Tourism sector to be prioritized while promoting investment

The Indonesian government has realized that investing in the tourism industry is a means of stimulating growth over the long term and enabling the poor to share in the economic gains.
Indonesia has huge potentials in the tourism sector that has yet to be optimally tapped. The country is blessed with serene natural beauty, unique and rich culture and local traditions, and one of most mega-biodiverse regions in the world. 

The government has set a target to receive 15 million foreign tourists this year and 20 million by 2019. To achieve this goal, better infrastructure and facilities in the tourism industry are needed. 
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya and Chief of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong delivered presentations on the countrys tourism potentials before some 400 investors attending the 2017 Regional Investment Forum (RIF) held in Nusa Dua, Bali, which is one of the worlds most famous tourist resort island, on Feb 23, 2017.

The tourism sector is the most inexpensive and easiest means for the government to boost economic growth and foreign exchange as well as create jobs, according to the minister.
Indonesias growth in the tourism sector in 2015 was far above that of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and also across the world, he noted.
"In general, Indonesias tourism sector grew by 10.3 percent, above the five percent growth recorded in the ASEAN and 4.4 percent in the world," he pointed out.

Meanwhile, the BKPM has promoted investment potentials in the tourism sector and its supporting infrastructure.
"The tourism sector and its supporting infrastructure, which is no less important, will become a priority to attract foreign and domestic investors," BKPM Chief Thomas Lembong stated after opening RIF 2017. 
The tourism sector is the new spearhead to boost investment for the Indonesian government, he noted.
Investment growth in the tourism sector reaches 18 percent annually, and hence, investors should capitalize on the growth, he remarked.
During the forum, representatives of the local administration and companies were scheduled to hold one-on-one meetings with potential investors.

The tourism sector has contributed Rp51.2 trillion, or around 2.2 percent, of the total investment realization over the past five years.

In 2016, domestic investment in the tourism sector was recorded at Rp2.2 trillion, while foreign investment reached Rp12.8 trillion, thereby totaling Rp15 trillion of investment in the tourism sector.
In fact, the BKPM has designed the Direct Construction Investment Service (KLIK) program for businessmen keen on investing in the tourism sector. 

KLIK is a mechanism that allows investors to begin construction even as the application process for building permits, environmental licenses, and other regional licenses is still underway.
"The BKPM has, so far, made intensive coordination with the Tourism Ministry, as several developments need to be carried out. So far, we have been more responsive," Lembong stated. 
Previously unknown regions in Indonesia have now started receiving tourists, hence adequate infrastructure facilities, such as hotels, are needed to support the tourism industry, he noted. 

He cited Manado in North Sulawesi as an example of a city experiencing a significant increase in tourist arrivals. Some 12 thousand Chinese tourists annually visited Manado, and now, the city receives 12 thousand Chinese visitors monthly.

The agency will offer the KLIK program to investors to build hotels in Manado and other regions, such as West Sumatra and Belitung.

Being relatively close to Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia, as well as several Middle Eastern nations, West Sumatra and Belitung are potential tourist destinations, as compared to Bali and Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara.
Besides this, the government also plans to build an airport in North Bali, since the existing Ngurah Rai International Airport is quite crowded, and Bali remains the countrys main tourist destination.
The agency has launched 18 KLIK industrial zones in 16 districts and cities located in 10 provinces across Indonesia, bringing their total number to 32.

Most of the projects in the KLIK industrial zones are in the manufacturing sector.
The agency is expanding the coverage of the KLIK program to include the tourism and commercial sectors.

Synergy between the central government and local administrations in needed to speed up licensing services for the implementation of the program. 
Meanwhile, investment realization in Indonesia had reached Rp612.8 trillion in 2016, surpassing the set target of Rp594.8 trillion.
"The realization of investment from January to December 2016 had reached Rp612.8 trillion, increasing by 12.4 percent, as compared to Rp545.4 trillion in 2015," Azhar Lubis, the deputy for capital investment implementation control of BKPM, stated recently.

Lubis explained that the realization of domestic investment was recorded at Rp216.2 trillion, up 20.5 percent, while foreign investment realization reached Rp396.6 trillion, or an increase of 8.4 percent.

The upcoming visit of Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, with his entourage of 1.5 thousand people, is a good opportunity for Indonesia to promote investment in the tourism sector. 
Minister Yahya had earlier informed the press that King Salmans agenda included a visit to Bali on Mar 4-9 for a private vacation after he concludes his state visit to Jakarta on Mar 3. 

