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Wulla Poddu Local Wisdom of Sumba People - Indonesia Tourism News


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Tri Wibowo


The Island Of Marapu

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rom the end of October until mid November, L ‘Ultimo Paradiso’s team explored the beauty of Sumba island. When natural disasters struck several areas in our beloved country, we were in one of the safest spot in Indonesia. The beaches on the island of Sumba do not have tsunami potential, and the island has no mountains as well. The island offers stunning panorama of the hills, savannahs, forests and beaches. More importantly, some of those places are still untouchable. Amazing! Sumba is an island in East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia with an area of 10,710 sq km, bordering Sumbawa in the northwest, Flores in the northeast, Timor in the east, and Australia in the south and southeast. One of the beaches is overlooking the Strait of Sumba, located on the north part of the island. In the east lies the Sawu Sea and the Indian Ocean in the south and west. The island itself consists of four districts: West Sumba, Southwest Sumba, Central Sumba and East Sumba district. This time we’d like to write about Wulla Poddu ceremony that lasted for a month, which is also the holy month for Marapu believers who live in West Sumba. Marapu is a local religion of people on the island of Sumba. This religion is a belief that worships the ancestors. More than half of Sumba population embraces this religion. Marapu is a belief system based on the worship of the ancestral spirit. In Sumba language, the ancestral spirits is called Marapu, which means “lordship” or “glorified”. Therefore, their religion is called Marapu as well.

There are many Marapu, and there is a hierarchical structure which can be divided into two groups, namely Marapu and Marapu Ratu.


Marapu is the deified ancestral spirits and is considered a ancestor of a kabihu (extended family, clan), while Marapu Ratu is considered to be came down from the sky and is the ancestor for the other marapu, thus it has the highest position. The presence of the marapu in the real world is represented and symbolized by the sacred symbols in the form of gold or silver jewelry (there is also a statue or urn) called Tanggu Marapu. Those sacred symbols are kept in Pangiangu Marapu, which is located at the top of the uma bokulu (big house, main house) tower in a kabihu. Although the people of West Sumba has many Marapu whose names often called, revered and sought for help, but it does not make them deny the existence of the Creator. The main purpose of ceremony is not merely dedicated to the spirits of the ancestors, but also to Mawulu Tau- Majii Tau (Creator and the creator of human being), God Almighty. Recognition of the existence of the Creator is usually expressed in words or figurative phrase, but only in certain ceremonies or important events. In Marapu belief, the Creator does not intervene in world affairs and is considered to be virtually unknown even mentioning His name is forbidden. While the Marapu themselves are regarded as medium or intermediary to connect people with the Creator. The position and role of the Marapu is glorified and trusted as lindie papakalangu - Ketu papajolangu (bridge that functioned as intermediary) between man and God. Besides worshipping ancestral spirits, Marapu also believes that there will be a variety of spirits in around human habitation so that should also be worshipped, believes that the objects and plants around have soul and feeling just like humans, and believes about the existence of supernatural powers.

To make contact with the spirits of ancestors and other spirits, Sumba people perform various religious ceremonies led by Rato (priest) based on a traditional calendar, called Tanda Wulangu. The custom calendar should not be changed or abolished because it has been determined based on nuku-hara (laws and customs) of the ancestors. Changing the calendar is considered to make the ancestors furious and this is not good for human life. Almost all aspects of community life in Sumba are affected by a sense of religious. It can be said that Marapu religion is the core of their culture, a source of life values and principle which has major impact on the life of the people concerned. Sumba culture does not recognize written language. Thus, the sacred literature of Sumba has lived in the memories of experts or their religious leaders. This sacred literature is called Lii Ndai or Lii Marapu that is spoken or told during religious ceremonies accompanied by traditional singing. The sacred literature is regarded to be auspicious and can bring prosperity to the community and fertility to the crops and livestock. Similarly, at Wulla Poddu ceremony, various forms of art are displayed. The Marapu are worshipped among others is in the houses inhabited by residents of a kabihu especially at home, called uma bokulu or uma bungguru (home of fellowship). Religious ceremonies related to the interest of kabihu community are held inside the house. Places of worshipping ceremony to the Marapu are not only held indoors but also outdoors. It is also held in the pamali cave, at sacred springs, and so forth.


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ndonesia is expected to attract more Chinese tourists through active tourism promotion in China, such as the 12th China International Travel Mart (CITM) and the World Expo Shanghai China (WESC) 2010.

of Bali, Chalid said. Promotion Director of the Tourism Ministry Esthy Reko Astuty also admitted that tourism promotion in China is not enough. "Most of them only know Bali. Now, we want to invite them to see other regions like Manado (of North Sulawesi province)," she said.

Chinese tourists are the fifth largest in Indonesia after Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Last year, as many as 356,000 Chinese tourists visited Indonesia out of total 6.5 million of foreign tourist.

Chinese tourists' favorite of beach tourism should be responded by introducing alternative destinations such as Wakatobi of Southeast Sulawesi province, Bunaken of North Sulawesi province and Raja Ampat of West Papua province.

However, a majority of Chinese tourists have selected Bali province as their main destination in Indonesia, as Bali is so famous compared with other parts of Indonesia. This posts a challenge for the central government, especially for local ones to promote other regions of the country to attract Chinese tourists as these regions have many attractive destinations with various cultures, arts and landscape beauties. In fact, Indonesia has a chance to attract more Chinese tourists as both countries have a characteristic proximity. "Chinese people like Chinese-friendly things, such as culinary and tradition," Counsel of Social and Culture in the Indonesian Embassy for China Rosmalawati Chalid said on the sideline of the China International Travel Mart in Shanghai recently. Chalid said that since an open economy policy adopted in 1978, China's tourism has been growing rapidly. The fast economy

growth promotes the increase of Chinese tourists. In 1998, the number of Chinese tourists was only 5.32 million with six favorite countries as their tourism destination. This year, the number could increase to 50 million to all over the world. However, Chalid said that not much information could be obtained by the Chinese about Indonesia's tourism. "80 percent of them know Indonesia's tourism via the Internet whereas tourism information in the Internet is dominated by Bali," she said. Therefore, Indonesia needs to be more active in promoting tourism destination besides

Titien Maryatin Soekarya, an official of the Tourism Ministry, said that China is expected to be the largest tourist supplier in the world in near term. "At least there will be 100 million Chinese tourists going abroad in 2015 and Indonesia is ready to welcome them," she said at the St. Ragis Hotel of Shanghai recently in a table-top that was a part of a series of programs made by the ministry in the 12th China International Travel Mart. On the occasion, as many as 30 sellers from Indonesia made a direct transaction with more than 70 Chinese buyers. In order to attract more foreign tourists, the Indonesian government has been improving security and providing comfort for foreign tourists. Supporting infrastructures such as transportation, especially direct international flight to Indonesia, has been improved and increased.

