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  • What's on Board
    29 Jul 2016

    Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport will soon have a brand new, modern, state-of-the-art terminal. Named:Terminal 3 Ultimate, it is a building that well befits an airport to the capital city of this sprawling Archipelagic country, of which Indonesians can well be proud of to welcome visitors to the country.Scheduled to start operating in August 2016, Terminal 3 Ultimate (T3U), which is an extension of the present Terminal 3, will have as first airline Garuda Indonesia – Indonesia’s flag carrier, -  for both its domestic and international routes operating from here.“Garuda Indonesia as first airline to operate from the new terminal will start serving three routes from T3U flying to Yogyakarta, Solo and Semarang, stated the airport authority PT Angkasa Pura II President Director Budi Karya Sumadi to kompas.com (since 27th July Mr. Budi Karya Sumadi was sworn in as the new Minister for Transportation). “Garuda's International flights will be gradually moved to T3U as well,” Budi K. Sumadi added.On Tuesday, 26th July 2016,Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya inspected the terminal, where he revealed to the press that the new terminal will be highlighted with the national tourism brand of Wonderful Indonesia. “We agreed that the concept of Terminal 3 Ultimate is, in fact, a Tourism Hub Airport. For this reason the brand “Wonderful Indonesia”  must play an important role here. An International airport is the main entrance where foreigners first set foot on Indonesian soil. It is the first impression of the country and the nation so that their first impression of Indonesia is really important,” said Minister Arief Yahya, as quoted from the official Release.Minister Arief Yahya added that this is the reason why during the interior finishing process, the Ministry of Tourism was present and gave its contribution in deciding on the image of Indonesia to be showcased to all arriving passengers. The interior concept considers the preferences of international tourists visiting Indonesia. According to statistics, 60% of visitors prefer Culture, 35% prefer Nature, while 5% prefer man made or people attractions.“I think that the interior design composition needs to follow these ratios. For example, images of Borobudur Temple, Balinese Dancers, and a ritual ceremony in Ubud could represent culture. Then there are Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lake Toba, Mount Bromo, and more for Nature. Meanwhile, Sport Tourism and MICE activities can be included as man made attractions,” explained Arief YahyaIn addition, Terminal T3U will also feature Indonesia’s multi-ethnic art and culture displaying traditional as well as contemporary artworks by Indonesia’s master painters to include names such as Eko Nugroho, Angki Purbandono, Nursalomo, Indiguerillas, and more said APII (then) President Director Budi Sumadi.Covering 422,804 square meters, T3U will welcome visitors with its ultra-modern open concept displaying geometric-patterned high ceilings. Passengers will be spoilt with luxurious waiting lounges, a wide range of restaurants and shops. Its commercial space alone stretches over 70,000 square meters to be filled by some 180 tenants, reported the jakartapost.com.In the first phase the Terminal is planned to cater to 15 million passengers, to increase to 25 million in the second phase. Other airlines are also expected to gradually transfer to Terminal T3U by March next year.For fast check in and check out, Terminal 3 Ultimate provides 7 luggage conveyor belts, 206 check in counters, with 24 self check-in and bag drop counters to avoid long lines.At present, Soekarno-Hatta Airport, located in Tangerang in Jakarta's adjoining Banten province, has a capacity of handling 26 million passengers only, but is now already over-loaded handling no less than 54.2 million passengers a year.

  • What's on Board
    28 Jul 2016

    Indonesia’s top tourist destinations will be featured in the exciting Amazing Race Asia Season 5, revealed AXN on Thursday, 28 July 2016 to the press at the Fairmont Hotel in Jakarta.  In support of this reality show, the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia has agreed to sponsor the  Amazing Race Asia Season 5, which will take as locations a number of cities in South East Asia and Indonesia destinations. The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is due to be on air in October this year.  On this occasion, Minister Arief Yahya expressed his sincere appreciation to The Amazing Race Asia Season 5: “We deeply appreciate to have been chosen as one of the destinations to be featured in The Amazing Race Asia Season 5. This is a golden opportunity for Indonesia to showcase our diverse national cultural and natural heritage along with its enchanting uniqueness, which today has become wellknown through our brand positioning of “Wonderful Indonesia” said  Minister Arief Yahya.In this context the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has proposed the locations to include Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Banyuwangi and Bali.AXN further revealed  that  11 teams who will participate in The Amazing Race Asia this season will compete for the grand prize of $100,000 USD. An Indonesian team will also take part in the challenge. Presenting Indonesia in this popular series will be the dynamic duo best friends Louisa and Treasuri; and travel hosts duo Rachel and Vicky, with host Chinese-American actor and celebrity host, Allan Wu.As part of  the sponsorship, AXN has created a Wonderful Indonesia series with Indonesian movie star Tara Basro as co-host to join Allan Wu. This marks the first time that a co-host has been cast in the series. “I’m excited to join Allan and the racers in the Amazing Race Asia.” said Tara.The Amazing Race Asia Season 5, is co-sponsored by partners Garuda Indonesia, Grab and Great Eastern. At this flag off, The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is ON!For more information, log on to: http://www.axn-asia.com/programs/amazing-race-asia

