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All Indonesian Arlines Have Been Banned from Flying to Europe
June 29th, 2007

A safety crackdown by EU put all Indonesian Airlines on an aviation blacklist, in short All Indonesian airlines have been banned from flying to Europe. The national airline of Indonesia, Garuda, and the 50 other airlines registered in the country, will be kept away from the EU, although no Indonesian carriers at present fly to the continent. The ban was imposed following a series of accidents involving the country’s aircraft that have included two fatal crashes since the New Year which killed a total of 123 people. Poor maintenance and operating standards, as well as the slow reaction of Indonesian aviation authorities to demands for better standards, had also contributed to the ban.

Jacques Barrot, the EU transport commissioner, said: “Once more, the EU blacklist will prove to be an essential tool not only to prevent unsafe airlines from flying to Europe and to inform passengers traveling worldwide, but also to make sure that airlines and civil aviation authorities take appropriate actions to improve safety.”

The ban could affect the Indonesian tourist industry, with Europeans being warned not to use the country’s airlines. Travel agencies selling package tours involving carriers based in Indonesia are required to inform customers that the nation’s airlines are blacklisted. Holidaymakers who have booked flights with blacklisted carriers through tourist agents will receive a refund.

Black Out threaten Bali
June 22nd, 2007

Bali will soon experience a 20 megawatt (mw) black out as a result of the break down of five massive scale power plants in the Java-Bali Electrical interconnection system. The black out will be last for three hours during the peak time around 5 P.M until 10 P.M.

According to General Manager of PLN Bali Distribution (State owned Power Company), black out is the worst scenario. If the massive users of power such as hotels and factories are willing to use their secondary power supply (Generator Set), the black out can be avoided.  

Bali Art Festival was Officially Opened
June 17th, 2007

29th Bali Art festival was officially opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, accompanied by Bali Governor Dewa Beratha, with striking of the wooden drum on Saturday, 6/16/2007 in Bajra Sandhi Monument, Renon, Denpasar. Traditional music and dance performance by Balinese artist followed the sound of the drum.

Bali Arts Festival 2007 Bali Arts Festival 2007

The opening of annual Bali Art Festival was featured with a parade of traditional art troupe from all regencies of Bali, Indonesia’s provinces such as Jakarta, West Sumatra, Riau, Lampung and South Sulawesi, art troupes from China and Japan were also join the parade.

Bali Arts Festival 2007 Bali Arts Festival 2007

On the occasion, President Yudhoyono also officially launched a new brand of Bali’s tourist promotion.

Bali Arts Festival 2007 Bali Arts Festival 2007

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Garuda Indonesia Plans to Reopen Route to Amsterdam and Nagoya
June 17th, 2007

Indonesia’s national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to reopen routes to Amsterdam and Nagoya, and expanses a new route to

India next year in order to increase revenue from international flights. International flights alone contributed 45% of Garuda’s revenue in 2006.

Pujobroto, Garuda spokesman said, “we terminate our service to

Amsterdam at the end of 2004 because it wasn’t competitive and was losing money. Now, we are considering reopening it with improved efficiency and profitability, Amsterdam is actually a highly prospective market in

Europe.” “Garuda was now studying what needed to be done to improve its services, including the use of newer aircraft and expanding promotion to business passengers,” he added.

Bali’s Ngurah Rai, Indonesia Best Airport
June 17th, 2007

The results of nation’s airport audit which was conducted by The Directorate General of Air Transportation at the Transportation Ministry were released on Tuesday with Bali’s

Ngurah Rai International Airport on the top of the list as the country best airport.

Ngurah Rai championed with 84 compliant points; the runners-up were Soekarno-Hatta in Jakarta received 82 points; Juanda in Surabaya with 73; Polonia in Medan, North Sumatra with 70 points and Hasanuddin in Makassar,

South Sulawesi collected 64 points.The directorate general ranked the airports based on several criteria such as compliance to regulations, security, safety, and comfort levels for passengers.

“Visit Indonesia Year” to be Launched Soon
June 13th, 2007

Visit Indonesia Year program will soon be launched by government’s culture and tourism department. This program will include 100 events to induce the foreign tourists to come to Indonesia. This program will also provide a booklet listing all the 100 events to be organized in many parts of the country.

On Tuesday (6/11/2007), Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik said a `Visit Indonesia Year` (VIY) is now in the final phase of preparation. We will launch it in July or August.

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Twelve Honorary Consuls Support Ajeg Bali (Bali Standing Strong) Concept
June 13th, 2007

Twelve honorary consuls of foreign countries in Bali visited Bali Press Building “Ketut Nadha” on Tuesday, 6/12/2007. The honorary consuls were received by the head of Bali Post Media Group, Satria Naradha.

They expressed their support to the “Ajeg Bali” (Bali Standing Strong) concept, they also express their concern on the security of Bali and the safety of it residents. After the meeting, the honorary consuls also singed the “Ajeg Bali” pact which shows their support to the perseverance of Balinese culture.

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