Flores Today - Items filtered by date: November 2017

The government has decided to focus on the development of four destinations from the Tourism Ministry’s 10 New Balis list which include Lake Toba, Borobudur, Mandalika and Labuan Bajo.

The plan includes homestay and restaurant development. The Tourism Ministry will be in charge of design whilst the Public Works and Public (PUPR) Ministry will be in charge of the construction. Meanwhile, the development of souvenir shops will be handled by the Trade Ministry.

“It will be executed in 2018 in four locations. I’ve sent a letter to PUPR before the limited meeting [with President Joko Widodo] and have been instructed by the president to provide the [design] model,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

Read : Things to Do, When You Visit Labuan Bajo Three Days

Arief said three destinations namely Lake Toba, Borobudur and Mandalika only need revitalization, while Labuan Bajo is considered as a newcomer and the President wanted for Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara to have a Medium-Sized Business (UKM) Center.

“I’ll go there [Mandalika] tomorrow to oversee the UKM location.  In all destinations, UKM should be the first [to be developed] in a region,” the minister added.

Source : Jakartapost

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State-owned lender Bank Mandiri together with online travel service Traveloka have come up with a program called Explore the Beauty of Indonesia that aims to promote the tourism ministry’s 10 Priority Destinations and increase the number of tourist visits.

Both companies are offering the best price for flight plus hotel and attractions package for the 10 destinations that consist of Borobudur Temple, Thousand Islands, Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang Beach, Tanjung Lesung, Mandalika, Bromo Tengger Semeru, Labuan Bajo, Wakatobi and Morotai.

“This form of support will definitely bring a lot of benefits for the people and promote the economy through the tourism sector. With this program, customers of Bank Mandiri will get to explore the beauty of Indonesia at an affordable price and easy transaction process,” said tourism ministry's archipelago marketing development deputy, Esthy Reko Astuti.

Read :Tourism Ministry to Focus on Developing Four New Balis Next Year

“Lake Toba starts from Rp 1.4 million, Labuan Bajo starts from Rp 1.8 million, Wakatobi starts from Rp 3.4 million and Bromo starts from Rp 760,000. These prices are for two people and already included the discount, the trip itself is three days and two nights long each. This program runs from August 17 until 31 with the travel period is until November 31, 2017,” explained PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) TBK senior vice President credit cards group, Vira Widiyasari.

Apart from the special price, Mandiri credit card holders also receive another benefit of an additional discount of Rp 720,000 ($72) for a flight plus hotel booking and a total discount of Rp 200,000 for tourist attractions located in the 10 destinations.

There are also benefits of three and six-month installment and four 'Fiestapoin' in each transaction for Mandiri credit card holders.The promo is available at  https://www.traveloka.com/promotion/indonesia  or by doing a booking via Traveloka application.

By the end of July 2017, Mandiri's credit card transaction had an increase of 9.6 percent. Out of the total transaction, 17 percent of them were travel-related.

Read Also : Things to Do, When You Visit Labuan Bajo Three Days

According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), the growth of domestic flight from 2011 to 2016 is at 56 percent, while the growth for hotel-booking from the same period is at 64 percent.

Moreover, 40 percent of international tourists enter Indonesia via Bali, 30 percent via Jakarta, 20 percent via Riau Islands and the rest 10 percent are in other areas. Bali itself was named as the third best destination in the world according to TripAdvisor. (jakartapost)

Published in Tourism
Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:00

West Manggarai Inaugurated Two Sub District

The head regent of  West Manggarai Agustinus Ch Dula officially inaugurated  West Kuwus and Pacar  as the new Sub district in that region on Friday, November 17.

For west Kuwus sub distict the head is Vitus Supardi. Meanwhile in Pacar sub distict is Tomas  Aquinas Waran. Each sub district has 10  and 12 villages.

Agustinus Ch Dula  on his speech expected the sub district head such  Pacar and  west Kuwus can help the government to carry out the rule of local government.

“ The head must be serve the society seriously, work hard and  honest,” he told.
By  opening the new sub district he  hoped, the government  be more active in terms of  government service.  The head village and the local must cooperated to  get a government goal.

Read also : Two Days Getaway on Komodo National park Sea

Attending the inauguration ceremony was Benediktus Banu as the regional Assitan, Martinus Ban as  regional development, some members of regional council, the head of West Manggarai Police Resort, TNI, local society and  other  official government.(Ben)

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After a recent meeting between the Tourism Ministry and Indonesian celebrity entrepreneurs concerning co-branding partnership deal with Wonderful Indonesia tourism brand, actress Prilly Latuconsina who was one of the guests shared the event’s photos to her more than 19 million followers on Instagram (@prillylatuconsina96).

“It’s only recently that I became an entrepreneur and now I'm doing a collaboration with Wonderful Indonesia, I’m so happy. I’m proud to be an Indonesian; let’s promote Indonesia's tourism #PesonaIndonesia #WonderfulIndonesia,” she captioned one of her posts.

