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Nat`l airlines yet to benefit from increasing Chinese tourist
January 10th, 2008

Beijing (ANTARA News) – Indonesian airlines have yet to profit from the increasing number of Chinese tourists going to Indonesia as most of the latter still use foreign carriers to make the trip, Indonesia`s top diplomat here said.

“National airlines have yet to grab the opportunity offered by the increasing number of Chinese people who go to Indonesia, and they have not been able to increase their Indonesia-China flight frequencies,” Indonesian Ambassador to China Sudrajat said here Thursday.

Sudrajat was commenting on efforts to anticipate an increase in the flow of Chinese tourists to Indonesia following the launching of Visit Indonesia Year 2008 (VIY 2008) by Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik in Jakarta in late December.

VIY 2008 is aimed at improving the people`s welfare through the tourism sector by involving all elements in Indonesian society.

The promotion program is meant to enable Indonesia to attract no less than seven million foreign tourists in 2008.

Sudrajat said, after the opening of a Visa-on-Arrival service for Chinese nationals visiting Indonesia, Chinese tourist visits to regions such as Bali had increased significantly.

“But because of the limited capacity of Indonesian airlines to conduct direct flights between Indonesia and China, most Chinese tourists use Chinese airlines to go to Indonesia,” he added.

During 2007, most Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia used Southern Airlines which conducted a direct flight between Shanghai and Bali twice a week. Some of them used China Air which also flew to Indonesia twice a week.

In 2008, the ambassador said, some of the Chinese airlines would increase their flight frequency to four flights a week to anticipate the growing number of Chinese people visiting Indonesia, Bali in particular.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting Bali in 2007 reached 30,000 and the number was expected to double in 2008.

“The number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia was targeted at 300,000 in 2007 and in October the number had already reached 230,000,” he said, adding that the target for 2008 had been set at more than 300,000.

He said efforts to achieve the 2008 Chinese tourist arrival target would need the active involvement of all related parties including the Tourism and Culture Ministry, flight operators, tour operators, and the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing.

Currently, three Indonesian airlines were providing an air link between Indonesia and China, namely Garuda Indonesia, Batavia Air and Lion Air.

Only Garuda Indonesia was operating a Jakarta-Beijing air service while two other national airlines were serving routes between Jakarta and cities in southern China.

Sudrajat also expressed hope Indonesian airlines could improve their service to Chinese tourists as some of them had complained about unsatisfactory service they had experienced when flying Indonesian airlines. The complaints included frequent flight delays

Germans picked as first foreigners to visit Indonesia in 2008
January 2nd, 2008

Jakarta – German couple Michel and Jennifer Franchon Bernard did not expect to be feted as the first foreigners to visit Indonesia when on New Year’s Day they stepped into Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, a newspaper report said Wednesday. “What a surprise,” Michel Franchon Bernard told The Jakarta Post when a West Javan Sundanese dance troupe welcomed them upon their arrival. “We are very happy. We never dreamed of this happening.” The couple arrived Tuesday from Singapore for a two-week stay, during which they plan to see Jakarta, Bali and Lombok and immediately received their first souvenirs: flower wreaths and batik clothing from airport operator PT Angkasa Pura. Thewelcome was made to support the government programme Visit Indonesia Year 2008, during which the country aims to attract 7 million foreign visitors, up from 5.5 million in 2006, as well as up to 6.4 billion dollars in foreign exchange.

Bali talks agree to launch climate treaty talks
December 23rd, 2007

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) – U.N.-led climate talks in Bali agreed on Saturday to launch negotiations on a new global warming pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol after the United States dropped last-minute opposition.

Indonesian Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar, the host of the talks, banged down his gavel on the deal to rapturous applause from delegates after an impassioned plea by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“This is the defining moment for me and my mandate as secretary-general,” he said over the breakthrough.

“I am deeply grateful to many member states for their spirit of flexibility and compromise,” Ban told Reuters, in remarks echoed by the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, Yvo de Boer.

“I think it was encouraging, That was a real sign of willingness to compromise,” he said of the U.S. climbdown.

