ... Read More »

Banda Neira, the Island of Spices

Located in Maluku province, Banda Neira is one of ten volcanic islands in the Banda Archipelago. As cited in www.indonesia.travel, the Banda Islands, known as the Spice Islands of ancient times, are covered with high aromatic tropical trees. Indigenous to Banda Islands, the Myristica trees, are the source of two rare and lucrative spices, nutmeg and mace. A sapphire sea surrounds these ... Read More »

Jakarta International Marathon and Carnival Planned for October 2013

Jakarta will have another scintillating international event this year with the staging of the Jakarta Marathon, said Deputy Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar, after meeting with new Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, reportedAntara news. The exact date is still being worked out, said Nirwandar, since in October there will also be the APEC Summit in Bali, besides having to ... Read More »