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Thursday, 28 September 2017 00:00

Tourism ministry wins BPS Awards 2017


Tourism ministry recently won an award from BPS Awards 2017 for “Ideal Data User, Ministry or Government Agency Category.”Receiving the award that was given directly by the head of Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Kecuk Suhariyanto was tourism minister Arief Yahya.

In his acceptance speech, Arief mentioned the importance of BPS to go digital, “If the data is late, then it is no longer relevant, the world is changing very fast. The solution is in Big Data, with Big Data BPS could become the richest institution in Indonesia,” said Arief.

The award was given on the National Statistics Day that fell on September 26. Apart from the award ceremony, there was also a seminar titled “Planning the Future of Statistics Gathering Format Using Information Technology.”

Arief moreover revealed that both tourism ministry and BPS have implemented Mobile Positioning Data (MPD) back in 2016. The method has earned the support and appreciation from UNWTO through the ministry and BPS delegates’ visit to the UNWTO in Madrid on January 31 this year and workshop on The Use of Mobile Positioning Data on Tourism Statistics that was held in Bali on March 23 this year.

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“MPD has been presented at the 6th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics in Manila on July 20 -21. The method received plenty of supports and appreciations from many countries and international institutions,” explained Arief.

MPD is the perfect the method in this digital era to gather information about the number overseas tourists since this method has several advantages such as real-time, speed, precision and wider coverage, also known as the 3Vs: Volume, Velocity and Variety.

Moreover, there are three aspects of data processing, also known as 3Ps: Performance, promotion and projection.

“MPD is used to measure performance while Big Data is used for promotion and projection,” said Arief.

Meanwhile, other awardees of BPS Awards 2017 include Bisinis Indonesia for “Ideal Media, Mass Media Category” and PT. Indofood Sukses Makmur for “Ideal Respondent, Company/Association Category.”(jakartapost)


Published in Tourism
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

Gren Mahe, a Ritual for Thanks Giving in Sikka

Gren Mahe is a sacred ritual held by the Tana ‘Ai community in the Sikka district to show respect and gratitude to Mother Earth (Ina Nian Tana) and Father Sky (Ama Lero Wulan Reta).

In the village of Kringa, Gren Mahe is usually celebrated every five years. Tana ‘Ai communities in other villages may hold it once a year, once every seven years or even once every 20 years, depending on the urgency to hold a Gren Mahe and on the community’s economic situation.

The leaders of the Tana ‘Ai communities, called Litin Pitu Lera Walu, are granted permission by their ancestors (Du’a Mo’an Watu Pitu) to lead the villagers through important decisions regarding the organization and implementation of Gren Mahe. As the ceremony is of great importance, this council of elders sometimes starts with the preparations almost a year before the actual ceremony takes place.

In some Tana ‘Ai communities, the ritual activities may last up to seven days and nights. Other communities, such as Kringa, limit the duration of Gren Mahe to two nights and days, due to economic reasons.

The rituals held during Gren Mahe are focused around the mahe, a village’s ritual center which also features two temporary stilt houses, woga and lepo. woga hosts a set of traditional gongs and drums that are used during the ritual performances. Underneath the house, the animals for the offerings – goats and pigs – are kept, tied to the stilts.

Only men who have already undergone gareng lamen (circumcision) are allowed to be in or around this house. The second house, lepo, functions as communal kitchen where food and drink are served and ritual offerings prepared.

According to local custom, it is mandatory that each participant of Gren Mahe, including guests, must pay respect to Tana ‘Ai ancestors by encircling the mahe three times.

As part of the event’s climax, the community members, or more precisely the circumcised, adult men, perform a traditional Tana ‘Ai martial art called labit. In the past, labit was performed by warriors before they went to war. The fights are accompanied by thundering gongs that indicate the start and the end of round. With a distinct kind of movement that includes seemingly unintentional hits, the two opponents start to challenge each other and trigger the fight.

