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TIME 2013 West Sumatera

Vol. VII No. 9, 2013 BOARD of DIRECTOR

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Sapta Nirwandar (center) with Chairperson of TIME 2013 Meity Robot, Head of Culture and Tourism West Sumatra H. Burhasman, Director of Special Interest Tourism and MICE Rizki Handayani and Head of Tourism Promotion Sumatera Region Raseno Arya during a press conference TIME 2013 in Jakarta.

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adang city in West Sumatra was chosen to host the Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo ( TIME ) which will take place on 18 to 21 October 2013 in the Grand Inna Muara Hotel Convention & Exhibition Padang . Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy ( Wamen Parekraf ) Sapta Nirwandar said that the selection of West Sumatra as the host of TIME is based on its great tourism potential . “ In terms of tourism , West Sumatra potentiasl can be developed not only because

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West Sumatra to Host the 19th TIME

of its accessibility , but also because of its richness in flora , fauna , culture , and culinary, “ he said . TIME, which is organized by the Indonesian Tourism Society ( MPI ) is a business to business tourism expo. “ We hope that after becoming the host of TIME , Sumatra may increasingly recognized as one of the international tourist destination. TIME is also expected to serve as a forum to invite the investors to develop hotels and other

tourism products in the province, “Sapta said. He added that the provinces, which have hosted TIME usually experience an increase in the number of foreign tourist arrival and the coming of investors to the area . TIME 2013 also aims to promote West Sumatra to the international market as well as accelerate the development of infrastructure and other tourism facilities . Exhibition also presents the tourism-related industries such as airlines, hotels , restaurants , transport and associated services (seller ) who will offer their products directly to the buyers so that the transaction of the business meeting will stimulate other sectors . According to the Chairperson of TIME 2013 , Meity Robot , TIME is an event for the business tourism industry and its supporters in Indonesia ( seller) to promote various domestic products and services to foreign buyers. By holding TIME periodically, foreign buyers are also able to see the potential market and promote new tourism products in their respective markets. “ We encourage tourism business players and their supported industries throughout Indonesia to participate in TIME 2013 and to maximally utilize the existing potentials in this business to business expo, “ said Meity . She added , TIME 2013 will display all Indonesian tourist destinations , including popular tourist destinations , attractions , and new product development , so it is expected that through this event all regions in Indonesia are able to optimize the tourism potentials in each region. She argues that the implementation of TIME is also in line with the government program “

Wonderful Indonesia “ . “ Momentum of TIME can be used to improve Indonesia’s image in the international community and continue the promotion of Indonesian tourism industry in the world market , “ said Meity . Head of Culture and Tourism Department of West Sumatra and Chairman of the Regional Committee of TIME 2013 , H. Burhasman , welcomed positively the selection of West Sumatra as the host of TIME 2013 for the first time . “ The purpose of convening TIME in West Sumatra is to promote West Sumatra’s tourism and culture to the international community and West Sumatra’s position as one of the world’s tourist destinations , as well as providing the opportunity for West Sumatra people in particular to involve in the development of tourism in the province of West Sumatra , “ he said . By holding TIME , he said , is expected to be an important moment of tourism development for the welfare of the people of West Sumatra . “ We invite all the components of the tourism industry in the province of West Sumatra to succeed the 19th TIME in Padang , “ said Burhasman . Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo ( TIME ) is the only tourism event in Indonesia with the concept of business to business ( B to B ) , to meet business tourism and supporting industries in Indonesia ( seller) to promote various domestic products and services to foreign tourist ( buyer ) . TIME has been listed in the calendar of international travel mart together with ITB Berlin , WTM London , Arabian Travel Mart ( ATM ) , PATA Travel Mart , and others. ( * )

Garuda to Open 17 Flight Routes throughout 2013

President SBY : Sail Komodo to Promote Indonesian Marine Potentials


Sail Komodo series have been going on for six months and are filled with various activities such as health care and assistance to the remote islands and areas by the ministry as well as the yacht rally followed by a number of countries.

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aruda Indonesia Airways continues to expand its business. This year, the largest airline in Indonesia has added several new routes. There are at least 17 domestic flights and the 5 new international routes operated in 2013. Erik Meijer, Director of Marketing and Sales Garuda Indonesia in Jakarta, said that the international routes consist of Medan - Penang, Surabaya - Singapore, Denpasar - Brisbane, Jakarta – Perth and Jakarta Osaka. In addition, the newly opened domestic routes include Medan - Padang, Padang - Pekanbaru, Jakarta - Tanjung Pandan, Balikpapan - Berau and some other new domestic routes. “The massive addition of flight routes is supported by the addition of the number of planes owned by Garuda Indonesia. Throughout the year 2013, Garuda received 24 new aircraft. Among others, four Boeing 777 aircraft, 3 Airbus, a Boeing 737, and a Bombardier CRJ 1000, “ he said. He said further that some of the new aircrafts have been received and some will still be accepted until the end of the year. The additional fleet makes Garuda Indonesia optimistic to further improve its business performance. “We hope to increase the amount of passengers quite significantly this year,” he said. ( * )

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President SBY is also optimistic that the national tourism sector will continue to grow, among others through cooperation between local governments and the private sectors. “ The economic potential of our tourism sector is still high and can be developed. I invite all regions and the business world to work together. One of the means of tourism development by the government is through organizing sail events that have been conducted continuously for five years, “he said. The social and economic benefits are real. I have set the event to become an annual event. In Sail Komodo 2013, the government, the Indonesian army (TNI), Indonesian National Police (Polri) as well as business community conducted service operations and social assistance to help people in need. “ The presence of foreign participants is also able to promote the natural beauty of Indonesia and introduce Komodo Island and its surroundings. This can bring more foreign tourists to the island and surrounding areas,” the president said. ( * )

President SBY to attend the closing ceremony of Sail Komodo


ndonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ( SBY ) said that Sail Komodo 2013 would be a good time to promote Indonesian marine potentials to the world. “This kind of event is part of part of historic milestone in the revival of our country in the Pacific era. We should show that our country is not only rich in natural resources but also has tourism potentials,” president said while opening the peak event of Sail Komodo 2013 in Labuan Bajo recently. Sail Komodo 2013 has the theme of “golden bridge towards NTT becomes a world class tourist destination.” It also serves as the momentum to make NTT as

the south gate of Indonesia’s development. Many ships stopped at the island of Komodo and the surrounding region. This would enliven tourism in NTT. “ I hope soon Komodo Island and the surrounding regions would be a world -class tourist destination. On this occasion, I also invite foreign tourists through Sail Komodo participants to see and visit the island of Komodo , “ the president said . He added that Sail Komodo is the fifth event after previously held Sail Bunaken in Manado in 2009, Sail Banda in Ambon in 2010, and the Sail Wakatobi and Bitong in 2011 and Sail Morotai in Morotai in 2012.

