Obamas Vacation In Indonesia

Former U.S. President Lived In Jakarta, Yogyakarta

By Reuters

President Obama and his family have spent the past five days island-hopping in Indonesia, visiting everywhere from Jakarta to Bali. From white water rafting to visiting temples on Java, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s private family holiday is being closely tracked in Indonesia where he spent four years as a child.

Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man following the end of her marriage to Obama’s Kenyan father.

“I feel proud that my friend became a president,” said Sonni Gondokusumo, 56, a former classmate of Obama at the Menteng 01 state elementary school in Jakarta.

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Gondokusumo showed a class photograph of himself standing behind a young Obama, who was wearing a school beret.

“He was a clever boy. Whenever a teacher asked him to solve a problem in front of the class, he could do it,” Gondokusomo told Reuters, adding he hoped to meet the former president again.

Obama remains popular in the world’s most populous Muslim nation and his trip has been splashed across the media during an extended public holiday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The Rakyat Merdeka newspaper carried a headline “Obama loves Indonesia.”

Obama returned for an official visit as president in 2010 with his wife, Michelle, but this time has brought daughters Malia and Sasha as well.

Indonesians are avid social media users and snaps of the former U.S. president walking with his family in rice fields and rafting on Bali’s Ayung River have gone viral.

Obama kicked off the holiday on the island of Bali, where he stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bali near the cultural center of Ubud. On Wednesday, Obama and his family arrived in the city of Yogyakarta and visited the ancient temple of Borobudur.

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According to CNN Indonesia, Central Java police deployed 700 officers to secure his visit to Borobudur, a Buddhist temple dating from the 8th and 9th centuries.

Obama is due to meet President Joko Widodo on Friday at the palace in Bogor, south of Jakarta, and visit the capital on Saturday.

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Indonesia Has Many Of The World’s Largest Islands

More Than 17,500 Islands Across The Equator

Indonesia includes some of the largest and most exotic islands in the world, including Bali, Borneo, Java, Komodo, New Guinea, and Sumatra. There are more than 17,500 islands in all. Indonesia shares two of its largest islands with other countries. The Indonesian state of Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya, occupies the western half of New Guinea—the world’s second largest island. Indonesia also controls part of the island of Borneo, which is the third-largest island in the world. Indonesia shares the island of Borneo with Brunei and Malaysia. Indonesia’s share of Borneo is called Kalimantan.

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In addition to these large islands, Indonesia controls all of Sumatra, which is the sixth-largest island in the world. Meanwhile, Sulawesi and Java rank as the 11th and 13th largest islands on the planet. Java is the most populous of the Indonesian island—more than 60 percent of all Indonesians live here—and it is the most populated island in the world. Java,is home to the capital city of Jakarta, where about 25 million people live. Despite the population density on Java, hundreds of other islands in the country are uninhabited.

The real beauty of Indonesia is found in the eyes and smiles of its people. Taking the time to learn some simple Indonesian words and phrases will help you unveil more of this country’s wonderful treasures.

Indonesia has a lengthy history that includes some of the earliest human civilizations, as evidenced by the archeological discovery of Java man on the island of Java in the 19th Century. Java Man is the name given to fossils discovered in 1891 at Trinil on the banks of the Bengawan Solo River in East Java, one of the first known specimens of Homo erectus. Its discoverer, Eugène Dubois, gave it the scientific name Pithecanthropus erectus, a name derived from Greek and Latin roots meaning upright ape-man. For more than a century, these were the earliest known human fossils, which unleashed speculation that this region of the world could have spawned human civilization.

Archaeologists made another significant discovery in Indonesia in 2003, when the remains of hobbit-sized humans were found on the remote island of Flores. This human relative, dubbed Flores Man, dates back about 18,000 years, which makes it a more modern skeleton than Java Man or Solo Man. It’s called hobbit because the stature of the newly discovered species is about three feet tall. These people walked upright and had a brain about the size of a chimpanzee.

