A volunteer of “Mercy Campaign” light a candle in front of the prison door ahead of the transferring process for two Australians on death row, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in Kerobokan, Denpasar, lastweek. (The Bali Times/ANT)

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Manpower Minister to Limit Foreign Workers in Indonesia

BANJARMASIN ~ Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri will restrict the number of foreign workers in Indonesia to provide domestic workers with more opportunities. “I am preparing regulations related to the control of foreign workers, among others, by tightening the placement of foreign workers in several companies in the country,” Dhakiri said on Saturday. According to the […]

Indonesia Plans To Waive Visa Norms for 25 Countries

JAKARTA ~ Indonesia plans to waive visa requirements for citizens from 25 countries in order to promote the growth of tourism. Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, after attending a meeting of the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs Monday, said the government will grant visa-free access to four more countries, namely China, South Korea, Russia, and […]

Bali to Build Drug Rehabilitation Center

DENPASAR ~ Head of Bali’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) Police Brigadier General I Gusti Ketut Budiartha affirmed that a rehabilitation center to treat drug addicts will be built in 2015. “It is expected that the construction will be started in mid or end of 2015 as the special correctional institution for narcotics will be operated […]

Bali Governor Asks Online Hotel and Restaurant to be Immediately Applied

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika asked for the online Hotel and Restaurant Tax (PHR) to be immediately applied in each regencies / city on the island to increase local revenues. “Not only increase local revenue, the use of this system will greatly assist local governments especially with Revenue to check and supervise income […]

Vice Governor Encourages Village Council to Socialize Waste Management

DENPASAR ~ Vice Governor of Bali Ketut Sudikerta encouraging figures of “Pakraman” or indigenous villages to participate in socializing waste management to the society in their respective villages. “The issue of garbage is not only the responsibility of the provincial government of Bali, but need the synergy of regencies / city up to the village […]

Bali to Optimize Agriculture to Pursue Food Self-Sufficiency by 2017

MATARAM ~ Bali Provincial Government is determined to optimize the agricultural sector in order to achieve the target of food self-sufficiency by 2017. “Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) Province has implemented food self-sufficiency while Bali still plans to achieve it by 2017,” said Head of Public Relations of Bali Provincial Government I Ketut Sukra Negara in […]

Fuel Price Hike Lowering Interests of Tourists to Bali

DENPASAR ~ The increase in the price of subsidized fuel has lowered the interest to travel to Bali, according to the tourism practitioners Dewa Rai Budi in Denpasar on Sunday. Based on the data from Bali Provincial Tourism Office, during 2014 the number of domestic tourists visiting Bali is declining 8.37 percent to just 6.3 […]

Letters to the Editor: To the People of Indonesia

My Dear Friends, I am writing to you as a friend of Indonesia and as an Australian who has visited Indonesia on many occasions and who proudly has many Indonesian friends.  By way of introduction I am a former member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with over 31 years of investigative experience.  During my […]

Holiday Makers Continue Flock into Bali despite Call for Boycott

DENPASAR ~ Foreign holiday makers continued to flock to Bali despite boycotts call by Australia over the plan to execute two death row drug convicts from that country. Significant increase was recorded in the number of arrivals of foreign visitors at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai airport and Bali’s seaports, tourism observer Tjok Gede Agung said. “Bali […]

Execution of Australian Convicts Will Not Affect Tourism: Bali Governor

DENPASAR ~ The governor of Bali believes that the increasing tensions in the relations between Indonesia and Australia due to the planned execution of two Australian convicts will not significantly affect tourism on the island. “There will not be much impact,” Governor Made Mangku Pastika said on Friday. Pastika added that he believes tourists from […]

President Joko Widodo Recognizes Tourism as Leading Sector

BOGOR ~ President Joko Widodo has recognized tourism as a leading sector that should be supported by all sectors, particularly those related to infrastructure and transportation. “President Joko Widodo establishes tourism as a leading sector,” Tourism Minister Arief Yahya noted after attending a limited cabinet meeting at the Bogor Palace in West Java. “All ministries […]

Minister to Examine Land Owned by Foreigners

BANDUNG ~ Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Ferry Musyidan Baldan said he would carry out examinations and collect data on spaces of land owned by foreigners in Indonesia. “Foreigners may not own any single space of land in Indonesia based on the Constitution,” Ferry Mursyidan Baldan said on Sunday. He said the examinations would be […]

Bali Crafts is Expected to Go Global

DENPASAR ~ Chairwoman of National Crafts Council of Bali Ayu Pastika expected Balinese crafts is able to go global and compete in the global market. “If we want to globalize the craft products, there are few things to be aware, the quality and certification, especially for the craft of wood, moreover we are still lacking […]

Pastika Hopes Bali Become a Pilot Project of Solar Energy

DENPASAR ~ Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika hopes that Bali can be used as a pilot project of the use of electricity from solar cell if the central government has the budget to develop solar power plants. “If the central government had the budget to develop solar energy cell, I do expect for Bali as […]

Better Inter-Island Connectivity Needed To Boost Marine Tourism: Minister

JAKARTA ~ Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya has said Indonesia should improve its inter-island connectivity to boost the marine tourism sector. Marine tourism has contributed only 10 percent of total devisa, or foreign exchange, to Indonesia’s tourism sector, Yahya said. He was speaking at a seminar organized by the ministry and Tourism Journalist Forum in […]