"This is a golden opportunity for Indonesia to promote tourism. We are ready to launch big promotions," he added. 

Earlier, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had called on Saudi Arabia to realize the commitment and plans to invest in Indonesia.
"Just now, (the president) has sought the help of the chairman of the Saudi Arabian Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Assembly) in realizing various Saudi Arabian investment plans and commitment in Indonesia," Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister A.M. Fachir stated recently after accompanying President Jokowi while receiving the Saudi official.


Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Surrounded by lush tropical valleys by Ayung River, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan;sid=a61e53686ad53e0543b98170385496ef;all_sr_blocks=69780711_97485082_4_2_0;checkin=2017-02-24;checkout=2017-02-25;dest_id=-2701757;dest_type=city;dist=0;group_adults=4;group_children=0;highlighted_blocks=69780711_97485082_4_2_0;hpos=1;no_rooms=1;req_adults=4;req_children=0;room1=A%2CA%2CA%2CA;sb_price_type=total;srfid=1ac34bb8554ece8e4bc2afab6b33e333e9487faaX1;type=total;ucfs=1&
presents an outdoor pool, four dining options and a gym. Guests can indulge in pampering treatments at the spa. Free valet parking service is provided.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayang is a 10-minute drive from Ubud Palace and Ubud Art Market, and Monkey Forest is a 15-minute drive away. It takes 90 minutes by car to reach the resort from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The luxuriously furnished suites and villas each feature a dining area, sitting area with plush sofas, and a private terrace with views of the greenery. Amenities include a safe, flat-screen satellite TV and ironing facilities. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private bathroom with free bath amenities.
Guests enjoy the convenience of on-site business center, currency exchange and vehicle rental services. The staff at the tour desk can assist with sightseeing arrangements, hiking or cycling trips. A library and a kid’s club are available at the resort

Ayung Terrace specializes in Indonesian cuisine, and Jati Bar serves cocktails and light meals. At Riverside Café, guests can enjoy western delicacies for lunch and dinner. In-room dining is possible through room service. 

This is our guests' favorite part of Ubud, according to independent reviews.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Ubud! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has been welcoming guests since Sept 30, 2013
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Address:  Sayan, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Located on the edge of Jimbaran Bay, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay;sid=a61e53686ad53e0543b98170385496ef;all_sr_blocks=45383214_95459798_2_2_0;checkin=2017-02-24;checkout=2017-02-25;dest_id=-2680135;dest_type=city;dist=0;group_adults=1;group_children=0;highlighted_blocks=45383214_95459798_2_2_0;hpos=11;no_rooms=1;raw_dest_type=hotel;room1=A;sb_price_type=total;srfid=6bd7e59bd704a530563c9e7c85443e2323a901d9X11;type=total;ucfs=1&
features an outdoor pool with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The resort houses 3 dining options and Balinese-style villas surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
Guests can take a stroll at Jimbaran Beach or enjoy fresh seafood dishes in the area’s famous seafood restaurants, all within 5 minutes’ walk from the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.

Ngurah Rai International Airport is 15 minutes’ drive away from the property.
Luxurious and well appointed, each spacious villa has a private outdoor pool. Included in all air-conditioned units are flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player and a refrigerated minibar. En suite bathrooms are fitted with a large bathtub, cotton bathrobes and free toiletries.

Recreational options include taking cooking classes, working out at the gym or indulging in spa treatments. Staff at the tour desk can assist with sightseeing arrangements and ticket services. Currency exchange is available. Wi-Fi is accessible for free in all areas.

Taman Wantilan serves a selection of Indonesian specialties. A variety of Asian and Western dishes can be enjoyed at Pool Terrace Café. In-room dining service is available 24 hours.
This is our guests' favorite part of Jimbaran, according to independent reviews.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Jimbaran! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay has been welcoming guests since Jan 16, 2013
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Address: Jimbaran Bay, 80361 Jimbaran, Indonesia

Four Seasons Bali Awarded 2 Five-Star Ratings Following Renovations

In its first star-ratings for Indonesia, Forbes Travel Guide has awarded the coveted Five-Stars to both Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Jimbaran Bay and Sayan, recognizing “virtually flawless service and amazing facilities” and reaffirming their status as Bali’s leading luxury resorts.