The country also will play an influential role in the future of human civilization, due to its enormous population and valuable resources. With more than 230 million people, Indonesia is already the fourth most-populous country in the world, behind China, India, and the United States.

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Indonesia is home to the world’s second-largest rainforest and hosts many endangered species, including the Sumatran tiger, Javan rhinoceros, orangutan, Komodo dragon, and many others. This tropical country stretches more than 3,200 miles across the Equator. The islands form a massive dotted line that separates the Indian Ocean from the Pacific Ocean.

Although the country does not have an official religion, Indonesia is the largest Islamic country in the world. It has a diverse religious history, including animism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. It also has a varied religious climate today that includes virtually every faith in the world.

Most Indonesians are happy, friendly, and curious people. They often will speak to you as you cross paths. They typically will ask where you are from and where you are going. When you have the opportunity, try to converse with locals. It can be educational, informative, and rewarding. Most Indonesian people know at least a few English words and are eager to learn more. Many Indonesians are very articulate in English, especially those involved in tourism, retail, and international business.

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Taking time to study this book will help you get the most from your trip. Study the chapter on “Essential Phrases” until you are comfortable with many basic words and phrases. The ability to manage a basic vocabulary will help you get the most out of your time in this fascinating country. This book will help you handle almost any situation you may encounter. When you find yourself at a loss for words, be creative—body language and hand gestures can be helpful. In many situations, you can find someone nearby who can interpret for you.

Most Indonesians work very hard to support their families. Treat them with respect and most Indonesians will return it ten times over. To show your respect, try to say some words in their language and offer to tip the people who help you. It also helps to smile when conversing with locals. You also should avoid crossing your arms against your chest when conversing with, or observing, locals. This is a hostile stance in most of Asia and can generate a cold response.

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One of the most important phrases that you should remember is Terima kasih. (TEHR‑ree‑MAH KAH‑see) Thank you. These simple words often will generate a smile and a nod. In response, the person will likely say Sama sama, which means Same to you or the equivalent of You are welcome. The person might also say, Terima kasih kembali, which also means thank you in return or you are welcome.

There are approximately 300 different cultures throughout this large country, including more than 250 different languages. Bahasa Indonesia, or Indonesian, is the official and most common language (“bahasa” is the Indonesian word for “language.”). It is spoken in part by almost every culture throughout the vast country. Bahasa Indonesia contains aspects of many other languages, including Javanese, Malay, English and Latin. It also includes Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, and Dutch influences. Dutch colonialists revised Bahasa Indonesia during their occupation of this tropical country.

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Bali, Java Have Most Of Indonesia’s Golf Courses

World-Class Golf Found Across Indonesia

Indonesian golf courses, typically beautiful and challenging, appeal to golfers of all levels. World-class golf courses are found on the shores of picturesque lakes, inside a volcanic crater, on ocean cliffs, surrounded by lush tropical rain forest, on mountain sides, amidst rice paddies, and in valleys with a panoramic views.

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Most golf courses are concentrated on the islands of Java near Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya. There are more than 50 golf courses within an hour of Jakarta alone. Bali also hosts three world-class courses.

International professionals, including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Greg Norman, and Gary Player, have designed many of the golf courses in Indonesia. The courses include clubhouses with amenities, such as international restaurants, bars, showers, locker rooms, and massage services. Many courses and clubs are at higher elevations, which offer relief from the heat below.

Playing golf is relatively affordable in Indonesia. Green fees vary from 75,000 – 200,000 rupiah during the week and 10,000 to 350,000 rupiah (and more) on weekends and holidays.

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Caddies in Indonesia are predominantly young women. Caddy fees range from 16,000-40,000 rupiah. It is customary to tip the caddy 50,000-100,000 rupiah when your round is complete.

Most golf courses offer a driving range. There also are several driving ranges in Jakarta, including multi-level facilities that reach into the sky like small skyscrapers. Check the Jakarta Shopper’s Guide for current information.

Indonesia has hosted numerous international golf tournaments on Java and Bali. In recent years, these have included the Johnnie Walker Super Tour, The Alfred Dunhill Masters, Volvo Asian Match Play, and the Bali Classic. The Indonesian Open is played in Jakarta and is the largest international tournament in the country.

