31 January 2016
25 January 2016
A number of recent government policies have brought greater efficiency to the energy sector clearing the way for a reduction in the price of fuel paid by consumers at the gas pumps. Effective January, 2016, the price of premium will reduce from Rp. 7,300 per liter to Rp. 7,150 per liter. Diesel fuel prices will also go down on that date from Rp. 6.700 per liter to Rp. 5,650. These lower fuel prices already include a special levy of Rp. 300 per liter for premium and Rp. 200 per liter for diesel fuel that will be introduced in 2016 to create funds for the development of alternative energy sources. The reduced cost of fuel at the pumps reflects cost savings in the supply chain, currency exchange rates, and lower cost of fuel globally.
22 January 2016
19 January 2016
As support grows for closing Bali’s restive Kerobokan Prison and relocating it to a new location, Bali’s deputy-governor, I Ketut Sukerta has voiced his agreement for the Governor’s suggestion that a new prison be built at Denpasar’s rubbish tip – Suwung TPA. Sudikerta said: “We support the relocation of the Kerobokan Prison. The region of the current Kerobokan Prison is not representative. That area is packed with transportation and also packed with the dense urban population living there.” Sudikerta described the proposed new location at the Suwung TPA as spacious, covering 32 hectares, 10 of which can be allocated for building a new prison. Sudikerta proposed that any new prison be surrounded by a man-made moat stocked with man-eating crocodiles to devour any prisoner trying to make an escape. The Deputy-Governor said any final decision on relocating the prison rests with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
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17 January 2016
In an attempt to lure many more tourists to visit Bali, the provincial administration will soon take special measures to better organize the island. Three main problems must be urgently resolved, according to Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika. These problems surround the garbage issue, traffic congestions and the uncontrollable building of new hotels, the governor said. Those problems were identified through a recent survey conducted by the Bali administration, the governor told reporters, according to Tribun Bali. On the garbage issue, Made Mangku Pastika said that some visitors had complained about unclean environment in certain areas like Kintamani and Batur. Meanwhile, Bali’s economic growth and the rapidly rising number of vehicles coming from outside Bali had significantly contributed to traffic jams in some parts of the island. The governor said growth centers must also be developed in north Bali, East Bali and west Bali. Currently such centers are mostly found in south Bali. “If a moratorium on new hotel projects in south Bali is more seriously implemented, hotel developers will surely relocate to the north, east and west areas,” said Made Mangku Pastika, who is a native of Bali and a former two-star police general. The Bali governor also said that his office would need participation of other stakeholders to resolve the problems identified in its survey. Bali is Indonesia’s most famous tourist destination.
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Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said he was proud of Bali for being selected as one of the worlds best islands by the US Travel+Leisure Magazine at the end of 2015.
Based on the New York-based Travel+Leisure Magazine, the ratings of the worlds best islands are Galapagos Islands of Ecuador with a score of 90.82, Bali of Indonesia (Score 88.98), Maldives (score: 88.53), Tasmania of Australia (score: 88.32), Santorini of Greece (score: 87.93), Moorea of French Polynesia (score: 87.90), Maui of Hawaii (score: 87.89), Kauai of Hawaii (score: 87,88), Great Barrier Reef of Australia (score: 87.31), and Malta (score: 86.90).
The minister said he was proud of the trust given to Bali by the world community which appreciated Bali for the beauty of its nature, the uniqueness of its culture and the hospitality of its people. The minister said he would promote other destinations in the country whose beauty were not inferior to that of Bali.
"We have to be confident that our tourism is great for snorkling with the beauty of its diving tourism. We can outclass Galapagos, even with our two Rajaampat and Pulau Komodo tourist distinations," he said.
The Travel + Leisure is a monthly magazine based in New York with 4.8 million readers. It is the biggest competitor of Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic Traveler.
In the meantime, the Bali Tourism Office has set the target for tourist arrivals at the world-renowned tourist island at 4.2 million for 2016.
"This is a provisional target. We have not made detailed calculations because we still have to coordinate with the Udayana University. Ideally, it should be 4.5 million but we cannot set a target recklessly," Head of the Bali Tourism Office Anak Agung Gede Yuniartha Putra said.
The provisional target would be only 200 thousand more tourists, compared to the target set for tourist arrivals in 2015 at 4 million, he said.
"To achieve the target of tourist arrivals next year, we will receive promotion assistance from the central government. In addition, we have also prepared a calendar of activities to be organized throughout 2016," he said.
With the calendar of activities, tourists would be assured of cultural and tourism activities taking place in Bali, he said.
The tourism office has also set the target of domestic tourists visiting the resort island for 2016 at 7.8 million, he said.
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