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Anambas, Natuna islands marine tourism showcased at Wonderful Sail Natuna 2017

Natuna Islands will welcome 150 foreign tourists and 25 yachts for Wonderful Sail Natuna 2017, an international yacht rally supported by the Tourism Ministry that runs from June 13 to 15.


The three-day event is the result of a collaboration with Sail Malaysia Passage to the East, another yacht rally that departs from Langkawi to Sandakan in Sabah, the northern part of Kalimantan island.


“The Sail to Natuna event has been conducted for three years, partnering with the regency administration. The goal is to promote Natuna regency as the world’s leading destination for cruise tourism as well as stimulating infrastructure development for marine tourism,” said Esthy Reko Astuti from the Tourism Ministry, who oversees national tourism marketing.

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Fifty Thousand Tourists Flock to Boat-Burning Festival in Riau

Jakarta. The Tourism Ministry, Riau provincial administration and Rokan Hilir district administration held the Bakar Tongkang — literally, "boat-burning" — Festival in Bagansiapiapi on June 10-11. The festival managed to attract more than fifty thousand visitors, beyond the organizers' expectation.


Local residents and tourists flocked to the city's Ing Hok Kiong temple in the weekend for the boat-burning ceremony, which was first held in the 19th century.


The religious ritual commemorates the arrival of Chinese traders and immigrants in Bagansiapiapi in 1820.


"A total of 52,000 tourists attended the festival, 30,000 locals and 22,000 international visitors… beyond our expectation of 43,000 attendees," Riau tourism agency head Fahmizal Usman said in a statement on Monday (12/06).

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Potential commodities boom: Harmful for income inequality

Mid-year of 2017 which will be marked as mid-term of President Joko ‘Jokowi’, is now around the corner. Jokowi set key developmental targets at the beginning of his administration. One of them is narrowing down income inequality.


Income inequality has declined since President Jokowi took the office. Gini Coefficient, which measures income distribution ranges from zero (perfect equal meaning everyone earns the same income) to one (only one person earns all income in an economy), has fallen from 0.405 to 0.394. Gini Coefficient indicates a declining trend.


Therefore, the follow-up question for that progress is that what makes income inequality narrowing down? There is a tendency that lower commodity prices would lead to narrowing down income inequality.


It is no secret that Indonesia’s economy relies heavily on commodities, for example palm oil, rubber, and natural gas. When the commodity prices boom, Indonesia enjoys relatively massive amount of foreign exchange, and even

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Indonesia eyes Hong Kong tourists at International Travel Expo

The Tourism Ministry is bringing eight tourism players to the International Travel Expo (ITE) in Hong Kong set to run from June 15 to 18 in a bid to promote Indonesian destinations to the Hong Kong market.


“Hong Kong contributed 83,830 to the total 12,023,971 foreign tourists who visited Indonesia in 2016,” said the ministry's deputy minister for Overseas Promotion, I Gde Pitana.

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing on Central Kalimantan regency develops tourist village


A tourist village homestay program initiated by the Tourism Ministry has inspired regions across Indonesia to adopt the business model.


The latest being in Gunung Mas regency, Central Kalimantan, which will allocate funds to create a tourist village in Hurung Bunut village, Kurun district.


“This year, we’re going to allocate Rp 10 billion [US$751,000] of special allocation funds [DAK] from the state budget to build road infrastructure in Hurung Bunut village, which is set to become a tourist village,” said Gunung Mas Regent Arton S. Dohong.


Hurung Bunut village is chosen due to its strong mutual cooperation among the residents and unique characteristics.


The people in the village will be given training and mentoring from the national tourist village council, as well as tools to hone the villagers’ skills. 


“There isn’t a single tourist attraction there but we’re going to make one,” added Arton.



The head of Gunung Mas Youth Tourism and Sports Agency, Sew

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing: Bali Blues Festival returns in late May


Great news for blues fans: Bali Blues Festival returns for the third time from May 26 to 27.


The two-day music festival will be held on Peninsula Island, Nusa Dua, with performances by Gugun Blues Shelter feat. Indra Lesmana, The Six Strings, Krakatau Reunion and Gilang Ramadhan, to name a few.


Last year, the event attracted 3,000 – 5,000 visitors, mostly overseas tourists.



Bali was named the global winner of the 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards in March by Travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor. (asw)

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Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing on Bali's 2017 Tourist Village Awards Highlights

Gianyar. Bali's local government awarded 29 villages with silver and bronze stars at the 2017 Tourist Village Awards at Taman Nusa cultural park in Gianyar district on Friday (26/05).


The event's committee head, Made Mendra Astawa, said awards were given to villages who displayed concerted efforts to develop amenities and infrastructure to attract a growing number of tourists.


Seventeen villages were awarded silver stars, while 12 others received bronze stars. However, no villages were awarded with gold.


Mendra said the committee, comprised of 14 judges, conducted their assessments from April 20 to May 18 and applied regional standards to evaluate each village.


Bali Tourism Agency head A.A. Yuniartha said he hopes all tourist villages on the island, which total 104, can work to develop local amenities and attract a larger number of visitors.



"We hope that all of our villages will be transformed into tourist destinations, many visitors, especially from Europe, are

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