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Some courses are very crowded on Saturday mornings. It could take up to five or six hours to play 18 holes on busy days. Some courses are walking courses and some are cart courses. People who cannot handle walking distances in the tropical heat and high humidity should use the cart courses. Heat stroke is a real possibility, so drink plenty of liquids out on the course, and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat.

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Indonesia Tourists Threaten Boycotts After Traffickers Executed

Little Impact Reported By Tour Operators

Travel operators in Australia say they do not expect a drop in the number of travelers to Indonesia, despite calls for a boycott after the execution of two Australians along with six others this week.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight people executed by firing squad early Wednesday morning. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it “cannot be business as usual” with Indonesia, after the latest executions for drug trafficking.

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Australia withdrew its ambassador in response and there have been calls on social media to boycott Indonesia. Several companies said travelers showed few signs of being deterred.

“At the moment it doesn’t look like there’s been any impact so far on the demand,” said the Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce. “Despite anger at the Indonesian government a lot of customers recognize that boycotting Bali is only going to damage the local population,” he added.

A spokesman for the Flight Centre travel group told the BBC the island of Bali had long been among the top three most popular destinations for Australian travelers.

“We have not had customers changing their holiday plans and we wouldn’t have expected to, as they would have been aware of this case when those bookings were made,” said Haydn Long. “Overall, I think Bali will continue to be a really popular choice for Australian travelers, but it is certainly possible that some people may consider other alternatives in the current climate.”

Online travel agency Webjet said demand from Australians for flights to Bali had in fact risen by 42 percent over the past four weeks compared with the same period a year earlier.

The chief executive, John Guscic, said there was often little link between overseas events and traveling habits.

“Whenever there has been a political event historically, if there is a period of suppressed bookings, it picks up very quickly and reverts to the underlying performance of the market,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported him saying.

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Some Australians have vowed on social media never to visit Indonesia again using the #BoycottBali or #BoycottIndonesia hashtags. Others, however, say such views are hypocritical, given several other popular travel destinations use the death sentence, and a boycott would only harm local people who depend on tourism.

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, condemned the eight executions as “cruel and unnecessary.” Filipina Mary Jane Veloso’s execution was postponed at the last minute.

But despite the unprecedented step of recalling his ambassador, he said the relationship between Australia and Indonesia “is important, remains important, will always be important, will become more important as time goes by.”

Indonesia says it takes a hard line because of the country’s own drugs problem – 33 Indonesians die every day as a result of drugs, according to Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency. The country has some of the toughest drug laws in the world and ended a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013.

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Indonesia Allows More Tourists To Visit Without Visa

Australians Left Off List Over Human Rights Criticism

Indonesia will soon allow tourists from an additional 30 countries to visit without a visa, but neighboring Australia was left off the list amid a row over looming executions of foreign prisoners.

The move comes as Jakarta seeks to boost a faltering economy, while attracting more foreign income as the rupiah rapidly weakens. Indonesia currently only allows tourists from 15 countries, mostly in Southeast Asia, to visit without a visa. People from a number of other countries can buy one upon arrival.

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The 30 countries added to the list are mainly European, but also include China, Russia and several others in Asia, the United States and some nations in the Middle East and Africa, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said.

“People who want to travel to Indonesia won’t need to worry about a visa any more,” Yahya said on Monday. “We hope that we can attract an additional one million foreign tourists,” he added.

Indonesia has long lagged behind its neighbors in attracting foreign visitors. In 2013, 8.8 million foreign visitors came to Indonesia, according to official figures, compared with 25.72 million in Malaysia and 26.55 million in Thailand.

Australia – which accounted for more than 10 percent of Indonesia’s foreign visitors in 2013 – was not included in the list of countries whose citizens will no longer require a visa. Ties between Indonesia and Australia have deteriorated in recent months as Jakarta prepares to execute two Australian drug traffickers on death row who were convicted of trying to smuggle heroin out of Bali.