  • What's on Board
    28 Jul 2016

    The Cheng Ho Cultural Festival that will be held this weekend on 30th-31st July in Semarang, capital of Central Java, will also be covered by two TV channels who are specially flying in from China, said Mulyadi, Chairman of the Cheng Ho Institute, as reported the Ministry of Tourism. The two channels are: CNS and Xinhua News for CCTV.Also gracing the event will be the Cultural Attache of the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Mr. Jin Hongyue and Embassy Secretary Mr. Wang.Meanwhile Indonesia’s own Chinese channels covering the event are Gouji Rebao, and Metro Xinwen, besides a host of Indonesian and foreign media.The Festival commemorates the arrival of Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho (Zheng He), special Emissary of the Emperor,  in Indonesia during 5 among 7 historic ocean expeditions made between 1405-1433. Although Cheng Ho himself returned to China, yet many of his officers in the fleet decided to remain and assimilate with  the local Javanese inhabitants, which created the fusion between Chinese-Indonesian culture on the north coast of the island of Java that can still be witnessed until today.  The Event highlights religious as well as cultural  and business aspects. While pinnacle of the Festival will be a grand cultural parade starting from the Tay Kak Sie Temple and finishing at the Sam Poo Kong temple.

  • What's on Board
    25 Jul 2016

    PATA (The Pacific Asia Travel Association) has  just announced its Grand and Gold Awards for 2016 where Indonesia won 3 Gold Awards.  The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia won the Marketing-Primary Government Destination Gold Award for its marketing campaign in attracting visitors to Indonesia for the the Total Solar Eclipse of 2016.   Dr. Mario Hardy, PATA CEO, stated that: “On behalf of PATA, I would like to congratulate the 2016 Grand and Gold Award winners and to thank all of this year’s participants for their submissions. This year’s winners exemplify the values of the Association in working towards a more responsible travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific region and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at the PATA Gold Awards luncheon and presentation at PATA Travel Mart 2016 in Indonesia.PATA Gold Awards announced won by Indonesia are the following:PATA Gold Award 2016Marketing – Primary Government DestinationTotal Solar Eclipse IndonesiaMinistry of Tourism Republic of IndonesiaPATA Gold Award 2016Heritage and Culture – CultureLalare OrchestraMinistry of Tourism Republic of IndonesiaPATA Gold Award 2016Travel Journalism – Travel PhotographJourney of the Wanderer by Handi LakonsoColours, Inflight magazine of Garuda Indonesia, April 2015Agency Fish, IndonesiaIn addition, Indonesia’s senior tourism Journalist Mimi Hudoyo in cooperation with  TTG’s Raini Hamdi also won the Travel Journalism – Industry Business Article.  PATA Gold Award 2016Travel Journalism – Industry Business ArticleThe New Glamorous, TTG Asia Luxury December 2015by Mimi Hudoyo and Raini HamdiTTG Asia Media PTE LTD, SingaporeThe Awards will be officially handed to the winners during PATA Travel Mart  2016 to be presented on  Friday, 9 September 2016 at the  newly established Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) Hall in Greater Jakarta, in the Banten province.

  • What's on Board
    25 Jul 2016

    If you think Bali is merely all about sun, sand, and barreling waves, then you definitely need to explore a bit further because this enchanting island offers so much more. Among the picturesque landscape of lush rice paddies and breathtaking hills of her interior, you can also find a number of beautiful traditional villages with typical Balinese houses with an authentic traditional way of life that is still practiced by its people until today.  One particular village which stands out and was recently recognized among the top three cleanest villages in the world, is Penglipuran village situated in the Bangli regency.As quoted from okezone.com and liputan6.com, Penglipuran is regarded  as one of the world's cleanest villages along with Giethoorn in the Netherlands and Mawlynnong in India.Located not too far from Kintamani and set along a hilly countryside, the village of Penglipuran is a delightful, well-kept village composed of wide, brick roads, lined with rows of charming, antique traditional houses interspersed with neatly manicured gardens. The village is traditionally constructed,  remaining true to traditional methods of bamboo architecture. In this bamboo village, almost everything around you is made from the abundant plant; kitchens, majestic gates and doorways, furniture, roofs and gates. Many of the styles and creations, such as the bamboo roof shingles, are unique to this little community and not found elsewhere.Most definitely, the beauty of the village radiates from its cleanliness. This is because, here the significance of environmental awareness is part and parcel of daily culture and is taught since early childhood for generations. Both local villagers and tourists are not allowed to throw trash carelessly, while smokers are only allowed to smoke in certain designated smoking areas. As part of the environmental friendly activities, every month all housewives of the village gather to collect and sort the trash. The organic trash will be processed into fertilizers while plastics and other inorganic trash are sold for recycling or collected in a “trash bank”.Visitors may visit the village any time of the year, but the best time to visit Penglipuran is nearing the  Galungan  religious festivities. On these days, the village will be decorated with rows of “penjor” or decorative bamboo poles on which are suspended unique accessories. Atthese occasions, you will also see young girls in Balinese traditional dress carry towering banten  of trays of offerings on their head as they step gracefully from each home to the village pura or Hindu temple.Sources: okezone.com,  liputan6.com, pegipegi.comPhoto Source : pegipegi.com

