Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bali by the Numbers: Bali Tops 4 Million Visitors in 2015

Final foreign tourist arrival number for Bali for 2015 recorded 4,001,654 visitors – just managing to surpass the targeted 4 million and an increase of 6.19% over total arrivals in 2014.
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Concerns that Bali would end 2015 falling short of the 4 million-visitor mark were remedied by strong arrivals for December 2015 that tallied 370,459 – an increase of 6.1% over December 2014 when 349,094 foreign visitors came to the Island.
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Worthy of note is the fact that Australian arrivals – still the number one source of foreign visitors to Bali -  hav entered negative territory. Month-on-month for December 2015, Australian arrivals declined by 7.41%. Meanwhile total Australian arrivals for 2015 declined 2.15%, this after years of steady growth.
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Chinese travelers to Bali are now the second largest source of foreign visitors, totaling 687,633 for 2015. While this is a 17.3% increase over the previous year, Chinese arrivals month-on-month for December 2015 declined 2.5%.

Japanese arrivals – once the main source of foreign visitors to Bali – now holds 3rd rank with 228,035 Japanese visitors in 2015. Month-on-month for December 2015, however, Japanese arrivals hit 20,215 declining 7.2%

The best performing markets in 2015 were UK (+31.77%), India (+34.49%), USA (+19.17%), New Zealand (+13.28%), Canada (+19.62%) and Germany (+14.08%).

The worst performing markets in 2015 were Malaysia (-15.4%), Singapore (-18.21%) and Russia (-28.18%).

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Louvre Hotel Group plans bamboo resort complex for Indonesia's Funtasy Island eco-park

French hospitality company Louvre Hotels Group is preparing to open hundreds of luxury accommodations at the heart of “the world’s largest eco-theme park” – the US$240m (€216.2m, £166.8m) Funtasy Island development in Indonesia’s Riau Islands.
Louvre’s luxury hotel complex will include 341 five-star villas under the Royal Tulip brand and a 183-room Golden Tulip hotel with a 260-seat restaurant. Constructed primarily from wood and bamboo, the buildings will be linked by a wooden walkway that zigzags across the island’s shallow bay.

Funtasy Island – which extends over 328 hectares – has been masterplanned by Singaporean practice WOW Design Studio “in the spirit of the film Avatar” and is being developed by Seven Seas Funtasy Development and the Funtasy Island Development Company. The resort, which was originally scheduled to open last year, is now in the final stages of construction.

The island will feature eight eco-zones, including a multi-sensory rainforest. There will also be land and river-based safaris, snorkel and scuba zones, an interactive dolphin habitat and an aquarium where guests will be able to swim with whale sharks.

Eco-themed activities will include aquaculture tours in the surrounding waters, as well as nature trails allowing visitors to explore the island’s unspoiled environment, with the developers stating 70 per cent of the islands remain in its natural state.

When it opens, Funtasy Island will have 1,200 holiday villas and apartments in total, in addition to shopping, dining and live entertainment facilities and a spa centre.

Guests will only be able to access the island by crossing into Indonesian waters from Singapore, located 16km away, and the island will have its own customs and immigration zone.

A host of other nature-inspired resort projects are under development in Indonesia, including a “Narnia-like” immersive theme park in Jakarta by themed entertainment specialists Zeitgeist Design + Production (ZD+P), a lavish hillside resort in Bali and an Alila Seminyak beachside resort, also in Bali.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Australia, Indonesia boosting tourism and economic growth

Australia is expanding efforts to encourage two-way tourism between Australia and Indonesia as a key driver of shared economic growth and more knowledge of each others country.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said tourism powers economies and supports communities.

"We want to increase tourism in both directions. The Indonesian Government has already recognised the potential economic boost a strong tourism industry can deliver," the ambassador was quoted as saying by the Australian Embassy here on its website.

According to the ambassador, Australian tourism can help Indonesia realise that vision. More than a million Australians visit Indonesia every year. Australian tourists contribute 18 trillion IDR (AUD$1.8 billion) a year to the Indonesian economy, Ambassador Grigson said on Tuesday.

He said as Indonesia seeks to develop its tourism industry beyond Bali, ease of travel is integral to its success. Indonesia has already experienced a 19 per cent increase in tourists from countries which were granted visa free access in 2015.

"A quarter of all tourists to Bali are Australian. We want to see more Australians come to Indonesia and experience sunrise at Mount Bromo, taste the spices of Padang and watch the sunset at Borobudur," Grigson told Indonesian tourism industry representatives in a speech in Jakarta.

Beyond these economic benefits, tourism builds links between people. It challenges stereotypes. It opens up new worlds and greater understanding.

"I want more Indonesians to visit Australia.We have world class cuisine, galleries and unique experiences. With famous wildlife, fabulous wine and fantastic weather, Australia beats any other destination," he said.

Australia was the tenth most popular destination for Indonesian tourists in 2014 with a total of 149,800 visitors, up 7.6 per cent from 2013.

More Indonesians travelling to Australia will make expanded flight routes between Australia and Indonesia more viable in the long-term, bringing benefits to both our economies.

"Indonesian investors may also be missing out on opportunities to capitalise on some of the major tourism infrastructure projects currently underway in Australia. In 2014 alone, investment in the Australian tourism industry was valued at $53.7 billion," he said.

He added that the more Australians and Indonesians experience each others countries, the deeper their connections become.

