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Summit, Obama’s visit to boost Bali’s image

The success of the 19th ASEAN Summit and the visit of US President Barack Obama has improved the image of Bali as one of the world’s top tourist destinations and would draw more visitors, tourism associations have said.

Indonesia Tours and Travel Agencies Association (ASITA) Bali chapter vice chairman I Ketut Ardana said the summit, which went without any noticeable security glitches, would convince the world that Bali was a safe place to visit. The visit of Obama was an important bonus.

“As the leader of the most powerful nation, Obama will always draw the world’s spotlight. Everywhere he goes, the attention of the entire world will follow him.  His visit will improve our stature and image as a tourist destination,” he said.

“The fact that Obama and scores of heads of state visited Bali and their visits went on safely and securely will certainly speak volumes about the level of security that we can provide here and will create a lasting impression for the global community,” he added.

Convincing the world that Bali is a safe place has always been an unspoken obsession among Balinese from all walks of life, from farmers, bureaucrats to tourism industry people. The obsession emerged in the aftermath of the 2002 terrorist attacks, in which a coordinated bombing killed 202 people, mostly foreigners and injured hundreds. The brutal bombings shattered the island’s image as a peaceful and safe place and nearly destroyed its lucrative tourism industry.

Ardana was optimistic that the success of the summit and Obama’s visit would directly affect foreign visitors traveling to Bali in the near future.

“We will feel the impacts in the next two months. There will be an increase in the number of tourist arrivals, although I could not predict the exact percentage of the increase,” he said.

The increase would occur across the board and affect all the markets, including the US.

“The US President has come to Bali [and] surely US citizens would like to know about this island. Australian and European visitors will also increase,” he said.

Similar sentiments were echoed by Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) Bali chapter secretary Perry Markus. The summit would create a significantly positive impact on Bali tourism. In fact, he argued, the summit had already boosted the hotel occupancy rates.

“Traditionally, November is a low season for the island’s tourism, with occupancy rates ranging from 50 to 60 percent. During the summit the occupancy rate soared to 85 to 90 percent with hotels in Nusa Dua experiencing the highest increase followed by hotels in Tuban and Jimbaran,” he said.

He also reminded that the summit attracted a large number of journalists from various influential international media outlets. Their presence, Markus said, would provide the resort island with long-term promotional benefits.

“Through their writings they would provide us with valuable promotions and we don’t have to spend a single rupiah on promotions,” he added.

As of September, the number of foreign visitors to Bali had reached more than 1.8 million, a figure that was still 500,000 visitors short of the government’s 2011 target.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/11/22/summit-obama-s-visit-boost-bali-s-image.html

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KAI to operate new railway in April 2012

State railway firm PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) expects to launch the Padang-Minangkabau International Airport commuter railway route in April 2012.

KAI West Sumatra Regional Division spokesman Syafrial Romeo said that in the early stages the new railway could only serve the route from Padang to the Duku station in Padangpariaman because the firm was still waiting for land acquisition rights for railway construction connecting the airport.

“KAI is still in the process of land acquisition for the construction of a 4.2-kilometer railway from Duku station to Minangkabau airport, which has charged the province a budget of Rp 5 billion (US$550,357),” he said Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Syafrial said that construction of the new railway would cost Rp 114.3 billion and the government had already allocated Rp 56.5 billion during the first phase.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/12/02/kai-operate-new-railway-april-2012.html

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AMBARAWA: Experience Rural Java’s Traditional Life

 

The hinterland of Semarang, capital of the province of Central Java is lush green:  a beautiful scenic landscape of rising volcanoes, green valleys and fertile rice fields.  Cruise lines call on Semarang to allow passengers to visit the nearby 9th century Borobudur Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

One and a half hour’s driving from Semarang on a smooth road towards Salatiga, one enjoys the true Javanese rural life all the way to the town of Ambarawa , some 17 km  north from Salatiga. This is the halfway mark to Borobudur.

Here in Ambarawa you can find Indonesia’s Railway Museum, home to 21 old steam locomotives, the oldest of which is the 1891 Hartmann Chemnitz, in use until the 1970’s when the railways here were closed.  Nearby is also a natural grotto to the Virgin Mary and the Stations of the Cross, surrounded by flower gardens and fish ponds.

Slightly further west  in the Dieng plateau are the ancient temples known as Gedong Songo, or "the nine buildings", constructed between 730 AD -780 AD during the Sanjaya Dynasty.

Also not far from Ambarawa are the Losari Coffee plantation and the hill town of Bandungan, favorite recreation area for people from Semarang and Yogyakarta.

But Ambarawa also has a grimmer side to its history when during World War II, the Japanese interned European families in camps here.

Source : http://indonesia.travel/en/destination/644/ambarawa-experience-rural-java-s-traditional-life

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BALI named one of the “World’s Best Islands” by BBC Travel

BALI named one of the “World’s Best Islands” by BBC Travel

The Fabled Indonesian island of Bali once again received worldwide spotlight as BBC Travel named Bali as one of the world’s best islands on its slideshow feature issued on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011.

“Lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Bali is but one of 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago; yet even among its colorful neighbors — and even after decades of tourism development — it stands alone in its lushness and incomparable beauty” is the description written next to the beautiful pictures of sunrise over a mountain horizon overlooking lush rice fields which perfectly illustrates the magical beauty of Bali.

In 2009, Travel & Leisure Magazine also awarded Bali the World’s Best Island in 2009, while the Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel 2010 ranked Bali second only among the world’s Top Regions.

Also known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields that exude peace and serenity. Bali enchants with its dramatic dances and colorful ceremonies, its arts and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts and exciting night life. This exotic island also has much to offer, from inspirational spirituality to fine dining and meeting experiences, from world class surfing and diving to exhilarating treks in the wild, and the authentic culture that decorates the daily life of its charming people.

Joining Bali in the list of world’s five best islands are: Santorini island in Greece, Cape Breton in Canada, Boracay in the Philippines, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Source: http://indonesia.travel/en/news/detail/562/bali-named-one-of-the-world-s-best-islands-by-bbc-travel

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Bali strawberry introduces educational tour program

Bali strawberry introduces educational tour program

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Bali Strawberry has introduced an educational tour program for kindergarten and elementary school students in the province.

"The program was introduced in July 2011 and now demand for it is quite high," Bali Strawberry marketing and operations manager Ketut Muja said here on Monday.

He said kindergarten and elementary school students in Denpasar, Badung and Gianyar districts proved to be highly interested in the educational tour program.

Muja said at least eight kindergarten and elementary schools to date regularly send their students to participate in the program.

"One school is even sending students from every grade periodically to the program that costs Rp50,000 per student and includes a plate of fried rice and strawberry juice," he said.

In addition, he said, the students also get a parcel containing strawberry seeds.

Muja said that the capacity of the Bali Strawberry program for one visit could accommodate 200 students, but each school sent around 80 to 150 students on average.

He said the program is open every day from 9 am to 6 in the evening.

"The objective of the Bali Strawberry program is to provide the participating students with education and information on how to plant and maintain strawberry plants until they bear fruit," he said.

Muja said strawberries were an an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that were important to boost the immune system.

Some of the vitamins that people can get from this fruit are vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and vitamin K.

Aside from these, strawberry is also rich in manganese, dietary fiber as well as iodine.

Source: http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/77802/bali-strawberry-introduces-educational-tour-program

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