Citibank And Visa launch the world’s first Visa Platinum Travel Prepaid Card


itibank and Visa today announced the launch of the Citibank World Money Visa Platinum Card, the world’s first Visa Platinum Travel Prepaid card, bringing together the benefits of both Citibank’s bestin-class Travel Prepaid cards platform and Visa Platinum cards, for the first time. Available in six foreign currencies - USD, Euro, Pound, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar and Singapore Dollar - at select Citibank branches and authorized money changers, the Citibank World Money Visa Platinum Card offers customers a host of privileges, ranging from discounted shopping at luxury brand outlets to exclusive offers at luxury hotels.

Designed to address the needs of leisure travelers as well as of those travelling abroad for medical, educational, or business purposes, the Card offers customers a smart, secure and convenient way of carry-

ing foreign currency. Further differentiating the Card are benefits such as industry-best foreign exchange rates, complimentary fraud protection insurance, complimentary international calling card and a 24X7 international toll-free customer care helpline. Uttam Nayak, Country Manager, South Asia, Visa, said, “Over the years Visa has introduced a series of cards to help Indian consumers enjoy the convenience of electronic payments. In 2002, we partnered with Citibank to launch the Visa Travel Prepaid card in India, creating a new segment at the time. Now, we are pleased to announce the launch of the world’s first Visa Platinum Travel Prepaid card – the Citibank World Money Visa Platinum card, offering a single card to Indian travelers with the benefits of a travel prepaid card as well as the luxury benefits that come along with a Visa Platinum card.

Keeping in mind the growing Indian traveler segment, Visa is confident that this card will open up yet another new segment as well as provide Indian travelers with some unique benefits they have been looking for.” Sandeep Bhalla, Business Head, Credit Payment Products, Citibank India, said, “We take great pride in having been the first to launch a foreign currency denominated prepaid card in India in 2002 and are very pleased to build on its success with the launch of the Citibank World Money Visa Platinum Card. Travel is a focus area for Citi Cards and this new launch strengthens our end-to-end solution for the global Indian. With its enhanced features, the Card will not only provide customers a safe and hassle-free alternative to cash and travelers’ cheques; it will also delight the overseas traveler with its choice of lifestyle benefits.”

Christmas in the tropics trees in offices and many private homes. The stores are full of holiday-related items, and there are several community events devoted to it, such as the Jingle Bell Run, Christmas Island Relay, and a competition among the schools for the best Christmas tree decoration using recycled materials, etc. On Saipan, many organizations and private citizens work hard to help people in need with the Christmas Toy Drive and Christmas dinner deliveries for those struggling families who are less fortunate.


s soon as Thanksgiving Day is over, the Christmas season begins. Although it is hard to imagine Santa Claus in T-shirts and shorts and Christmas without snow, they exist in the tropics – together with the Christmas tree among the palm trees. On the small tropical island of Saipan, the winter season is one of the most festive of the year. It is not only because family traditions are so strong among the local people, but it’s also due to the fact that the winter holidays are the busiest time of the year for the only industry on the small island... tourism. As most cities around the world at this time of the year, Saipan is also dressed in Christmas lights, and one can view Christmas

The Saipan hotels are also preparing for the two big nights of December: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Each major hotel customarily prepares a gala dinner and live entertainment with a final countdown for their guests. But there is a resort where the season’s celebration is unique and much longer than at any other hotel. Pacific Islands Club Saipan (PIC) celebrates Christmas and New Year with parties twice within a month’s time! At first, the hotel creates festive activities and special dining experiences for its Asian customers and local patrons. The second set of holidays is repeated as PIC celebrates the Orthodox Christmas on January 7 and Orthodox Russian New Year’s Eve on January 13. PIC prepares first for Christmas Eve with a special dinner, caroling, and a champagne

toast for its in-house guests. On Christmas morning, all hotel rooms with kids arise to find a small stocking hung on the door. The resort animators (called Clubmates) organize holiday activities for both kids and adults such as Christmas tree ornaments decorating, candy cane relay, wreath toss at the hotel’s waterpark, and even a Christmas cake eating contest. As the hotel’s ambassadors of fun, the Clubmates also perform a special Christmas dance show free for PIC guests. Then, the following week is New Year’s Eve where this year’s theme, Mardi Gras, will welcome 2011. The cold winter season in the Russian Far East attracts the greatest number of visitors who typically stay a minimum of two weeks and comprise 30% of the hotels’ market mix. PIC’s valued Russian guests receive small holiday gifts to feel welcome upon arrival, as well as a private luxury Christmas dinner party to celebrate Christmas in their own style far away from home. Similar to the celebration on December 31, PIC prepares a new theme party for the Russian New Year’s Eve on January 13. Last year, the hotel built an ancient Chamorro village, which featured local artisans and craftsmen, dance groups and musicians, and traditional Chamorro and Carolinian food. In 2011, there will be a new theme, which remains a secret in order to surprise the hotel’s loyal repeater guests who visit annually.

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts debuts first St. Regis Resort in China

"We are proud to debut the first St. Regis Resort in China with the opening of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, offering our discerning guests access to the distinguished St. Regis legacy with the highest expression of personalization, refined elegance and uncompromised guest experiences," said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. "With the region's unrivaled natural beauty and enchanting cultural heritage, Lhasa is one of the world's most coveted destinations for global travelers, and The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is destined to be an unparalleled way to discover Tibet." "Lhasa is one of the most intriguing and beautiful cities in the world," said Magdy Anis, General Manager of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. "We are honored to be opening Tibet's first luxury resort, offering global St. Regis guests the opportunity to experience Tibet's mysterious traditions and stunning beauty while enjoying St. Regis signature amenities and services." The St. Regis Lhasa Resort boasts 150 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 12 spacious villas and suites, including the Presidential Suite. Seamlessly blending Tibet's rich culture and exotic natural surroundings, the resort has been designed from the ground up with sustainable features including solar panels, locally-sourced produce and herbs for the resort's restaurants and an underground water recycling system. Guest accommodations feature beautiful residential interiors, custom-designed furniture and spacious marble bathrooms in addition to luxurious linens and amenities such as high-speed internet and plasma televisions in room. St. Regis will also premiere its new spa brand, the Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Poised to be the world's highest luxury spa, Iridium Spa allows guests to renew and refresh mind, body and spirit with a completely customized experience including traditional Tibetan herbal treatments and aromatherapy services using locally cultivated herbs and plants such as cypress and azalea leaves. Five-star luxury meets mystical Tibetan spiritual wellness at the Iridium Room with its ornate gold-tiled heated swimming pool and stunning Meditation Garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation. The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers an array of epicurean taste and experiences in a variety of culturally designed settings. Guests can enjoy convenient, all-day dining at the resort's signature restaurant, Social, featuring with a wide selection of international cuisine or dine at Si Zi Kang, the first gastronomic Tibetan restaurant to savor authentic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine in a sophisticated and relaxed setting. For Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine, guests are invited to Yan Ting with six private dining rooms and a diverse menu. As the first luxury resort in Tibet, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is also proud to present Decanter by Haut-Brisson, the first wine bar in the region serving over 140 labels of wine, liquors and aged cigars. Also the first of its kind, the Tea Room will offer guests a relaxing afternoon with different blends of local and imported teas, and serving vintage teas aged from 10-25 years. Lhasa, christened "Place of the Gods" by ancient Tibetans, is the spiritual and political center of Tibet. With its ideal location in the ancient Barkhor area, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is close to the city's most important cultural landmarks allowing guests to explore all of the city's treasures. The resort is only a short walk from the Jokhang Temple or guests can rent a hybrid vehicle from the hotel for a short drive to the stunning Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulinka and the Drepung Monastery. Other scenic Himalayan destinations such as the Heavenly Lake Namtso and Yandra Yumtso Lake also surround The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Combining Tibet's natural beauty and rich heritage with St. Regis' timeless sophistication, bespoke service and modern luxury, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort's arrival to China will forever change the landscape of luxury travel in the region.

