Friday, October 7, 2011
Four foreign tourists were killed when their bus crashed into a hill in Subang, West Java on Friday.
The bus departed from Bandung and was carrying 13 tourists from the Netherlands, Belgium and India and was en route to Ciater hot spring when its brakes gave way while it was driving downhill.
“The tour bus’ brakes did not function when it was driving downhill and it hit the wall of a hill near a tea plantation,” the traffic unit head of the Subang Police Adj. Comr. Agun Guntor told reporters at the crash scene.
“The driver couldn’t control the vehicle thus it rolled over and hit the left and right sides of the hill until it stopped in an upside down position,” Agun said.
One of the tourists, Rob Ten Ven from the Netherlands, told state-news agency Antara that his wife was killed, but he could not remember what happened because he passed out during the ordeal.
The bus driver, Agung, suffered from head injuries and was taken to the Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung along with all other victims.
An investigation is underway.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The popular 2008 film ‘Laskar Pelangi’ has brought an influx of visitors to Bangka-Belitung province to enjoy the white sand beaches, clear water and other interesting tourist attractions.
Like many other tourists to the island province of Bangka-Belitung, my urge to visit was sparked by the success of the 2008 film “Laskar Pelangi” (“The Rainbow Troops”), based on the novel by Andrea Hirata, which used the province’s stunning landscapes as its backdrop.
When my friends invited me to join them on a three-day tour of the province, I didn’t hesitate to take them up on their offer. I was thrilled at the thought of being able to see the picturesque locations that I’d seen in the movie: pristine beaches, lush forests and sweeping plains.
As it turned out, the province had even more to offer than that.
Laskar Pelangi video:
Eka Karya Botanical Garden in Tabanan, Bali, has won the Cipta Pesona Award 2011, defeating Thousand Islands National Park in northern Jakarta and Goa Gong in Pacitan, East Java.
The award was handed out by the Culture and Tourism Ministry in recognition of natural tourist attractions, cultural tourist attractions and artificial tourist attractions.
The winner will receive an award and stimulus funds worth Rp 25 million (US$2,790).
Meanwhile, the Thousand Islands National Park lost in the category of natural tourist attractions managed by government agencies or local government.
“We don’t feel discouraged,” Thousand Islands National Park chief Sri Andjani said Wednesday as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Authorities are warning tourists and fishermen to stay more than a mile (two kilometers) from a smoking Indonesian volcano known as "Child of Krakatoa."
The volcano in the Sunda Strait, 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of the capital, Jakarta, was created by the same tectonic forces that led to the 1883 Krakatoa eruption that killed tens of thousands of people.
Its "child," growing five yards (meters) a year, is now 1,320 feet (400 meters) tall and popular among hikers.
Gede Suantika of the Center for Volcanology says the mountain's alert level was raised to the second-highest level last week after the number of volcanic tremors soared from 200 a day to 7,200.
Suantika said Tuesday that he worries a powerful burst could shoot incandescent rocks down its slopes and far into the ocean.
Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/news/world/article_7af54652-95be-5e1e-8b96-bacd4366103b.html#ixzz1ZnRILASx
Monday, October 3, 2011
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The number of foreign tourist arrivals in August rose by 5.89 per cent to 621,100 people year-on-year, China's news agency Xinhua quoted the Statistic Bureau as announcing here on Monday.
In Bali, the centre of Indonesia's tourist industry, the number of foreign tourist arrivals rose by 3.90 per cent to 243,200 people year-on-year, Djamal, S.E. deputy of distribution of the bureau, told a press conference here.
The cumulative total of foreign holidaymakers as at July, 2011 was 4.96 million people or 7.32 per cent higher than that at the same period in 2010, he said.
Although the recent terrorist strike in Central Java is not considered to have had a significant impact on the country's tourism industry, the gloomy global economy is forecast to possibly hit the country's tourism industry, Tourism Minister Jero Wacik has said.
Indonesia expects 7.7 million foreign tourist arrivals this year after over 7 million foreign tourists coming into the country last year, according to the tourism ministry.
Indonesia's exports are relatively small contributing just 32 per cent of the GDP, but its Asian peers' exports are much higher.
The slowing of their exports to Europe and the United States may harm their economy. Indonesia's economy survived the economic crisis in 2008-2009 by registering 4.5 per cent growth, the third highest after China and India, while other Asian countries suffered from strong contraction.
The government expects US$8.4 billion in tourists' spending this year, up from US$7.6 billion dollar last year.
The Indonesian tourism industry has recovered from the impact of terrorism, and epidemics.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Garuda Indonesia chief executive Emirsyah Satar thinks traffic on the well-traveled Australia-Bali route should stay popular well into the future, as reported by the Australian Associated Press.
The resort island of Bali is one of the most popular tourist getaways for Australians, with more than 500 flights each month between Australia and Denpasar, according to AAP.
Those numbers are alongside the 1.88 million passengers that traveled between the two countries in the year prior to July, an increase of 25 percent from the previous year.
“We see that the growth will continue,” Emirsyah said during a recent visit to Australia.
National flag carrier Garuda has been trying to compete alongside other low-cost airlines such as Virgin and Air Asia for a piece of the growing market.
“The Australian dollar is getting stronger so therefore going to Bali is much cheaper than probably even going to vacation somewhere in Australia.”
“I see Australians in Bali and I think they feel at home in Bali,” Emirsyah said.