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Yahya denied the row had played a role, suggesting that Australia was excluded from the list because its own policy required visiting Indonesians to have a visa.

“If we give visa-free travel to Australia, we have to be given the same thing,” Yahya said. “It cannot be that we give it to them first.”

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Indonesia’s economy has been hard hit as investors withdraw funds and redirect them back towards more developed markets, which have recently been showing signs of renewed strength. The economic woes have seen the rupiah sink to a 17-year low against the dollar in recent days.

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Plane From Surabaya to Singapore Lost Contact With Air Traffic

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Down In Java Sea

An AirAsia Indonesia plane traveling from Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday morning. Flight QZ8501 has 155 passengers and seven crew members on board. The passengers include 149 Indonesians, one Singaporean, one British, one Malaysian and three Koreans.

AirAsia flight lost between Surabaya and Singapore

“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 hrs this morning,” said an airline statement.

“At the present time, we unfortunately have no further information regarding the status of the passengers and crew members on board.

“Search and rescue operations are in progress and AirAsia is cooperating fully and assisting the rescue service,” said the airline.

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The Airbus A320-200 left Juanda international airport in Surabaya in east Java at 5.20am and was expected to arrive in Singapore at 8.30am (0030 GMT).

Joko Muryo Atmodjo, air transportation director at the Transport Ministry, told a news conference that the aircraft was between the Indonesian port of Tanjung Pandan and the town of Pontianak, in West Kalimantan on Borneo island, when it went missing.

“We are coordinating with rescue team and looking for its position. We believe it is somewhere between Tanjung Pandan, a town on Belitung island, and Kalimantan,” AFP quoted Indonesia’s air transportation director-general Djoko Murjatmodjo as saying.

Air force spokesman Marsma Hadi Tjahjanto confirmed that the air force was using the last point of contact to conduct an air search. He said the air force radar recorded the weather at the time as cloudy, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/air-asia-flight-bound-singapore-lost-contact-air-traffic-report-2014

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Google Boosting Indonesia Tourism

Indonesia’s Biggest Cities On Google Street Views

The tool allows users to virtually explore parts of Indonesia through panoramic street-level images in Google Maps, and it could help tourists better understand the ups and downs of traveling in the world’s largest archipelago, said Rudy Ramawy, Google Indonesia’s country director. Collecting those images was a challenge.

“We tailored our driving schedules and routes to account for a number of local factors, such as weather, traffic, other driving conditions and speed of collection,” said Mr. Ramawy. In Jakarta, for example, a city notorious for gridlock, Google drivers had to pick hours when traffic would be less heavy, he said.

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The hope, now, is that Indonesians and visitors alike can use it to their advantage.

Working in partnership with Indonesia’s Ministry of tourism and Creative Economy, Google began collecting imagery here in November 2012. Tourism Minister Mari Pangestu said at the time that the tool could help promote tourism by allowing travelers to view hotels before arriving, make travel plans and arrange meeting spots.

Business owners could also embed the imagery onto their websites to provide more information about their establishment to consumers, said Mr. Ramawy.

With a population of nearly 250 million people, Indonesia is Google’s biggest market in Southeast Asia. Just days after its launch last week, Mr. Ramawy said searches for street view were “spiking.”

“Street View is a great tool to showcase Indonesia globally,” he said. “Hotels, for example, will have a new way of showing future guests what their building and surrounding neighborhood looks like,” helping locals and tourists alike become more easily familiar with Indonesia.”

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Launched officially by Google in 2007, the technology  has already helped attract attention to some countries. In Japan, for example, the number of Google searches for Hashima Island jumped after it appeared in the James Bond film, Skyfall. When Street View digitized the movie set in June 2012, “it had the same impact,” said Mr. Ramawy.

In Indonesia, Google also unveiled new underwater Street View imagery of the reefs at Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the project, which allows users explore imagery of colorful coral beds, manta rays, and other marine life, the U.S.-based company teamed up with Caitlin Seaview Survey, a team of scientists mapping the world’s coral reefs.