Mari Pangestu : Indonesia Tourism is taken into account


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inister of Tourism and Creative Economy ( Menparekraf ) Mari Elka Pangestu said that she is grateful Indonesian is elected as Chairman of the Executive Board of the United Nations Tourism Organization ( UNWTO ) for the period 2013-2014. This is the result of the 20th General Assembly of UNWTO held in Livingstone, Zambia, on August 28, 2013. “ Indonesia’s election as Chairman of the UNWTO Executive Council, must have a significant value, because in addition to being a tourism promotion event, Indonesia can also learn more in developing tourism. Indonesia could also advocate for policies particularly related to international problem, “said Mari Pangestu . There are three advantages that can be gained by Indonesia as Chairman of the UNWTO Executive Council, namely boosting tourist visa process, increasing cooperation in the sector of air transport and sustainable tourism. Another advantage is that Indonesia can learn a lot about the application of tourism taxes, connectivity with other countries that are advanced in dealing with tourism, as well as marketing assistance, destination cooperation, and even expert advice. “Indonesia tourism is also increasingly taken into account and will have many benefits to access tourist information glob-

ally. The position will assist the government in developing the tourism industry in the country to be better, “she added. It is also expected to increase foreign tourist arrival to Indonesia. With this position, it is hoped that the world know more about the and Indonesian tourism activity, so that the name of Indonesia increasingly taken into account in the international world . Based on data from the WTO, the level of tourist arrivals worldwide will experience an increase of about 6 percent. “With Indonesia’s role as Chairman of the UNWTO Executive Council is expected to have positive impact on foreign tourist visit to Indonesia, and can boost the tourism industry in the country , “ she hoped . In the 20th General Assembly of UNWTO in Livingstone, Zambia, on August 28, 2013, Indonesia was elected as Chairman of the Executive Board of the United Nations Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the period 2013-2014. For a period of one year, Indonesia’s role will be accompanied by Jamaica and Mozambique as the vice chairman. Indonesia that was represented by Sapta Nirwandar as Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, proudly welcome the election of Indonesia as chairman of UNWTO Executive Board. He also added

that Indonesia would do the best to meet the expectations of the meeting participants. Indonesian election of 156 UNWTO member countries is a form of international recognition of Indonesia’s role in the world tourism arena. In addition to the chairman of the Executive Board of the United Nations Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Indonesia also still holds the position as a Member of the Budget Committee and the Ethics Committee of the UNWTO. The 20th General Assembly of UNWTO was attended by 145 countries represented by 750 delegates, 49 ministers and three presidents. The assembly received extensive media coverage with the presence of 900 journalists from various countries. ( * )

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Variety of Indonesia Culinary Presented at INA Culinary 2013


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ide range of Indonesian culinary was presented in INA Culinary 2013 that was held on August 30th to September 1st, 2013 in the East Parking Senayan, Central Jakarta. The event was initiated by Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (ARDI) and was followed by a variety of culinary industry in the country which consists of 100 booths. INA Culinary is part of a series of activities of the Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Fair (ITCEF) 2013, which has

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been opened earlier in the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) . Various culinary was presented by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) . The menu was ranging from herbal chicken noodle, soto Kudus, snacks, Tukul Arwana meatballs , hot dogs, chips, ice cream, rendang, healthy drinks, roast duck , bakakak chicken rice, es lilin, Manado dishes, soto sulung, tengkleng , liwet rice Solo and fruit soup. According to Yanti Sukamdhani, Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (ARDI), culinary becomes important in the tourism industry associated with the rise in the value of dollar over rupiah. “With traditional food, Indonesia could become a culinary destination for tourists,” said Yanti.

Yanti said Indonesian culinary has been recognized worldwide. In June 2013, the World Street Food Congress in Singapore paid tribute to the Indonesian street culinary as the best street culinary in the world. The first position was taken by Soto Ayam Ambengan Pak Sadi Asli. It is the followed by Sate Ayam Barokah by Haji Basiri on Arteri Street Pondok Indah on the sixth position, Balinese Nasi Campur by Made Weti on the eleventh position and Nasi Kapau Afdal in West Sumatra on the sixteenth position. According to Yanti, it is something to be proud of that Indonesian Small and medium enterprises were well appreciated abroad. They are expected to always innovate to create a flavor that can be displayed in the world class, “said Yanti. ( * )


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Indonesian designer to Compete at Paris Fashion Week


our Indonesian fashion designers are certainly ready to fight the world fashion industry, with their participation in the prestigious Paris Fashion Week which will be held on 26 September to 1 October 2013. One of the talented young Indonesian designers is

Tex Saverio who will be showing his work at the Paris Fashion Week this year. Tex Saverio , who has already been working in the international fashion industry, will present his work with other world designers in a single show at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, through the collection of ‘ ready to wear ‘ under the theme of Spring Summer 2014. Tex becomes more popular and is recognized by international fashion observers after his designs worn by a number of international artists, such as Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lawrence. However, Tex departure to Paris was not alone; three other designers from Indonesia Fashion Forward Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan, Major Minor label of Ari Seputra and Toton Januar have also prepared their best collections that are inspired by various cultures in Indonesia. The three young designers will introduce their collections at the event Trace SS 2014 Paris Showroom, to buyers from different countries. “From Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW), we want to bring Indonesian fashion worldwide. Moreover, in our opinion, Indonesian designers have been able to read the fashion trends in the world market so that their works may be accepted by the wider market, “said Chairman of JFW 2014 Svida Alisyahbana. The four Indonesian designers must perform a variety of preparations and hope

to be able to step up to a higher level. In the prestigious Paris Fashion Week, Ari gave a spoiler regarding the theme that will be presented, which is the concept of traveling with a mix and match with Indonesian culture. “For the theme, we will take traveling. We also will lift Indonesian batik and ikat weaving. Hopefully we are getting recognized internationally, “ he added . In line with the Major Minor, Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan admitted that he had prepared a collection that can be well accepted both at home and abroad. He also mentioned that the theme used is inspired by jewelry in the National Museum. “In terms of preparation, we’re doing similar things such as preparing catalogue and price list. I personally prepare my mental and confidence more. Before, I’ve participated in a fashion exhibition in Bangkok, so trading in Paris will increase my level up,” said Yosafat. Toton even admitted that he was preparing mental as new brand by learning to understand the consumers. “We are pleased and proud to have the opportunity to trade in Paris. We are as new brand have a lot of desire. We learn to understand the consumer, “ said Toton. Asked about the theme of the collection later, Toton replied, “The inspiration is from the beauty of Indonesian sea. Philosophy brand of Indonesia but applied in a contemporary model of ready to wear.”( * )

Bali: Favorite Destination for China Destination of the Year), Etihad (Airline of the Year First Class), Hong Kong (Meeting & Incentive Destination ( Short Haul ) of the Year), and Hangzhou (Meeting & Incentive City of the Year ( Mainland China). ( * )

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Kalimantan province, Ford who is known caring about environment got a souvenir

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Harrison Ford Interested in Kalimantan Destinations ctor and producer Harrison Ford (71) expressed his interest in making a documentary film with environmental theme in Indonesia. Filming location will take place in the forest in East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan . Ford, who played in the sequel of Indiana Jones and a number of Star Wars sequels, revealed his intentions when talking with the Governor of Central Kalimantan Agustin Teras Narang in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan recently. Ford considers the environmental policies in Central Kalimantan are on the right track. “That’s the reason I chose this area (Central Kalimantan) for shooting (documentary film), “he said. The province becomes a pilot program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD +). Early September, Climate Communication Center was also officially opened in Central Kalimantan. According to Ford, it requires commitment of all parties to ensure environmental sustainability goes well. Wearing a light blue shirt and jeans jacket, that morning he looked fresh and vibrant. The meeting held during breakfast and lasted for about 30 minutes. After listening to brief information about the Central


ity Government of Sabang continues to seek to attract cruise ships to visit a number of attractions in the islands in the province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam. “Every year, cruise ship visits continues to increase, so we continue to attract tourists from the cruise ships visiting Sabang, “said Secretary of Sabang Culture and Tourism Office M Ali Taufiq. During 2013, he said, there were seven cruise ships carrying tourists from various countries stopped at Sabang, while enjoying the natural beauty of the island that has a population of approximately 30 thousand people. Government has set Sabang as one of the national tourist destinations in the westernmost tip province of Indonesia. “On Friday (13/9), a cruise ship from Thailand which carried as many as 15 tourists and 12 crews stopped in Sabang. They enjoyed diving in Iboih Beach and Gapang, “he explained. Taufiq explained that cruise ship travelers who stopped in Sabang were mostly from the European Union. He further explained, at the opening or carnival activities welcoming the 6th Aceh Cultural Week in Banda Aceh end of September 2013. Sabang delegations presented cruise ship designed from a truck to carry tourists. “Currently, we are designing a truck as a cruise ship that will be displayed in the opening of Aceh Cultural Carnival. The cruise with transporting a number of tourists, “he said. It is also one of the government’s efforts in attracting tourists to visit Sabang. “We continue to do promotions so that tourist arrivals from year to year can be increased, “said Taufiq. ( * )

