Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chinese tourist arrivals to Bali rise 45.76 percent in 2014

Around 330,172 Chinese tourists visited Bali during the initial seven months of 2014, an increase of 45.76 percent as compared to 226,494 visitors recorded last year.

"China is ranked second after Australia in the number of tourists visiting Bali," Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Bali Panusunan Siregar stated here on Monday.

He explained that China has contributed 15.80 percent of the total number of tourists to Bali. This year, Bali has drawn about 2.08 million tourists, an increase of 16.66 percent as compared to 1.79 million tourists recorded in the previous year.

The total number of Chinese tourists who traveled to Bali surpassed the number of travelers from Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia, except Australia.

Siregar remarked that majority of the foreign tourists came through Balis Ngurah Rai Airport. Only 20,295 people traveled to Bali through the sea route.

During 2013, Bali received 3.27 million foreign tourists, which exceeded the target of about 2.8 million visitors set by the local tourism office.

An increase of 11.16 percent was recorded as compared to 2.94 million tourists last year.

Tjokorda Gede Agung, a Bali tourism observer, noted that Chinese people have since long known Bali as a paradise island. The cultural relations between China and Bali have led to deeper relations between Indonesia and China, especially with Bali. Therefore, the number of Chinese tourists increased every year.

Chinese tourist arrivals to Bali increased, but their numbers were still relatively small as compared to the number of Chinese tourists traveling overseas.
"The opportunity to draw foreign tourists from China is still large by maximizing the various efforts," he emphasized. (Antara)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Official Tourism Industry Certification Institutes

Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, recently in Jakarta officially launched 17 Tourism Industry Certification Institutes (Lembaga Sertifikasi Usaha LSU) that are officially authorized to issue Certificates pertaining to the tourism Industry.

The presence of these 17 Certification Institutes is expected to boost the standard and quality of services of the tourist industry, which will automatically raise national competitiveness of Indonesia’s tourism industry.

At present the Ministry has completed 24 of the 56 targeted standard competencies in the Tourism Industry, among which are those for hotels, travel services, restaurants, karaoke, restaurants, recreation parks, diving, tourist information, spa and tourism consultancy.

While four competencies that are expected to be completed this September are for villas, yachts, games and leisure sports arenas and golf. The remainder are to be completed in 2015.

It is essential that Indonesia’s tourism industry is filled with professional staff having Standard Competencies and owning Industry Certificates, said Minister Mari Pangestu, so as to raise Indonesia’s competitiveness in this global industry, especially facing next year’s ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015.

Its implementation is based on Law No. 10 of 2009 on Tourism Development which dictates that products, services and management of the tourist industry must follow approved standards.

Additionally, on Government Regulation no PP 52 of 2012 on Standard Competencies and Tourism Industries Certification, and on Ministerial Regulation no. 1 of 2014 and no. 7 of 2014 on the Certification of Tourism Industries that also regulates the establishments of Certification Institutes, implementation of Certification and their supervision. The Ministerial Regulation makes it obligatory for all sectors of the Tourism Industry to possess a Certificate for Tourism Industry in order that its management is professional, and meeting standards issued by the government.

“Such professionalism is highly important in order that the large tourism potentials available in Indonesia may be used and managed for continued sustainable development and economic growth of the nation”, said Mari Pangestu.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) competitiveness of Indonesia’s Tourist Industry has grown significantly in the past 3 years to its present position of 70 in 2013 from its former position at 74 in 2011.

While among ASEAN countries, Indonesia is in 4th position. We need to improve on this in order to be able to acquire the best benefit from the AEC 2015. “Nonetheless, it needs to be kept in mind that AEC 2015 will also bring large consequences to the life of Indonesian society including in the Tourism sector.

Competition among companies particularly in tourism and the creative economy will rise significantly and tighten, facing which, key are, among others, the implementation of standard competencies of human resources and of companies active in tourism. For this reason the existence of the Certification Institutes are strategic”. Said Minister Pangestu.