Street View has only captured images for four cities, Jakarta; Bogor, West Java; Surabaya, East Java; and Bali’s Denpasar. Mr. Ramawy said Google would love “to continue bringing more of Indonesia on to Street View,” but he did not elaborate further.

Indonesia joins 57 other countries world-wide, including Singapore, Thailand, and Cambodia, in showcasing its streets — even with the crazy traffic.

Source; http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2014/08/27/google-street-view-could-give-a-boost-to-indonesian-tourism/

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Indonesia Plans 25 Percent Boost In Tourism

Island Nation Targeting China, Middle East

Outlining its latest five-year development plan, the Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy said it wants to welcome 12.7 million overseas visitors in 2019. This result would mark a 25% increase compared to the 9.5 million arrivals it is targeting this year.

Over the past five years, Indonesia’s international arrivals increased 35% from seven million in 2010 to the 9.5 million projected for 2014.

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“Backed by this significant growth, we’ve decided to increase the growth in foreign tourist arrivals from 20%… to 25 percent,” the Jakarta Post reported the ministry’s director general for marketing, Esthy Reko Astuti, as saying this week.

The development plan will focus on driving more visitors from 15 key markets, namely Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, US, UK India, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia. Combined, these markets currently contribute 80% of all arrivals to Indonesia.

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But Esthy said Indonesia could also attract tourists from the Middle East.

“We have to generate more tourists from these countries because based on our experience, when a Middle Eastern airline opens direct flights to Indonesia, they tend to attract more outbound tourists from Indonesia rather than inbound tourists to Indonesia,” Esthy told reporters. “We need to boost our promotion in the Middle East to attract more visitors from the region.”

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Source: http://www.traveldailymedia.com/208911/indonesia-plans-25-jump-in-tourism-arrivals/

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Garuda Indonesia Raises Passenger Target

Indonesia’s Tourism Booming

Having a population of around 245 million people and comprising about 17,500 islands stretching from Papua to Sumatra, Indonesia is a very promising market for the airline industry.

“The market potential that had not yet been exploited was large,” National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia President Director Emirsyah Satar stated in Jakarta last week.

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Indonesia’s air traffic passengers rose to 94.9 million last year or 39 percent of the total population of the country, which was 244.5 million. While in several other countries the number of air traffic passengers was higher than the population of the countries, for example, Singapore, which had an air traffic passenger of 39 million while its population was only 5.4 million or 722 percent of its total population.

The country’s flourishing economy had also contributed to the airline industry’s improving potential. Indonesia was predicted to become the worlds seventh biggest economy by 2030.

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As part of its business expansion strategies, Garuda had improved its services, convenience and security as well as established alliances with a number of other airlines by joining the SkyTeam. The airline had received the certificate of IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) from IATA, meaning that Garuda had fully met the international flight security standard.

Garuda, which carried 90,108 Indonesian hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia last year, won the title of “The Best Airline” for the Hajj Season 1434H/2013 from the kingdoms Abdul Aziz International Airport aviation authorities. Last year, it also won “The Worlds Best Economy Class 2013″ award from Syktrax and was placed 13th in the Skytrax Global Airline Rankings. Emirates, Qatar Airways, and Singapore Airlines ranked first, second and third, respectively, in the Global Airline Rankings 2013.

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“With the successes that were achieved over the past few years, Garuda Indonesia had made a quantum leap to develop and dominate the Indonesian aviation market,” he asserted. Its strategies to boost growth include expansion, fleet rejuvenation, brand strengthening, improvement of its product and service quality, efficiency in cost structure and improvement of the human resources quality and quantity.

In 2014, Garuda Indonesia had set a target to serve 30 million passengers, an increase from 25 million passengers who flew with Garuda in 2013.

“We target an increase of 15-20 percent in 2014,” Emirsyah Satar stated.

Garuda booked an operational income of US$3.72 billion in 2013, up seven percent from the previous year. However, Garuda recorded a decrease in its profit from US$168.1 million in 2012 to US$56.4 million last year, because of its investments in fleet expansion and Citilink as a low-cost carrier. The seat load factor (SLF) in 2013 marginally dropped to 74.1 percent from 75.9 percent in the previous year.

