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Travelers Abandon Bali for New Destinations

The Island of Bali retains its leading position as Indonesia’s most popular tourism destination, particularly in welcoming visitors from developing economies. That tourism tastes and trends are changing is revealed in a publication released by Colliers Indonesia, “Exploring the Anticipated Hospitality Industry in Indonesia for 2024” . The Collier Report states that foreign tourists are […]

Bali Ranked “Best” by DestinAsian Magazine

One of Asia’s leading travel publications DestinAsian Magazine, has announced its 2024 version of its Readers’ Choice Awards in the March-May edition.  This year’s list of Asia’s best across a range of travel categories is DestinAsian Magazine’s 17th year compiling a list of award winners for the best element of the luxury travel industry in

It’s Official: Prabowo Subianto is RI #1

The Indonesian General Election Commission (KPU) has finished its 14 February presidential election audit and confirmed Probowo Subianto as Indonesia’s 8th President since Independence in 1945. Probowo ran for office under the Partai Gerakan Indonesia (Gerinda) banner on a ticket with President Joko Widodo’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, as his Vice-Presidential candidate. In the

Bali’s Tourism Tax Paid by 40% of Visitors reports that only 40% of international visitors to Bali since 14 February 2024 have paid the new Rp. 150,000 tourism tax, which became “mandatory” on that date. Data collected by the Bali Tourism Office (Dinas Pariwisata Bali) said Rp. 39.9 billion was collected from 219,466 foreign tourists between 07 February and 18 March 2024.

What it Will Cost to Self-Drive Jakarta to Bali has compiled a beneficial estimation of the cost of driving your car from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, to the island of Bali. In recent years, new toll roads have been built or are in the process of construction that have hastened the overland travel time covering the approximate 1,186 kilometers of roads connecting the two

George Harliono Event: Tickets Going Fast

The clock is ticking down to what promises to be the most exciting Bali musical event of 2024 when British-Indonesian world-renowned classical pianist George Harliono returns to the stage of The Plumeria Ballroom at the Padma Legian Resort Bali on Sunday, 07 April 2024. Ticket sales are proceeding briskly with indications that the solo classical

Dengue Fever Rates at Record Highs

The Indonesian Health Ministry reports that the number of cases of Deman Berdarah Fever (Hemorrhagic Fever-Dengue Fever) more than doubled in March 2024 compared to the same period in 2023. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, was quoted by the State News Agency Antara on 22 March 2024, saying that

Bali Food Prices Soaring reports Bali residents are encountering record-high prices when shopping for food at local markets. A case in point is the price of tomatoes, which has increased dramatically. Tomatoes that once fetched around Rp. 15,000 per kilo now can cost Rp. 40,000 per kilogram. The higher price for tomatoes is found at all traditional markets

Bali Prosecutors Seeking Death on Appeal

The Indonesian criminal justice system allows appeals by defendants and prosecutors when the convicted party considers the sentence handed down in a trial too harsh or when prosecutors feel the punishment handed down by the Court is too lenient. After the appeal process, sentences initially meted out by the Court can be affirmed, abolished, enhanced,

Hatten Wines: A Bountiful Bali Business

PT Hatten Bali (WINE), a Bali-based vineyard operator and winery recorded a net profit of Rp. 42 billion for 2023.  PT Hatten Wine was established in 1994 and now produces ten wine products using both domestic grapes grown in Bali and juice extracted from premium Australian grapes. Hatten’s vineyards are located in the villages of

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