The two Four Seasons resorts were among just three hotels in Bali to receive the highest possible star rating in the 2017 Forbes Travel Guide awards. The news comes as Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, a pioneer of luxury resort design modelled on an authentic Balinese village, prepares to relaunch following a major renovation of all 147 pool villas, including completely new Premier Villas and the highly-anticipated Royal and Imperial Villas. Meanwhile, the architectural masterpiece of Four Seasons Sayan continues to evolve with a soulful yoga and wellness program, new restaurant concepts and off-the-beaten-track adventures into the wilderness to offer guests new ways to discover Bali.

“To have not one, but both of our Bali resorts awarded Five-Stars by one of the world’s toughest ratings systems, is a huge honour,” said Uday Rao, General Manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali. “Every day, our team members make me proud in delivering seamless Four Seasons service. Just recently, a guest wrote to tell me of their experience: they checked out of Jimbaran Bay and left a shirt hanging in the wardrobe; when they arrived at Sayan, 75 minutes away by car, the shirt was hanging in the villa wardrobe there. The shirt had beaten them to Sayan, and they hadn’t even realized they’d forgotten it! I love this story and how it highlights that service is what you remember the most, and it is our team who have achieved these Five-Star ratings with daily acts of kindness and thoughtfulness such as this one.”

Forbes Travel Guide rates properties in 42 countries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. It is the first time it has assessed hotels in Indonesia. Worldwide, 30 Four Seasons hotels and resorts earned the coveted Five-Star designation in 2017, setting the record for the highest number of Five-Star awards given to a single brand in the 60-year history of the Forbes Travel Guide Ratings. Each year, Forbes sends ‘incognito’ guests to anonymously visit hotels all across the world and assess them against a stringent criteria of over 800 standards relating to quality of service and facilities. Standards include everything from room cleanliness and comfort to details such as whether used towels at the pool are stored discreetly, and whether menus have water spots. Hotels that pass are given either Five-Stars, Four-Stars or a Recommended rating depending on their score.

Forbes Travel Guide plans to formally bestow the ratings at an Awards Ceremony in New York City on March 1. The announcement follows other prestigious awards for Four Seasons Resorts Bali recently:

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

2017 Conde Nast Traveler Best Resorts in Asia: #14 of 40 and referred to as “impressively accommodating for families”.

2017 DestinAsian Magazine Reader's Choice Awards: #5 of Top 10 Resorts in Indonesia. In the same awards, Bali was ranked the World’s Top Island and Four Seasons was ranked the World’s Top Hotel Brand for Leisure.

Four Seasons Sayan



Five centuries ago, on 20th September 1519, Ferdinand Magellan, renowned Portuguese explorer, set sail from Portugal in quest of a western sea route to the rich Spice Islands said to be in the Far East.
Today the original Spice Islands are called the Maluku or Moluccas located in the eastern part of the Indonesian Archipelago. The expedition resulted into a historic voyage : being the first ever flotilla to have circum-navigated planet earth, thereby unquestionably proving that the earth is round, and not flat.
Five centuries after this historic event, in 2019, this historic voyage will be commemorated internationally, where ships from a number of countries will retrace the same route of Magellan’s voyage around the world to find this tiny island called Tidore in North Maluku, being the original island where the precious sought after nutmegs grew. For this historic reason, the island of Tidore will also become the final port and pinnacle destination of the Ferdinand Magellan’s Voyage 500 Years Commemoration Sail Expedition.
At the 6th Global Network Magellan Cities (GNMC) Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal from 18th to 22nd January 2017, Representatives from Tidore Islands City administration were especially invited to attend. The Meeting was attended by 17 member countries of GNMC, where on this occasion, the City of Tidore represented Indonesia. The 6th GNMC was officially opened by the Mayor of Lisbon, Ferdinand Medina, in the presence of Portugal’s Minister of Internal Affairs.
Among resolutions taken during the meeting that mainly focused on boosting cooperation and development in tourism, culture, science and technology, as well as strengthen relations between GNMC member countries, discussions were also made to prepare the island of Tidore that it will be the pinnacle and last port-of-call in the Ferdinand Magellan’s Voyage 500 Years Commemoration Sail Expedition.
The expedition itself is scheduled to sail off from Lisbon in February 2019.
In his remarks, the mayor of Tidore highlighted the importance of the island in world history. “Tidore, indeed, played a great role in contributing to world civilization. Although it is but a small island, Tidore holds a strong position in history since the zero (central) point that proved that the earth is definitely a globe is found in the Rum area, in the Tidore Island City” explained Tidore’s Mayor. Further adding that Tidore has, therefore, become an important entry point in the development of GNMC, once the city-island became an official part of the Magellan cities.”
Historians present at the meeting acknowledged the significant role played by Tidore in world history. Historian from the Magellan Geology Museum, therefore, stressed that for this reason, Tidore Island should receive special attention from GNMC as to its future developments. The next meeting of GNMC in 2018 will be hosted by Santa Cruz, in Bolivia.
History recorded that in 1519 Magellan led a flotilla of five ships with about 270 men on a voyage in quest of a westward route to the Maluku Islands, which at that time was better known as the “Spice Islands”. The voyage, later renowned as “The Magellan’s Expedition” took place from 1519 to 152, that resulted in the solid prove that the earth is definitely round and a globe and not flat as many scientists used to believe. The expedition changed the way people looked at the world , which led to the revolution of science. The expedition also marked the starting point of colonization of the Far East when European nations fought for these very lucrative Spices, especially pepper and nutmeg.
Today, tourists are able to follow in the footsteps of history and visit the historic Spice islands of Maluku. Tour packages provided by, among others, Incito vacations will take you back in time. The tour offers a vacation at Weda Resort with 3 days tour “Trace the Footprints of the Age of Discovery” , where five centuries ago, Europeans first set foot here to monopolize world's precious spice trade. The tour will take you to the remains of centuries’ old Portuguese, Spanish, and Dutch forts that have remained standing to this very day.
Photo source: Putu Ayu