  • What's on Board
    8 Jun 2016

    For many Western travelers, east Java is simply an area they pass through or hear about on their way to and from Bali. Things are changing though, and Banyuwangi, the city on the eastern tip of Java is earning a reputation for being a jump off point for the more intrepid traveler.As the largest regency in Java, Banyuwangi is a wonderfully varied area which hosts activities to suit every level of adventure. Rise at dawn to release tiny baby turtles with the help of a park ranger at the remote Sukamade Beach. Hike up Ijen Crater at night to see its famous blue flames and then stay to watch the sun illuminate the largest highly acidic lake in the world. Hikers can purchase pieces of sulfur that have been hand cut and carried out of the crater by traditional miners. After the hike, be sure not to miss the many waterfalls near the base of Ijen. Blawan Falls is easy to access and still a relatively unknown gem. Go on safari in the 25,000 hectare Baluran National Park, a forest preserve with miles of savannah grasslands and wild animals.Ocean lovers can surf world-class, completely empty lefts at G-land. Watch at dawn and dusk as wild deer pick their way across the dry reef and feed on algae. Swim at the picturesque Green Bay beach. Lounge on the rope swing bench at the end of the beach for a truly relaxing afternoon. Take a boat from Green Bay to land on a black sand beach one cove over. Hundreds of boats of every color dot the shoreline of this shallow bay. Local kids play pick up games of soccer or build their own kites from materials they find on the beach. Ask nicely enough and you just might get to join in!written by Chelsea Yamase (@chelseakauai)

  • What's on Board
    8 Jun 2016

    Whether it is for their sand, sun, surf and amazing snorkeling, or merely for their serene ambience, the beaches on the enchanting island of Bali never fail to offer something for everyone. Having built  its reputation since the 80’s, some of the more well known beaches such as Kuta, Sanur, or Nusa Dua area already popular worldwide.Here, the beautiful coast of Bali fringes around luxurious resorts and popular tourist attractions. Over time, more amazing secluded beaches were “discovered” surrounding the island, continuously adding to the splendor that spells Bali.So, whether you are a frequent traveler or a first timer, these are some of the island’s most fascinating beaches that may not have been in the spotlight, but are most definitely worth a visit.1. Balangan BeachRanked 1st in CNN Go’s “Bali's best 5 hidden beaches” released on January 2012, this secluded paradise lies about some 30-40 minutes from the highly popular Kuta Beach. A perfect place to stroll down and enjoy the tranquility of nature at its finest, Surfers aficionados find at  Balangan  beach  Bali’s longest left-hander breaks.2. Dreamland BeachNot quite a secret beach anymore but still slightly ‘hidden’ due to its secluded location, Dreamland, Balangan’s ‘next door neighbour’, truly lives up to its name. A vast stretch of soft pearly white sand, clear blue sky over the crystal clear blue waters, and nothing but the fascinating sound of waves hitting the shores; this is where nature interprets  your dream.3. Suluban BeachWorld-class thrilling waves meet jaw-dropping scenery at the secluded surfers’ paradise of Suluban Beach.  Be it for a surfing holiday or a romantic getaway, the waves together with the spectacular scenery at Suluban Beach are indeed a true gem that make Bali sparkle.4. Amed BeachAmed Beach East Bali is everything you dreamed it would be: a rare and special paradise of outstanding exotic beauty, vibrant culture and friendly people. Snorkeling and diving off the black-sand beach here is exceptional, the variety and number of fish species here are among the best in Bali5. Pandawa BeachConcealed behind high cliffs and overgrown shrubbery, Pandawa beach has long remained secluded from the crowds of tourists, due to the less-than-easy path that has to be taken to access it. Seemingly endless stretches of pure white sand span from one end to the other. The clear blue water heaves to shore with the swell of the ocean in hypnotic rolling waves, from where the sea touches the sky.  6. Pemuteran BeachThe coastal Village of Pemuteran in North Bali is as far as it gets from the hustle and bustle found in the south of this fabled island. Instead, here peace and tranquility welcome all to its secluded beaches and captivating hilly background.  The charm of Pemuteran also lies below the surface of its calm waters, in the many diving spots, and most especially its phenomenal Underwater Temple.

