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The Booming Economy of Bali Strong Tourism Industry Continues to Fuel Economic Growth Rates in Excess of 6% for Bali

Bali’s strong tourism-based economy is expected drive economic growth for the island ending the year at 6.65%. But concerns persists that expectations of robust growth may be tempered by rising inflation and other deleterious factors.
Jeffry Kairupan, the head of Bank Indonesia in Bali, said interim figures for Q4 of 2012 remains strong, [...]

New Tourism Law Criticized by Legislator

Lawmaker Says Funding of New Tourism Promotion Board Reflects Lack of Serious Commitment by Government to Promote Tourism Industry
(12/20/2008) The ratification of a new national tourism law is predicted to bring disaster for some sectors of Indonesia’s tourism industry. Bisnis.com quotes Cheppy Wartono, a member of Commission X of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) [...]

Reindeer Busy? Fly Garuda

Garuda Adding 29,737 Seats to Handle Extra Passengers Over the Coming Christmas and New Year Holiday Period.
(12/6/2008) Garuda Indonesia will add 29,737 sears over the coming Christmas and New Year’s holiday in order to handle the expected rush of travelers.
According to Bisnis.com, the extra seats will come on line beginning [...]

Indonesia Golf Open in Bali

US$1.25 Million at Stake February 26-March 1, 2009 at New Kuta Golf Course.
(12/6/2008) Sanctioned by both the Asian and European golfing tours, the Indonesia Golf Tour moves to Bali February 26-March 1, 2009.
Slated to be held at Bali’s New Kuta Golf Resort on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, competitors will be treated [...]

Domestic Tourism Booming in Bali

Domestic Tourism Booming in Bali
Despite Rising Fuel Costs, Domestic Tourism Expected to Grow 15% in 2008.  

Bisnis Indonesia predicts that domestic tourism totals to Bali will grow by 15% in 2008, in part due to the unprecedented surge of local tourist coming to the Island during the current school holiday period.
The Chairman of the Bali chapter [...]

Garuda Earns IATA Safety Certification Garuda the Only Indonesian Carrier Holding an IOSA Safety Rating.

Bisnis Indonesia reports that the national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia has earned IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) safety certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Head of Communications for Garuda Indonesia, Pujobroto told the press that notification of acceptance and certification from IATA was received by the Airline in May 12, 2008. Pujobroto said, [...]

U.S. Lifts Travel Warning on Indonesia

5/25/2008) The long standing travel warning issued by the U.S. Government urging American travelers to avoid non-essential travel to the Republic of Indonesia has been lifted.
The warnings were first introduced by the U.S. State Department in November 2000 following a series of bombing attacks in Jakarta and prior to two deadly terrorist bombing attacks in [...]

Bali Wins Honors in DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards

The Asian luxury travel and lifestyle magazine, DestinAsian has conducted its first “Readers’ Choice Awards” in which the the Island of Bali and a Bali hotel gained recognition.
Voting for the first DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards was held in the latter half of last year through a survey which sought readers’ opinions on their favorite destinations, [...]

Asia Pacific Media Forum Returns to Bali – For Third Consecutive Year Media Leaders Will Gather in Bali June 4-7, 2008.

Three years charmed. The Asian Pacific Media Forum 2008 (APMF 2008) will invite leading voices in world media to gather in Bali to exchange views and discuss the challenges of “The New Avatar of Media” with a view to transform.
Among those slated to appear:
• Tony Fernandez, Group CEO AirAsia who will discuss the success of [...]

Visa-Free Facility Proposed for 10 Countries

Ministry of Culture and Tourism Seeks Inter-Departmental Support in Order to Achieve 7 Million Foreign Visitors in 2008.
1/19/2008) Travel Trade Gazette’s (TTG) Mimi Hudoyo reports that the Indonesian Department of Culture and Tourism is seeking agreement to change current visa regulations to permit visa-free short visits from 10 countries.
If the proposal submitted to the Ministry [...]