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American tourists to Bali up substantially
October 14th, 2008

Denpasar (ANTARA News) – The number of American tourists to Bali has been increasing since the Indonesian government had lifted its travel warning, classiying the number of American tourists coming to the island resort as one of the big-ten.

The number of tourists from other western countries also increased by an average of 20 percent, Ida Komang Wisnu, Head of the Bali Central Bureau of Statistics said here Monday.

Komang Wisnu said the number of foreign tourists to Bali reached 1,664,854 last year. And their number increased further this year.

A total of 1,298,130 tourists came to Bali from January to August 2008, which was a 20 percent increase compared to the 1,079,751 people in the same period last year.

Americans from January to August 2008 coming to Bali reached 46,923, up by 30 percent from 36,092 compared to the same period in 2007 whereas the number of French tourists increased 23 percent from 42,281 to 52,080.

The Germans coming to the `Island of Gods` reached 50,676, a 18 percent increase from 42,802, or a 20 percent increase from 44,406 to 53,567 tourists.

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Indonesia marks 2002 Bali bombing anniversary
October 12th, 2008

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) — Survivors, relatives of the victims and government officials on Sunday marked the sixth anniversary of the deadly bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali by Islamic extremists.

The attack, blamed on the militant Jemaah Islamiyah network linked to Al-Qaeda, claimed the lives of 202 people from 22 countries. Australia, which for years saw Bali as its playground, had the most victims, with 88.

Australian ambassador Bill Farmer read a statement from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd during a ceremony attended by some 100 people at the Australian consulate on the resort island.

“The 12 October 2002 tragedy shocked Australia. For those who lost loved ones, life will never be the same,” Rudd said in a statement.

“We think of the families and friends of the victims. Our thoughts and sympathies will always be with them,” he added.

Tearful mourners took turns placing bouquets of flowers at a wooden cross memorial built by victims’ families at the Australian consulate in the Balinese capital Denpasar.

Rudd praised Indonesia for the crackdown it carried out in the wake of the worst terror attack in the region.

“We can be proud that the partnership between Indonesia and Australia is the strongest it has ever been,” he said.

Farmer added that it was hoped terrorists would continue to be brought to justice.

The anniversary was held amid a promise from the Indonesian government that the three key bombers — Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron — would be executed by the end of the year.

Indonesian prosecutors had earlier put plans on hold to execute the bombers before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on September, citing bureaucratic delays.

Lars Bergander, a Swedish man whose teenager daughter was killed said he eagerly awaited the execution.

“I’m glad that your government managed to arrest the terrorists. But I don’t understand why they postponed the execution from time to time,” he told AFP.

Balinese Ray Yulia said her father, working as a driver, was killed when he was waiting for a passenger outside the Sari Club devastated by the blasts.

“I always feel the pain, especially when I’m invited in this kind of ceremony,” a high school student said.

“I really hate the terrorists,” she added.

The bombers, who have shown no regret for the attacks, promised last week “retribution” if they were executed.

“The people who will execute us, if they do this execution they will be cursed by God,” Mukhlas told reporters at the island prison off southern Java where they are being held.

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Indonesia Open golf to move to Bali next year
October 10th, 2008

After four years of holding the country’s richest golf tournament, Jakarta will hand the hosting privileges of the Indonesia Open to Bali, an event promoter said Thursday.

The US$1.25 million tournament will be held from February until March next year.

“Dreamland New Kuta Golf Resort will host the championship for the first time,” John Eu, Global One Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement.

The new venue is in the South Western rim of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, overlooking famous surfing destinations at Balangan Beach and the Indian Ocean.

The par-72 championship course measures over 7,500 yards and was designed by U.S. group Golf Plan, made up of Ronald Fream, David Dale and Kevin Ramsey. It is believed to be the first “links style” golf course in the country.

Eu said the organizers would continue to increase the tournament’s prize money to attract the world’s best players and promote golf in Indonesia.

European and Asian top golfers are expected to play in the tournament, which is co-managed by Asian Tour and European Tour.

Asian Tour executive chairman Kyi Hla Han welcomed the decision to move the Indonesia Open to Bali, saying it would spread the game across the country.