  • What's on Board
    6 Jun 2016

    In October 2016, coinciding with the arrival of yachts at the coast of West Kalimantan by participants of the Sail Indonesia and Sail2Indonesia Rallies from Australia, the Sail Karimata Strait Yacht Rally awaits covering the area from the Strait of Karimata to the Riau islands of Bintan and Batam, before yachts finally leave the Indonesian border to Singapore. More Yachts from Singapore and Malaysia are also expected to join the rally at Karimata to converge with yachts that have already sailed across Indonesian waters from Darwin and Cairns Down Under ever since August.The Strait of Karimata is the sea that flows between the province of West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo and the provinces of Bangka-Belitung, and Jambi on Sumatra to the west, and the Riau islands province to its north, where the sea then meets the Strait of Malacca.Leading the preparations, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Rizal Ramli, recently urged participating Governors to take advantage of this important occasion to boost their respective regional economies. In support of this event, and furthermore, to serve the needs of the provinces to grow  marine tourism in their regions,  the national government plans to build the necessary infrastructure including building main roads, clean water supply, and floating docks , besides supporting strategic events held  in this context that are aimed at the wider regional development. The event is fully supported by the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, the Ministry for Tourism, Ministry for Transportation, and the Ministry for Marine and Fisheries. In response, The Riau Islands Province has determined that Sail Karimata activities will be held together with the Riau Islands (Kepri) Marine Festival, to take place from 20-30 October 2016. Sail Karimata is expected to be officially opened by Vice President Jusuf Kalla and to be held in the evening of 28 October 2016 in Tanjung Pinang, with as highlight the Sail Pass of a flotilla of Naval ships and participating Yachts.The 28 October 2016 happens to be the nation’s  historically significant Youth Pledge Day, when Indonesia’s youth in 1928 pledged to create: One Country, One Nation, One Language: Indonesia.   Meantime, the Riau Islands Marine Festival will be filled with a Fashion Carnival, Drum Bands parade, Dragon Boat races, art performances, an expo and Culinary Bazaar, besides Competitions in Traditional games such as Top Spinning, Swimming competition between Tanjung Pinang to the island of Penyengat, and much more,  for everyone to enjoy and participate. More details will follow nearing the event.

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  • What's New
    29 Jul 2016

    Expanding the market reach for MICE tourism, Indonesia currently participates not only in one but in two MICE events in Singapore:  the Singapore MICE Forum (SMF) and Asia Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (AMITE) 2016 taking place from 27th to 29th July 2016.SMF along with AMITE is a business to business event as well as a MICE forum held annually by the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (SACEOS). The theme for SMF 2016: Re-Imagine, is the hallmark of what the industry is all about. It inspires participants to return to the drawing board,and re-create, and challenges to bring forward fresh ideas for our clients, constituents and the industry. Meanwhile AMITE provides unfettered access to highly qualified buyers from long-haul destinations such as North America and Europe, in a one-day convenient and focused face-to-face meetings.As major sponsor of the event, Indonesia under leadership of the Ministry of Tourism is offering a range of benefits to those interested in holding  meetings and conventions in Indonesia. The Ministry also sponsors the closing reception as well as familiarization trips to Jakarta and Bali for 40 buyers. For the event, Indonesia also brought along 8 of the country’s top Mice businesses in Indonesia, namely : Indonesia National Convention Bureau - Jakarta, Montigo Resorts Nongsa – Batam, Bintan Lagoon – Bintan, The Laguna Bali & The St. Regis Bali Resort – Bali, Bhara Tours – West Java, BAM Tours – Bali, Pacific World – Bali, and Panorama Destination – Jakarta.At the event, Indonesian promotion has been directed to strengthen B to B among MICE stakeholders. The event will be supported by tourism information services, MICE forum, art performances at the gala dinner, and also sellers & buyers business appointments.Indonesia’s Tourism Minister , Arief Yahya recognizes  that Singapore not only as an important international air transportation hub and gate for tourism to Indonesia but also as a very potential hub for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and exhibitions activities. There are thousands of international companies from Europe, America, Asia, and Australia that have representative offices in Singapore.“We have designated Singapore as a hub for international tourists to Indonesia. All  international flights are connected to the country. In the period of one year over 15.5 international tourists arrive here as well as 1.5 million expatriates living in the country. The distance from Singapore to Batam and Bintan is no more than one hour’s ferry ride.  Moreover,  the Short Visa Free policy is being consistently promoted in  Singapore” stated Minister Arief Yahya.  Through closer cooperation, Indonesia envisages to receive increasing numbers of visitors to benefit both countries.