“Indonesia is a country of million destinations, thousands islands, different languages, cultures and beauties. Check out the top 10 destinations list published by @kemenpar, which one have you visited before? Don’t just travel overseas, explore your own country.

Check out http://www.indonesia.travel/ and Pesona e-magazine at www.kemenpar.go.id #PesonaIndonesia #WonderfulIndonesia,” she wrote in another Instagram post.

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Prilly is currently running her food business called Really Cake in Balikpapan. The 21-year-old is planning to travel to Raja Ampat in the future, as she considers Raja Ampat the perfect place for millennials to travel with their friends. (jakartapost)

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Tourism Ministry recently held a gathering with celebrities-slash-entrepreneurs at Sapta Pesona Building in Jakarta on Nov. 14.

Among the attending guests were Indra Bekti, Shireen Sungkar, Teuku Wisnu, Prilly Latuconsina, Cathy Sharon, Fitri Carlina, Ussy Sulistyawati, Gracia Indri, Baim Wong, Irfan Hakim, , Dhini Aminarti, Dude Herlino, Denny Cagur, Prilly Latuconsina, Irwansyah, Dewi Sandra and Ria Ricis/Oky.

“Both Tourism Ministry and celebrity entrepreneurs have a lot in common; both are working in the creative industry. The Wonderful Indonesia [tourism] brand has invested a lot on branding and it’s now in the 47th position in the world, winning over Malaysia Truly Asia and Amazing Thailand,” told Tourism Minister Arief Yahya at the gathering.

Read Also :Indonesia Takes Third Spot for Country with Most-Digitally Advanced Travelers

“All of you can and are allowed to become Wonderful Indonesia endorsers, especially for the 2018 events that will feature 100 premiere events. The Tourism [Ministry] that has a world-class brand can also become the official partner for regional events,” he added.

Arief also explained to the guests about POS (Paid Media, Owned Media and Social Media) and endorsement as a part of it.

“Thank you for the collaboration in promoting Wonderful Indonesia and Pesona Indonesia on [your] products. Currently there are 62 brands involved and we are aiming for 100 brands by the end of 2017. [These products] are premium products that use local materials,” said Arief.

“These celebrities also have huge social media following such as Prilly who has more than 19 million followers,” he added.

Most of these famous names sell cakes that are available in various regions in Indonesia. Eventually it has become an ongoing trend of buying these cakes as the ideal souvenirs for those visiting those particular regions.

Singer Rossa owns Minang Mande Cake, Hengky Kurniawan has Banana Foster Cake and in Semarang Dewi Sandra sells Wingkorolls.

In Bogor there are Shireen Sungkar’s Rain Cake and Dhini Aminarti’s Cinnamon that she owns with her husband Dimas Seto. Soap opera actor Dude Herlino owns Scrummy brand in Padang, meanwhile Baim Wong owns Premio and Irfan Hakim together with Omesh have Bandung Kunafe.

Read: Special Trip to Komodo Labuan Bajo

Over in Surabaya, vlogger Ria Ricis and Oki Setiana Dewi have Patata, while in Cirebon there are Indra Bekti’s Sultana, Andika Pratama and Ussy Sulistiowati’s Cirebon Kelana.

Other names include Denny Cagur’s Pekanbaru Cassata, Fitri Carlina’s Savvanacake, Gracia Indri’s Lenso Manado, Irwansyah’s Lamonde and Raffi Ahmad and Gigi’s Gigieatcake.

Apart from the food business, there are other celebrities who tackle the fashion and beauty industries such as presenter Cathy Sharon with her Urban Lips and designer Ivan Gunawan with Mandjha Ivan Gunawan. (kes)

Published in Investment

The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data shows that until September this year, Indonesia has welcomed 10,458,299 foreign tourists, a 25.05 percent increase from last year’s achievement.

“For the September period, it’s up by 20.47 percent from the same month last year,” told Tourism Ministry's deputy minister for overseas promotion I Gde Pitana.

In comparison, tourism growth in ASEAN region is only 6.5 percent and the worldwide growth is at five percent.
Pitana added that he’s optimistic the ministry will achieve its target of attracting 15 million foreign tourists by the end of this year.

Read also: Three Days, Explore The Wonderful of Komodo Dragon

The recent activity of Mount Agung in Bali that went on for more than a month from Sept. 23 to Oct. 29 resulted in the declining of tourist visits to Bali.

On Oct. 29, the Indonesian authorities lowered the alert status from Level 4 to Level 3.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Bali is now ready to welcome tourists.

The ministry is currently busy promoting to countries such as China, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Japan for the year-end holiday season that runs from November 2017 to January 2018.

One of their efforts is conducting a familiarization trip (famtrip) to Bali for nine media companies from China.
Up until September 2017, China was the biggest contributor for foreign tourists who came to Indonesia with 1,607,615 people, a 45.68 percent increase. Other countries such as Japan contributed 416,040 people (up 6.46 percent), Australia had 918,957 people (up 1.38 percent), Malaysia had 885,412 people (down 0.16 percent) and Singapore had 1,067,242 people (up 0.36 percent).

