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  • Indonesia Struggles with Plastic Pollution; Bali Bans Single-Use Plastics

    Indonesia Struggles with Plastic Pollution; Bali Bans Single-Use Plastics

    As is widely known, especially to those who have visited certain beaches in Bali, Indonesia needs to combat water pollution, and specifically plastic waste. While local authorities on Bali announced earlier this week to enact a ban on single-use plastics, such as shopping bags, styrofoam food packets and straws (while Jakarta may follow suit), Indonesia's Industry Ministry expressed it opposes an earlier plan to impose an excise tax on plastic bags.

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  • Impact of Asian Games & IMF-World Bank Meeting on the Indonesian Economy

    Impact of Asian Games & IMF-World Bank Meeting on the Indonesian Economy

    Two international events are estimated to have a significant impact on the Indonesian economy in 2018. Firstly, the 2018 Asian Games, to be held from 18 August to 2 September 2018 in - and around - the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. Secondly, the 2018 annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group, to be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, on 12-14 October 2018. Both events will trigger foreign exchange earnings and give rise to a boost in economic activity.

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  • Tourism in Indonesia: Rising Foreign Visitor Arrivals in February 2018

    Tourism in Indonesia: Rising Foreign Visitor Arrivals in February 2018

    Foreign visitor arrivals in Indonesia showed good growth in February 2018. Based on the latest data of Statistics Indonesia (BPS), a total of 1.2 million foreigners entered Indonesia for a short visit in the second month of 2018. This constitutes a 9.1 percent increase compared to the preceding month and a 17.4 percent increase compared to February one year ago.

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  • Foreign Visitor Arrivals in Indonesia Still Curtailed in January 2018

    Last week Indonesia's Statistics Agency (BPS) announced that a total of 1,039,639 foreigners entered Indonesia in January 2018, down 6.19 percent year-on-year (y/y) from foreign visitor arrivals in the same month one year earlier. Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the main reason for this weak performance is the aftermath of the Mount Agung eruption, a volcano that is located on Bali (the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia).

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  • Turkish Hotel Operators Want Balinese Staff Members

    The hotel industry in Turkey is eager to have Indonesian migrant workers from Bali working at Turkish (3-5 star) hotels. Ilham Achmad, Head of the Indonesian Migrant Workers Placement, Protection and Monitoring Agency (BP3TKI)'s Bali branch, said Balinese workers are wanted by Turkish hotel operators because they are excellent workers for spa therapy services offered at these hotels.

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  • Tourism in Indonesia: 2017 Target Not Achieved Due to Agung Eruption

    Tourism in Indonesia: 2017 Target Not Achieved Due to Agung Eruption

    In full-year 2017 Indonesia welcomed a total of 14.04 million foreign visitor arrivals, a new record high and up 21.9 percent year-on-year (y/y) from 11.52 million foreign visitor arrivals in the preceding year. However, Southeast Asia's largest economy failed to achieve its 2017 target of attracting 15 million foreign tourists. Main reason was heavy volcanic activity at Bali's Mount Agung.

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  • Tourism Indonesia: Visitor Arrivals Bali Starting to Recover

    Tourism Indonesia: Visitor Arrivals Bali Starting to Recover

    The flow of tourists to Bali, Indonesia's top tourist destination, is gradually recovering after the eruption of Mount Agung (although the volcano is still showing activity). Therefore, Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is optimistic that Bali will welcome at least seven million foreign tourists in full-year 2018.

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  • Balinese Furniture & Handicraft Exporters Target Shipments to USA

    Balinese Furniture & Handicraft Exporters Target Shipments to USA

    Balinese furniture and handicraft exporters target a sharp increase in exports to the United States after European demand for Balinese furniture and handicraft products has plunged significantly over the past year. These manufacturers and exporters expect to see a 30 percent (y/y) rise in exports to the world's top economy.

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  • Big Impact of Mount Agung Eruption on the Economy of Bali

    Big Impact of Mount Agung Eruption on the Economy of Bali

    Indonesian authorities decided to keep Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport closed until (at least) Wednesday morning (29/11) as volcanic ashes from Mount Agung jeopardize the safety of air traffic. Since Saturday Mount Agung has been erupting again, leading to the implementation of the highest alert code in the area. Meanwhile, Lombok International Airport, located on neighboring island Lombok, was reopened on Tuesday (28/11).

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Latest Columns Bali

  • Tourism Industry: How Can Indonesia Tap Its Tourism Potential? Challenges & Opportunities

    Tourism Industry: How Can Indonesia Tap Its Tourism Potential? Challenges & Opportunities

    At the 50th anniversary of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association in mid-February 2019, Indonesian President Joko Widodo emphasized that the tourism industry should become the biggest industry in Indonesia in terms of foreign exchange earnings. Indonesia – a huge Archipelago that consists of more than 17.000 islands – has so much to offer to (foreign) tourists, such as beautiful beaches and countryside, flora & fauna, diving spots, wildlife, culture, culinary, historic relics as well as vibrant city life. However, so far, it fails to tap its full potential.