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“The performance of Garuda in 2013 was severely affected by the rupiah depreciation and high growth as well as investments on improving the airlines position in the future,” he explained.

In the first quarter of last year, Garuda expanded flight networking to six new international routes to Europe and the Middle East–Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan, Dusseldorf, Munich, and Bahrain–served by Ettihad Airways. In the second quarter, Garuda signed a funding agreement for two jetliners B777-300ER using the Syariah (Islamic law) principle and paid syndicated debts worth US$55 million, which was a commercial loan from Citi Club Deal. In the third quarter, Garuda paid debts of US$75 million from Indonesia Exim Bank.

Expanding its businesses, the airlines started flying to nine domestic destinations and 25 domestic routes that contribute to an 80 percent increase in its domestic flights per day. It also plans to open three new international destinations in 2014. “The new international flight destinations were London, England; Manila, the Philippines; and Mumbai, India,” Emirsyah Satar said.

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Last year, Garuda Indonesia had opened two international destinations and six international routes. The new routes were expected to develop and to strengthen the airline’s flight network as well as to meet the anticipated increase in the number of airline passengers.

The airline until the end of 2013 had 140 airplane, consisting of 23 company-owned ones and 117 leased ones. Of the total, 30 airplane were operated by Citilink, its subsidiary, with 25 leased and five company-owned airplane. He pointed out that Garuda’s aircraft were younger, from mostly 6.5 years old in 2011 to 5.8 years old in 2012.

To support its flights to new routes, Garuda planned to increase its fleet from 140 at the end of 2013 to 169 planes by the end of this year.

“We will increase our fleet to 169 in 2014,” Garudas CEO Satar said. “We will increase the number of our airplanes prudently based on growth,” he added.

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Indeed, the aviation sector in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, according to Airbus research, was the fastest-growing market and was expected to need 11 thousand airplanes in the next 20 years.

“There was no doubt that the Asia Pacific market was important currently as well as in the future,” Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said in a written statement on April 1, 2014.

In view of that, he stated that Airbus will continue dominating sales in the region because the company had the type of aircraft needed by airline companies in the region. He asserted that various airline companies in the Asia-Pacific region will receive 10,940 passenger and cargo airplanes from 2013 until 2032, worth a total of US$1.8 trillion.

“This represented 37 percent of the total deliveries across the world in the next 20 years surpassing those for Europe, North America and the Middle East,” he added.

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Regionally, Garuda Indonesia was ready to compete in a free market after the implementation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.

“Garuda Indonesia had prepared itself with marketing and operational strategies,” General Manager of Garuda Indonesia for Manado branch Piktor Sitohang said.

Garuda’s subsidiary budget airline Citilink had also expanded its operation internationally by launching its first international flight service from Surabaya in East Java, Indonesia, to Johor Baru, Malaysia, recently. Citilink also planned to serve the routes between Surabaya and Kuala Lumpur next month, Singapore in May and later Hong Kong, Taipei and Perth.

The airline hoped to facilitate transport for migrant workers, tourists and other passengers to those cities, Citilink CEO Arif Wibowo said recently. Arif said Citilink hoped to fly 800,000 Indonesian migrant workers to and from the five cities a year.

Citilink operates a fleet of 24 units of the latest series of Airbus A320, including two units of the Sharklets type, to serve 32 domestic routes.

Source: http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/93502/garuda-indonesia-sets-ambitious-target-in-2014

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Indonesia Not Ready For More Cruise Ships

Indonesia Boosting Port Capacity For Cruises

Steven Young, a top official with ship operator Carnival UK, visited Indonesia‘s booth during the 2014 Cruise Shipping Miami exhibition with one important purpose: To find out whether there has been infrastructure and facility improvements in the country’s ports and shipping industry.

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The Jakarta Post reports that Young, head of port operations & services with the world’s largest ship operator, wanted to make sure that Indonesia had fulfilled its promise to develop its ports and facilities.