The deal after two-weeks of talks is a step towards slowing global warming that the U.N. climate panel says is caused by human activities, led by burning fossil fuels.

The meeting approved a “roadmap” for talks to adopt a new treaty to succeed Kyoto at a meeting in Copenhagen in 2009.

After being berated by numerous nations, a wave of relief swept the room filled with weary delegates when the United States relented.

The U.S. delegation dropped it opposition to a proposal by the main developing nation bloc, the G77, for rich nations to do more for the developing world to fight rising greenhouse emissions.

“The United States is very committed to this effort and just wants to make sure that we all act together to really ensure we all act together,” said Paula Dobriansky, head of the U.S. delegation.

“With that, Mr Chairman, let me say to you we will go forward and join consensus,” she said to cheers and claps from delegates who had tried to break the impasse long after talks ran past their Friday deadline.


The proposal by the 150-nation developing country bloc dilutes the “mitigation actions,” which the Bali “roadmap,” asks developing nations to consider.

The new, stronger climate pact would succeed the existing Kyoto Protocol, and embrace the United States and major developing economies, such as China and India, in emissions actions for the first time.

Scientists say rising temperatures could cause seas to rise sharply, glaciers to melt, storms and droughts to become more intense and mass migration of climate refugees.

“We have the Bali roadmap. We are not entirely satisfied but the outcome is good,” a senior Chinese delegate told Reuters.

Kyoto binds all industrial countries except the United States to cut emissions of greenhouse gases between 2008 and 2012. Developing nations are exempt and the new negotiations will seek to bind all countries to emission curbs from 2013.

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RI allocates Rp150 billion to promote tourism
December 11th, 2007

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) – The government has allocated Rp150 billion for tourism promotion in 2008, compared to promotion funds in 2007 which stood at Rp100 billion.

“We proposed Rp200 billion for promotion funds for tourism, but probably we will get only Rp150 billion,” Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Watjik said here Monday on the sideline of a seminar on the impact of climate change on Indonesian tourism.

He said the amount of Indonesia`s tourism promotion funds was far below those of other countries such as Malaysia which provided some Rp800 bilion for the purpose.

But despite the relatively small amount of promotion funds, the ministry had set itself the target of attracting at least seven million foreign tourists a year.

Some strategies have been made involving private sector such as hotel operators, to improve promotion to potential markets.

Hotels and other tourism operators are expected to provide brochures, VCD and others to promote Indonesian tourism abroad, the minister said.

Foreign tourist visit in Indonesia as of October has reached four million, while the target during 2007 was set at six million.

Watjik expressed optimism that the target could be reached with conducive security situation in the country

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Hindu priests urge silence to fight global warming
December 5th, 2007

Hindu priests on the island of Bali, where the world’s nations are gathered to come up with an answer for global warming, think they have one solution, a day of silence.

The proposal harks back to a traditional Balinese festival when everything is switched off and shut down for 24 hours, to try to persuade demons that the island is uninhabited and thus without fresh souls for them to steal.

“We learn from our ancestors to respect the wishes of nature,” said Bhagawandwija, a 63-year-old priest who has been handing out leaflets outside the international climate change conference taking place here.

“Imagine if all the countries in the world observed one day of silence!” Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Jero Wacik said many locals on this resort island, which has long attracted visitors from around the globe, believe the world should copy the festival’s silence.

“Many people in Bali propose that if possible the world has a silent day, not working, all electricity off,” he told reporters, “We save one day.”

In the island’s rich Hindu heritage, the Nyepi festival is the time when evil spirits return to Earth. To persuade them there are no souls left to haunt, Bali shuts down almost entirely.

All restaurants and discos close, to the great annoyance of tourists who do not realise they are being protected from malignant forces.

Airliners are grounded and the roads are deserted. It is forbidden to turn on lights, make a fire or even make a noise.

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U.S. to be urged over climate pact
December 4th, 2007

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Faced with melting polar ice caps and worsening
droughts, climate experts at a massive U.N. conference Monday urged quick
action toward a new international pact stemming an increasingly destructive
rise in world temperatures.
Cyclists in Denpasar, Indonesia, campaign on Sunday for a reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions.