Thailand’s Strategy to Revitalize Tourism Sector

White Horse Chosen As Best Tourism Transport 2010

menbudpar), Noviendi Makalam, in Jakarta, recently.


tarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announces the debut of St. Regis' first resort in China and first-ever luxury resort in Tibet, with the opening of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Standing on the "Roof of the World" at 12,000 feet above sea level, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers refined luxury and superlative service in a storied city. The resort boasts awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas and the Lhasa Valley from each of the 162 guest rooms, suites and villas which feature distinctive architectural details and decor that entwine modern luxury with traditional Tibetan elements. The spectacular resort embraces the enchanting natural surroundings and breathtaking mountainous views of Lhasa and is destined to set new standards of service and luxury for Tibet. The magnificent resort offers the signature St. Regis Butler Service and features three world class restaurants to please any epicurean taste, a signature tea room, wine bar and an expansive 11,700 square foot Iridium Spa with an ornate gold-tiled pool and Meditation Garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation.


or the first time, the Ministry of Communications Republic of Indonesia, Freddy Numberi gave an award to White Horse Group (PT Panorama Transportasi, Tbk.) as tourism transport with the best service 2010. Freddy Numberi award was given to the President Director of PT. Panorama Transportasi, Satrijanto Tirtawisata in Jakarta on October 19, 2010.


emenbudpar stated that the solidity and toughness of Thailand in recovering tourism sector in the country after the political riot should be taken as example. “The post-crisis quick recovery carried out by Thailand that can be followed is the way it directs its stakeholders to make sacrifices,” said Secretary of Director General Marketing for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Ke-

He said, in the period from January to August 2010, Thailand’s tourism growth was recorded as having reached 14 percent. This figure is under the estimation made by parties considering that the country has been recently experiencing an internal political crisis. In the same period, Indonesia’s tourism growth was slightly lower that Thailand’s, which was 12.12 percent. “Thailand knows very well how to direct tourists coming to the country. When Bangkok was not in secured situation, most travel then transferred to another city in the country,” he said. This matter, according to Noviendi, can work well because of all the stakeholders in the country were very solid and worked hand-inhand under one goal, which is to revitalize the tourism sector.

The award was given to the White Horse Group based on the assessment on several aspects such as Fleet, Pool, Documents, Labor, Employees’ housing, and the Environment of White Horse. The assessment was made by the jury from the ministries of transportation.

Indonesia to Join Tourism Mart in London WTM

Uli Hutabarat as the General Manager of White Horse Deluxe Coach says, “The assessment team was very detailed in examining the documents and licenses of White Horse, and we successfully meet the requirements. In addition to the licensing, the assessment team also conducted field surveys to White Horse Pool in Rawa Bokor. White Horse Pool clean and friendly environment seems to steal the hearts of the board of assessors. With the management of waste oil, tires, and other tools, White horse shows its concern on the environment, “he said

he Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Regional Tourism Bureau, the Association of Tourism and Tourism Industry took part in “World Travel Market (WTM)” 2010 in Exccel exhibition hall, London, England, 8-11 November. London WTM is the world’s second biggest international tourism expo presenting trade and consumer show after the Berlin ITB. Therefore, the European Head of Sub Region, Directorate for Overseas Promotion, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Republic of Indonesia, Jordi Paliama in his press conference, recently.

Promo Price Sale in ITHF 2010


he big event of Travel & Holiday Fair (ITHF) 2010 was held from October 28 to 31 at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town with the theme of the World on Sale. ITHF 2010 was held for the fifth times and started with a special Preview Sale for Credit Cardholders of BCA at 11:00 to 14:00 pm Thursday, October 28. Panca R. Sarungu, Chief Organizer ITHF 2010 said, “We want to educate people to do early booking for the Christmas holiday season, New Year, and Chinese New Year with special prices on both foreign and domestic destinations. Garuda Indonesia, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Mandala Air participated in this event. Star hotels in Bali, Lombok and other tourist destinations in Indonesia provide discounts up to 70% for four days only.” Bookkeeping transaction is targeted to reach USD 40 billion. The event is offering more than 170 destinations worldwide with the lowest prices throughout the year. Mira Wibowo, Chief Manager Marketing of BCA Credit Cards expects the wider community, particularly the BCA Credit Card holders can enjoy the holiday at affordable prices for any destination by utilizing the best deals like 0% Installment for six months and many more. (*)

Post-disaster : Tourist Arrival back to normal


sunami in Mentawai and the eruption of Mount Merapi have negative effects on tourism industry in Indonesia. It can be seen from the declining number of tourists visiting the country. Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik explained, so far the ministry has done the checking of tourist arrival to a number of main tourist destinations via the airport of Ngurah Rai (Bali), Soekarno Hatta (Jakarta), and Polonia (Medan). The result reveals that natural disasters occurred in several areas in Indonesia do not significantly decrease the number of tourist arrival to Indonesia. “No negative impacts so far,” he said during the opening of Aston Paramount Serpong Hotel in Tangerang, Banten, recently. Even so, for now he suggested not to visit Borobudur Temple considering that the temple which is located in Magelang, Central Java is still covered by dust from the eruption of Mount Merapi. “For tourists who want to surf in Mentawai can choose other beaches in Indonesia, which are quite a lot,” he advised. Wacik added, the ministry will strive constantly to convince the international community that there are hundreds of national tourist destinations owned by Indonesia. So when a disaster occurs in one area and bring certain effect to tourist destinations in that area, there are more places to go in other areas. (*)



Jordi Paliama mentioned, in 2009, the WTM in London celebrated its 30th anniversary, and it was visited by over 50,000 travel professionals from 187 countries. “The UK is one of the main markets of Indonesian tourism because most foreign tourists from Europe came from England,” said Jordi. Jordi explained that the purpose of Indonesia’s participation in this event is to increase the number of foreign tour-

