Friday, March 27, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua - Mgallery Collection features spacious villas with a private pool and free Wi-Fi. A 3-minute walk to Nusa Dua Beach, the property also offers a fitness centre and restaurant.
Each villa features a private pool, dining and seating areas. Air-conditioned bedroom includes a flat-screen satellite TV, wardrobe, telephone and minibar. Private bathroom comes with a shower, bathtub and toilet.
Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua - Mgallery Collection is a 5-minute walk to Bali Collection and a 15-minute drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport.
A 24-hour reception offers safety deposit boxes. Laundry services are available at an extra cost.
Indonesian and International cuisine is served in the privacy of guests’ villas.
Address: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua BTDC Resort Lot Blok B, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia – Show map
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Bali by the Numbers: No Sign of an Australian Boycott as Bali’s Arrival Figures for February Increase 21%
Seen on a cumulative basis for the first two months of the year, foreign tourist arrivals to Bali totaled 637,217 - increasing 14.8% when compared to the first two months of 2014.
No Sign of an Australian Boycott Yet
Vigils and threats of a boycott of Bali in connection with the imminent execution of the two ringleaders of the Bali Nine aside, arrivals statistics for February provide no evidence of any downturn in Australian visitors to Bali.
Australian February arrivals hit 71,365 - up 13.85% over February 2014.
Australian arrivals for the first two months of 2105 are also up 16.76%.
China Boom Underway
A concentrated program of special charter flights between China and Bali operated by Garuda Indonesia and other airlines boosted Chinese arrivals by 64.49% to 93,922 in February. Year-to-date arrivals from China for January-February 2015 are up 33.71% as compared to January-February 2014.
Japan Looking Better
The Japanese market is, despite a recession, showing marked improvement. January-February 2015 arrivals ex-Japan are up 32.32%.
Malaysia and Singapore Arrivals Down
Malaysian arrivals for January-February 2015 have declined 15.77% while Singapore arrivals for the same period declined 9.65%.
Europe Performing Strongly
Arrivals from the United Kingdom for January-February 2015 increased 25.25%, with The Netherland up 21.26%, and France ahead 9.48%.
India is proving itself a real player in Bali tourism, quickly moving up to a position among the top ten inbound markets. Indian bookings boomed 47.52% for January-February 2015 over the same period in 2014.
Russian Market Ailing Badly
Russian arrivals to Bali are sick and getting sicker. Arrivals are down 42.36% for January-February 2015. Russia now ranks 14th among Bali arrivals, sliding from 9th in 2014 and 6th in 2013.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Betung Kerihun National Park
Betung Kerihun National Park is the biggest conservation area in West Kalimantan province, covering 800,000 hectares of Kapuas Hulu district.
The park is directly adjacent to Sarawak, Malaysia, and is part of a joint cross-border conservation area with Lanjak Entimau Wild Life Sanctuary (LEWS) and Batang Ai National Park in Sarawak. Embaloh and Tekelan are merely two of the hundreds of rivers flowing through the TNBK, while its vast expanse of tropical rainforests provide a safe haven for countless species of flora and fauna, including many that are endangered, such as the orangutan and black orchid.
The national park is also part of a conservation initiative called the Heart of Borneo (HoB), a program established in 2007 by non-profit organizations and NGOs from Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.
Visitors can reach TNBK through the town of Putussibau in West Kalimantan or Kuching on the Malaysian side. The latter route involves a five-hour drive along a smooth highway to the Nanga Badau border crossing. Putussibau is closer, but the journey takes just as long because the roads are an obstacle course of potholes and loose gravel.
The Indonesian side of Nanga Badau is littered with empty, decaying buildings that were meant to house immigration officers. However, lack of access to water has driven many of them out of the area, according to the border office.
In striking contrast, the Malaysian side of the border pass is fed by a modern highway that automatically records the number of vehicles passing through. Here, the immigration checkpoint is equipped with state-of-the-art fingerprint scanners and computers. Its Indonesian counterpart, meanwhile, still uses traditional record-keeping methods with a manual form.
Another notable difference between the individual parks that make up the multinational conservation area lies in the number of visitors.
Muhammad Wahyudi, the manager of the TNBK, says the park hosts 20 to 30 visitors each month.
The three national parks of Sarawak, meanwhile, are visited by five millions tourists every year.
The majestic beauty of Betung Kerihun National Park has sadly remained unknown to both domestic and foreign tourists. There is more to the park than its rich collection of unique wildlife and flora; the area is also home to the indigenous Dayak tribe.