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Garuda to Increase Seat Capacity
February 23rd, 2007

Garuda Indonesia will increase seat capacity from Perth to Denpasar from next month and reintroduced two-class configuration on its B737-800NG to provide business and economy class options. The move follows a doubling of the airline’s capacity to Indonesia in December last year, when daily services to Jakarta were introduced to supplement the existing daily Bali services.

From 01 March three of these Jakarta services will be redirected to Bali instead, in order to meet the growing demand for the popular holiday destination.
The additional Bali flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with evening departures times from Perth complimenting the daily morning flights.
The direct Jakarta services depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, also with an evening departure time.

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Film on the 2002 Bombings is Banned in Bali
February 22nd, 2007

Bali’s Provincial Film Body has banned screenings of a film on the 2002 bombings because it could “reopen old wounds”, a provincial film board official said today.

Long Road to Heaven, produced by Nia Dinata, one of Indonesia’s most acclaimed directors, has been controversial because it examines the role of religion in the bombings.

The movie looks at the tragedy from different points of view, including those of a Balinese taxi driver who lost a relative in the blast, an American surfer searching for peace after the
September 11 attacks and Muslim militants who were blamed for the bombs.

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Longer Visa Will Soon Be Available
February 20th, 2007

Indonesia is to grant foreign visitors visas for up to 120 days compared to the current
30 days in a bid to boost tourism, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

“It is now being processed, that tourists get four months,” said the vice president.

This policy is a part of the government’s drive to attract more foreign visitors besides the soaring arrival target and extra funding for tourism promotion.

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Italy denies banning its citizen from visiting Bali
February 20th, 2007

Italian Ambassador to Indonesia Francesco M. Greco on Tuesday denied an allegation that his country has banned its citizens from visiting theworld-renowned tourist island of Bali in the wake of 2002 and 2005 bombings.

“The Italian government has never issued a ban to its citizens to visitBali in the wake of the bomb blasts,” he said after a meeting with Bali Governor Dewa Beratha.

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UNESCO Visited Proposed Heritage Sites
February 15th, 2007

A number of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) guests took a two-day tour of three venues nominated by the Indonesian government as potential World Heritage Sites. The prominent guests included Indonesian Ambassador/Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Aman M. Wirakartakusumah, along with UNESCO ambassadors Muhyi Al Kateeb (Iraq), Ziad Aldrees (Saudi Arabia), Ina Marciuliontve (Lithuania), Abdulrazzak Al Nafisi (Kuwait). They were joined by UNESCO Jakarta’s director Hubert Geizen and program specialist for culture Himalchuli Gurung.

The terraced rice fields of Jatiluwih, located some 80 kilometers north of Denpasar in Tabanan, was the first sites visited by these UNESCO team.

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Bali Tourism Board Elected Its New Chairperson
February 13th, 2007

Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya was elected as chairperson of Bali Tourism Board on special stakeholders meeting in Royal Pitamaha Hotel, Ubud, yesterday, 2/12/2007. Ida
Bagus Ngurah Wijaya dominated the election with 8 votes out of total 9 votes,
others contestants Al Purwa got 1 vote and Bagus Sudibya with no vote all. Tjok
Artha Ardana Sukawati was elected for the position of vice chairperson.

According to local newspaper, Bali Post, Ida Bagus NgurahWijaya will put a strong emphasis on the unity of all tourism components in Bali and he also stated that the organizational staffs including the CEO will be appointed as soon as possible with a fit and proper test system.

More Countries on VOA List?
February 12th, 2007

The Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism has recommended to the Department of Justice and Human Rights that visa-on-arrivals (VOA) facilities could be extended to the nationals of 19 other countries beside the 52 nations already enjoying the VOA.

According to the Indonesian newspaper, Bisnis Indonesia, the eligible countries would comprise among others Fiji, Kazakztan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Venezuela.


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