Transfer of travel was possible because it was done through various proactive tourism promotion followed by offering various appealing incentives to foreign tourists visiting the country. “For example, if there is an event organizer that organizes MICE events in Thailand, the government will provide an incentive of USD100 per participant,” he said. Such incentives cannot be applied in Indonesia since the regulation in this country prohibits that. “The success of Thailand’s tourism sector to recover is because all the stakeholders there are ready,” he said. According to him, all the stakeholders in Indonesia should learn about team-work in developing the tourism sector just like Thailand. (*)

ists visit from the UK to Indonesia. In 2009, British tourists visiting Indonesia were as many as 160,036 people. This year’s target is 210,000 tourists from the UK. British tourists who have visited Indonesia in January-July 2010 period amounted to 107,487 people. Based on the results of the Passenger Exit Survey in 2009, the average length of stay of tourists from Britain in Indonesia is 11.85 days, while the average expenditure amounted to USD 118.66 per person per day or USD 1,405.95 per person per visit. The most visited destinations of British tourists are Bali and Jakarta. The opening ceremony and press conference with Director General of Tourism Marketing (Sapta Nirwandar) and Indonesia’s Ambassador in London (Yuri Thamrin) was held in the Indonesian pavilion.

Vote for Komodo stand can also be found in this event. Komodo National Park (KNP) has become one of the 28 finalists of “New 7 Wonders of Nature”. Komodo is the only world’s largest lizard that can only be found in Indonesia, namely Komodo National Park (East Nusa Tenggara). (*)

TIME 2010 to Earn USD 18.9 Million


ombok, NTB - The organizing committee has officially announced the results of the total transactions made after the closing process ended in Tourism Market event or the Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) 2010 on Friday (15/10). The value of transactions recorded reached USD 18.9 million or about Rp189 billion. According Ressy T Salim from Titan Convex in a press conference for the event closing at Senggigi, West Lombok said that the result was up by 8% compared to TIME 2009, and this value is a combination of transactions reported by all sellers and buyers. “TIME 2009 is a joint cooperation between central and local government, the committee of TIME 2010, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Culture and Tourism Bureau, ASITA as well as all components of the tourism industry and associations in NTB,” said Salim Ressy.

However, there is a decrease in 2010’s TIME that is in terms of the number of buyers participating, which are only 118 people from 22 countries. The top five buyers are from South Korea, India, Singapore, and Indonesia. While the top five sellers are NTB, Jakarta, Bali, North Sumatra and Central Java. In line with Ressy T. Salim, Chairman of the Organizing Committee TIME 2010, Awanadi Aswinabawa, this year’s event is still aiming to promote Lombok-Sumbawa as a world tourism destination to international markets, but these efforts is to accelerate the improvement of infrastructure, facilities and attractions available. “This event ran successfully as a result of cooperation between the central committee, the committee of TIME 2010 and the regional committee consisting of the Provincial Government of NTB, NTB Disbudpar, Regional Tourism Promotion Board (BPPD) NTB and supported by all components of the tourism industry and

associations in Lombok, Sumbawa and NTB, “he said. Moreover, he said that there are a lot of positive feedback saying that Lombok-Sumbawa has great potential to become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, especially following the development of international airport which will be completed in early 2011 and the construction of convention hall which is later expected to boost tourism to Lombok. However, the important thing is that after TIME 2010 there will be more tourism agendas that must be followed by participating in the events of ASEAN Travel Mart, ITB Asia as well as creating tour packages Lombok-Sumbawa and others, “said Awanadi. “With the new international airport in Lombok, then this will encourage the presence of new airlines and investors in NTB area,” he said. (*)

South Africa to Create Bali -Lombok Tour Package


outh Africa tour operator has agreed to create a package tour to Lombok and Bali and the combination of both in partnership with Indonesia. The deal was the result of the introductory visit to Lombok by famtrip from South Africa as the first phase of the partnership. Secretary III of Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria Aulia Rinaldi Ahza in his press conference said Lombok will become a new tourism destination of tourists from South Africa. While the Marketing Coordinator of Club Travel from South Africa, Stacey-Lee Stewart, who followed famtrip to Bali and Lombok said tour operators agreed to create tour package offering four days in Bali and three days in Lombok. Similarly, Carla Joao, Supervisor for the Far East Department of the Travel Vision, another

famtrip participant, commented that joining famtrip in Indonesia is much different from famtrip to other tourism destinations she has joined before. Many new things are found, especially new product knowledge.

Meanwhile, in a presentation of the Ambassador which was delivered by Embassy staff in Pretoria, conveyed that the tour operators and travel agents have an important role in marketing tourism potentials of Indonesia.

A total of 10 outbound tour operators and a travel journalist from South Africa followed the famtrip activities for a week to Bali and Lombok. The event arranged by the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria was successfully bring together a group from South African and Indonesian tourism industry to seek other opportunities for Indonesian tourism market for South African tourists who are currently still unfamiliar with Lombok.

This is considering that 76% of outbound travelers from South Africa use the services of tour operators and travel agents before traveling. Indonesia has many strong points in tourism sector, compared to other countries, he said.

They agreed that Lombok will be a popular tourist destination for tourists from South Africa.

The famtrip participants also followed site inspection to eight hotels in Bali and attended business gathering with tourism industry communities in Bali. The group also visited other sites related to tourism in Bali and Lombok. (*)


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2011 PNPM Tourism Fund to increase Rp. 122 Billion


NPM Tourism Fund to be disbursed in 2011 reached Rp122 billion. It increased sharply compared to this year. This significant increase in funding for rural tourism is because community empowerment through tourism sector is considered to be effective way to resolve poverty problem. According to Firman Rahim, Director General of Tourism Destination Development for Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Kemenbudpar) this year Tourism PNPM funds of Rp20 billion is being distributed to 200 tourist villages in various provinces. The program that was started in 2009 and has been running for 1.5 years is considered effective in reducing poverty and developing tourist destinations. "With the increased PNPM tourism funds, for next year at least 650 villages may be

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The development of tourist village is prioritized in those located in main tourist destinations, but it also depends on the initiative of local authorities respectively. If there are villages having potentials to be developed as tourist village, the local government should be proactive to propose it to the central government.

The name of Trunyan derives from the words teru (tree) and menyan (fragrance or scent). It is a remote village on the side of Lake Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency. This village is counted as Bali Aga village (mountainous Bali) and Bali Mula village (the original Balinese).