  • What's New
    28 Jul 2016

    “Pasundan ( the land of the Sundanese) was created when God was smiling”, says a famous quote from MAW Brouwer, renowned Dutch psychologist and writer who spent most of his life in Bandung. This could not have been a better illustration of the irresistible beauty of the city and everything around it. Completely surrounded by mountains, Bandung, capital city of West Java Province is blessed with a cool and pleasant climate as well as picturesque open vistas. During the old colonial days, it attracted rich Dutch colonial planters to make the city their retreat  away from the hot tropical climate along the coast. The reputation still holds to this day, where Bandung remains a favorite retreat for entire families to enjoy its fresh air and picturesque sceneries. By toll road, Bandung is only a couple of hours’ ride from Jakarta.Today, aside from refreshing cool air and inspirational sceneries, families can also enjoy a wide range of exciting fun activities in the many latest recreation parks and resorts spread over the highlands of north Bandung. Here are among some of the parks and resorts that guarantee fun and pleasurable experiences for the entire family:1.       Pramestha Birds & Bromelia PavilionSituated on the hills of Dago area on jalan Akaza Utama Street, Dago Giri, within the Pramestha Resort Town, this is the latest exciting attraction to the flower city of Bandung. Located near the famous Day &Nite Eatery and Grocery Bandung, here visitors can observe, interact and play with numerous exotic birds such as Caique Parrots, Ambon Parrots, Red Parrots, owls, Macaw Scarlets, and more. There is also a pond filled with pretty fish as well as a beautiful gardens which make perfect background for selfies.Website: http://pramestha.com/2.       Kampung Gajah WonderlandKampung Gajah  literally translated meaning Elephant’s Village, this park  quickly rose to become one of the most popular one stop recreation centers in Bandung. Situated in the highlands of Cihideung, Parongpong, here you can enjoy Horse Riding, Segway Adventure, ATV Adventure, Robot Rides, Decorated car Rides, paintball game, Bungee Trampoline, Exciting Waterpark with all sorts of splashing actions, and a whole lot more. To recharge your energy after all the fun adventures, the park also comes complete with restaurants serving Sunda, Indonesian, Oriental, and Western food.Website:http://www.kampunggajah.com3.       De’Ranch LembangDo you yearn to know what it feels like to be a cowboy? Head to Lembang, just slightly north of Bandung and you can feel the sensation of horse riding like a cowboy complete with catchy outfits. Featuring an authentic atmosphere of a western ranch, here you can ride horses in cowboy style, ride horse drawn carriages,there are pony rides for children, play in the Indian Totem Web Pool, shoot in the archery arena, slide down the flying fox, and whole lot more  exciting activities.Website: http://www.deranchlembang.com4.       Dusun Bambu Family Leisure ParkDusun Bambu or the Bamboo Village is a unique eco-friendly recreation park that take visitors into the magnificent harmony of nature. Emphasizing on the seven aspects of life: Ecology (nature), Education, Economic, Ethnology (culture), Ethics, Esthetics (Aesthetics), and Entertainment, the park fuses the values of traditional culture with modern sustainable living. Visitors can walk around lush rice paddies, play at the bamboo playground, marvel at the beautiful gardens, take boat rides on the lake, or enjoy dining on Sundanese authentic taste at the beautiful lakeside restaurants. Situated at the foot of Mount Burangrang, on jalan Kol.Masturi, Cisarua, West Bandung Regency, this 15 hectares park is definitely a perfect retreat.Website: http://dusunbambu.com/5.       Floating Market LembangIf you think that floating markets can only be found along river-side cities such as in Banjarmasin in South Kalimantan, well guess again, for there is now one in the highlands of Lembang no less, on the northern hills of Bandung. However unlike the one in Banjarmasin, this Floating market in Lembang is not where you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, or other groceries. Instead, it is a market that is filled with an assortment of delicious food and snacks, and you enjoy it as you float on a boat on the lake, how’s that for a culinary sensation? More than just culinary delicacies, there are also other attractions that you can find here such as a Rabbit Park, Mini Becak(Traditional rickshaw) Rides, a Train Miniature Park, ATV Rides, and more.Website: http://www.floating-market-bandung.com/6.       Farmhouse Susu LembangStepping into the grounds of the Farmhouse Susu Lembang is like entering a whole different realm. First opened in 2015, this park lets visitors experience classical European country sites, even including Hobbiton, the Village of hobbits which only exists in the Lord of the Ring Trilogy. Here you can find typical English Tudor houses, Country sites depicting Eguisheim town in France, and you can even dress up as 17th century Victorian English ladies and take pictures wearing them. The park even has its own “love” padlock bridge resembling the Pont des Arts in France where couples can express their love and literally hang padlocks on the bridge. For kids, there is a petting zoo where they can play with sheep, bunny rabbits, iguanas, sugar gliders, and more. Another unique feature is that the IDR 20.000 entrance ticket will not only get you inside but the ticket also serves as a voucher for a cup of Lembang’s fresh milk or one barbequed sausage on a stick.