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representatives of the tourism industry and media in China, including representatives from the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing and Visit Indonesian Tourism Office, Beijing. President Director ‘ Contineo Media ‘ , Raymond Wong , also the owner of ‘ TravelWeekly ‘ suggests, the purpose of this annual award is to give recognition to the best tourism and MICE industry players to be more motivated in managing both the industry and provide the best service to the community. In addition to the island of Bali, there are a number of places or institutions in the tourism and MICE industry that won awards in the ‘ China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards 2013. They include Le Royal Meridien Shanghai (Business Hotel of the Year), South Africa (Luxury MICE Destination of the Year), Australia (Golf

ali is awarded as Island Destination of the Year in the event China Travel & Meetings Industry Awards 2013, held by two of China’s leading travel magazines “TravelWeekly” and “Events”. Bali received the highest score given by jury consisting of experts and observers of China’s tourism industry. The vote was carried out via online voting, and followed by Chinese people through the magazine’s website. In the vote, Bali outperformed two other candidates, namely Tahiti and Mauritius. The award was given by the Chairman and President of Across China Communication Hersey Cao to the First Secretary of the Embassy’s Economic Function at the Conrad Hotel, Beijing, China, this weekend as quoted from antaranews. Attending the award ceremony were

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miniature boats typical of Central Kalimantan. ( * )


he existence of tourism village in Yogyakarta Province becomes more attractive for foreign tourists. It becomes a focal point of international tourists. There are more and more foreign tourists staying in tourist villages located in remote villages. “It requires a serious concern from the management to promote tourism village by working on the existing potentials, “said Head of Tourism Office of DIY, Tazbir Abdullah. According to Tazbir the trend of foreign tourists come to visit the tourist village is increasing. It is also due to the seriousness of the tourist village operator to always maintain and manage it properly and harmoniously. “Therefore it needs creativity in managing tourism village to attract more tourists. Without creativity, do not expect increase in the number of foreign tourist arrival to the village, “he said. Tazbir said the prospect of a tourism village in the province is very large. Moreover DIY has a diverse culture that could be a tourist attraction in tourism village. “There are diverse cultures that well maintained by the local community in the tourism village, “he said. According to Tazbir, creative management and modern marketing concept will be a good strategy to bring more tourists to the tourism village. Some tourism villages in the province are quite well known, and have been visited by many tourists, among others Kebonagung , Imogiri Tourism Village, Kembangarum, Pentingsari, Sambi, and many more. In tourism village, visitors are presented with many community activities such as rice cultivation, field plowing, enjoying traditional dishes, as well as local art and cultural attractions. ( * )

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Miss World Watched by 2 Billion People

beauty pageant was also marked by cultural performances including Balinese Kecak dance, kipas dance and traditional songs. Kecak Dance was performed by 150 children and adult dancers coordinated by artist Ketut Rena. Bali Agung performance presented by Bali Safari also enlivened the grand stage of Miss World 2013 Opening Show, which described the natural beauty and hospitality of the people of Indonesia. This international beauty pageant was followed by 129 contestants from around the world who will compete for the diamondstudded crown and carry out social missions throughout the world. The quarantine for Miss World 2013 was finally officially opened. A total of 129 contestants competed for the crown previously holds by Miss World 2012, Wenxia Yu. ( * )

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The event brings positive impact to tourism in Bali in particular and Indonesia in general. “It was watched by 2 billion people. Incredible! We do not need to campaign anywhere. It a bless for Bali to host the event, we are honored to represent Indonesia, “said Pastika. Implementation of Miss World which was followed by 129 participants was assessed as a good opportunity for Indonesia to introduce

Tourist visit Slightly Went Up in July

ASEAN: the Highest Foreign Tourist Arrival Growth in the World


outheast Asia (ASEAN) experiences the highest growth in foreign tourist arrival in the world during the period of 2005 to 2012, which is 8.3 percent. Absolute number of international tourists to ASEAN reached 84.6 million or 8.2 percent of total world tourist arrivals in 2012. “ This number has increased by 9.4 percent in 2012. Also in the first half of 2013, there was a 11.3 percent growth occurred, “said Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy ( Menparekraf ) Mari Elka Pangestu. Minister continued with the data and projections from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which showed that the Asia Pacific region experienced the highest growth in foreign tourist arrivals by 6 percent during the period of 2005-2012, amounting to 7 percent in 2012, and by 6.2 percent in the first half of 2013. For the long term, the growth in Asia Pacific was also the highest at 4.9 percent and will increase from 331 million in 2010 to 530 million in 2030. “In other words, the market of foreign tourists visiting Asia Pacific will rise from 22 percent in 2010 to 30 percent in 2030, “ she said. A lot of foreign tourist movement is carried out within the region itself. Statistics show that four out of five tourist arrivals (80 percent) in the world comes from the same region. According to her, a similar proportion was found for foreign tourist visits in Asia Pacific. As for the ASEAN plus 6 (ASEAN plus China, Korea, Japan, Australia - New Zealand and India), the proportion is also close to 80 percent. “ In ASEAN, about 45 percent of foreign tourists visiting ASEAN come from ASEAN, “she said. This is higher than the proportion of intra - ASEAN trade by 25 percent and demonstrates the movement of people rather than goods, distance, and transportation costs seems to be more important. Mari projecting that in long term, the number of tourists to ASEAN will increase almost three times, from 69.9 million in 2010 to 187 million in 2030, or from 7.4 percent of the world share to 10.3 percent in 2030. The main factor explaining this trend is the high growth in Asia Pacific and South-East Asia and the growing middle class with increasing purchasing power continues; opening of the ASEAN countries or economic and political reforms that took place and an increase in the ASEAN regional cooperation. “For the first factor also means the growth of domestic tourists becomes important, especially in big countries, “she said. For example in Indonesia, current income from domestic tourism (about 18 billion U.S. dollars) is two times of foreign tourists (about 9 billion U.S. dollars). “For the second factor the result is an increase in the use of budget airline and more flights, infrastructure development, and a more open visa regime, “she continued. ( * )

Opening Show of Miss World 2013 was closed with the performance of 129 contestants. All of the Miss World 2013 contestants dressed in traditional costumes from 33 provinces in Indonesia at the end of the opening at BICC, Nusa Dua, Sunday ( 8/9 ) night. One by one they appeared in front of the magnificent stage in Mangupura room, Bali International Convention Center (BICC) Westin Hotel, and received great applause from the audiences. Although they are barefeet, but their beauty radiates by wearing traditional clothing entitled Parade Nusantara. Accompanied by the song titled “Bersatulah Indonesia!,” the contestants one -by-one came up to the stage in colorful Indonesian traditional clothes. After that, they hold hands and sang Miss World Olympic song titled We Are One. Surely their beautiful performance amazed the audience. The opening ceremony of the 63-year -old

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ali Governor Made Mangku Pastika expressed his delight over the success of the series of Miss World 2013 activities in Bali. According to Pastika, Miss World 2013 is rich in the nuances of Indonesian culture just like what has been promised by the committee. “If we look at their performances, they are truly Indonesian and we should be proud of them, “said Pastika.