"Of course there are a set of criteria for developing tourist village and Tourism PNPM funds will be given for two years. In the third year we expect the tourism practitioners who have received assistance can be independent, "said Firman. (*)


"Ideally, each province sends 1 team. But, only 24 provinces participated due to cost issue. As for the West Kalimantan Province that set up two teams, one of them became exhibitor," said Kasubdit Performing Arts, Oneng Setiaharini. According to Art Director Kemenbudpar Sulistyo Tirtokusumo, theatrical arts taught to perform various roles well. The roles were commonly encountered in everyday social life. Theatrical arts can serve as a nation charac-

ter building through the choice of stories and characters that evoke a sense of love of nation and state. It also could foster a spirit of upholding the unity and diversity, democratic values and social justice. By supporting traditional and contemporary arts, theater is expected to grow and bring forward the local themes as attractive as possible. "The young generation can be stimulated to develop themselves within the ethical aspects as well as competing to express creativity in theater," said Sulistyo Tirokusumo, in his speech representing the Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik when opening the National Festival of Youth Arts Theatre 2010, Monday (1 / 11 / 2010) in Sasono Langen Budoyo, TMII, Jakarta. "By being able to appreciate the role since a young age, someone will easily live in the society wisely and in a matured manner," he said. Theater presented was reflecting the characteristics of each region, among them the

story titled 'Nganyang' from West Nusa Tenggara Province, directed by M Ikraman. The festival also presented 'Arang Keranjan' from Central Java and 'Si Aruk' by the team of SMA Negeri 9 Lampung. Other performances included Tanah Ibu (West Sumatra), Makota yang Retak (West Kalimantan), Bujang Nak Kawin (Jambi), Hanyut (East Java), Gadis Ambai (Bengkulu), and Pagi Bening (East Kalimantan). The show was started every evening at 10:00 until dusk. It can be seen free of charge to every visitor of TMII. The performance of each team was assessed by the jury that consisted of Wisran Hadi, Jose Rizal Manua, Niniek L. Karim, Franky Raden, and Benny Johannes. According to one of the jury, Jose Rizal Manua, the jury assessed the directing side, team work and music arrangement. "We expect the participants are able to explore the local potentials in the story," said Jose Rizal.

Visa to Expand Network in Indonesia of inbound tourists in using credit cards as a means of transaction is quite high, nearly equivalent to cash payment. According to Visa survey, he explained, as much as 44% of tourists visiting Indonesia prefer to pay by credit card. There is only a slight difference with tourists who use cash as much as 48%. The survey involved more than 6714 respondents from 13 countries who said that they would visit Indonesia.


isa Indonesia expands the network of credit card payment to facilitate the transaction made by foreign tourists visiting Indonesia. Visa Indonesia Country Manager, Fuad Ellyana stated that the interest

"Cash is generally chosen by those who will visit Indonesia for the first time. While those who have visited the country for few times are more likely to use a credit card, "he explained during Visa’s Media Briefing for Visit Interest Survey, this afternoon. He explained that tourists are generally interested in paying by credit card as it is considered safe and under control. Besides that, various discounts offered by credit card

provides have attracted many people to use credit card for their transaction. "Credit cards are widely used when booking travel tickets and accommodation. It was because of personal travel planning is the most popular style of travelling today." Visa survey also mentioned an average of foreign respondents plan to spend more than USD 1,500 for the cost of a holiday in Indonesia, it has increased from the current average of USD 1,300 per person per visit. "In fact, most respondents are willing to pay more for good food, exotic destinations, and the opportunity to enjoy new culture," he said. To support the tourism industry in Indonesia, Visa offers a number of discounts to holders of international cards at various merchants through Visa Preferred Merchant program. Visa also recently launched the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection for Visa Signature and Visa Infinite cardholders. (*)

Appropriate Rewards for discovering cultural heritage objects


he government will provide reasonable reward and in accordance with the value of the goods for the founder of objects of cultural heritage in Indonesia. During this time many Indonesian cultural heritage objects are traded illegally by some people because the government did not provide adequate compensation. Rewards for those who contributed to maintain the existence of cultural heritage are needed. This includes people who discovered, nurtured, and reported the existence of cultural heritage to the government. These incentives are contained in the Cultural Conservation Act which was passed in Parliament plenary meeting, Tuesday (26/10). Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik explained that the compensation is to protect the

historical heritage objects. He said so far there are no specific rules to provide such compensation. As a result, he said, the government could not provide a decent return. "So far, the reward was just a thank you and some money which is considered to be inadequate," said Jero Wacik. Since there is no decent reward, people would rather sell it to outside parties and this has increased the case of cultural heritage burglary. In addition, many people choose to destroy cultural heritage for the sake of development. "I often got a call at two in the morning because of the destruction of cultural heritage," said Wacik. However, the Act does not regulate how



Building Nation Character Through Youth Theatre Festival fter has been stopped for several years, Youth Theatre Festival is held again this year with the name of the National Festival of Youth Arts Theatre 2010. Festival that was held from November 1 to 4 in Sasono Langen Budoyo Building, TMII carried out the theme of “From local to global”. This festival was fully supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia and was attended by 25 art teams from 24 provinces in Indonesia.

TRUNYAN, The Tree Of Fragrance round Lake Batur shores there is one unique and well-known site called Trunyan. Legend testifies the aromatic smell of Trunyan so exciting. Until now, this scented little place still holds its reputation.

empowered as tourist villages mainly located at the main destinations in the provinces. Kemenbudpar is targeting at least 2,000 tourist villages can be developed until 2014, "he said.

much a decent reward for those who protect that heritage is. Later, the government will make separate regulation to clarify this matter of compensation. "The problem with this cultural conservation always wake me up at midnight, because of reports of this cultural heritage is always in the middle of the night," said Wacik. When the bill becomes law, Jero Wacik will feel good and happy. According to him, violation of cultural heritage is an extraordinary crime, and the perpetrators should get severe punishment. "For that I will implement this law after the House of representative ratified it," he said. (*)


he local Government of Makassar is targeting to hold 70 tourism events in order to attract foreign and domestic tourists welcoming “ Visit Makassar Year 2011.” Visit Makassar Year 2011 was highlighted by various activities, such as cultural performances, sporting events, arts, traditional culinary tour, as well as other activities that refer to characteristics of Makassar. Head of Makassar Culture and Tourism Bureau, Rusmayani Madjid, said that the bureau has prepared all things concerning tourism. “We’re preparing these seventy events well, because we do not want it to be just a ceremonial,” she said. Makassar Mayor Ilham Arif Sirajuddin is also targeting to hold international-scale events every month during the year 2011. One international event that attracts tourists is Sail Makassar in August 2011. “This is a great opportunity for us in Makassar to be able to gain as many tourists to come to Makassar,” he said. Department of Culture and Tourism (Disbudpar) has previously learned the strategies applied by Australian government to attract foreign tourists. Placing tourist information centre in crowded places will provide tourists with any information related to tourism such as transportation and accommodation. (*)