  • What's New
    27 Jul 2016

    Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF), will return this year for its 13th edition on 26th to 30th October 2016 at Ubud, the cultural heart of the enchanting island of Bali. This year, the festival has chosen the powerful 6th century Hindu philosophy of ‘Tat Tvam Asi ‘– or ‘I am you, you are me’, which stands for compassion and unity in a world where division has, increasingly, become the norm. It asks us to consider what unites us, what divides us, and what makes us human. It asks us to be one with neighbors, strangers and friends alike, and champions the transformative and revelatory power of literature and the arts. This powerful ideology is also crucial to the collective identity of Indonesia – uniting people from incredibly diverse religious, ethnic, cultural and historical backgrounds to share common respect and understanding.As always, the Festival will bring together a diverse mix of Indonesian and international writers, speakers, thinkers, artists, advocates, commentators and activists, to create a space for cross-cultural dialogue and connection. From literary luminaries to rising stars, political insiders to human rights activists, feminist filmmakers to social advocates, plus an undercover journalist, a beauty queen, a comedy icon, a World Poetry Slam champ, and more, this is truly a literature fiesta for all.Among some of Indonesian and the world’s emerging top writers who will be featured in the festival are: Amanda Lee Koe, Anastasia Lin, Charlotte Wood, Djenar Maesa Ayu, Eka Kurniawan Emi Mahmoud, Hanya Yanagihara, Iswadi Pratama, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Magda Szubanski, Mitchell S Jackson, and more.With topics ranging from the question of human rights and human dignity, to the real and imagined ideas of home, the evolving world of journalism, and how we live, care, punish and nourish in the 21st century, the UWRF is set to continue its role as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas.More information available at: http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/

  • What's New
    25 Jul 2016

    To be held on August 13, 2016, with expected participants near to 1,000 avid runners from across Indonesia and abroad, the Toraja Marathon Committee offers easy packages for both participants and supporters. As Tana Toraja lies in the central highlands of South Sulawesi some 328 km north of Makassar, capital city of South Sulawesi, Toraja can be reached by plane from here to a small airport at Pongtiku near Makale, the largest town in Tana Toraja. Nonetheless, most still prefer the 8 hours overland journey, which, though strenuous, provides unforgettable scenery.Exotica Toraja, the appointed travel agent offers a number of packages to suit all needs as follows: Bus Package of IDR 570,000 includes transfer in/out from Makassar's Hasanuddin Airport to Toraja including shuttle bus service from the hotel to the venue and back. Basic Package (Hostel/homestay including breakfast) starts from IDR 1,500,000/2N or  IDR 2,200,000/3N, transfer in/out from Hasanuddin International Airport, shuttle bus from/to the hotel to the venue Comfort Package (1 or 2 stars hotel including breakfast) starts from IDR 2,170,000/2N up to IDR 3,170,000/3N, transfer in/out from Hasanuddin International Airport, shuttle bus from/to the hotel to the venue Family Package Basic (Hostel/homestay include breakfast) starts from IDR 3,450,000/2N to IDR 3,850,000/3N, which comprises transfer in/out from Hasanuddin International Airport, shuttle bus from/to the hotel to the venueFamily Package Comfort (1 or 2 stars hotel including breakfast) starts from IDR 4,050,000/2N to IDR 4,260,000 for 3 Nights which include transfer in/out from Hasanuddin International Airport, shuttle bus from/to the hotel to the venue.While, for those who wish to experience more of Toraja while there, Exotica Toraja also offers packages.Tana Toraja has a unique culture set in stunning scenery. The villages of this mountainous area provide a fascinating unique architecture and rituals,  the most elaborate funeral rites in the world, graves high up in caves atop rocky cliffs, then taste the spicy torajan local cuisine and enjoy  Toraja's  legendary  Arabica coffee.To experience Toraja during the event, there are a number of additional tour packages available on the  11th. 12th 14th, 15th, and 16th August, as follows:One day tour, covering a visit to the traditional village of Ke’te Kesu, the Lemo Cave in Londa, Baby Grave at Kambira and the tall statue of Jesus in Makale. (8-10 pax)/IDR 470,000 per person by ELF minibus.(4-5 pax) IDR 515,000 per person by Avanza (mini MPV), (4-5 pax) IDR 560,000 per person by Innova (compact MPV)2 Days Tour, covering a visit to Batutumonga the best points to view the highlands, Lokomata, Pallawa and Bori. There is also a chance for tourists to witness the Rambu Solo’ funeral ceremony. Stop by at Sa’dan Barana, guests are entertained by traditional music and dance performances and learn Toraja traditional weaving .(8-10 pax)/IDR 940,000 per person by ELF minibus.(4-5 pax) IDR 1,030,000 per person by Avanza (mini MPV), (4-5 pax) IDR 1,120,000 per person by Innova (compact MPV)For more information log on to www.torajamarathon.com.

