Thursday, June 23, 2016

Garuda Indonesia Plans to Fly to USA in 2017

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced plans to resume flights to the USA in 2017, once certified as meeting category-one air safety standards of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Arif Wibowo, said on Wednesday, June 15, 2016: “Next year we will try (to fly to the USA) because it is part of our five year plan. If we can go sooner, we will.”

Arif said there is a potential market of 400,000 passengers a years from the USA market to Indonesia.

He said the USA destinations with the greatest potential for Indonesian tourism are Los Angeles and New York.

Adding, “Los Angeles alone has the potential for 120,000 passengers and New York has been examined and has an even greater potential.”

The flight will transit at Narita, Japan and be flown by Boeing 777 wide-body aircraft.

“We would like direct flights, but that is not yet possible, so the option is to transit Narita, Japan,” he said.

In a separate forum, the Director-General of Air Communications for the Ministry of Transportation said the results of a FAA safety audit would be published at the latest in July. Government aviation authorities are optimistic that the FAA will issue a report favorable of Garuda Indonesia’s operations.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bintan Mayang Sari Beach Resort

Set on the beaches of Lagoi, Mayang Sari Beach Resort offers chalets with a thatched roof and private terrace, with garden or sea views. It houses a spa and provides free Wi-Fi.

Styled like a Balinese village, air-conditioned chalets at Mayang Sari are fitted with wooden interiors. They include a daybed and tea/coffee making facilities. Private bathrooms come with shower facilities.

Mayang Sari Beach Resort is an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore City and Hang Nadim Airport on Batam Island. A free roundtrip shuttle to the pier is provided.

Built on stilts over the water, The Kelong Restaurant serves Chinese and Indonesian seafood dishes. Offering Japanese dishes in an indoor or outdoor setting, Rin Restaurant also houses a sushi bar. In-room dining is possible.

Guests can book a relaxing massage or manicure treatment at the spa. The tour desk arranges for water activities such as scuba diving, water skiing, and parasailing.

Mayang Sari Beach Resort has been welcoming guests since 7 Aug 2008
Hotel Rooms: 51, Hotel Chain: Nirwana Gardens 

Address:  Jalan Panglima Pantar, 29155 Lagoi, Indonesia Great location - show map

Bintan Island ready to greet Lebaran visitors

Bintan, a tourist resort island close to Singapore as well as to Malaysias Johor Bahru, in the Riau Island Province, is now ready to greet foreign tourists and local visitors expected to arrive during the post-fasting Lebaran holidays.

Millions of Muslims across the country are expected to visit or even spend holidays in tourist resort areas after having fasted for one whole month and subsequently celebrated the Ied Fitr or Lebaran festivities.

Lebaran revelers in Riau Islands or those from other provinces in Sumatra can enjoy their Lebaran holidays in Bintan Island. Bintan is one of the tourist resorts being developed by the government to help achieve its target to attract 20 million tourists by 2020.

The rising number of well-known tourist resorts in the country with world-class facilities, such as those in Bintan, will help increase the number of foreign tourist arrivals, thus making it possible for the country to achieve its foreign tourism target.

Additional tourism facilities such as those in Bintan will provide better hospitality. These will not be inferior to those offered in other places.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Bintan, Riau Islands, offers 10 tourist destinations for holidaymakers visiting during the post-fasting Lebaran holidays.

The ten places are Pantai Lagoi Bay beach, Lagoi Love Lock Plaza, Lagoi Mangrove Tourism, Dugong Trikora beacg, Pasir Putih white sandy beach, Kota Kijang Park, Pantai Sakera beach, Museum Bahari maritime museum, Antam Kijang Relief park and Bukit Batu religious tourism destination.

The Pantai Lagoi Bay beach is a beach area with hotels, shopping centers and cafes. The beach is neat and clean with beautiful flower plantation.

It is located in an exclusive area and a number of tourists visit it. They do not have to pay any charge to access the beach.

Lagoi Love Lock Plaza is a place where lovers can celebrate their love. A large number of young tourists visit this place.

Lagoi Mangrove Tourism offers adventurers a wonderful walk along a stretch of mangrove belt where they can see different kinds of flora and fauna. At night, colorful fireflies dot the area.

Dugong Trikora beach in the Riau Islands is famous for its white sands and crystal clear sea water. It is just the right place for enjoying a day with loved ones.

Pasir Putihs white sandy beach is not only blessed with a great scenery but also has incredibly beautiful undersea attractions for tourists, who come not only from various parts of the country but also from abroad.

Kota Kijang Park is an interesting tourist destination for families to witness rare "kekah" or "presbytis natunae" monkeys who are only found in the Natuna Islands.

Pantai Sakera beach often witnesses families getting together to enjoy the beautiful sea.

Bahari maritime museum features special maritime miniatures of Bintan origin such as kelong (place where one catches anchovies), pompong boat etc.

Antam Kijang Relief park is located in the city center in East Bintan District. This park has several reliefs depicting bauxite mining process.