“I would also like to thank the Indonesian government for their continued support toward professional golf in Asia,” Han said. – JP

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1,090 medals competed in Bali ABG
October 8th, 2008

Sanur, Bali (ANTARA News) – A total of 1,090 medals for 17 events will be competed in the 2008 Asian Beach Games (ABG), an official said. They consist of 340 gold, 340 silver and 410 bronze medals. A total of 1,634 athletes and 900 officials from 45 Asian countries will be participating in the games, covering 71 events in 11 venues. The first ABG will be held in Bali on October 18 to 26 in Sanur Beach, Benoa Peninsula, Kuta and Serangan Beach. The sports events include surfing, jetskiing, bodybuilding, beach volley ball, marathon swimming, sepaktakraw and many more

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Garuda Indonesia releases launch fares for new Brisbane Bali services
October 8th, 2008

In celebration of Garuda Indonesia’s return to the Brisbane market, the airline has released a series of launch fares that will start at $940 return including taxes.

Mr. Poerwoko Soeparyono,, Senior General Manager Australia/South West Pacific said, “These special fares will give Queenslanders good reason to rethink their holiday plans over the next couple of months and well into 2009.

“With the adjustment in seasonality, even the Christmas holiday period is now shoulder season and fares at this time will lead in at only $1040 return!

“It won’t take long for savvy Queenslanders to recognize the real value that these fares offer because Garuda Indonesia’s fares are all-inclusive, there are no hidden costs.

“As a full service carrier we do not charge extra for booking, credit card payment, inflight food and drink service, entertainment or checked luggage up to 20kg in Economy and 30kg in Executive Class.

“We also offer childrens’ fares and a business class product. So all Queenslanders have reason to celebrate the return of Garuda Indonesia to the Bali route.”

The special launch fares are valid for travel between 14December 2008 and 21May 2009 but must be booked and paid by 12 December. Seats at the lead in fares are also limited, which is another reason why holiday planners need to act quickly.

Bookings and enquiries can be made through any travel agent or direct with Garuda Indonesia on 1300 365 330.

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Garuda Indonesia makes it easy to choose their new Brisbane Bali service at Christmas time
October 2nd, 2008

Following the announcement of three new services from Brisbane to Bali, commencing 14 DEC08, Garuda Indonesia has confirmed that passengers currently ticketed to travel via Sydney will be permitted to transfer to a direct Garuda flight from Brisbane, without penalty.

In addition, passengers ticketed on through fares with Virgin Blue will receive a full refund of their Virgin Blue sectors.

Year round fares ex Brisbane have been common rated with the Sydney fares. However, the airline will adjust the seasonality for the first five weeks of operations to make these fares more competitive over the high demand Christmas holiday season.

Mr. Poerwoko Soeparyono, Senior General Manager Australia/SWP said, “By changing the Shoulder season (14-18DEC08 and 05-18JAN09) to Basic and the Peak season (19DEC08 to 04JAN09) to Shoulder, we will be able to offer very attractive fares over this period.”

He said, “In fact we are so pleased to be back in the Brisbane market that we will be announcing some special launch fares.

He said, “It is also important to note that Garuda Indonesia is the only full service carrier operating between Brisbane and Bali so our fares are all inclusive. There are no hidden costs.”

The new direct services operate non stop from Brisbane to Bali every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

For further information contact Garuda Indonesia on 1300 365 330

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Virgin Blue offers Perth to Bali flights: $199 one way
September 21st, 2008

VIRGIN Blue will soon begin a new service of cheap flights from Perth to Bali – for less than $200 one way.

The new Perth to Bali route – which begins on December 1 – follows the airline’s announcement of additional flights to Broome and new services to Karratha and Newman, starting in October.

Find a flight: Perth to Denpasar Virgin Blue specials

Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches said that Virgin Blue’s entry into Perth to Bali market brings more competition to the route and more choice for Western Australian travellers.

“Bali is an iconic overseas destination for Western Australians. The new services by Virgin Blue will bring to four the number of airlines servicing the Perth to Bali route,” Mr Geatches said.

“The extra capacity and greater created through the entry of Virgin Blue will mean that Bali is now within reach of more Western Australians.”

The new Virgin Blue services will operate four times a week from Perth Airport’s international
terminal (Terminal 1).

The Bali flights will mark the first time the Virgin Blue Group will operate direct international flights from both Adelaide and Perth

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