One of the privileges Trunyan people’s belief that we can still find is the unique funeral tradition service. It is called Mepasah or putting the dead body on earth and under the earth. In front of this rural community there is a huge Teru Menyan, the tree of fragrance. The aromatic smell comes out from its roots on which a dead body is located. The scent deriving from the roots makes the rotten corpse not smelly. Thus, corpse will be decayed by itself and amazingly animals are reluctant to eat the unburied corpse. This Mepasah ritual only applies to some certain class of Trunyanese, such as pedande (religious and traditional holders), married people, unmarried people and young children whose little teeth already fell out. There are still other conditions, people who might be buried here must have died normally, with intact body, and not because of accident. However, those who died with broken body, or still having wounds, as well as those who died unnaturally (killed or committed suicide), are buried under earth. Visiting Trunyan Village is not difficult. It is possible to travel overland from Penelokan, Kintamani, up to Kedisan village. Then, from the Kedisan, we have to go across the Lake. It takes forty-five minutes by boat or two hours by paddle-driven boat. But, if crossing the lake is terrifying, then we can step on the road through the Buahan village and Abang village. Legend of Ratu Ayu Pingit Dalem Dasar Hundreds of years ago, the noble children of Surakarta Kingdom were "amazed" by the strange fragrant smell so that they were so curious. These king’s children, three princes and one princess,

The three princes were still holding their origin spirits, looking for the source of the strange aroma. Walking along the shores of Lake Batur, they had reached a plateau in the South-western part of the lake, and hear the melodious sound of birds. That kind of bird is described as kedis in Bali native language. Therefore, the village is called Kedisan village. Stunning to the sounds of those birds, the youngest prince was so joyous that he, then, shouted excitedly. It disturbed the eldest prince and made him angry so bad. Then the eldest prince punished the youngest by disallowing him to continue the journey. The youngest prince was so persisted to keep on the traveling. Getting very mad to know it, the eldest prince kicked him. The youngest prince then, fell over to the ground in cross-legged position. Later, in the Kedisan village there is a stone statue in cross-legged position. The statue was awarded the title of Ratu Sakti Sang Hyang Jero. Right now, the statue is stored in one part of Pura Dejlem Pingit Kedisan. The rest two princes continued the journey and arrived at the eastern side of Lake Batur. Here they met two girls who are looking for lice. The second prince was so happy to meet these girls, and said hello to them. Being angry to him, the eldest prince prohibited the second prince to continue the expedition. When the second prince insisted to keep on walking, his eldest brother kicked him. He fell facedown to the ground (melingkuh- in Bali language). Later in that place there is a statue of god in melingkuh position, with title of Ratu Sakti Dukuh. This site is known as Desa Abang Dukuh where the statue was still there until 1963. While the eruption of Mount Agung happened, this statue was covered with sands. So, right now we can not see it anymore. The eldest prince proceeded to the north. Tracing down the edge of the lake, he, afterward, reached a plateau. At this point, he met a



A Chinese company Chen Zhen wished to turn Bali into a Green Province, the governor said when meeting Chinese Parliament speaker Wu Bangguo in Nusa Dua, head of the Bali provincial administration public relations Ketut Teneng said. Pastika also told his guest that Bali also expected to learn from China on development of infrastructure, transportation and agriculture which are very potential in the island paradise.

“We confirm that Yogyakarta as a whole is in conditions that are safe to visit,” said Provincial Secretary for Provincial Government of Yogyakarta Special Region, Tri Harjun Ismaji in a press statement in Jakarta, recently. He stated that the eruption of Mount Merapi on October 26, 2010 does not make DIY Province closed for tourist visits. He said that the report from the observation staff mentioned that the locations affected by pyroclastic eruption of Mount Merapi, just achieve a radius of about 10 kilometers from the center of volcanic eruptions.

Trade between the Bali and China had already been going on fruitfully as apparent in the exports and imports between the two countries but this year Bali suffered a deficit in its trade with China. Bali's exports included handicraft articles, products of small industries, canned fish, garments, and sea fish products, worth only 1.3 million US dollars in the January-September 2010 period.

very pretty princess kneeling under a Taru Manyan tree by herself. Apparently, this is where the origin of fragrant smell comes out. Its scent was already wafted up to the island of Java. The eldest prince, then, was in love with the pretty princess. He proposed to the princess’ brother to marry her. The princess’ brother accepted the proposal under one condition, that the prince was willing to be pancer jagad (peg of the universe). This meant that the prince became the leader of the village (the Trunyan Village). The prince was willing and afterward he was bestowed the title of Ratu Sakti Pancering Jagad, while the beautiful girl who became his queen was given the title of Ratu Ayu Pingit Dalem Dasar. (*)

Chinese imports in the third quarter of this year reached 22.6 million dollars of the 64.9 million dollars of the total imports in that period, and the imports from China increased 266 pct compared to that in the second quarter of the same year worth only 6.1 million US dollars. Chinese trade activities to Bali in the last three months reached 34.9 pct, Singapore 12.2 pct, and Australia 11.1 pct, and then some other parts of the world including Europe. In the second quarter of this year, Bali's imports reached 91.3 million dollars, which included 30.2 million dollars by the UK, Singapore 15.4 million dollars, and China 6.1 million dollars. The main import commodities in Bali's economic development include ships, floating structures, mechanical machinery, electrical equipment, jewelry, and iron and steel products. Bali is not always making a problem of the increasing imports, because the commodities are products with a positive effect to increased welfare of the people.(*)

Bali's Exports to Japan Worth Minister Fadel, US Ambassador Inaugurate KKP US$69 Million ciel and Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika, has officially declared the Marine Conservation Area (KKP), Nusa Penida subdistrict, Klungkung regency, Bali.


he local government of Bogor Regency, West Java, is optimistic that Visit Bogor Year 2011 will run successfully according to expectations and targets.

16.3 percent from US$59.9 million in the same period in 2009," Putu Bagiada of the Trade and Industry Office of Denpasar, said.

Fadel also flanked by his wife arrived on Sunday at 10 am along with Scot Marciel and Made Mangku Pastika.

According to Regional Assistant for Development of Bogor regency, Dandan Mulyadi, in Cibinong Visit Bogor 2011 is one of the major programs of Bogor regency, which is expected to bring significant impact on regional development.

He said the increase in the exports to Japan indicated that Bali's entrepreneurs were able to meet demands by Japanese consumers for good quality goods.

Fadel had been warmy welcomed by hundreds of students of Nusa Penida subdistrict. Gubernur Pastika said the conservation was in line with the Bali Clean and Bali Green program in anticipation of global warming.

Visit Bogor 2011 is targeting 2.7 million people visit both domestic and foreign tourists. "2.7 million tourist arrival is expected to bring significant impact on the development of Bogor Regency in the future, especially tourism sector, "he said.

Pastika hoped the conservation would not merely protect the local habitat, but it will eventually increase the welfare of the local population.