Bukit Batu religious destination is a place which locals believe to be the sacred tomb representing the Malay history on the Bintan Island.

Bintan has since last year offered exciting beach and shopping destinations, following the official inauguration of Lagoi Bay and Plaza Lagoi Mall by Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the end of May last year.

Lagoi Bay and Plaza Lagoi Mall are located right by the beach so tourists can shop in the mall and then dive straight into the sea, or chat with friends while enjoying a cold drink and snacks on the veranda, watching the sun set slowly over the South China Sea.

The anchor tenant at the mall is Pasaraya, a popular mall in Jakarta best known for its fine and wide array of Indonesian handicrafts, fashion, and genuine Indonesian cuisine from across the archipelago.

Lagoi Bay and Plaza Lagoi Mall are expected to be filled with activities and become the new heart of Bintan Resorts.

Built using modern contemporary design with Indonesian architectural touches, Plaza Lagoi Mall is spread over nearly 1,000 square meters of retail space, offering 60 shop units on two floors with a generous plaza for people to meet and chat.

Here, visitors can also find tourism-related information and a tour booking center, a baggage drop-off facility for those leaving by ferry to Singapore, as well as shower and changing facilities for those heading for the pristine beaches a few steps from the mall.
Other soon-to-open projects include the spectacular Crystal Lagoon at Treasure Bay, a crystal clear 6-hectare sea water lake that will be the first and largest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

In 2014, Bintan Resorts hosted 478,457 international and domestic tourists, recording a growth of 4.6 percent over that in 2013. The top growing markets are China (about 40 percent), Indonesia (about 12 percent) and India (about 9 percent).

According to Indonesias Official Tourism Website,, Bintan is the largest island in the Riau Archipelago, which comprises almost three thousand large and small islands.

The islands stretch from the Straits of Malacca all the way to the South China Sea. The town of Tanjung Pinang is the capital of this province, located on the south-western shore of Bintan.

Bintan offers comprehensive accommodation facilities including hotels and resorts at Bintan Resorts and also in Tanjung Pinang and around the island.

Bintans main tourist attraction today is Bintan Resorts, a spectacular beach holiday destination in the northern part of the island, covering 23 thousand hectares along the entire sandy white coast that faces the South China Sea. (Antara)

Bintan Hotels

Monday, June 20, 2016

Wonderful Indonesia Jakarta Virtual Reality Project

Experience city that never sleeps, Jakarta! As a melting pot of Indonesia’s diverse culture and ethnicities, it's your one-stop destination if you want to know all about Indonesia. Delve deep into the city’s history and admire the old town’s marvellous architecture. Then, bask in the sunlight while you let the Seribu Archipelago’s pristine sand tickle your feet.

A VR 360 video is a virtual reality video that lets you immerse yourself in what you are watching, making it feel like you are actually there. The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism has used this method to display the beauty of Indonesia in tourism exhibitions across the globe.

- Jakarta Old Town
- Bidadari Island
- Onrust Island
- Kelor Island
- Air Island
- Rambut Island
- Untung Jawa Island
- Puncak Highland


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Indonesia awarded as Most Beautiful Diving Destination 2016 in Taiwan

Indonesia has been awarded as The Most Beautiful Diving Destination 2016 during Diving and Resort Travel Expo 2016 (DRT) held Taipei, Taiwan, on June 17-19.

"We had closely observed Indonesia for this award. We went directly to Indonesia. We dived, we witnessed the beauty of Indonesia. We made coordination with our team in Indonesia. And finally, we decided that Indonesia deserves this award," Chairman of the DRT Organizing Committee Jason Chong said during the award presentation ceremony.

The award was received by Vincensius Jemadu, assistant to the Deputy for Asia and Pacific Market Development of the Tourism Ministry, in Taipei on Friday, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Indonesia has over 700 diving and snorkeling spots which are extraordinary beautiful, according to Jemadu.

The spots include Sonegat, Keraka Isle, Syahrir Batu Kapal, Hatta Isle, Ai Isle.

Similar spots are also found in Bunaken and Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi Province, in Wakatobi Marine National Park in Southeast Sulawesi, and on Weh Island in Aceh Province.

Labuan Bajo and Komodo Isle, as well as Rinci Isle in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Alor Isle waters in Derawan, East Kalimantan Province, and Cenderawasih Bay and Raja Ampat in West Papua, are also known for amazing diving and snorkeling spots.

Having over 17 thousand islands and located in the center of the Coral Triangle Area, Indonesia is the best choice for diving tourism.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Indonesia has huge potential because two third of the worlds coral and biodiversity are in Indonesia.

The minister said he was not surprised that Indonesia won the award, but it would have been strange if the country did not receive the award.

"Please find spots comparable to ours. Our nature attractions are unbeatable," he said.

Seven of the 10 priority tourist destinations being developed and promoted by the government are maritime tourist resorts comprising coastal, underwater and sea zones.

He said his ministry will continue to boost the promotion of marine tourism. (Antara)


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