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Spectacular Opening

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umber of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia in July 2013 showed a decrease in growth rate. This is because July is the month of fasting. According to data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data center information and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy ( Kemenparekraf ), the number of foreign tourists visit in July 2013 reached as many as 717,784 tourists. This acquisition was up 2.4 percent compared to the same period last year, which was as many as 701, 200 tourists. “ Singapore and Malaysia fell; Singa-

pore fell by 2.9 percent and Malaysia by 13 percent. Growth rate decreased, even so the numbers keep rising, “said Mari Elka Pangestu in Jakarta recently . Not only that, the number of foreign tourists from the Middle East in July 2013 also decreased compared to July 2012. For example, tourist from the United Arab Emirates was down in number by 86.2 %, Bahrain by 65.7 %, and Saudi Arabia by 59.3 %. “There is a plausible reason for this decline, which is due to a matter of the fasting month. Moreover, many tourists come from Muslim countries, “said Mari. Even so, there are several countries that experienced an increase in visits in July 2013 compared to July 2012. Some of them are tourists from the PRC, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Netherlands. “In July 2013, the PRC rose by 29.9 %, Japan by 0.1 %, South Korea by 4 %, and Taiwan by 38.7 %, “ said Mari. However, cumulatively from January to July 2013, the number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia amounted to

4,872,262 people. This figure is up 6.4 % compared to January-July 2012. Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy was optimistic that the target of foreign tourist visit in 2014 will be achieved. “We remain optimistic that 8.6 million as a moderate target can be achieved, “ added Mari. Mari added that this year there will be a lot of MICE -related events held in Indonesia, which certainly contribute foreign tourist arrival such as Miss World 2013, APEC and the World Culture Forum. The Room Occupancy Rate of star-hotel in 23 provinces in July 2013 reached at an average of 51.20 %, or down 1.12 points, compared with the occupancy rate in July 2012, which recorded 52.32 %. Similarly, when compared to June 2013 , star-hotel room occupancy rate in July 2013 decreased by 5.60 points. The average length of stay of foreigners and Indonesian at star-hotels in 23 provinces during July 2013 was recorded at 2.06 days, an increase of 0.01 points, compared to the period of July 2012. ( * )

Revitalization of Lake Toba Festival 2013


inistry of Tourism and Creative Economy revitalize the Lake Toba Festival 2013 that was opened by Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sapta Nirwandar with sports tourism as a tourist icon of North Sumatra. “So far, the activities of Lake Toba Festival are based on project base. It becomes monotonous so we revive its activities by relying on sports tourism and lifting cultural arts, “said Nirwandar. According to him, the revitalization of Lake Toba Festival 2013, which took place on September 8 to 14 had the support from various parties so that it became spectacular with a budget at least Rp 10 billion. “The provincial government just provided Rp3.5 billion, Bank BNI also provided billions of rupiahs in addition to funds from Kemenparekraf and district government, “he explained. Tourism sport and cultural concepts are made for the next five years so that its implementation would be better with proper preparation. “This is a spectacular event; we revive some traditional sports tourism such as Solu Bolon, dragon boat activities typical of Lake Toba. There is also a swimming exhibition around the lake followed by 12 national swimmers and four international swimmers. While another sport is paraglid-

ing landing on the lake and the participants are in the air beating the drum, “Sapta said. The implementation of the different concepts in addition to bringing foreign and domestic tourists back to Lake Toba, will also encourage Batak people who live outside Sumatra to return home such as TB Silalahi , Ruhut Sitompul and other rich Batak people. He would oversee the implementation of the revitalization of Lake Toba Festival opening until the closing on 14 September 2013. “This revitalization should be managed to boost foreign tourists visiting North Sumatra especially with the presence of new airport Kuala Namu. Other monotonous events should also be revitalized, “Sapta said. Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy together with the Government of North Sumatra province, district government of Samosir and Toba and 9 District / City Government held a traditional ceremony Mangebang Solu Bolon to begin Lake Toba Festival 2013. This activity means releasing the boat for the first time into the water after going through traditional ritual of Batak. Meanwhile, Hinca Panjaitan, Director of Sports Lake Toba Festival 2013, added that Solu Mangebang procession is an important event because this ritual is one of the local knowledge that we have and should

be maintained well. In addition to the Solu Bolon, on 9-10 September 2013, as many as two hercules from Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in Jakarta and Abdul Rachman Saleh airport in Malang will fly more than 150 paragliding athletes from DKI Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Pekanbaru, Padang, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi to enliven the festival. Another main sporting event apart from Solu Bolon contest is the World Super Swim that presented exhibition of 4 international swimming champions, namely Thomas Lurz of Germany, Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece, Martina Grimaldi of Italy and Poliana Okimoto of Brazil. People swimming competition is also enlivened by 1000 amateur swimmers. Lake Toba Festival also proudly presents the World Drum Festival involving renowned percussion artists from 7 countries including the United States, Africa, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and from within the country. In addition, a number of grand cultural agenda such as Sigale - gale Carnival featuring the distinctiveness of indigenous Batak Sigale - gale, gorga, ulos, gondang, Batak mask and Tandok enlivened Lake Toba Festival. ( * )



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Riung, A new destination after Komodo


ast week, I had a chance to revisit Labuan Bajo in West Flores or more popular as a transit place before visiting Komodo Island. Labuan Bajo is a small town in the western tip of Flores. It has gone through quite a lot of changes over the past ten years. A number of star-hotels such as Bintang Flores Hotel, Jayakarta Hotel and La Prima Hotel stand along the beach. Not only that, Labuan Bajo is also crowded with various international-scale restaurants such as The Corner Restaurant, Italian Restaurant, Mediterranian and Paradise Bar and Restaurant situated on a Labuan Bajo hill. These changes complete the development of Labuan Bajo into a new tourist destination in western tip of Flores. This time, I did not only stay in the coastal town. The owner of Liveboards boat, Sunset Komodo, offered me to visit Riung, which is located in Ngada district – Flores. I agreed and spent around 9 hours from Labuan Bajo to Riung. The trip was fun and I was amazed by the stunning beauty of the stretch of islands with their sparkling white sand. We all enjoyed the trip to Riung by SUNSET KOMODO. Riung, a small fishing village on the north coast of the Ngada district, is the starting point for trips to the Seventeen Islands Marine Park Riung 17 islands, famed for its fantastic coral gardens. Many of the islands have beautiful white, sandy beaches and vivid reefs with an interesting underwater world that can be discovered with a snorkel and goggles. However, it is not only the marine park that contributes to the area’s special atmosphere. The charming village of Riung is rich in cul-

tural heritage and thus makes a perfect place to encounter the Riung’s exciting ceremonies around the traditional hunting and boxing activities of its people. The local people show a quite heterogeneous ethnic profile. Most of them are Bimanese and Buginese Muslims, Manggaraians, or people from Bajawa. This creates a unique and dynamic community with a diversified cultural output.

How to get there Riung is located approximately 72km from Bajawa. Along the Transflores ‘highway’, Riung can be either reached from Mbay (about 2 hours) or Bajawa (4 hours). The drive from Ende takes about 3–4 hours. If you are coming from Bajawa, you can choose the bus operator, which operates twice a day, in the morning and the afternoon. But be aware, that the drive can last quite long as the bus picks up and brings back each passenger to their respective destination. A little patience might be required!

17 ISLANDS The sub-district of Riung, located to the north of Bajawa, is famed for its beautiful coral gardens. The coast and the surrounding area of the town of Riung have become a national conservation area, and were even given the status of a national park and named Pulau Tujuhbelas, or ‘Seventeen Islands’. In fact, the national park consists of more than 20 small and larger

islands. The local people, though, have named the area ‘Riung Seventeen Islands’, a label that is easy to remember as it refers to the personification of a beautiful 17-year-old girl and also Indonesian Independence Day on the 17th of August. The national park area is inhabited by various exotic species, e.g. the Timor deer, hedgehogs, monkeys, ferrets, the Timor monitor lizard, marsupials, and partridges. The large variety of birds such as eagles, white herons, black storks, partridges etc, make the area a great spot for bird watching. Even a moderate-sized species of a Komodo dragon named Mbou is said to exist in some regions such as Torong Padang, where it has been spotted in particular seasons only. It has hardly ever been encountered by either the conservation management or tourists. The marine park status has been established to preserve the area’s underwater world. The Seventeen Islands area encompasses a rich coral-reef ecosystem where you can count up to 27 different species of coral. The Riung waters are home to plenty of exciting animals, ranging from marine mammals such as dolphins and whales to various colorful fish. The crystal-clear water makes it a perfect place for swimming, snorkeling, and underwater photography. The biggest island is the hilly Ontoloe, which is covered with short grass and a few trees, as well as fringed with mangroves. On the north coast of Ontoloe, you can observe the famous large fruit bats, called ‘flying foxes’, flying over the mangrove trees.