Soekarno-Hatta's Terminal 3 to offer Digital Cinema

(Source: Jakarta Post)
Passengers who happen to have to wait a bit longer for their flight will have the option of spending their time at a digital theater located at the domestic departure terminal of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's Terminal 3 in Tangerang, Banten.

The Digital Cinema is said to be equipped with 13 chairs, large screen and is soundproof. A private theater will also be available for visitors to enjoy Indihome -- state-owned telecommunications company Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom)'s triple-play service for landlines, high-speed internet, and pay TV services -- features, such as TV and video on demand via a widescreen smart TV. Game enthusiasts can also rejoice as a game station will be available as well.

“Flight passengers will be able to see the [movie] schedule and reserve their seat via the Indonesia Airports app on Android smartphones,” said state-run airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II president director Muhammad Awaluddin in a press release during the theater's soft launch. “They are also able to request movies they want to see from the app.”

The Digital Cinema is part of cooperation between the airport operator and Telkom, as well as the Airport Go Digital program campaign that was kicked off in late 2016.

“It’s highly possible that flight passengers at Terminal 3's international terminal will also be able to enjoy the Digital Cinema in the future,” added Telkom executive vice president for Regional II Jakarta, Teuku Muda Nanta.

The Digital Cinema is the latest digital-based services provided at Terminal 3. It previously introduced smart parking, a smart queuing system for taxis, digital baggage handling system, self-service check-in, high-speed Wi-Fi and Android app Indonesia Airports. The iOS version of the app is slated for launch in the near future. (Jakarta Post)

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Bulgari Resort Bali  is located 150 m above sea level and offers sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. It features luxurious villas with a private sundeck and plunge pool. A long beach is accessible only through the resort’s inclined elevator.
The spacious villas at Bulgari Resort Bali come with traditional Balinese décor and Bang and Olufsen audio and visual systems. The floor-to-ceiling glass bathrooms overlook the private courtyard.

Recreation choices include working out at the 24-hour fitness centre or enjoying a massage at the spa whilst enjoying unobstructed view of the ocean. 
The resort provides free WiFi and parking. Travel and sightseeing arrangements can be made at the front desk. The resort also offers an infinity swimming pool overlooking the ocean. Guests also can take advantage of the 24-hour butler assistance.

Il Ristorante offers traditional Italian dishes while Balinese and international dishes are served at Sangkar Restaurant. Other dining options include fresh seafood at La Spiaggia.

Bulgari Resort Bali is 4 km from Uluwatu Temple and 18 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport. 

This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Uluwatu! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.
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Bulgari Resort Bali has been welcoming guests since Jun 10, 2010
Hotel Rooms: 64, Hotel Chain: Bulgari Hotels and Resorts 

Address:  Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, 80364 Uluwatu, Indonesia Great location - show map