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Chinese tourists visiting Bali up 131 percent
November 28th, 2007

DENPASAR (Antara): The number of Chinese tourists who visited Bali in the first ten months of 2007 was more than 69,400 or up 131 percent from the same period last year, a tourism operator said.

The figure put China in the sixth place after Japan, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea and Malaysia in terms of foreign tourists visiting the resort island, Tjok Gde Agung said Tuesday.

Tjok said he was pleased with the rising number of Chinese tourists visiting Bali and asked the government and tourism operators to work hard to attract more Chinese tourists.

Around 34 million Chinese made overseas trips every year and the figure continued to increase from year to year, he said.

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5000 police for Bali climate meeting
November 20th, 2007

INDONESIA will use 5000 police to provide security when a global climate change summit on the resort island of Bali is held next month.

“More than 5000 Indonesian police officers will stand guard on Bali island and other places on (the neighbouring island of) Java during the summit,” national police chief Sutanto said.

Police would begin fanning out from today and remain on duty until the summit’s end.

Meetings leading up to the key talks begin on December 3 and the summit concludes on December 14.

Bali has endured two major bomb blasts blamed on the militant Jemaah Islamiah network, including nightclub bombings in 2002 that left 202 people dead, mostly western holidaymakers.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference aims to see countries agree to launch a roadmap for negotiating cuts in carbon emissions from 2012, when current pledges under the Kyoto Protocol run out




Qatar Airways ups flights to Bali
November 15th, 2007

Qatar Airways plans to fly daily from Doha to Denpasar next year to meet surging demand both from the Middle East and European travellers, a senior airline executive says.

Qatar Airways Far East & Australasia manager Marwan Koleilat said Monday that the airline was also exploring the possibility of establishing direct flights from the Qatari city to the capital of Bali province.

“We are also considering non-stop flights from Doha to Denpasar ,” Koleilat told The Jakarta Post after opening Qatar Airways’ Bali office.

Qatar Airways, which launched the Doha-Denpasar route in March this year, serves Bali four times a week via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The service was opened following the success of the airline’s Doha-Jakarta route, which was introduced in 2001. At present, the airline serves the route seven times a week via Singapore.

Bali Tourism Agency director Gede Nurjaya has stated on various occasions that the countries of the Middle East were emerging as flourishing markets for Balinese tourism.

He said that the opening of the Doha-Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar route had contributed to an increase in the number of tourists both from Europe and the Middle East.

According to BTA data, a total of 910,567 foreign tourists visited the island between January and July of this year, which represented a 35 percent increase over the corresponding period of last year.

Koleilat said that the plan to fly daily from Doha to Denpasar was due to the high level of demand from passengers. “The Doha-Kuala Lumpur-Denpasar route has a load factor of 90 percent,” he said.

The route is served by Airbus A330-200 aircraft, based on a configuration of 22 business class and 259 economy seats, as well as an A330-300 aircraft with 30 business class and 275 economy seats.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 58 Airbus aircraft to 79 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Far East, the Indian subcontinent and North America.

The highlight of Qatar Airways’ 2007 expansion has been the launch of flights to New York (Newark) and Washington DC — the airline’s first move into the North American market.

From September 23, Qatar Airways has been flying twice weekly between Doha and the central Indian city of Nagpur. Starting November 27, the carrier will launch four flights a week to the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Daily scheduled services to the western Indian city of Ahmedabad are due to begin on December 12.

Qatar Airways has been one of the fastest growing carriers in the world, with unprecedented expansion averaging almost 40 percent year-on-year for the past decade.

The airline currently operates 58 aircraft, and by 2015 the fleet size is expected to double to more than 110 aircraft.

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WBCSD: COMPANIES UNITE FOR GLOBAL BUSINESS DAY DURING BALI CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE TO ADVOCATE NEW GLOBAL FRAMEWORK
November 11th, 2007

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will jointly organize a Global Business Day during the 13th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bali.

The Bali Global Business Day (10 December 2007) will bring together 200-300
decision makers from companies, governments, inter-governmental and
non-governmental organizations.

This event will send a strong message that business wants a successful
completion of a new global climate change framework beyond 2012 that
includes a clear and ambitious long-term strategy for reducing global carbon
and greenhouse gas emissions.

It will also demonstrate the capacities and commitments of leading companies
and business sectors to provide solutions to the climate challenge.

And the day will highlight the policies and financing requirements that will
enable companies and markets to successfully develop and disseminate the
technologies and practices required by an ambitious global mitigation plan.

Four panels including business leaders, government officials and civil
society experts will review the issues at stake for COP 13. They will
explore and suggest ways forward. The Bali Global Business Day will provide
a unique and useful focus on the main challenges in designing a new global
climate mitigation and adaptation regime.

The Bali Global Business Day will be on Monday, 10 December 2007, at the
Conrad Hotel, Bali.

The name of the event, Tri Hita Karana, is derived from the Balinese
philosophy of life. Tri Hita Karana emphasizes that happiness can only be
attained if the Creator, people and nature live in harmony with each other.
It reflects the objectives of responsible business, balancing people, the
planet and profit as the basis for sustainable development.

The event is organized with the support of Asia Pacific Resources
International Holdings Limited (APRIL), an Indonesian member company of the
WBCSD.

For more information or to participate in the Global Business Day, please
visit www.balibusinessday.org

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Ho Chi Minh City welcomes 2.1 million foreign tourists
November 8th, 2007

HO CHI MINH CITY – Vietnam’s capital received 2.1 million foreign visitors in the past ten months of 2007, a year-on-year increase of 15 percent, the municipal Tourism Department reported.Some 240,000 foreigners arrived in the city in October alone.

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SBY to work from Bali during UN meet
November 1st, 2007

JAKARTA: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will set up office in Bali during the UN climate change conference in December.

“The President will move to Bali during the conference, but we have not yet set the schedule,” Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi told detik.com Wednesday.

Indonesia will host the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the world’s highest talks on climate change, in Bali from Dec. 3 to 14.

Around 10,000 participants, including heads of state, ministers, senior officials and activists, from 198 countries are expected to participate in the meeting.

Coordinating Minister for the People’s Welfare Aburizal Bakrie said the President might set up office in Bali from Dec. 10 to 14 when heads of state from other countries take part in the conference.

“But the President will visit Bali frequently a week before the opening of the conference,” he said. –JP

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Orchard Road to undergo rejuvenation
October 31st, 2007

SINGAPORE – Orchard Road is set to undergo a S$40 million rejuvenation that will result in a more attractive destination. With the planned landscape and infrastructural enhancements, Singapore’s shopping district will have new creative spaces for staging events and a more integrated and engaging pedestrian mall.

Orchard Road attracts more than seven million visitors each year, while thousands of local residents visit the area for leisure and work each day.

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