Source Jakarta Post

Published in Tourism

Caves have been explored throughout history. In prehistory they were used for shelter, burial, or as religious sites. Today researches study caves because they can reveal details of past climatic conditions. Cavers explore them for the enjoyment of the activity or for physical exercise. For the less adventurous, a number of the most beautiful underground caves have been converted into show caves, where artificial lighting, floors, and other aids allow the casual tourist to experience the cave with minimal inconvenience

Rangko in the region of East Nusa Tenggara is a town in Indonesia – some 911 mi (or 1,467 km) East of Jakarta, the country’s capital city. Little known fact: Flores’s new adventure is in its saltwater cave in Rangko. It’s hidden in the northwestern corner of the Rangko Bay, which is riddled with freshwater springs that flow through mazes of limestone passageways.

Few people ever witness the strange sights of these underwater chambers—fossils, sunlight beaming in from holes in the cave ceilings, and even ancient mastodon tusks—because the only way to see it all is by donning a mask and flippers. Cave diving is rife with potential dangers as its located in remote area. The good news is beyond good training, all it really necessitates is a little nerve.

Test the waters at Rangko Cave. There you can see water’s artwork in the limestone formations and feel the force of 30-plus million gallons of water per day pouring out of the inner cave entrance. A mineral deposit that hangs from the ceiling of a limestone cave is traversed by a smooth underwater salt lake.


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Batik airlines will open new route flight Jakarta – Labuan Bajo directly on  Desember coming. The airlines schedule from Jakarta at 10.10 WIB and arrived in Labuan Bajo at 13.40 WITA. It will back to Jakarta at 14.30 Wita at same day.

It was told by Robert Walone, an official of Indonesia Tourism Minister on the meeting about the increasing of accesbility and amenity in Komodo National Park on November 16.

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He told, Every years the tourist coming rise up. The new route  aimed to offer affordable fares for travelers.  Meanwhile, the Jakarta - Labuan Bajo  route is appropriate  to boost the tourist come to Labuan Bajo.
Batik Airlines reportedly would utilize the Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 300 passengers.(Victorynews)

Published in Investment
Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

Maumere Navy Promote Underwater Tourism Spot

The  panorama under in Maumere, Sikka Flores is endeless.One of the new underwater spot located in Maumere Navy port.  The place has colorful of fish and coral reefs under the sea.

As quoted on Pos Kupang, November,14 , the commander of Maumere Navy, Kolonel  Sumantri told that the it can be desert as the main destination in Maumere. “ It can be a snorkeling and diving spot,”he said.

Read Also : Let's Explore Tourism Destination of Flores through Intersting Route

Sumantri added that  the place can be also recommended for fun snorkeling and education. In Noember, 11 Maumere Navy asked the official of Sikka Government and the Student from various Senior High School to visit that place. They did some activities such cleaning the rubbish at coastal area and snorkeling. “All of them Happy. They feel awe to the panorama,” He added

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UK-based travel commerce platform Travelport has recently released the results of its Global Traveler Survey that analyzes different digital traveler habits.

The report included Digital Traveler Rankings with India taking the first spot as the country with most-digitally advanced travelers, followed by China and Indonesia, respectively.

Taking in the fourth until 10th spots are Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Colombia and Italy.
The survey results, according to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, shows that the ministry is correct in implementing the go-digital approach. India and China, both of whom are potential markets for Indonesia, are in the top-two positions and then followed by Indonesia.

Up until September 2017 up to 1,607,615 Chinese tourists visited Indonesia, up by 45.68 percent from the same period last year. Meanwhile the majority of tourists from India love to travel to Bali. Up until June 2017, a total of 129,727 Indian tourists came to Bali, up by 39.90 percent from the same period last year that had 92,371 people.
Digital is no longer a lifestyle but it has become a daily need for today’s millennials.

Managing Director Travelport Asia Pacific Mark Meehan said that Indonesians prefer to do a research before planning a trip, with 93 percent of the respondents look at travel photos and videos on social media as part of their research -- the rate is above the average of Asia Pacific respondents that is at 76 percent.

Read : Let's Explore Flores Through the Intersting Route

Moreover, 84 percent of Indonesian tourists use tour agents to plan their trip, while 68 percent of them do their bookings online.
Last year, the ministry launched an area in their office called War Room that features interactive dashboards showcasing tourism promotions for Indonesia, other countries, tourist destinations, top 10 priority destinations and human resources institutions.

It also set up Indonesia Travel Exchange (ITX), a marketplace platform that aims to offer transaction space for buyers and sellers like travel agents, accommodation providers and attractions.

Additionally, Indonesian Charms Generation (GenPI), a youth community that aims to promote Indonesian tourism and has several chapters in different cities across the archipelago, is known for their tech-savvy approach in promoting the country.

For example, the GenPI branch in Central Java came up with Karetan Market event that relies heavily on social media promotion and exposure.

Other GenPI chapters are also following the success of Karetan Market by holding similar events such as Fishing Market in Lombok and Siti Nurbaya Market in West Sumatra. (jakartapost)

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