“Our ship came to Semarang [Central Java] months ago and was upset with the condition of the port. I came here to find out if improvements had been made,” he said, referring to his cruise line Costa Victoria.

On his visit to the Indonesian booth, Young was welcomed by and had a discussion with Ali Sodikin, general manager of Benoa Port, whose parent company, port operator PT Pelindo III, also supervises Tanjung Mas Port in Semarang.

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During the brief talk, Young asked the Indonesian port authority if it had improved port facilities, including dredging the access channel and the turning basin. Improvements would ensure that every ship could enter and anchor in the port safely.

Responding to the inquiries, Ali said the port authority — with the help of the Transportation Ministry — had dredged the access channel and the turning basin in Semarang Port to accommodate larger ships.

The port operator, Ali said, was also in the midst of improving Benoa and Celukan Bawang (Bali), Tanjung Perak (Surabaya), Tanjung Tembaga (Probolinggo) and Kumai in Central Kalimantan.

Young was not the only global ship operator representative who wanted an update on port conditions in Indonesia. Representatives from Holland America Line, Salen Ship Management AB, Carnival Australia and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, to name a few, also met with Indonesian delegates to get updates on infrastructure development as well new tourist destinations in the archipelago.

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Data and media reports have shown the potential of the cruise shipping industry in Indonesia and, generally, in the Asia-Pacific region. During the Cruise Shipping Miami conference, Adam Goldstein, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, also highlighted the potential too.

“Virtually anything is possible,” Goldstein said about the potential for Asia and the Australasia region.

He said Indonesia was home to potential tourist destinations but unfortunately did not provide enough facilities. “The industry is still struggling and infrastructure development is very slow,” Goldstein added.

Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry director for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibition (MICE) and special interests promotion, Rizki Handayani, who also attended Cruise Shipping Miami, said the government needed to develop ports to achieve its target of welcoming 500,000 cruise ship passengers by 2016.

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“The number of cruise ship passengers visiting Indonesia is on the rise. The issue here is the fact that our ports cannot accommodate large ships,” she said, adding that the number of cruise passengers had reached 200,000 in 2013.

Rizki emphasized that the target of seeing 500,000 cruise passengers by 2016 could be achieved if the government improved some of its ports, particularly Benoa Port in Bali, and also developed new tourist destinations to support the domestic cruise shipping industry.

Hong Kong, which claims to be Asia’s cruise hub, currently operates two terminals: Ocean Terminal and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Both can accommodate large ships measuring up to 300 meters in length. They are also equipped with ship repair and engineering maintenance facilities.

Benoa, in the meantime, has been seeing improvements, albeit slowly.

With one of the world’s longest coastlines, Indonesia has plenty of tourist destinations. Unfortunately, many points of interests, such as in Semarang and Bali, are not accessible to large ships. Meanwhile, Sabang Port, in Aceh, which is ready to accommodate large ships, has no tourist destinations to offer.

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Cruise ship passengers who stop at Sabang Port, for example, have to take smaller boats and then buses, before reaching points of interest in the province. This situation has deterred tourists from visiting the area.

According to Rizki, Indonesia has more tourist spots than its neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Thailand. Cruise ship passengers usually only visit Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand as well as Kuala Lumpur, Malaka and Penang in Malaysia.

“Indonesia has opportunity,” Rizki added.

Indonesia has at least 100 destinations to offer, including those in remote areas accessible to mid-sized ships. If the government develops Benoa Port to accommodate larger ships, more passengers would visit Indonesia. “My message is clear. The government needs to seriously work on this issue. The entry of large ships will bring more tourists who will spend more money and eventually drive the economy in tourist areas,” she said.

Purba Robert Sianipar, assistant to the deputy minister at the Coordinating Economic Ministry, criticized the Transportation Ministry for working too slowly.

Robert said the government needed to take the issue of port development into account because it would have positive effects on the economy.

Source: http://www.eturbonews.com/43918/indonesia-not-completely-ready-cruise-port-facilities-facilitate

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