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  • A Look Back at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings on Bali

    A Look Back at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings on Bali

    After having successfully hosted the 2018 Asian Games last September, Indonesia hosted the 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group on Bali on 8-14 October. Every year, the IMF and World Bank organize these meetings to discuss the latest financial and economic developments that occurred across the globe, while also poverty eradication and other key global issues – such as protectionism and climate change - are placed high on the agenda. The main themes of this year’s meetings include digital development and investing in human capital, which resulted in the “Bali Fintech Agenda” as well as the launch of “Human Capital Index”.

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  • Public Holidays in Indonesia: Nyepi, the Day of Silence on Hindu Bali

    Public Holidays in Indonesia: Nyepi, the Day of Silence on Hindu Bali

    Saturday 17 March 2018 is a public holiday in Indonesia. On this day the Hindu community of Indonesia, which mostly lives on the island of Bali, celebrates Nyepi i.e. the Day of Silence or the Hindu New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar. As Nyepi is a day of self-reflection for the Indonesian Hindu community, activities come to a near complete standstill from 6 am to 6 pm. Local rules instruct that Hindus are not allowed to light fires (or lamps), work, eat, talk, nor are they allowed to be engaged in any sort of other entertainment.

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  • Airport Infrastructure Development in Indonesia: Bali & Yogyakarta

    Airport Infrastructure Development in Indonesia: Bali & Yogyakarta

    The tourism industry of Indonesia is one of the most important industries in terms of the nation's foreign exchange earnings. However, compared to its neighboring countries - specifically Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand - Indonesia lags behind in terms of foreign visitor arrivals. This "failure" is partly attributed to the weak state of Indonesia's infrastructure. This includes the lack of enough airports or the lack of enough aircraft and passenger handling capacity at existing airports.

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  • Music Events in Indonesia: Indihome Prambanan & Ubud Village Jazz

    Music Events in Indonesia: Indihome Prambanan & Ubud Village Jazz

    For the third time Indihome Prambanan Jazz will be held this year on 18-19 August 2017. A line up of international musicians, including Shane Filan and Sarah Brightman, are scheduled to entertain thousands of music lovers in a charming setting in front of the Prambanan Temple complex near the city of Yogyakarta (Java).

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  • Fraudulent Investment Scams in Indonesia: Bali Investments Case

    Fraudulent Investment Scams in Indonesia: Bali Investments Case

    Around the globe there are plenty of fraudulent investment scams offered to investors (for example the "ponzi scheme", "pump and dump", and many others). This also occurs in Indonesia, or, related to Indonesia. Perpetrators can be Indonesian or foreign. In case of foreigners, the offshore investing scheme is a popular scheme (and a fairly simple one in the era of Internet). Criminals offer victims a lucrative investment opportunity in Indonesia, promising big profits. However, investors will never see their money again.

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  • Tourism Sector Indonesia Update: US Tourists, Opportunities & Challenges

    Tourism Sector Indonesia Update: US Tourists, Opportunities & Challenges

    Indonesia's Tourism Ministry is optimistic it can boost the number of American tourists who visit Indonesia by 25 percent to 375,000 individuals in 2017. Last year a total of 300,000 US citizens visited Indonesia for a holiday, up 11 percent year-on-year (y/y) from US visitor arrivals in the preceding year. Arief Yahya, Indonesian Tourism Minister, said the island of Bali is the favorite tourist destination for American tourists in Indonesia.

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  • Tourism & Aviation: Garuda Indonesia Opens New Route to China

    Tourism & Aviation: Garuda Indonesia Opens New Route to China

    Indonesia's national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is ready to open a new flight route between the famous island of Bali and Chengdu (the provincial capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China) in order to cater Chinese passengers going to Bali. Arif Wibowo, General Director of Garuda Indonesia, informed that this new international route is scheduled to be opened in January 2017. He added that Chengdu has great potential in terms of boosting foreign tourist arrivals to Bali. Garuda Indonesia already flies passengers from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to Jakarta.

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  • Tourism in Indonesia: Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2015 slightly Short of Target

    Tourism in Indonesia: Foreign Tourist Arrivals slightly Short of Target

    Indonesia was visited by 6.3 million foreign tourists in the first eight months of 2015, up 2.7 percent (y/y) from the same period last year. However, foreign visitor arrivals on Bali, the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, fell 11.3 percent (y/y) in August due to the temporary closure of Bali's Ngurah Rai international airport as Mount Raung (located in East Java) spew volcanic ash into the sky. This led to a sharp drop in Australian tourists entering Bali.

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  • Tourism in Indonesia: Strong Growth Visitor Arrivals on Bali

    Tourism in Indonesia: Strong Growth Visitor Arrivals on Bali

    A total of 1,555,609 foreign tourists have visited the island of Bali, the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, in the first five months of 2015, an 11.3 percentage point growth from the same period last year. Given that the number of foreign tourists usually peaks in the period June-September it is most likely that the government’s target of welcoming 4 million foreign tourists on Bali in 2015 will be achieved, or exceeded. Most tourists that visit Bali originate from Australia, China and Japan.

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