A visit to Kalong, the ‘Flying Fox Island’, gives you the opportunity to see these fascinating animals as they fly into the sunset. The island of Bampa Barat is a temporary home to several fishermen, who sometimes sell their catch of the day directly from the boat. If you plan to see the national park, you should also take some time for visiting Riung Village (Riung), as it offers you the possibility of unique cultural encounters. Lively celebrations of the Ngada people’s traditional hunting and boxing is just one part of their manifold cultural life.

Snorkeling & Diving Boat tours to the islands can be arranged from every hotel in town. There are plenty of water activities you can enjoy, like snorkeling, fishing or swimming in the crystal clear waters. The best areas for snorkeling can be found in Pulau Bukit Tiga, and near Pulau Mborong. You can rent the equipment in the representative office of Dinas Pariwisata Ngada or in hotels such as Pondok SVD Riung or Nirwana bungalows. However, despite the great potential of diving, there are no dive masters operating in this area yet. By using a speed boat or another vessel you can also enjoy a panorama of artistically formed island silhouettes. In Riung you can find a small number of accommodation options ranging from simple guesthouses to nice, mid-range cottages. There are some small restaurants, warung, and shops as well. ***

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Plataran Ubud Resort has been Opened


Lataran Ubud Resort is a unique tourist haven built in the vibrantly beautiful valley of Pengosekan, Central Ubud. This breathtaking 2-hectare resort is surrounded by the things that bring travelers to Bali – the lush and scenic rice paddies, rivers, ancient temples, arts and craft communities and a yoga center, and the Balinese people and their way of life. Plataran Ubud offers a wide range of luxurious accommodation and top-of-the-line amenities and services to travelers looking for that true Balinese experience. Conveniently located right in the heart of Ubud’s main bustling street where quaint arts and craft shops and galleries abound and mere steps away from the famed Monkey Forest, PLataran Ubud Resort provides its guests with the perfect blend of urban accessibility and precious privacy. If you are looking for culture, nature, rejuvenation and wellness in luxury and comfort, then PLataran Ubud Resort is definitely the place. Designed and run by the same team that created the famed PLataran Borubudur and Plataran Bali, PLataran Ubud Resort will officially open its doors to guests in September 2013. PLataran Ubud Resort has 46 finely appointed hotel guest rooms and suites, 7 garden villas and 4 pool villas spread across the resort’s 2-hectare perimeter. Guests seeking more spacious accommodation may also avail of “The Residence”, a two-storey, 3- bedroom house ideal for luxury

vacationing families. Surrounded by an extraordinary valley backdrop and stunning picturesque views, each room has been designed to provide the ultimate escape from the everyday. Modern amenities and supreme comfort are perfectly paired with Balinese-inspired décor for an ideal setting for rest, relaxation and a fulfilling Balinese experience. PLataran Ubud Resort will have two hotel buildings offering a combined total of 61 hotel guest rooms and suites. Both hotel buildings will have scenic elevators. The hotel building fronting the pool, bar and yoga deck will have an impressive lobby and outdoor lounge overlooking the pool, and private meeting rooms in the hotel’s penthouse. Each hotel room and suite will have its own customized Balinese décor and comes with a luxurious bathroom with both bath and shower. Guests may choose from twin, queen or king beds, and some rooms come with their own private balconies. Presidential Suites are also available. A limited number of one-bedroom Balinese villas are also available for guests who value privacy and exclusivity. Guests may choose between the garden villas and the pool villas. Pool villas have their own private plunge pools. For more information, please contact us at : Phone : +62 361 978 360 E-mail : reservation@plataranubud. com or


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Bukittinggi, A Charming Historic City

Clock Tower In this city, visitors can also find Jam Gadang

(literally: big clock). It is a clocktower that also serves as the city icon. Every day many locals visit this site and tourists also feel that their trip to Bukittinggi is incomplete before visiting Jam Gadang. Jam Gadang has big clock on all four sides of the tower. The clocktower has a roof that resembles the traditional house of West Sumatra, Rumah Gadang. It is a pointy -roofed house at each end of the roof . Gadang traits also characterize the majority of houses in West Sumatra . Having a large enough yard, the location is often used as a community activities center in the city of Bukittinggi . One of the most unique things from this big clock is the number listed on the clock . Figure 4 which should be written with

the Roman numeral “ IV “ is written “ IIII “ .

Bung Hatta Palace

Ngarai Sianok

Just a few steps right in front of the Clock Tower , we can find Bung Hatta Palace . When Mohammad Hatta served as vice president , this building became the vice presidential palace . Do not imagine a magnificent palaces like those in fairy tales. Palace of Bung Hatta had ample courtyard with two main buildings . The first building is large Gadang house typical of Minang people. Another building is an elongated shaped house. You could call this a mini palace . In front of and beside the complex there is a statue of Bung Hatta . The statue in front of the palace is made half-body only. While the one beside the complex, Bung Hatta statue was made in full body (more than 2 meters high).

Not far from the Palace of Bung Hatta , there lies a breathtaking Sianok Canyon. Anyone who comes must be enchanted with the nature of this green canyon.

Japanese Cave Still in the same area as the Sianok canyon, there is a Japanese Cave. Formerly, this cave served as the headquarters of the Japanese army occupied at Bukittinggi . Now , this place has become a historic tourism spot that is always crowded by visitors.

Upper and Lower Markets Upper market or known by the locals as Pasar Atas or Pasar Ateh are located in the same location with the court of the Clock Tower . There are many stalls here. Sellers sell accessories such as key chains , hair ornaments , glasses , and many more. While Lower Market or known by the locals as Pasar Bawah is a traditional market in the form of grocery stores and vegetables stalls. Upper and Lower Market are connected by dozen of stairs. In the courtyard of the stairs, there are a lot of sellers. They sell food , clothing and souvenirs . Traditional clothes of West Sumatra called Baju Kurung can easily be found in this market.

Bung Hatta Birthplace

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row of mountains presented all the way to the city of Bukittinggi , West Sumatra. It takes approximately two and a half hours from the city of Padang to reach Bukittinggi. Bukittinggi city is surrounded by a mountain range such as Mount Merapi and Mount Singgalang. One of the popular cities in West Sumatra, Bukittinggi also have various stories and tourist attractions capable of attracting tourists. Some of the tourist attractions in Bukittinggi are in a nearby location, which make it easy to reach several places once at a time .

Just walking distance from the bottom of the connecting stairs that connect the Upper Market, there stands Bung Hatta Birthplace . In this house Bung Hatta was born and had spent his youth for 11 years . These are only some of the attractions that can be visited in Bukittinggi . Not only tourist attractions , Bukittinggi is also rich in culinary variety that should never be missed. To be able to go to these places , you can use public transport and private vehicles . Most of local public transport in Bukittinggi stops in the Lower Market . In the lower market you can buy snacks or souvenirs before proceeding to the next place . You can also take bendi, the name for the horsedrawn cart in West Sumatra , to get around the city of Bukittinggi . ( * )


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Transforming from Mining Town to Tourism Town


awahlunto is now offering its charms to tourists visiting the town. Visible traces of its glory during when it was still a coal mining town can be clearly seen there. The town was built by the Dutch about 123 years ago. It was established because of the finding of coal mine by Hendrik De Greve . The location of Sawahlunto at that time was very far in the inland of West Sumatra . Great quantity of coal in Sawahlunto has made this place an important city in Sumatra in the past . Reserves of “black gold “ in the large number had attracted the Dutch Government to invest 5.5 million guilders , including to build the Port Emma Haven , which now becomes Port Teluk Bayur in Padang . The goal of builting this port was to facilitate the export of mining products . As an old town , Sawahlunto is rich in old buildings. One of them is the first power plant in Sawahlunto, which was built in 1894. It now becomes the Nurul Iman Great Mosque . Just below the mosque , there is a bunker that was once used as a place to assemble weapons , mortars , and hand grenades . Chimney Termal Power Plant as high as 80 feet is also still standing there. The chimney now serves as a minaret. Another old building is the magnificent PTBA