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Nowadays the fighters either use their fists or wooden sticks as weapons, whereas in the past, they would fight each other with a parang (machete), which caused major bloodshed and serious injury. A myth tells that the injured would go into the forests and return after a short while with all their wounds healed.
Labit is followed by a joyful singing and dancing event dedicated to peace.

The performing women wear their most beautiful ikat costumes and do their hair in a traditionally decorated konde bun. Married women additionally wear bahar tibu, special golden earrings.
The ceremony closes with the ritual sacrifice of goats and pigs. Their meat is then distributed equally among the community members.
With Gren Mahe, the Tanah ‘Ai people lead us through their long-standing moral guidelines about human values, such as gratitude and respect to the universe and its superhuman leaders; about peace, justice, and courage – which are still highly valued there. Gren Mahe has been a means to pass on these unwritten life doctrines over generations.(florestourism.com)

Published in Tourism
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:00

Traditional Dance Dolo – Dolo Breaks Record Muri

Amount of 5000 people of Larantuka Flores participate traditional dance of Dolo Dolo in wataone, Witihama subdistrict Adonara, East Flores Regency on thrusday,26 September 2017.

Dolo Dolo is one of the traditional dance that is popular in that region. All of dancer was hold is other and body movement on circle .  the dance was participated by all the local in Adonara subdistrict.

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The event also was participate by the governor of East Nusa Tenggara Drs. Frans Lebu Raya dan the vice of  Bank Indonesia (BI) NTT, Naek Tigor Sinaga. Director Bank NTT, Eduardus Bria Seran, the head of  East Flores Regency, Antonius Hubertus Gege Hadjon and the vice regent , Agustinus Payong Boli, region  head of  Bank NTT East Flores  Kristoforus B. Langkamau and other related agency in Larantuka.

Senior Manager Museum Rekor Indonesia (MURI) Awang Rahargo at the time decide that  the traditional dance of  Dolo-Dolo was breaks  the Indonesian Museum of Records .(PK)


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Wonderful Indonesia recently participated in Otdykh Leisure event that was held at Expocentre, Moscow, Russia from Sept. 19 - 21. The Otdykh Leisure tourism exhibition has been held for 23 times and the Wonderful Indonesia brand has taken part in 12 of them.

“This is a strategic step in attracting Russian tourists who are going to spend their winter holiday in Asia Pacific countries including Indonesia,” explained tourism ministry's deputy minister for Overseas Promotion, I Gde Pitana.

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At the expo, the ministry presented 12 tourism practitioners consisting of four tour operators and eight hotels from Bali and Raja Ampat. The event itself catered for both Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business-to-Customer (B2C) approaches.

The Indonesian booth welcomed high-ranking employees and owners of tour operators, hotels and other tourism businesses from Russia and other areas. To attract visitors, the booth served Indonesian coffee and showcased a traditional dance performance.

Within the months of January until July this year, the number of Russian tourists visiting Indonesia was 66,074, about a 57.16 percent increase from the same period last year that only had 42,042 visitors. In a year, the increase was about 22,000 averaging around 1,800 tourists per month.
The ministry is targeting to welcome 108,000 tourists from Russia this year.

Published in Tourism

Tourism minister Arief Yahya has instructed all employees of the first, second and third echelons to come in a traditional outfit for the Tourism National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) III 2017 that will be held in Jakarta on September 26 -27.

“This is to show a diverse Indonesia as diversity is one of this country’s biggest forces in the tourism industry,” said Arief.
This is not the first time for the minister to ask his colleagues to wear traditional costumes to an official event. At this year’s Independence Day celebration Arief also required all attendees to don traditional costumes.Instead of calling the dress code "national costume", Arief preferred to use the term "archipelago costume".