The growth in tourism sector will have implications on other sectors. A number of sectors that will be positively affected are small and medium enterprises, and the economy. The success of the tourism sector will contribute positively to other sectors, particularly those related to people’s welfare and economy. He added, therefore, the local government asked all local stakeholders and citizens to participate in bringing success to Visit Bogor 2011 agenda for economic revival in the future. (*)

At the time they arrived at the foot of Mount Batur, that strange fragrance they were looking for became stronger. After resting for a while at Pura Batura, the only princess in this group, " fell in love” to the local landscapes, and she chose to remain there, instead of carrying on the journey. She asked for her eldest brother’s blessings and the prince allowed her to stay. Later, she was titled as Ratu Ayu Mas Maketeg.

ali Governor Mangku Made Pastika said Bali-China trade relations have been increasing marked with a plan of big investors wishing to operate in the island paradise in the power sector.

ourists can visit the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY) because the province is generally safe to visit after the eruption of Mount Merapi on October 26, 2010. This was stated by the Government of Yogyakarta Special Region.

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asked their father to wander in search of the origins of the aroma. After having permission from their father, they traveled through many countries until they reached the island of Bali.

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Yogyakarta is safe to visit

Some areas that have been affected by hot clouds are closed for the visit. This area includes the District of Pakem Kaliurang, and Sleman. But according to Ismaji, the areas affected are only smallpart of the province of DIY. Provincial Government of DIY is now continue to try to restore the condition of the economy including the tourism sector to be able to operate normally again. (*)


He hoped the regent follows up the conservation with management details, adding that the konservasi area covers more than 20 thousand hectares.


inister of Marine and Fisheries Affairs Fadel Muhhamad, in the company of US Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Mar-

And to follow up on the program, the Klungkung regency administration will hold a Nusa Penida sale in 2012.(*)


hile its trade with a number of countries were declining due to the global economic crisis, Bali was still able to increase its exports to Japan, amounting to US$69.7 million in the January-September 2010 period. "Bali's exports of US$69.7 million increased

"This means that Bali's handicraftsmen are increasingly able to meet Japanese consumers' demand for good quality commodities," he said. The increase in the exports of Bali's goods to Japan placed Japan in the second position of Bali's biggest importers' list, after the United States which in the same period imported US$72.1 million worth of goods from Bali.(*)


Lamboya, Wanokaka and Gaura Village on February and March 2011


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The Magnificent Borobudur Temple T he glory of Borobudur is believed to last for 150 years, and after that it gradually faded and tended to collapse as the collapse of the triumph of Syailendra dynasty, which was replaced by the kingdom of Mataram in the year 930 (around the 10th century.)

This change had an impact on the shifting of the center of culture and life of the community to the east, which is in Jogjakarta. Another impact of this change of power is the damage to Borobudur temple, and eventually forgotten and lost in time. Someone whose work on the restoration of Borobudur Temple in 1814 shall not be forgotten is Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles. Raffles was a Lieutenant Governor General of British colonial when Indonesia was colonized by the British in 1811 AD - 1816 AD. Raffles’ work was continued by a Kedu resident named Hartman. He cleaned Borobudur from soil and mud. Soil and mud were believed to be a remnant of the lava erupting from one of the volcanoes that existed at that time. Volcanic eruption in 1000 AD

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We currently see Borobudur temple one of the world’s seven wonders, and it seems absurd to know that the temple lay hidden for centuries under layers of volcanic ash and jungle growth. By the shifting of the center of Javanese culture and life to the east, Borobudur was abandoned and left unmaintained. Wild plants and dust covered the temple, which made the temple forgotten until around the 10th century.


Thanks to the efforts of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Borobudur emerged from the darkness of the past. In 1835 AD the temple was finally cleared from volcanic ash and wild plants. The further cleaning was carried out by Hartman who had high interest on the temple. This big cleaning project was started with the making of pictures and photos of Borobudur’s relief. The restoration of Borobudur temple began in 1907 AD - 1911 AD and led by Th Van Erp. Those years when Borobudur buried under the bushes was indirectly protected the temple from bad weather that might damage the construction. Borobudur Temple

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Borobudur was built using 55,000 m3 adhesit stone. The pyramidshaped temple has terraces - steps with stairways on all four sides (north, south, east, and west). In this temple, there is not any room that could be entered by visitors. The size of the Borobudur Temple building is 123m wide, 123m long, at the turning point of 113m and

30.5m high.The foot of the temple is covered by as many as 12,750 m3 of Adhesit stone. Borobudur symbolizes the three levels of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kāmadhātu, Rupadhatu and Arupadhatu: 1. Kāmadhātu: is the world of desire. In this world, man is bound and even controlled by his desire. The relief panels that depict Karmawibangga representing the law of cause and effect can be found on the foot of the temple. 2. Rupadhatu: is the world of forms. In this world human has left all worldly affairs, desire and willingness. The relief panels depicting this story can be found in corridor one to four. 3. Arupadhatu: is the world of formlessness. This is the world of the gods and this section is located on a circular terrace level I, II, and III and on the main stupa. Inside the temple there are 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa. Below is the composition of Buddha statues in Borobudur temple:

called pinakel / Yasti Cikkara, located above Padmaganda and Harmika line.

1. Step I : 104 Buddha Statues 2. Step II : 104 Buddha Statues 3. Step III : 88 Buddha Statues 4. Step IV : 22 Buddha Statues 5. Step V : 64 Buddha Statues 6. Circular platform I : 32 Buddha Statues 7. Circular platform II : 24 Buddha Statues 8. Circular platform III : 16 Buddha Statues

Terawang or stupa with holes can be found in platform I, II and III. There is a Buddha statue inside each stupa. There are a total of 72 terawang in Borobudur temple, and they are located in Arupadhatu level.

At first glance those Buddha statues look similar, but actually there are some differences. One of the most obvious differences is the hands position called Mudra.

The small stupas in Borobudur temple are quite similar with the other stupas. They look like little ornaments that decorate the temple. These stupas can be found in platform I to V, and there are 1472 of them.

Platform I Platform II Platform III

There are six different hand position of Buddha statue, namely: Bhumispara - Wara Mudra - Mudra, Dhayana - Mudra, Abhaya Mudra, Dharma Chakra - Mudra. In this temple there is also a lion statue. There should be not be less than 32 pieces, but due to various reasons the number is less than 32 now. One of the lion statues, a big one, is located on the western side of the yard. This statue faces west as if it guards the magnificent Borobudur temple. There are various types of stupa in Borobudur temple. There is one main dome at the center; the top of which is the highest point of the monument (35 meters above ground level) and the diameters of 9.90m. The highest point is

: 32 stupa : 24 stupa : 16 stupa

The current relief panel of Karmawibhangga is not the original one. Due to technical reason, an additional stone was made to cover the relief. Karmawibhanga relief panel in Kamadhatu section has the total of 160 panels. Those panels display clearly the pictures of desires and the consequences of making sinful action and its punishment, and good deed and its reward. The relief overviews the pictures of people who like to get drunk, and other behaviors that create sin, good deeds, and the picture of people who like to help others, pilgrimage, and other good deeds that provide tranquility and comfort to other people. (*)