- UPO mining office building with its large yard . Dutch colonial -style building was built in 1916 under the name of Ombilin Meinen and serves as the office of the mining until now. Just 200 meters away , there is a Cultural Centre building , which was built in 1910 . It used to be a meeting hall by the name of “ Gluck Auf “ . Here the colonial officials gathered, danced , sang , and enjoyed a drink . Now it is used as a place for art and painting exhibition . The glory of Sawahlunto coal mining can also be seen in the silo building that still stands in Saringan area. The silo, which has the shape of three large cylinders serves as hoarders of coal that has been cleaned and ready to be transported to the Port of Teluk Bayur . Sawahlunto train station now functions as a Railway Museum. Coal train had stopped operating for almost 10 years along with the depletion of coal reserves in Sawahlunto. Now, it is the home for “ Mak Itam “ , a steam locomotive for tourists . This is a rare steam train in the world. There are only five steam train left. When visiting Sawahlunto, do not forget to visit the first coal mine pit in Sawahlunto . The pit was built in 1896 by “ the chain people “ ( forced labor ) led by a foreman named Suro . Mine tunnels are restored and used as a coal mining museum . This tunnel is hundreds of

meters long , but so far only 186 meter has been refurbished , cleaned , and given the air blower to add more air to the tunnel. Visitors can get into it and feel the atmosphere of the former coal mining hallway . Former mine tunnel is very comfortable , and safe , because there is air flow from the blower and equipped with surveillance cameras ( CCTV ) that monitored by the officers in the Info Box building. Pit width is two meters with a height of two meters . The tunnel used to be used to transport coal from mining under Sawahlunto . The black walls look shiny because they contain super -quality coal , which is 6,000 to 7,000 calories . Before 1930 , the Dutch closed this hole due to the position of the mining pit, which was too close to Lunto River , which resulted in the swift water seepage . Explore the Museum of Gudang Ransum. There we can see the atmosphere at the time of mining peiord from hundreds of black and white photographs hanging on the wall . Old photographs that describe the atmosphere at the time of coal mining by the Dutch, miners , and the chain people. Food Ration Warehouse was founded in 1918 and served as a common kitchen for the mine workers and hospital in Sawahlunto, which amounted to thousands of people . The building consists of a common

kitchen , ice warehouse , raw food warehouse, rice barn , smoke towers , and power strom. There are three large buildings , two of which serve as a ration warehouse or a place to eat for thousands of mine workers, including the chained people . Mine workers came from various regions in Java , Sulawesi and Kalimantan . In this museum , there are several tombstones of chained people inscribed with numbers only. Another building serves as a common kitchen . Every day in those days, nearly 4,000 kilograms of rice were cooked. The cooking system also used steam pressure channeled through large pipes under the kitchen . Cookware used consisted of large pots. Golden era of coal mining and tragedy of the chained workers ( forced labor ) in Sawahlunto is preserved well by Sawahlunto city government . Sawahlunto Mayor Amran Nur , in the last ten years has been transforming “ junk “ relics of the former mining town into a living museum for historical tourism. “ Sawahlunto now becomes a cozy little town where travelers can see the traces of the coal mining town. According to Amran , Sawahlunto is being proposed to UNESCO to be a world heritage city . Sawahlunto also has already set to be one of the best old cities in Indonesia , “ said Amran Nur . ( * )

Enjoying the beauty of Lake Singkarak


ake Singkarak is the second largest lake after Lake Toba in North Sumatra. The width reaches 107.9 square kilometers stretching across two districts of West Sumatra , namely Solok and Tanah Datar. Lake Singkarak is also the headwaters of the Ombilin River and Anai River and it is also one of the West Sumatra Tourism icons. International cycling event Tour de Singkarak also helps promoting this lake .

Natural beauty , cool air and clear water attract tourists to visit and spend holiday here. If you want to have closer look to the lake, boat rental is available at affordable price. The lake, located at a height of 362.5 m, is also inhabited by a species of fish that can only live in these waters . The fish is called Bilih Fish ( Mystacoleuseus padangensis ) by the local community . No one can breed these fish out-

side the habitat, even if they use the floating nets like the one used in Lake Singkarak. At certain moments, traditional boat event or race both national and regional level are often held in the lake . In addition to recreation , Lake Singkarak is also used as a hydroelectric generator activator located near Lubuk Alung . Travelers who wish to spend the night in this area could use lodging facilities such as hotels

and guesthouses which exist along the lake . No need to worry about finding place to eat. There are many food stalls offering different culinary along the lake. The lake can be reached using public transport or private within 2.5 hours from the city of Padang. Lake Singkarak is a perfect holiday destination for family, group or even individual travelers. ( * )

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An evocative culinary journey in West Sumatra

Sate Padang

Talua tea

There are names for the three types of satay in West Sumatra , the Padang satay , Padang Panjang satay , and Pariaman satay. Sate Padang is made of beef and beef tongue with thick peanut sauce seasoning ( like porridge ) plus a lot of chili so it tastes spicy. Sate Padang Panjang satay is distinguished by a yellow sauce, while Pariaman satay has red color.

Talua or Eggs Tea is a special drink of West Sumatra which can be found in almost all stalls and Padang restaurants. This drink consists of a mixture of tea , sugar and eggs and a little lime juice . It uses chicken eggs . Talua tea is usually taken by people who want to work , as a stamina enhancer.

Panyaram Panyaram or paniaram is a cake made of glutinous rice mixed with anau sugar. These snacks can be found in various areas in West Sumatra , as in Tiakar , Payakumbuh , or Kayu Tanam when you are heading out to Bukittinggi from the city of Padang .


This food is made from the sticky rice . The cooking process requires a large pot with a completion time of approximately 6 hours . Pre-soaked glutinous rice was then made into flour. After that, it is processed over a medium heat by adding some spices in the form of an old coconut milk , sugar , peanuts , and some other spices .

Bilih fish Ikin bilih is typical freshwater fish of Lake Singkarak. This kind of fish contains high nutritional value and delicious.

Limpiang Pinyaram It is the typical food of South Solok regency that is made for traditional events such as Baralek Gadang and Manjalang Mintuo. The basic ingredients of Limpiang Pinyaram Putiah are glutinous rice flour , sugar , and coconut milk .

Tumbang Pisang The basic material of this menu is young stone/diploid banana. The babanas are boilded with the skin. After well cooked, the bananas are peeled and mashed and then sprinkled with brown sugar and grated coconut .

Palai Baluik Palai Lado Baluik ( spiced eel ) is a condiment made from chili, turmeric and ginger grilled on coconut shell. It it traditional condiment of the community of Alam Surabi Pagau River. This is one of the menu that should be tried when you are in South Solok .

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alking about Padang cuisine then our minds will automatically spring into a distinctive and unique cuisine , that is the beef rendang . It is common knowledge that the Padang rendang is very popular both in Indonesia and the world community . Rendang is a traditional cuisine with beef as the main ingredient. Rendang is favorite among domestic and foreign tourists and has become a world culinary. In addition to beef , rendang also use coconut ( Karambia ) , and a mixture of various spices typical of Indonesia, including chili ( Lado ) , galangal , lemon grass , onions , and various other spices that is usually referred to as a pemasak (cook). Now, different types of rendang are available such as rendang paru and rendang telur. In the southern coastal areas we can find rendang lokan, which is made from lokan (freshwater mussels). In Payakumbuh there is rendang belut (eel rendang). In other areas, there are Rendang Baluik , Rabu , and Talua .


