Culture is Base for Tourism Development

JAKARTA ~ Indonesia’s cultural heritage, especially in Yogyakarta and Bali, have an immense potential for the development of tourism. The local cultural heritage in various destinations across the country has led to a spurt in tourism. “Indonesia’s cultural heritage will continue to serve as a charm for tourism as long as it is protected, preserved, […]

140 Foreign Nationals Deported from Bali Last Year

DENPASAR ~ Bali Regional Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) deported 140 foreign nationals in 2013, as they violated administrative documents and immigration requirements and regulations. Head of Kemenkumham Bali, I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana said that the figure represented small percentage of foreign nationals visiting Bali. He said a total of […]

Indonesia, France Sign Agreement Allowing Short Stay Visa Waiver

LONDON ~ Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius signed an agreement allowing a short-stay visa waiver for holders of diplomatic and official passports at the latter’s office on Saturday. The two ministers signed the agreement as part of efforts to strengthen the Indonesia-France strategic partnership launched in July 2011. Marty […]

Bali Suggests Moving the International Tobacco Exhibition

DENPASAR ~ Government of Bali Province advised the international trade fair for tobacco products and smoking accessories which will be held on 27-28 February 2014 to be moved from Bali. “We recommend to the organizers, the exhibition not to be held in Bali. Do it in East Java and Central Java because there are the […]

Bali Strives to be Rabies-Free by 2015

JAKARTA ~ Bali has firmly resolved to be rabies-free by the year 2015, in order to maintain its reputation as the world’s most famous resort island. Over the past few years, the Bali authorities have routinely carried out mass vaccination programs against rabies, targeting stray as well as domestic dogs. Last year, 356 thousand dogs […]

Pastika Expecting Regencies to Apply Online Hotel and Restaurant Tax

DENPASAR ~ Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, expected the regencies/ city government immediately apply the online hotel and restaurant tax (PHR) collection to reduce regional revenue leakage. “Like it or not, we should intervene this PHR issue to increase local revenues, which can be used for the welfare of the people,” he said in […]

Natural Disasters Take Lives in Bali

SINGARAJA ~ Natural disasters due to extreme weather such as heavy rain and strong winds hit Bali in recent days, caused losses and injuries in several locations on the island. Heavy rain and strong winds occurred evenly in eight regencies and one city caused landslides, fallen trees and flood in some locations. In Buleleng regency, […]

Bali Earns 7.42 Million Dollar from Crafts

DENPASAR ~ Bali managed to earn foreign exchange of 7.42 million U.S. dollars from the export of small -scale household industries made of bamboo for 10 months, from January to October 2013. “The Foreign exchange declined 35.26 percent over the same period in the previous year which reached 11.47 million U.S. dollars,” said Head of […]