  • What's New
    21 Jul 2016

    This year, Indonesia will host the prestigious 6th TAFISA (The Association for International Sport forAll) Games  2016, to be held 6th-12th October 2016 at the sprawling Ancol Dreamland along the north coast of Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia. Carrying the theme : “Unity in Diversity”, Indonesia won the bid over the Netherlandsduring the 22nd Tafisa World Congress 2011 in Antalya, Turkey. Over 110 countries are expected to join and compete in the wide range of sports and challenges, while the host country is also allowed to introduce its own traditional sports and games. TAFISA World Sport for All Games is held every four years, and this year the event will highlight and help reintroduce Indonesia’s traditional sport and games among which; traditional archery, Jet Ski, yoga, gymnastics, BMX racing, street football games, pencak silat together with aikido from Japan under the category of traditional martial art. According to Haryono Isman, Chairman of this year’s Organizing Committee TAFISA Games Haryono Isman, Indonesia as host will introduce and promote its traditional sports such as pencak silat,enggrang-stilts walking, the poco-poco dance, onthel –old style- biking, traditional wrestling and  many more. “It is a good opportunity to make the most benefit from this event for Indonesia to promote our culture, traditional sports and tourism sports activities in particular” stated Haryono. Moreover, the Ministry of Tourism and the Jakarta local government have also given their full support in preparing packages for participants to travel to some of Indonesia’s amazing destinations that include Tana Toraja, Lombok, Lake Toba and Raja Ampat. Started in the 1960s in Bonn, Germany,  TAFISA began  as a semi-regular gathering of international individual personalities and leaders interested and working together in the field of sports for all, then under the title Trim and Fitness. In 1991 in Bordeaux, France, the organization TAFISA was officially formed and registered as Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association. In 2009 TAFISA officially changed its name to “The Association for International Sport for All” and has grown rapidly since then with 270 members from 160 countries.

  • What's New
    20 Jul 2016

    The reputable lifestyle Travel & Leisure magazine recently picked Nihiwatu Sumba Resort on the little known indonesian island of Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara, as World's Best Private Hotel 2016, selected from a list of 100 hotels across the globe based on the magazine's readers' survey for its annual World’s Best Awards. Nihiwatu Resort topped even other famous hotels like The Spectator, Charleston in South Carolina (USA), Huka Lodge, Taupo (New Zealand), and Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island (Australia) and the Peninsula Shanghai with its fancy rooftop bar offeringa view of Shanghai skyscrapers.Nihiwatu Resort well deserves this accolade because of its luxurious accommodation built in local architecture set amidst some stunning landscape. Here the tropical forest, rice terraces, grasslands and protected white sandy beachfront of Nihi Beach blend harmoniously with authentic local experiences.Located  55 minutes flight from Bali, Sumba island is known for its superlative waves so popular with surfers. One of the world’s most exclusive wave “Occy Left” remains its most famous draw, luring surfers from the world over, limiting itself to 10 surfers at the break per day. Besides surfing Nihiwatu offers a wide range of  activities that include spa options, waterfall hikes, biking, scuba diving and snorkeling, yoga, day trips or horseback riding.James McBride, Managing Partner of Nihiwatu stated that Nihiwatu offers a unique personal journey for those who stay there since it involves guests in developing surrounding villages through its social reponsibility program.  The resort aims to follow the principles of sustainable tourism by donating profits to the Sumba Foundation, that funds malaria clinics, run poverty prevention programs, build water wells and schools for the locals on the island. During their stay, guests are introduced to the Foundation's efforts through an impactful presentation and short film. The resort is the largest employer on the island where locals make up more than 90% of its total workforce. For rates ranging from USD 650 for One Bedroom Villa to USD 12,000 for a Five Bedroom Estate, guests find their stay at Nihiwatu rewarding since with the Resort they also become benefactors and give back to local communities funds for education and development."Hospitality-centric luxury has changed," Nihiwatu’s owner Chris Burch said in a press release.  "It is more than just the finer touches.  It has evolved to a custom-made itinerary, a personal journey, unexpected experiences, and a curiosity for the unknown.  We have been extremely fortunate to exceed everything we set out to deliver with the Nihiwatu concept." Travel behaviour of today’s consumer is changing rapidly. Today they seek a new type of luxury: one that is experiential in scope, activity-driven, culturally steeped and philanthropic, with attention to details that encourage guests to discover the very best in adventure, immersion, and fun. For more information log on to : www.nihiwatu.comThe Top 10 private hotels named in Travel & Leisure's 2016 World's Best Awards are: Nihiwatu Sumba, IndonesiaThe Spectator, Charleston, South Carolina, USAHuka Lodge, Taupo, New ZealandSouthern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, AustraliaMontage Kapalua Bay, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, USAThe Lodge, Glendorn Bradford, Pennsylvania, USAThe Willcox, Aiken, South Carolina, USACasa Gangotena, Quito, EkuadorTwin Farms, Barnard, Vermont, USAThe Singular Patagonia, Puerto Bories, Chile