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“[National costume] means uniformity whilst our environment is very diverse,” he added.
The third Rakornas will discuss the Calendar of Events 2018 in order to achieve next year’s target of 17 million international tourists and 270 million domestic tourists.
“The synergy for Wonderful Indonesia Calendar of Events 2018 is very important because we want to have more than 100 international-scale premium events to increase tourist visits in 2018. That’s why each region should be encouraged to come up with international events that will be included in the Calendar of Events,” told Arief.(jktp)

Published in Tourism

On the westernmost tip of the Island of  the town of Labuan Bajo, or also spelled Labuhan Bajo, sits peacefully a small fishing site with surprisingly comprehensive tourist facilities. The central logic for its wide range of amenities is the extraordinary interest of travelers to the existence of the dragon, locally called ora, if not for its superb national park that encompasses some 80 islands.

To most travelers and to westerners who own many businesses here, the developing town is somehow favorable and even romantic. The view on wooden cottages with thatched roofs camouflaged by shrubberies and towering trees up in the sloping township, overlooking an idyllic harbour, make an evening conversation with traveling partners an unforgettable experience. For some adventurers, Labuan Bajo can be an ideal getaway.

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Labuan Bajo is accessible by air, land, and sea. Its favorable location on the Island of Flores and entry port to the Komodo islands make Labuan Bajo a potential growing destination, aside to its rich agricultural potentials.

When Flying to Labuan Bajo is possible for the Komodo Airport is open for operation. Transnusa Airlines are directly connecting Labuan Bajo with several cities in Indonesia, such as: Denpasar, Kupang, Ende, and Mataram. With connecting flights, Labuan Bajo is also connected with Kalabahi in Alor. It also connects with Bajawa, Sikka, Manggarai, and Larantuka via Ende, Kupang, Maumere, Ruteng, and Tambolaka.

In otherside, there are an overland trip across the Island of Flores is possible but costly, connecting Labuan Bajo in the westernmost part to the renowned destinations in the eastern part. A bus from  Bali, would probably go to Mataram in Lombok.  From there you are set to take a long overland adventure in the bus to Bima, Sumbawa. In Bima, you will resume the exhausting trip to Sape. As you kiss the land in Sape, you can take a ferry to  Labuan Bajo.

It is very convenient if you join one of the live a boards serving Komodo and Flores. Many travelers come home satisfied after a week or longer on one of these around eastern Indonesia, as they get wise enough to choose the package, perfect timing, and best spots. Make sure the time of visit and weather condition fit one another. Never speculate on one aspect that will put you hapless

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One of Yogyakarta’s most popular destinations, Jl. Malioboro, is set to host the Malioboro Coffee Night on Oct. 2. The event is part of a partnership between Yogyakarta Archipelago Coffee Lovers Community and Yogyakarta administration to commemorate two the city's 261st anniversary and International Coffee Day that fall on Oct. 7 and Oct. 1, respectively.

Themed "Coffee, Culture and Industry", the event will kick off at 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. and feature 40 participating tenants from Yogyakarta, Kulonprogo, Bandung, Jakarta, Cianjur, Aceh, Flores, Medan and Papua.

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“The main highlight of this event is kopi tubruk [literally means collision coffee]. It will highlight not only coffee shops, but also coffee farmers and the industry itself,” said Yogyakarta Tourism Agency head Yunianto Dwi Sutono.

“The strong coffee culture in Yogyakarta will attract coffee lovers from all over the world, especially since Malioboro serves joss coffee, which is a unique coffee drink where hot charcoals are plunged into the drink,” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

The event also seeks to educate visitors several techniques of coffee making that they can do at home.
Visitors can also expect to be entertained by street music performances and exhibitions of cartoon artworks and sculptures, as well as visit a photobooth presented by Café 80 Bocor Alus.

As part of the city’s anniversary, Yogyakarta will also host Sapa Jogja Street Sculpture on Oct. 3 where art installations will be showcased in the Kotabaru area.
“A total of 17 tourist villages will take part in Grebeg Pasar event at the XT Square for one full day on Oct. 5,” said Yunanto.