A key goal of the two-week conference, which opened with delegates from
nearly 190 countries in attendance, will be to draw a skeptical United
States into an agreement to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other
so-called greenhouse gases.

While the U.S. delegation declared it would not be a “roadblock” to a new
agreement, Washington remains opposed to steps many other countries support,
such as mandatory emissions cuts by rich nations and a target for limiting
the rise in global temperatures.

The American position suffered a blow Monday when the new Australian prime
minister signed papers to ratify the Kyoto Protocol climate pact. The move
leaves the U.S. — the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases — as the
sole industrial power not to have joined.

Conference leaders urged delegates to move quickly to combat climate change.

“The eyes of the world are upon you. There is a huge responsibility for Bali
to deliver,” said Yvo de Boer, the executive secretary of the conference.
“The world now expects a quantum leap forward.”

The conference kicked off amid growing global momentum for dramatic action
to stop rising temperatures that scientists say could lead to swamping of
coastal areas and islands by higher oceans, the wiping out of species,
economic havoc and a spike in natural disasters such as storms, fires and

The Bali meeting will be the first major conference of its kind since former
Vice President Al Gore — due to arrive next week — and a U.N. scientific
council won the Nobel Peace Prize in October for their environmental work.

The immediate aim will be to launch negotiations toward a pact to replace
the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012, and set an agenda for the talks
and a deadline. The U.N. says such an agreement should be concluded by 2009
in order to have a system in place in time.

Among the most contentious issues ahead will be whether emission cuts should
be mandatory or voluntary. Also to be tackled will be to what extent
up-and-coming economies like China and India will have to rein in their
skyrocketing emissions, and how to help the world’s poorest countries adapt
to a worsening climate.

The American delegation was clearly on the defensive in Bali, presenting a
statement detailing the ways the U.S. is fighting global warming without
submitting to mandatory emissions targets.

“We’re not here to be a roadblock,” insisted Harlan L. Watson, the senior
U.S. climate negotiator. “We’re committed to a successful conclusion, and
we’re going to work very constructively to make that happen.”

Confronted with the scientific reports of the past year, the Bush
administration has signaled a willingness to play a larger role in the
negotiations, and U.N. officials agree they must craft a post-Kyoto
framework that Washington will go along with.

Australia abandoned the anti-Kyoto alliance with the U.S. on Monday, when
new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed the paperwork to ratify the pact.
Delegates in Bali erupted in applause when Australia’s delegate, Howard
Bamsey, told the plenary that Canberra was jumping on board.

Environmentalists at the conference cited what they saw as growing
international momentum for tougher safeguards against global warming. Even
critics of the Bush administration pointed out that many individual states,
such as California, were on the forefront of cutting emissions.

“Despite the failure of the current president to take serious action on
global warming, the political landscape in the United States is shifting
dramatically in favor of mandatory limits on global warming pollution,” said
Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists, citing upcoming action in
the U.S. Congress.

Trying to fend off charges that America is not doing enough, Bush said last
week a final Energy Department report showed U.S. emissions of carbon
dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas, declined by 1.5 percent last year while
the economy grew.





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Indonesia to plant millions of trees ahead of Bali climate conference
November 29th, 2007

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia, which is losing its forest at a faster rate than any other country, launched a campaign Wednesday to plant 79 million trees ahead of a critical climate change conference opening on the resort island of Bali.”We will show Indonesia’s strong commitment and action to preserve the environment and save our planet,” said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, as he planted saplings with members of his government. “Illegal logging is our biggest enemy.”

Around 300 soccer fields of trees are destroyed every hour due to illegal logging, mining and slash-and-burn land clearing for highly profitable palm oil plantations – making the country a major contributor to global warming.

Yudhoyono said if the trend continues, future generations will face food and water shortages. Many of the archipelagic nation’s 17,000 islands will likely be submerged by rising sea waters caused by the melting of polar caps, the government says.

Environmental groups have called the planting program well intended, but said it will mean little if the government does not immediately impose a moratorium on deforestation.

World leaders from 80 countries will meet on Bali next month to develop a replacement for the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

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