Friday, March 6, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Bali Airport Adding 4 More VOA Desks to Speed Processing Time on Arrival
The co-general manager of the Airport Authority (PT Angkasa Pura I), I Gusti Ngurah Ardita, confirmed on Monday, February 23, 2015, that the new VOAbooths would soon be operational and manned by immigration staff.
On the average, some 9,000 international passengers arrive in Bali with peak arrival hours often seeing waiting times that are as long as 2 hours for immigration and customs processing. The new lockets and other measure being put in place are intended to reduce the amount of time arriving passengers must spend in the Bali Airport.
During the period January – September 2014 Bali collected US$67.8 million dollars in VOA fees.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The National Museum of Indonesia is collaborating with internet giant Google to enable internet users and digital visitors to explore Southeast Asias foremost largest museum through Street View technology using 360-degree images.
Promotion Staff of the National Museum of Indonesia Ferlian Putra stated here on Tuesday that a field team from Google Street View has been collecting data and images at the museum complex for several days.
The data capture process was part of the collaboration between the National Museum of Indonesia and Google for the Google Art Project, an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks and cultural and historical artifacts in galleries and museums around the globe.
"A museum could no longer be viewed as a national heritage, but it also belongs to the international society. People can view things globally. It is also a means to reach out to the world that the international society can enjoy and laud our heritage," Putra noted.
Using Google Street View, the National Museum can provide the users a "different experience" in exploring the museum through a program called virtual touring that can be accessed through its official website "www.museumnasional.or.id."
"Using the Street View, we might alter the peoples perspective and stigma about museums. Now, museums are places that have aesthetic values and are attractive," he said.
Since 2011, the National Museum of Indonesia has joined the Googles Art Project and has now become the Google Cultural Institute.
Of the around 140 thousand items in the collections at the National Museum, only 100 have been uploaded in the Art Project.
To gather data and images at the museum complex, the Google Street View team did not use its Google Street View Car, but instead deployed a cart equipped with data-capturing equipment such as a sophisticated computer, laser scanner, and a 360-angle camera.
"We call this cart the special collect," remarked a field officer of Google Street View.
The images and data collected at the National Museum of Indonesia will also be incorporated in the Google Maps feature.
Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along several streets in the world.
It was launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States and has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide.(Antara)
Monday, March 2, 2015
The organizing committee of "Bali Beyond and Travel Fair" (BBTF) 2015 will invite cruise travel agents to take part in the event to be held in Bali, in June 2015.
"We still have three months. They might come because cruise operators want to know what tourism objects and attractions to be offered to cruise passengers," Organizing Committee Chairman of BBTF 2015 I Ketut Ardana said here, Sunday.
Bali will invite cruise operators to bring more foreign tourists to the island.
A big cruise ship could carry more than 5,000 tourists that usually stay longer in luxurious hotels and spend a lot of money, he said.
Bali has adequate harbor infrastructure to accommodate cruise ships, he added.
Benoa Seaport in Denpasar often receives foreign cruise ships but mostly of medium seize with one thousand to two thousand passengers, he noted.
BBTF 2015 is expected to be participated in by hundreds of travel agents including 50 platinum travel agents from various countries that could bring at least 10 thousand tourists per year.
Some 325 potential buyers are also expected to take part in the fair. The buyers are among other things from the United States, European nations, Middle Eastern countries, South Africa, North and South Asians, India, ASEAN member nations, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Latin American countries.
Some 370 sellers from various fields such as hoteliers, travel agents, corporations, transportation companies, and restaurants, are also expected to join the travel fair. Last year, 278 sellers participated in the event.
The implementation of the travel fair will cost some Rp23.2 billion, up from Rp21.7 billion last year.
The Indonesian government has targeted to attract 12 million foreign tourists this year, and 20 million by 2019.(Antara)