"The tourism industry is integral to the prosperity of both our countries. Now is the time for us to reach out to each other as neighbours and shape our futures together," Grigson said. (Antara)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Garuda introduces "Super Diamond Seat Business Class"

As a part of its fleet revitalization program along with its service enhancement program as a "5-Star Airline", Indonesia's national flag carrier airline, Garuda Indonesia, presented its new aircraft including the Airbus A330-300 with its "Super Diamond Seat Business Class" and the 10th Boeing 777-300ER.

The Airbus A330-300 with its Super Diamond Seat Business Class, registered PK-GPZ, is the first out of four Airbus A330-300 that will be delivered in 2016, while the PK-GIK Boeing 777-300ER is the last delivery of the ten B777-300ERs that were ordered by Garuda in 2013.

"The arrival of these new aircraft is a part of Garuda's commitment to present a modernized fleet with the best service, in line with its business network expansion program in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe region," explained M. Arif Wibowo, President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia, at the "Welcoming The Airbus A330-300 with Super Diamond Seat Business Class & The 10th Boeing 777-300ER Garuda Indonesia" event in Hangar 4 GMF Aero-Asia, Cengkareng.

The Airbus A330-300 enjoys a maximum range of up to 15,000 kilometers or equal to approximately a 12-hour non-stop flight. The capacity is 287 seats consisting of 24 business class with "Super Diamond Seat" and 263 economy class seats.

The "Super Diamond Seat" business class is equipped with some new features in each seat offering a better flying experience such as the ?all-isle? configuration (1 - 2 - 1), latest 16" in-flight entertainment LCD touch-screen Panasonic Ex3 equipped with a touch-screen handset/remote, double USB plug, and power outlet; fully flat-bed seat, with a 24" width and 82? length, adjustable arm-rest, head-rest, meal table and reading light, integrated baby bassinet stowage, and new mini bar display.

"In addition, through all the new features in the "Super Diamond Seat" business class, Garuda Indonesia is the first airline in the world which implements the service on its A330-300 aircraft; diverse from competitors that implement it only on their A350 aircraft," Arif Wibowo added.
Besides presenting new features in its business class, the economy class seat also has an 'articulating recline' ability which allows passengers to recline their seats up to 4" reclined, and foot-rest. Equipped with an 11" LCD touch-screen in-flight entertainment with handset/remote, USB plug and power outlet in each seat, ensures Garuda Indonesia is the first airline in Asia which implements the in-flight entertainment set in the economy cabin.

Meanwhile, the 10th Boeing 777-300ER delivered to Garuda Indonesia, and registered as PK-GIK, is configured with 393 seats capacity, consisting of 26 business class seats and 367 economy class. Six out of ten Boeing 777-300ERs operated by Garuda Indonesia are equipped with First Class service, with 8 First Class seats, 38 Business Class seats and 268 Economy Class seats configuration.

As part of the fleet revitalization program, throughout 2016, the Garuda Indonesia Group will receive 16 new aircraft in total; 1 Boeing 777-300ER, 4 Airbus A330-300, 4 ATR72-600, and also 8 Airbus A320 to be operated by Citilink. 
By the end of 2016, Garuda Indonesia Group will operate a total of 188 aircraft; 144 aircraft for Garuda Indonesia and 44 aircraft for Citilink. (eTurboNews)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Celebrate the Auspicious Chinese Lunar New Year at Grand Nikko Bali

As the Chinese Lunar New Year is fast approaching, Grand Nikko Bali has prepared an array of culinary delicacies to welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey. Sumptuous oriental feasts featuring dishes that symbolize prosperity and longevity will be available at the resort’s various restaurants on 7th & 8th February 2016.

Embrace the festivities with our special Chinese New Year High Tea by the beach. We will be serving three-tier platters filled with sweet and savoury items, along with freshly baked pastries and tropical fruits for your afternoon pleasure. Enjoy the sea breeze while savouring tea and light bites at The Shore’s Marina Deck.

Our Lunar New Year’s Eve Dinner will incorporate a Chinese barbecue buffet serving Char Sui Pork Ribs, Five Spice Duck Skewers and assorted seafood items. There will also be a carving station, hot dish station and a separate area of sweet treats. Dinner will be accompanied by an exclusive screening of China Central TV’s New Year Gala showcasing Chinese folk songs and culturally inspiring performances. Gather with family and friends for this auspicious occasion at Brasserie des Celebrites and Fountain Cafe from 06.30 pm to 10.00 pm. Priced at Rp. 518.000 net.

To bring good fortune for the year ahead, join in the Chinese custom of tossing a plate of Yu Sheng or prosperity salad at Benkay Restaurant. During this traditional celebration, everyone must gather around the table and toss shredded bits of raw fish and vegetables into the air while exclaiming auspicious wishes. As eating dumplings on New Year’s Day is also thought to bring luck, Benkay will also feature Japanese Gyoza with homemade sauce.

The Dragon Dance has long been a symbolic part of Chinese culture for many centuries. Here at Grand Nikko Bali, you will have a chance to witness a lively performance by a troupe of dancers accompanying the barongsai. They will start at the Lobby and continue to weave their way through the resort’s numerous outlets finishing off at The Shore restaurant.

Celebrate Chinese New Year with an evening of indulgence in the sophisticated ambience of The Shore Restaurant & Bar with a seafood buffet with oriental temptations on 8th February 2016. Enjoy a delectable selection of ocean delights including Chilli Crabs, King Prawns, Grilled Snapper and Clams. There will also be a vibrant display of fireworks on the beachfront to enhance the festive mood and welcome the Year of the Fire Monkey in style. This sensational seafood buffet is priced at Rp 450.000 net per person.

For further information and reservation, please contact our Tour Desk at tourdesk@grandnikkobali.com or call at (0361) 773377.



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