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Exploring Anai Valley to Pagaruyung Palace


f you’re in the city of Padang in West Sumatera and visit the city of Bukittinggi , spend your time to stop by at several attractions on the trip. One of them is Anai Valley waterfall, which is located on the road side that connects Padang and Bukittinggi . The waterfall is included in the conservation area of Anai Valley. The water of the waterfall comes from Mount Singgalang . Clear water continues to flow down the hills to the slopes , and continues flowing past the Anai Valley up to the nature reserve on the edge of a steep cliff . Waterfalls flow into the valley floor which has a height of about 50 meters and then formed crater, so that the water drops rapidly one after another and splashing water mist . After enjoying the beauty of Anai Valley Waterfall you can continue the journey to the Pagaruyung Palace located at Nagari Pagaruyung of Tanjung Emas District with a distance of about 5 kilometers from Batusanggkar . On the way to the Pagaruyung Palace,we will pass some historical heritages such as Batu Batikam and Batu Basurek. Batikam stone is a stone with a hole resulted from dagger stab of

Datuak Parpatiah Nan Sabatang . The hole in the middle of this stone showed how powerful Datuak Partatiah Nan Sabatang was. While Batu Basurek is an inscription of the Pagaruyung kingdom during the reign of King Adityawarman. Basurek stone is also found in other areas , namely in Kubu Rajo Nagari Lima, Lima Kaum District and in the Koto Tangah Nagari Pagaruyung, District of Tanjung Emas . It is estimated that this inscription was written in the 1300s , using the letters in the Old Javanese Sanskrit . The inscription tells the story of King Adityawarman as generous and compassionate ruler. After passing two historic relics, you will arrive at the Pagarayung Palace. The palace is a mainstay attraction in Tanah Datar district. Having Mount Young as the background, the palace has the shape of traditional Minang house, Rumah Gadang. The building consists of 11 gonjong , 72 posts, and 3 floors . The exterior and interior is equipped with a variety of carvings. Each shape and color engraved have different Minangkabau philosophy of history and culture . Pagaruyung palace is

among the icons of West Sumatra tourism . Almost every travel agency in the province always include this palace in the package they offered. So it is not surprising that there are foreign tourists who come to visit to see the splendor of the Pagaruyung Palace. Pagaruyung palace itself is actually a replica of the Palace of Rajo Alam Pagaruyuang burned by the Dutch in 1804 and rebuilt in 1976. On February 27, 2007 Pagaruyung Palace burned by lightning strikes and still going through the stages of development and refinement . The palace can be visited by tourists although it has not been officially opened.( * )

The Enchanting Harau Valley


or those of you who have not yet determined a destination to spend your holiday, “ Ranah Minang “ in West Sumatra can be an alternative . West Sumatra has many amazing tourist sites and one of which is Harau Valley . This wonderfully unique valley is located in Lima Puluh Kota District, about 47 km northeast of the town of Bukittinggi . Harau Valley is a large ravine with a diameter of 400 m . Granite cliffs with a slope approaching 90 degrees surrounds the valley with height of 80 m to 300 m. It is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Indonesia. One side of the cliffs surrounding the valley composed of granitic rocks with a height of up to hundreds of meters . At this location there are 5 natural waterfall that is very charming . At this location we will find a nature reserve with plants and rare animals . It is also a fun place for those who want

to test the adrenaline through rock climbing . Many national and international athletes have tested their skills here. Not far from the waterfall, there are cottages and resorts for tourists. Resort with the architecture of “ Bagonjong “ house, traditional house of Minangkabau is located just below a steep cliff . Wooden elements seem to dominate all the buildings in this resort . With towering cliffs around it , resulting in contrasting shades that fosters harmonious balance of nature . Being in this location, we feel like in a castle surrounded by nature because of the towering steep cliffs. Harau valley is estimated to have been there since 1926 . Near Sarasah Bunta waterfall, there is a monument from the period of Dutch Collonialism. On the monument, we can see the signature of F Rinner, an assistant of Dutch Residence at that time. (*)

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Promoting Derawan Islands’ Potentials Through Festival


With the theme of “ Derawan for Future “ , Derawan Festival 2013 is an international-level tourism promotion. The festival is also part of the campaign of Wonderful Indonesia , Visit East Kalimantan , and Know Your Country Love Your Country. These activities are expected to increase the number of tourist visit both domestic and foreign. Esthy Reko Astuty , Director General of Tourism Marketing Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, and Chairman of the Derawan Fes-

tival 2013 explained that this Festival is one of a series of activities of Sail Komodo 2013. It is held as an attempt to promote the Derawan Islands as one of the leading marine tourism destination of Indonesia, which has a beautiful sea garden with diversity of marine life and the various types of beautiful corals. “ Derawan Islands has unique characteristics , such as Kakaban Island with its brackish lake in the middle of the sea that has non poisonous jellyfish and also the existence of Manta Ray

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ndonesia has many internationallyrecognized marine tourism destination, and one of them is Derawan Islands. Located in Berau regency , East Kalimantan, Derawan Islands held a big event titled Derawan Festival 2013. The festival was held on 5-20 September 2013 and presented a variety of activities in support of the development of marine tourism industry in Indonesia, especially in East Kalimantan to better promote Derawan islands to the world.

and Green Turtle which becomes the main attraction for tourists , “ said Esthy . Esty also said that according to the theme of Derawan Festival 2013 “ Derawan For Future “, the event is a momentum to make Derawan Islands as a world-class marine tourism destination , and a new source of economic growth for the province of East Kalimantan . Various activities held during this festival , such as Yacht Rally with sailing routes based on the agenda of Sail Komodo 2013. Yacht Rally participants came from America , Australia , France , Austria , Japan , Germany , New Zealand , Canada , South Korea , Netherland , and Japan . There was also Diving Tournament , followed by all athletes and diving enthusiasts( professional and amateur ) from Indonesia and abroad . Marine Scout Sailing was also held and followed by approximately one thousand scouts. Other activities were Cultural Parade, Fishing Game on Derawan Island, Sailing and Windsurfing Championships. While the activities of exhibition and Expo were held in Tanjung Redep . There was also a series of activities in Berau , such as Art and Cultural Performance which was a free entertainment program for the community . Derawan Islands (Derawan , Kakaban , Maratua and Sangalaki Island) is one of the worldclass marine tourism destination , has a beautiful underwater garden and the best diving tourism. Derawan Islands has beautiful white sand , which is also used as a place for nesting green turtles , especially in Sangalaki Island . There are also many different types of coral, one of which is known as “Blue Trigger Wall” because there are a lot of trigger fish on this coral. Non poisonous jelly fish can be found in the water of Kakaban Island. To reach Derawan islands, various airlines are now available from Balikpapan to Tanjung Redeb, Berau regency . After arriving in Tanjung Redeb there are two options to Derawan Islands , the first is by speed boat from Tanjung Redeb or second is traveling on land to the port of Tanjung Batu , after that continue the trip by speedboat to the Derawan Islands . Derawan Islands’ stunning nature panorama and diverse underwater biota will pay off everything, the long and tiring trip to the Islands!

Esthy Reko Astuty

1818 Bali

Vol. I No.1/10 2013

Weekend Brunch at Jim’bar’N

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signature dishes. If you are still hungry, a chocolate mousse or a duo of crème brûlée will satisfy the insatiable. Prices at IDR 160,000 nett and IDR 220,000 net including a glass of Plaga Wine. Jl Raya Uluwatu 2000X, Ungasan | Ph. +62 361 846 8777 | www.bukitjimbaran-bali. HARRIS hotel Bukit Jimbaran, located on the top of the hill of South Bali with incredible views over Jimbaran Bay and Indian Ocean and it aims to create an atmosphere of conviviality and social intimacy through a range of leisure facilities. The 245 Rooms & Suites are designed with innovative elements in all aspects of the rooms, with dedicated flexible workspaces, Free Wi-Fi in all areas, private balcony, 32” LED TV and In-room Minibar and Safe Deposit Box, Dino Kid’s Club, H’ Spa & boutique, Fitness Center and Business Center, HARRIS café and Juice Bar, The Jim’bar’N (Rooftop, Lounge, Dining) will also be the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the nightlife. With a stunning 360° views over Bali and Jimbaran Bay, be prepared to ‘See Bali Differently’, from the top of the Hill of Jimbaran. The hotel also provides free shuttle to PANDAWA beach, in order to enjoy a full day on a white-sand beach with clear blue water…


im’bar’N (Rooftop, Lounge, Dining) at HARRIS Bukit Jimbaran is an amazing Rooftop venue with incredible views over Jimbaran Bay and Bali.Completing its relaxing atmosphere, Jim’bar’N is now offering a special Weekend Brunch every

Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm to satisfy your taste. You will be welcomed with a fresh baked bread basket with an option of tea or coffee and a fresh squeezed juice. For the mains, you will have the choice between a selection of

General Manager Harris Hotel Bukit Jimbaran Louis Poisson


orn in Paris, Louis Poisson began his career in hospitality industry as Room Division Manager, Distribution and Revenue Management, and E – Commerce in one of the international hotel chain in Paris over a period of more than three years. He then began to develop his career in Indonesia and joined TAUZIA Hotel Management in 2012. He is trusted to lead one of the latest property of TAUZIA Hotel Management in Bali HARRIS Hotel Bukit Jimbaran with 245 rooms, a meeting room that can accommodate 300 people and can be split into two meeting rooms and supporting facilities such as swimming pool, boutique, fitness center, Kid’s Club, H’Spa, Business Centre, Cafe HARRIS, Jim’bar’N (Rooftop, Lounge, Dining), since officially operating on June 15, 2013. Extremely tight competition in tourism

industry on the island of Bali is a passion and a challenge for a man who likes rugby. Stay focused and always concerns on details make him successful in all ways leading HARRIS Hotel Bukit Jimbaran Bali and also managed to make HARRIS Hotel Bukit Jimbaran as the first HARRIS Hotel with the latest designs and concepts that have been categorized as a four-star hotel. Louis measures his success from the welfare and happiness of his employees. “There’s no way success will be achieved without the cooperation of all parties, teamwork is the success key,” he said. His leadership trait that always concerns with his staff, making this young man well loved and respected by his staff. He does not hesitate to jump in, assist and provide guidance to his staff. In between his busy days, he is also able

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Teamwork is The Success Key

to adapt to the surrounding residents and active in various hamlet activities around the hotel. Activities of local residents with a strong tradition and culture make this young man loves Bali and decided to take part in the development of tourism in Bali, “Sometimes I also miss Paris but Bali is my second home and is able to eliminate my longing for home, “said Louis. His young age provides many opportunities for him to continue his career in the world of tourism. His spirit and optimism in his work has made him a source of inspiration and a positive influence for people around.

Your Pleasure Is Our Treasure


amuel Walton was an American businessman and entrepreneur, best known for founding the big, famous chain Wal-Mart Stores. Once he said, “There is only one boss; the customer. And they can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” The red line taken from those words is that customer is the most important element of any businesses. THE 1O1 Bali Legian values its customers at its best. The Smart Stylish Hospitality Program has been conducted since the beginning of 2012, by rewarding the direct bookers with 1O1 Experience Benefits which allows customers to enjoy special privilege as an appreciation for them for becoming the repeating guests, as well as booking directly to THE 1O1 Bali Legian. This program has been well running for more than one year, along with several customer loyalty programs conducted by THE 1O1 Bali Legian. As a place to stay for those who are young at heart, THE 1O1 Bali Legian commemorates the Indonesia National Customer Day in a very funky way. THE 1O1 Bali Legian shows the appreciation to its guests by having party together. As the Sky Pool Party is regularly held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; and the Indonesia National Customer Day falls every 4 September, hence all the management members of the Smart Stylish Team of THE 1O1 Bali Legian take the opportunity on Wednesday, 4 September 2013 to celebrate it with the guests. The Marathon Shots, which is the signature action of THE 1O1 Bali Legian, will mark the event by delivering cocktail shot to the guests in a marathon way; and the loyal guests will be granted by free signature cocktails. This having fun together moment will wind up with photo taking session together with all the guests. Oh yes, these people loves being photographed! THE 1O1 Bali Legian would like to make known openly that the Smart Stylish Experience concept that has been implemented during its 2 years of operations is the way to show to its guests that “Your pleasure is our treasure”.

EDEN Hotel Kuta Organizer Mangrove Reforestation Project

Bali Hotels Association Joins International Coastal Cleanup


ali Hotels Association (BHA) in conjunction with Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Bali proudly instigated the International Coastal Cleanup campaign by clearing debris along Seminyak Beach. BHA members were encouraged to participate and be part of the solution to help protect this popular coastal strip. Cleanups alone can’t solve this pollution problem. Nevertheless, the Ocean Trash Index provides a snapshot of what’s polluting our oceans so we can work to prevent specific items from reaching the water in the first place. BHA members together with Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Bali, Rotary Club Seminyak, media representatives and a numbers of local schools gathered at 7am to clean the beach for one hour.

The “Green Army” covered a distance of 2 kilometres picking up all kinds of rubbish along the way. Plastic bags, containers, cutlery, cans, cigarettes and household waste as well as abandoned shoes and fishing debris were just some of the 7,565 items collected. The total trash haul ended up weighing in at over 142,6 kilograms. “Bali Hotel Associations is extremely proud to take part in this eco-friendly initiative. It is directly in line with our objective, which is to continuously strive to find ways to support programs that protect the environment,” commented Alessandro Migliore, Chairman of the Bali Hotels Association. We hope that our actions will encourage locals and tourists alike to take note and assume responsibility for the daily consumption of one-time products that effectively

contribute to the ocean trash problem. We would very much like to start a ripple effect that gets everyone thinking about this issue,” continues Alessandro.*** The International Coastal Cleaning campaign involved members of BHA; Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa, Anantara Vacation Club Seminyak Bali, The Oberoi Bali, The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali, The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa, Harris Resort Kuta Beach – Bali, SDN 1Seminyak, SDN 2 Seminyak, and Rotary Club Seminyak. Some of the members like Grand Nikko Bali, Mercure Bali Nusa Dua, Maya Ubud Resort & Spa as well as Aerowisata SANUR BEACH HOTEL – Bali also participate by cleaning up beaches in different locations.

Clean Up The World

“ Our Place..Our Planet..Our Responsibility “


lean Up The World program is one of the annual program of SKBBA which attended by all members of SKBBA, Stake holder in Kuta area, Students from Junior & Senior High School around south Kuta. As a member of SKBBA, Patra Jasa Bali Resort & Villas participate in this program by

sending 17 staff and management to join the clean up the world program on Friday – 20 September 2013. This year the route start from Kuta Art Market and finish at the beach behind the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel. Seen in the picture Patra Jasa Bali Resort & Villas Team


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DEN Hotel Kuta Bali participated in the common effort to give back to mother nature by reforesting a mangrove forest. A total of 193 mangrove seeds were planted today by a team of 20 people at Suwung Kauh area in Denpasar, Bali. The Mangrove Reforestation Project is supported by Bali Regional Mangrove Management Centre Region 1 and in line with Ministry of Forestry program. The role of mangroves is to provide coastal protection against the actions of waves, wind and water. As widely reported, extensive areas of mangroves can help reduce the loss of life and damage caused by tsunamis by taking the first brunt of the impact and by dissipating the energy of the wave as it passes through the mangrove area. “Suwung is the perfect location for our program as it is located only ± 8 kilometers from EDEN Hotel Kuta Bali. This initiative is a start of many more exciting projects as we try to contribute to the Island”, said Sebastien Menesguen, General Manager of EDEN Hotel Kuta Bali. EDEN Hotel Kuta is the 1st hotel Managed by TAUZIA in Bali with a uni que concept of ‘ Nature at your door…’ . A 277 rooms hotel and strategically located in the heart of Kuta, Bali. Only 10 minutes from the International Ngurah Rai Airport, 25 minutes from the capital city Denpasar and 20 minutes from Jimbaran - Nusa Dua tourism area. ***

Paradiso Magazine, Edition october 2013  

Indonesia tourism and culture news

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