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Hotels Lombok fully booked

The upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays have caused 80 percent of all hotels on the island of Lombok, just east of the resort island of Bali, to report completely fully booked weeks. Bookings are made by Indonesians as well as foreigners. On the famous Gili Islands almost all hotels and homestays are fully booked already.

Based on information gathered in the area, there are now some 3.000 tourists on Gili Trawangan. A big part of them are Europeans but there is also a fair share of Jakartans, Surabayans and people from Sulawesi. Owners of hotels and homestays say that most rooms are fully booked until early in the new year from today on. It is even expected that the number of tourists will increase in the few days before New Year’s eve.

Because this high number of visitors, drastic measures are taken to give them all a place to sleep. The main office in the village is now partly in use as temporary shelter for those who are not able to get a room on the island. It is also possible for them to be transferred to nearby Gili Air or Gili Meno. Senggigi, the normally quiet tourist village along the western coast, sees similar crowds flocking to the area.

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Airport almost ready

Govt eyes finalization of key airport projects

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Mon, 11/23/2009 9:14 AM | Business

Airport development projects will be one of the priorities of the Transportation Ministry next year, including the finalization of ongoing expansion projects at three international airports, and constructing up to 31 smaller airports.

The three international airports being upgraded are Kuala Namu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, Lombok International Airport in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi — with a combined project value of more than Rp 5 trillion (US$509 million).

The ministry’s director of airports, Bambang Tjahjono, said over the weekend that the completion of these projects was urgent and would play vital roles in the economy, both in those regions and the nation as a whole.

“Lombok Airport, for example, will act as buffer for Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is already very busy,” Tjahjono said in an interview.

Lombok is a resort island situated around 70 kilometers east of the world-famous island of Bali.
With a 2,750-meter runway, Lombok Airport will be suitable for larger aircraft such as the Boeing 747, Tjahjono said.

The Lombok Airport complex is built on a 551-hectare plot of land, which is almost twice the size of Ngurah Rai. The project is estimated to cost Rp 802 billion, which is being jointly funded by state airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I and local provincial and regional administrations.

The project has been accelerated, with the government hoping to make it partly open for the public between December or January at the latest.

Best Travel Destination 2009

Jogjakarta has been awarded the best travel destination 2009 by the Indonesian Tourism Award 2009 (ITA 2009). It iss the first award held by Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism and SWA Magazine. Nine other cities, Denpasar, Malang, Surabaya, Tana Toraja, Manado, Kutai Kertanegara, Badung, Solo and Lombok also received awards.

Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Manggarai Barat, Jember, Purbalingga, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Sulawesi Utara, Kepulauan Riau, Naggroe Aceh Darussalam and Sulawesi Tengah were awarded “unique travel destinations”.

Bron: Tourism Indonesia

In the spotlights again

127 foreign buyers to attend tourism expo in Lombok

At least 127 overseas buyers are expected to attend the 2009 Tourism Indonesia Mart and Expo (TIME) in Senggigi, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, from Oct. 16 to 19.

The buyers will come from 25 countries, including Australia, Brazil and the United States, as well as from Europe and Asia.

The 15th annual TIME trade fair will feature 119 sellers from 97 tour companies in 16 provinces from across the country offering their tour products, such as from Jakarta, Bali, Central Java and East Kalimantan.

The event, organized by the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI) and involving all elements of the tourism sector in Indonesia, is being held for the first time in Lombok.

This year’s TIME organizing committee head, Meyty Robot, said Thursday the international tourism exposition would concurrently promote Lombok’s tourism potential.

“People all around the world know about Bali and Lombok, but Lombok is not yet a major tourist destination,” Meyty said at a press conference in Senggigi.

Source: Tourism Indonesia

Indonesia eyes NL

The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 10/13/2009 4:52 PM | Business

The Culture and Tourism Ministry has targeted 15 countries worldwide to promote tourism in Indonesia.

Of the 15 nations, three countries have never been designated as potential markets for tourists, the Philippines, India and Russia, the ministry’s director general of marketing Sapta Nirwandar said Tuesday.

The other 12 nations are Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia, China, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2008, Singapore was the country that sent the most foreign tourists to Indonesia with 1,197,267 tourists. Second was Malaysia with 1,009,722 tourists.

Most Singaporean tourists visited Batam, while most Malaysian visited Jakarta.

The third-highest number of foreign tourists came from Japan with 559,888 tourists, most of whom visited Bali.

“In 2010, we have set targets of 1.3 million tourists from Singapore and 1.25 million from Malaysia,” Sapta said. (bbs)

Bron: The Jakarta post

Tourism Lombok

Lombok, Sumbawa set to attract more tourists

Erwida Maulia , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 07/02/2009 2:55 PM | National

West Nusa Tenggara’s Lombok and Sumbawa Islands, which are renowned for their marine tourist attractions, are set to attract more visitors in the coming years as they gear up for Visit Lombok-Sumbawa 2012 campaign.

Director general for marketing at the Culture and Tourism Ministry, Sapta Nirwandar, said in Jakarta Thursday that West Nusa Tenggara, a province located adjacent to Bali, would be the focus of the ministry’s tourism programs in 2012.

The Visit Lombok-Sumbawa 2012 campaign will be launched by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Lombok by the end of the week to mark the beginning of West Nusa Tenggara’s campaign to double its number of visitors to 1 million in 2012.

“We want to sell tourism in West Nusa Tenggara. We want to make Lombok an established center for the pearl trade and ecotourism,” Sapta told a press conference.

Often dubbed a more pristine and tranquil, some also say more beautiful, version of its neighbor Bali; Lombok and Sumbawa are home to a range of white sandy beaches and turquoise seawaters, as well as a rich variety of underwater life.

Lombok particularly is a renowned center for the production of pearl jewelry and is also home to Mount Rinjani, the second highest mountain in Indonesia and one of the best trekking spots in Asia.