Yogyakarta is said to also invite 25 mayors who are members of Indonesian City Administrations Association to join Jogja Fam Trip where they will meet with travel agents.
“For the finale, the event will host Wayang Jogja Night Carnival on Oct. 7, which will start at 6 p.m. and be paraded across Yogyakarta’s street arts from Jl. Sudirman to Kleringan Yogya,” added Yunianto.(Jktp)

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Batu Cermin, or Mirror Rock, is actually a tunnel or cave in a dark stone hills of  West Manggarai, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara. Batu Cermin Cave discovered in 1951 by the archaeologists as well as the Dutch pastor, Theodore Verhoven. Cave has an area over 19 hectares and 75 meters high.

From research conducted Theodore Verhoven, Batu Cermin Cave is one of the cave under the sea which is then lifted to the surface. This tour is so crowded during the day where the sunshine in the heat. Because the tourist want to know the origin of Batu Cermin.The sunlight that broke on the sidelines of the stone then reflected so give the impression of gloss on the stone (Mirror Cave).

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Batu Cermin Cave also has stalactites and stalagmites, which even takes the entrance of the cave. Therefore, in a tour is limited only 10 participants with the tour time of 30 minutes. Then alternate with other visitors. At least the incoming sunlight made the air in the cave is quite humid.

Besides the sparkling stalactites and stalagmites, Batu Cermin Cave also offers views of fossil corals, turtles, and tortoises that were in the cave wall. The fossil scenery looks very clearly.

The fossil also contain salt particles which reinforce the opinion of Theodore Verhoven. Explore the fossil landscape gives visitors to learn the life in ancient times. Beside there are the other sightings of a white rock formations long and close to incoming sunlight.
This is similar to the stone of Maria statue so that by Christians called Maria statue. Especially with the garnish sunlight coming around. Batu Cermin Cave is also enlivened by the presence of animals such as bats, spiders, and crickets.

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West Manggarai Government  Chamber of Commerce and Industry held management training  micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM)  Monday, (25/9) at Ball Room Pelangi Hotel.

The activities aim to  increase the local human resource in term of how to manage their product to be better.

“We need all the local product to patent.  All local product must have a good quality, Thus the products should not only consider the content but also the packages,”said dr. Any , one of the speaker .

The activities is attended by 20 local entrepreneurship, they come from 4 district namely,Komodo, Lembor, Welak  and Mebeliling. The activities will be hold during four days,  24 up to 28 Sepetember.

Published in Economic
Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Uncover the Marine Life Pink Beach

Pink Beach, or Pantai Merah, as it is aptly named, is one of seven pink beaches on the planet, and is just one of the many amazing features of that make it truly a Natural Wonder of Nature.
This exceptional beach gets its striking color from microscopic animals called Foraminifera, which produce a red pigment on the coral reefs.  For this reason, it is called Red Beach in the local tongue.

When the tiny fragments of red coral combine with the white sands, this produces the soft pink color that is visible along the shoreline. Aside from Pink Beach itself, a few small segments along Komodo’s eastern bay also have a pinkish tint.

Located immediately west of island in ,  Komodo Island is one of three larger and many islets that make up the Komodo National Park, and is particularly well-known as the natural habitat of the Komodo dragon. The Komodo Dragon is the largest living lizard, and takes its name after the island.

Take a moment to appreciate panoramic views of turquoise seas, green rolling hills, blue skies and fascinatingly pink sands. Aside from the obvious relaxation amidst this picture perfect scenery, Komodo is not short of interesting activities to partake in. Once you have finished taking in the magnificent surroundings, take a dip in the waters and uncover the marine beauty.  

The corals of the Pink Beach’s underwater gardens are in excellent condition, with hundreds of species of both soft and hard corals, and thousands of species of fish. Pink Beach is a terrific choice for snorkelers and beginner divers as even the shallow waters are home to an abundance of species to keep you more than entertained.

Once in Labuan Bajo, you can proceed to Komodo by speedboat. The port in Labuan Bajo is about a 10 minute drive from the Labuan Bajo airport. You can choose to dock straight on the fabled Pink Beach, or if you prefer a trek through the coral cliffs and mangroves, you could dock on a different side of the island, and embark on the 4 hour trek by foot to the beach. Click Here

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