The 17 Certification Institutes in Tourism that have officially been appointed by the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, on recommendation of the Commission for the Authorization of the Institutes (Komisi Otorisasi Usaha. LSU) are the following:

1. PT. Sucofindo International Certification Service, Jakarta 2. PT. Sai Global Indonesia, Jakarta 3. PT. Mutu Indonesia Strategis Berkelanjutan, Jakarta 4. PT. Sertifindo Wisata Utama, Semarang 5. PT. Karsa Bhakti Persada, Bandung 6. PT. Megah Tri Tunggal Mulia (National Hospitality Certification), Surabaya 7. PT. Tribina Jasa Wisata, Jakarta 8. PT. Graha Bina Nayaka, Jakarta 9. PT. El John Prima Indonesia, Jakarta 10.PT. Adi Karya Wisata, Yogyakarta 11.PT. Indonesia Certification Services Management, Jakarta 12.PT. Sertifikasi Usaha Pariwisata Indonesia, Jakarta 13.PT. Bhakti Mandiri Wisata Indonesia, Yogyakarta 14.PT. Tuv Rheinland Indonesia, Jakarta 15.PT. Mutuagung Lestari, Jakarta 16.PT. Enhai Mandiri 186, Bandung 17.PT. Sertifikasi Usaha Pariwisata Nasional, Denpasar. (Indonesia.travel)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Singapore's Silkair targeting eastern Indonesia flight

SilkAir, a subsidiary company of Singapore Airlines, has targeted the flight market in eastern Indonesia to boost its flights operation.

"The eastern part of Indonesia has a potential market, which we believe will increase in the future," the Assistant for Sales and Reservations of SilkAir Yumiana stated here on Friday.

Yumiana said SilkAir has been operating in Makassar since 2013. "Makassar city is the air hub for eastern Indonesian flights, thus the passengers not only come from the city, but also from other areas in eastern Indonesia," Yumiana pointed out.

According to Yumiana, SilkAir has three flight schedules in a week, with an average 80 percent of the seats occupied. The total number of seats occupied will increase during school holidays.

SilkAir is targeting the middle to higher class groups by offering several services. "We have offered 30 kilograms of baggage capacity for economy class and 40 kilograms for business class, as well as in-flight meals," Yumiana noted.

Currently, SilkAir has direct flights operating from Makassar to Singapore and other destinations, such as Beijing, India, and Europe.

"By promoting our brand, in the future, the number of passengers can be increased from Makassar as well as from other cities in eastern Indonesia," Yumiana added. (Antara)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bandung Aston Primera Pasteur Hotel and Convention Center

Aston Primera Pasteur Hotel and Convention Centre is located in downtown Bandung. The hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Free parking and an outdoor pool are available.

The modern guestrooms at Aston Pasteur Hotel are fitted with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. A minibar, work desk and tea/coffee maker are provided.

The hotel features a separate children’s pool and massage services at its spa. Other facilities include a fitness centre, sauna and karaoke. Aston Primera boasts of being Indonesia's first hotel to have IPTV and smart control conference rooms.

The Ambassador Restaurant serves local cuisines. Cocktails and light refreshments are available at Primera Lounge.

Aston Primera Pasteur Hotel and Convention Centre is a 10-minute drive from Bandung Airport.

Address:  Jl. Dr. Djunjunan 96, 40551 Bandung Show map

Monday, September 8, 2014

Singapore Tourism Inflow new report

International arrivals grew by 5% in 2013; a two percentage point decline from 2012. This was attributed to the drop in business travellers as there was a cut in corporate business budgets in general, resulting in fewer business trips. In addition, key source countries like Indonesia and Malaysia displayed sluggish arrival growth as the Singapore currency remained strong. Slower growth in tourism receipts was the next implication of the strong currency exchange rate as the cost of travelling to Singapore became slightly higher. Nonetheless, positive growth recorded was an indication that Singapore's tourism strategy remained relevant and productive. 

Industry Prospects 

Overall inbound arrival is expected to see a value CAGR of 4% at constant 2013 prices, over the forecast period. This is due to the recovery of the global economy from economic slowdown and the array of events contracted in Singapore over the forecast period which will create a boost to inbound arrivals. Some of the major sporting events over the next few years which will attract international tourists' arrivals include, 

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