Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Novotel Bogor Golf Resort

Novotel Bogor is a 45-minute drive from central Jakarta, set among breathtaking gardens and an 18-hole golf course.

Guests can relax on the Novotel’s poolside terrace under the shade of tropical trees. The rooms at the Novotel Bogor Golf Resort are modern with air conditioning and 45-channel flat screen TVs.

Many rooms include balconies or terraces facing the green gardens.

After a round of golf at the onsite course, guests can enjoy full relaxation at the Oasis Spa, where expert massages are offered. The In Balance fitness centre offers modern exercise equipment in a bright room with floor to ceiling windows.

The Novotel has a grand outdoor pool. There is also a full-service indoor Kid’s Club.

The Novotel Bogor Golf Resort’s restaurant offers range of cuisine, including traditional Sundanese/Indonesian and authentic Italian dishes. Cocktails are served in the gardens at the Jati Pool Bar or in the the open air Mahoni Bar.

The Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport is less than 40 km from the resort. Free parking is available on site.

Hotel Rooms: 179, Hotel Chain: Novotel.

Address:  Golf Estate Bogor Raya, 16710 Bogor Show map

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Jakarta Marathon to staged in October

The Jakarta Marathon 2014, Indonesia's  biggest international  running event is ready to be staged on Sunday, 26th October 2014.

Entering its second edition, the Event will offer competitions in  three categories: the  Full Marathon (42.195km), a half marathon (21km), and maratoonz for kids (1.3km).

As in its inaugural edition last year, Jakarta Marathon will take elite international runners, national athletes, and general running enthusiasts pass some of the capital city's most prominent  landmarks such as the 17th century Old Batavia area and its many interesting renovated colonial  buildings, the Fatahilah Square, the  Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta's Cathedral , the National Monument (Monas), and the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout.

Governor of Jakarta (and President-elect of Indonesia for 2014-2019 term) Joko Widodo, who was co-founder of this event, has confirmed his attendance at the Jakarta Marathon 2014.
Fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Jakarta Marathon is aimed to establish Jakarta as a world class tourist destination, especially in the field of Sport Tourism. Adding to the magnetic draw  of the  event, the city of Jakarta has set aside a total prize of IDR 2.4billion for the winners.

“Jakarta Marathon is the biggest Sport Tourism event in Indonesia at recognized  international standard, which is projected to be held regularly. There will be a cultural festival to accompany the event which will make the unique difference when  compared to other marathons in the world” said Sapta Nirwandar, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, at the press conference held on Sunday, 24th August 2014.

Ndang Mawardi from Inspiro, promoters of the Jakarta Marathon 2014 explained that the event will feature mini shows of various art and cultural performances from all over the Indonesian Archipelago that  is a collaboration between the organizing committee of the Jakarta Marathon 2014 with  regional governments and the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (The Indonesia in  Miniature Park).

“There will be, as example, a traditional performance of Rampak Gondang, along with a banner of Rampak Gondang together with promotions to visit the destination from where the art originates. These performers will play for 7 straight hours to keep up and boost the spirit of runners” added Ndang Mawardi.

From the targeted 15,000 runners, 4,000 have already  registered, including 500 runners from 31 countries  such as Japan, England, France, Australia, Kenya, and Singapore. The event is scheduled to take place from 05.00 to 12.00 hrs West Indonesia Time.  To secure the safety of  this massive running fiesta, 5, 000 police and other security personnel will be deployed. Public announcements to clear major streets and areas along the route of the marathon  will also be made prior to the event. The public  will be urged not to gather at  Monas to watch the actions, but they can simply watch at designated points along the route.

Building the hype ahead of the  Jakarta Marathon 2014,  the Sport Running Expo will take place at the Jakarta Convention Center from 23rd to 25th October 2014. The sport exhibition will feature all  necessary gear and accessories perfect for running events such as shoes, jerseys, hats, watches, and more. There will also be social activites for  blood donation to the  Indonesia’s Red Cross (PMI) by Indokasih.com (Indonesia.travel)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Tourism Leaders Call for their Next Minister to be Drawn from Circle of Professional Tourism Practitioners

National tourism leaders are publicly expressing the hope that the next minister charged with responsibility over tourism in the next presidential cabinet be a professional with experience in the national tourism industry.

The chairman of the Indonesian Exhibitors Association (Asperrapi), Effi Setiabudi, and quoted by Bisnis Bali, said in Jakarta that said tourism needs professional management that is able to protect and increase much needed foreign exchange.

“The effects of tourism are felt at every level of society, not only among hoteliers, restaurant operators and transportation companies, but also among handicraft makers and informal traders who are impacted by tourism activities,” explained Setiabudi.

She continued, saying Indonesia’s next tourism minister must be someone accustomed to handling tourism and creative economy matters because of the wide effect of tourism on large cross sections of Indonesian society. “Therefore, tourism must be handled by a circle of professionals, and not in a slipshod manner,” she said.

She also explained that tourism generated US$10 billion dollars in foreign exchange in 2013, becoming the fourth largest source of foreign exchange after gas and minerals, coal and palm oil.

Setiabudi said she sees many tourism leaders capable of filling the role of tourism and creative economy minister in the next cabinet. “One example,” she said, “is Yanti Sukamdani who currently heads the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) . In addition to working for decades in a professional capacity in the country’s tourism business, she has also worked in both national and international tourism organizations proving her expertise in all areas related to tourism.”

Effi Setiabudi added that a minister must have wide-ranging networks and hands that are clean.

Echoing Setiabudi’s sentiments is I Nyoman Kandia, the president of the Southeast Asia Tour Guide Association and chairman of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI).

“Experience, networks and professionalism – these are what’s important. I think tourism needs an individual to help us rise up and become the main economic force in Indonesia,” said Kandia. 

Wiryanti Sukamdani (shown in illustration) is a well-known figure in tourism circles, both in Indonesia and across ASEAN. She serves as the chairman of the BPPI and the chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI). She is a graduate of Cornell University (USA) and has served in the past as the president of ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) and vice-chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN).

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Morrissey Serviced Apartment in Central Jakarta

Located in Menteng’s Central Business District, Morrissey Serviced Apartment offers luxurious 4-star studios with a flat-screen TV and iPod dock. It features an outdoor pool, restaurant and free internet.

Elegant studios are air-conditioned and come with modern interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows. All well-appointed studios have a kitchenette and sofa seating area. Bathrooms have either a bathtub or shower.

The cosy Klasse Cafe serves Indonesian and International dishes. Guests can also enjoy breakfast outdoors, on the terrace.

Recreational choices include working out at the fitness centre or relaxing at the lounge. Guests enjoy the convenience of a 24-hour front desk, business centre and a self-service laundry room.
Service Apartment Morrissey is a 10-minute drive to Gambir Train Station and a 15-minute walk to Thamrin and Sudirman area. It takes an hour's drive to get to Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Address:  Jalan Wahid Hasyim No.70, Menteng, Tanah Abang, 10340 Jakarta Show map

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The 9th Sanur Village Festival Aug 20 - Aug 24

The year 2014 marks the 9th Sanur Village Festival (SVF) that will, be held from 20 until 24 August 2014 with the theme “Morning of The World” at Maisonette Area, Segara Beach, Sanur Bali. This year's event will bring more fun and exciting activities that is sure to cater to any type of crowd. You can join those fun activities during the festival, which are the environment programs, festival and exhibitions, culinary, art and photography, fun and sport activities and the art and cultural dialogue. (Jakarta Post)

Contact: www.sanurvillagefestival.com


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