  • What's New
    20 Jul 2016

    For the first time, the ceremonious Changing of the Guards at the Merdeka Presidential Palace in Jakarta will be exhibited to the public. The impressive ceremony which involves 24 members of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres), will be routinely held on the front yard of the Merdeka Palace every second Sunday of the month at 8 AM (WIB).Previously a closed affair, the public will now be able to witness the ceremony first hand when Paspampres members inspect weaponry, ammunition  and uniforms,  also showcasing a variety of impressive skills such as weapon throwing.Paspampres Commander Maj. Gen. (Marshal) Bambang Suswantono stated that the public display of this ceremony comes as a directive from the President himself with the aim to promote stronger ties between the government and its people.Merdeka Palace is usually a secure and private venue, reserved for official events and limited to government staff and foreign dignitaries except at Indonesia's Independence Day celebrations. The move to invite the public to observe the prestigious grounds and ceremony at closer range, is expected to invoke a stronger sense of confidence and togetherness among the people.“Indonesia wishes to follow other countries, where this ceremony is often open to the public” Bambang said. The President also hopes tthat his will change the public image of the Paspampres as this opportunity will allow the public and media to be better acquainted with their duties and take photos with the “once intimidating looking Paspampres members”.  Image Source: nasional.kompas.com

  • What's New
    19 Jul 2016

    Thought-provoking and award-winning independent films from around the world from all genres of fiction, documentary, feature, and others will highlight the 10th Annual Bali International Film Festival or BALINALE 2016. This highly anticipated film festival will be held from 24th to 30th September 2016 centered at the Cinemaxx, a state-of-the-art five studio multiplex theater capable of exhibiting in 2D & 3D and located at the popular and conveniently located Lippo Mall Kuta Jl. Kartika Plaza, South Kuta Beach, Bali.In Celebration of a Decade of BALINALE, the theme chosen for this year’s festival is “No Boundaries” – a bold statement that illustrates that there are no limits to creativity and the means of expression.As always, a program of daily film screening of independent movies from around the world as well as some of Indonesia’s best cinema will be the main highlight of the festival. As this is a community based event, an important part of the festival’s commitment and attraction is the annual event's showcasing performances by local entertainment and free Children’s Film Program & Open Air Cinema (locally known as ‘Layar Tancap’) at Lippo Mall Kuta presented for a wonderful mix of audience comprised of film journalists, festival guests, festival enthusiasts, tourists, as well as the local community. The festival is also supported by a number of filmmakers, celebrities, cultural centers, and community leaders.Since the 1930's, the geographically and culturally diverse island of Bali has inspired the creative, artistic and spiritual with its unique traditional cultural and colorful ceremonial life. Bali International Film Festival, also known and registered as BALINALE, invites international filmmakers to present their work to a discerning audience that's a wonderful mix of locals and expatriates from across the globe.Recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming consisting of Indonesian and international independent and award winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films, it is also credited for the quality of the associated events where filmmakers enjoy BALINALE's relaxed and familiar manner informally meeting to discuss films, trends and the demands of a growing fast paced industry.BALINALE actively participates and contributes to other industry events developing affiliations with Motion Picture Association, Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Brisbane, Australia), ASEAN International Film Festival & Awards (Kuching, Malaysia), Asian Film Commissions Network (20 member countries), American Film Showcase and Sundance Institute's Film Forward. The festival holds the honor of receiving the endorsement of the National and Provincial Government for its proven efforts in delivering cultural, political and economic benefits to the country.More information available at: http://www.balinale.com/