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Increased funds for Indonesias tourism
June 1st, 2008

JAKARTA – According to Jero Wacik, Indonesias Minister of Culture and Tourism, during the ITB, the increased funds for Indonesias tourism will officially be announced by early April at the same time than the new representative offices around the world.

The 12 planned offices are part of a new strategy to revive Indonesias tourism fortunes and increase the number of visitors to six million this year and seven million in 2008. In Europe we still did not decide where we will have our first locations between Germany, the UK or Brussels, explains Wacik.

Last year, European tourists to Indonesia reached 783,600 arrivals and officials from tourism expect this year to welcome up to 800,000 visitors.

German Tour Operators already announced during the ITB strong booking for the coming months to Bali.

Garuda to reopen Bali-Nagoya route
May 27th, 2008

Indonesian flag carrier Garuda will reopen a route linking the resort island of Bali with the Japanese city of Nagoya next month, a spokesman for the airline said on Monday.

The route will be served three times a week using a 293-seater Airbus 330-300 starting on June 2, Pujobroto told AFP. The flights would be on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The flight to Japan’s fourth-largest city from Bali’s capital city of Denpasar had been closed down by Garuda in mid-January 2007.

New market research showing strong demand for the route convinced the company to reopen the flight, Pujobroto said.

Garuda currently flies a daily Tokyo-Jakarta-Denpasar route and five weekly flights from Osaka to Denpasar

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US lifts travel warning for Indonesia
May 26th, 2008

The United States has lifted its warning against travel in Indonesia for the first time since the year 2000 when churches were bombed across the country, but Australia still warns its citizens to reconsider the need to travel to the country.

The US State Department has announced the lifting of its travel warning for Indonesia “after determining that the security climate in the country no longer warrants such a warning”.

A statement from the US Ambassador to Indonesia says that “Indonesia has not experienced a major terrorist attack since October 2005 and the Government of Indonesia has disrupted, arrested and prosecuted numerous terrorist elements”.

The Australian Government’s advice to reconsider the need to travel to Indonesia including Bali “due to the very high threat of terrorist attack” remains in place.

“We continue to receive reports indicating that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets including Western interests and places frequented by foreigners,” it says.

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Number of European tourist arrivals in Bali up to 27 Pct
May 26th, 2008

Denpasar,(ANTARA News) – The number of European tourists who visited Bali in the first quarter of 2008 was recorded at 152,005 or an increase by 27 percent from 119,485 in the same period last year.

The number of European tourists who flew directly to Bali Island was also up from 39,993 in March to 42,035 in April 2008 , according to data of the Bali tourism service here on Saturday.

Some 22,766 British tourists visited Bali during this year`s first quarter, up from 18,420 in the same period last year.

From January to April 2008, some 22,566 German tourists arrived in Bali, an increase from 17,671 in the same period last year.

Bali also received 20,022 French tourists in 2008`s first quarter, up from 15,665 in the same period last year.(*)

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Openings: Alila Villas Uluwatu
May 22nd, 2008

Proof that even those bloody terrorists are no match for the unflinching glories of Paradise itself, Bali has been steadily regaining its position as a holiday destination extraordinaire. And Alila Villas now even gives you a chance to own your resplendent little piece of that paradise. Perched on limestone cliffs, high above the Indian Ocean, the new (as of June) Alila Villas Uluwatu consists of fifty-six chicly styled hotel villas and thirty-one residential villas.

Both guests and residents have use of all facilities, from the spectacular Cliff Top Bar and sophisticated Warung Restaurant, to the palm-lined pool and the eponymous spa and cooking school. And recognizing that mean old Mr. Global Warming has begun wreaking his own bit of havoc on Bali (endangering the island’s coral reefs), AVU was designed by Singapore’s WOHA to achieve Green Globe certification, the highest level of Environmentally Sustainable Design. Paradise, indeed.

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The St. Regis Bali Resort to Open Reservation Lines on 10 May 2008
May 9th, 2008



The St. Regis Bali Resort, opening with 81 over-sized suites, 42 splendid villas and 2 residences in September, will open its reservation lines from 10 May 2008. The resort will take reservations on this date onwards for stays starting from 15 September 2008.

The St. Regis Bali Resort adds a new dimension of luxury to Bali. The resort soaks in a rich surrounding, infused with an eclectic collection of individually and uniquely crafted furnishing reflecting rich imported fabrics with indigenous materials and cultural artifacts, and uniquely features landscape architecture from the early 1900s, inspired by the blending of art and nature with lifestyle and living.

Swimmable lagoons throughout the resort provide private areas to relax and unwind. A 290 square metre function/meeting room, two modern restaurants, an all-day dining restaurant, and a beach restaurant with stunning views of Nusa Dua create opportunities for any event.

With the reservations department at The St. Regis Bali Resort fully in place with a team of agents ready to take reservations and full inventory with rates uploaded in the system, guests can book via travel agents (GDS code: XS) or directly with the hotel or through Starwood.

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AirAsia launches direct flights to Kota Kinabalu from Indonesia
May 7th, 2008

KOTA KINABALU – AirAsia reaffirms Kota Kinabalu’s position as a regional hub when it officially launched its direct flights to Kota Kinabalu from Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia.

Jakarta-Kota Kinabalu’s first flight commenced on 30 March 2008 and Bali-Kota Kinabalu’s inaugural flight took off on May 2. Both routes are being serviced three times a week. Kota Kinabalu hub currently serves 12 routes to and from Kota Kinabalu including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuching, Miri, Tawau, Sandakan, Shenzhen and Macau in China, Clark (Manila) in Philippines, and now Jakarta and Bali. Taking into consideration direct flights between Kuala Lumpur-Tawau and Kuala Lumpur-Sandakan, AirAsia has a total of 14 routes to and from Sabah.

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