The Borobudur sanctuary is one of the jewels of the world cultural heritage. A vast Mahayana Budhhist monument in the form of a pyramid-shaped mandala, it was built in the heartJ ava around 800 AD by the Sailendra dynasty and abandoned shortly after completion. It covers an area of almost one and half hectares, with a central dome almost 35 meters above the base. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric sguare terraces, then three circuler platforms of 72 openwork stupas and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walss and balustrades are decorated with 1,400 bas- reliefs and 432 statues of Buddha. (source : UNESCO ) The shapes of Borobudur have full of philosophical ornaments which symbolizing the unity in diversity of path to reach the unlimate aim of life. With all its long history and natural surroundings, Borobudur is undeniably a cultural masterpiece. Borobudur is amonument like no other, itcontains of a series of concentric terrace of decreasing size that rise like steps to a central peak. It has not roof, no vault, no cnamber; its masonary was laid without mortar. Thus Basic simplicity of form is counterbalanced by extraordinary rich and complex decoration. Most striking of all, perhaps, are the beautiful bas-relief, in all some 1400 carved stone panels covering a total area of about 1900 square meter, with another 600 squaremeters of decorative carving surroundings. Beside being the symbol of the Buddhism, Borobudur is also a replice of the universe. Accourding the Buddhist cosmology, the universe is divided into three major devisors, Kamadhatu, Rupadhatu, and Arupadhatu. Khamadhatu is the phenomenal world for the common people. The base of the Borobudur represents this phenomenal world. On the original base area 160 relief’s depicting scenes of karmawibangga, the law of cause and effect.


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The most popular inhabitant of TNBB is is Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothchildi). It was firstly found by Dr. Baron Stressmann a British ornithologist on March 24, 1911. Based on his recommendations, Dr. Baron Victor Von Plessenn conducted advanced research (in 1925) and fond the Bali Starling distribution is ranging from Bubunan to Gilimanuk. In 1928 five Bali Starling were brought to England and successfully bred in 1931. San Diego Zoo in the United States bred Bali Starling in 1962. Since 1966, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) has submitted Bali starling into Red Data Book, a book about endangered species of flora and fauna. Bali Starling is included in Appendix I of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora), which is a group that almost extinct and banned for trade. Bali Starling or known locally as Putin Curik is categorized endemic species of Bali, which means it can only be found in Bali (currently only in the West Bali National Park area). In wildlife, Bali Starling had never been found anywhere in the world. Therefore, the Provincial Government of Bali, making it as an icon of Bali Province. The beauty of Bali Starling is reflected through its mostly white feathers, only the tail and the tip of the wings are black Its eyes are dark brown, with areas around the eyelids are not feathered with dark blue color. Bali Starling also has a beautiful crest (both male and female), gray blue legs with 4 fingers. The pointed beak has the length of 2-5 cm, with a distinctive shape. It is a bit difficult to distinguish the males and females Bali Starling, because both are equally beautiful. It's just that in general the males slightly larger and have a longer pigtail. Bird breeding season for Bali Starling is from November until May.

They choose to breed in rainy season. Its bluish-green oval eggs have an average diameter of 2-3 cm. The last habitat of Bali Starling in Bali Barat National Park exists only on the Peninsula Prapat Agung (in Brumbun and Kelor Bay). This is interesting because no records have ever mentioned that the spread of Bali Starling reached Bubunan – Singaraja (about 50 km east of TNBB). TNBB is also the habitat to 7 species of mammals, 2 species of reptilian, 105 species of bird, 120 species of fish, and others. Most of the wild animals there we've probably never heard the name before for they are endangered species that are protected. They include trenggiling (manis javanicus) or known is Bahasa Bali as Kesih, Jelarang or Kapan-kapan (ratufa bicolor), Kueuk (felis marmorata), deer (cervus timorensis), Boss Javanicus or bull, rider turtle (Lepidochelys olivceae) , and so forth. Ecosystem paradise Based on the altitude, the TNBB area is divided into two ecosys-

tems land and marine ecosystem. Land Ecosystem include: mangrove forest, coastal forest, season forest, lowland rain forest, evergreen ecosystem, Savanna ecosystems, and River Rain Forest ecosystem. While the Marine Ecosystem includes Coral Reef ecosystem, seagrass, sandy beach, shallow water, and Aquatic ecosystem. The diversity of ecosystems that exist in TNBB also allows various types of rare flora to live in long time and protected. The names of the rare flora might sound unfamiliar to us, and make us difficult to imagine the shape as well. The types of protected flora on TNBB include bayur (pterospermum diversifolium), burahol (steleochocarpus burahol), kepah or kepuh (sterculia feotida), kesambi (schleichera oleosa), Kruing bunga (diptecocaus hasseltii), Mundu (Garcinia dulcis), Pulai (Alstonia scolaris), and much more. The beauty is unspeakable, so what are you waiting for, let’s visit it! (Md)

The Original Spice Islands and colonization began. Fortunately the beauty of that era still remains. Today, the town of Ambon is the capital of Maluku, occupying a small flat area by the beautiful Ambon Bay that is backed by lush green mountains and facing deep crystal clear waters that are alive with colorful coral gardens and untold species of marine creatures. Although small in size, Ambon island still offers plenty of experiences for adventurous travelers. From exploring the charming Kota Ambon – the main town of the island, to walking up mountains through lush tropical vegetation, there are many undiscovered gems ready for visitors to experience. The town of Ambon – Kota Ambon – is known as ‘Ambon Manise’ meaning sweet or beautiful Ambon. The name refers to both the beauty of the people here and the beauty of the tropical island location. As one of the earliest places in Indonesia to be occupied by colonial powers, Ambon has a rich and ancient history. Many of the Ambonese today have mixed European and Ambonese heritage.


he tiny islands of Ambon, Banda, Ternate and Tidore - among the thousands of islands in the Moluccas seas,- changed the course of world history from the 15th century onwards. These islands were what triggered the European Age of Exploration. For in search of the Spice Islands in the Far East, Christopher Columbus sailed west – and discovered America. Vasco da Gama sailed south and discovered the long route around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope in 1498 to finally reach India after a long and perilous voyage. Only later did the Portuguese finally discover the sea route to Banda and Ambon. These small islands in the eastern deep seas of the Indonesian archipelago were for centuries the sole producers of the fragrant nutmeg and mace in the world. At the time these spices fetched their weight in gold in Medieval Europe.

Visit here and discover centuries-old fortresses and the literature of local kingdoms which traces the story of the people, from periods of prosperity to escalating and controlled trades, harsh colonialism, a grueling struggle, and finally, to independence. The tiny islands of Ternate and Tidore, further north of Ambon were producers of cloves. Indian and Arab traders would sell cloves in Europe for exorbitant prices, but kept the location of their source a tightly held secret. These are the Moluccas – or Maluku – the original Spice Islands, that are now divided into the two provinces of Maluku and North Maluku. It is from these islands that the Dutch East India Company first gained their stranglehold on the spice trade in the archipelago, gradually colonizing the Indonesian islands over three centuries, until it came to be called the Dutch East Indies, the present-day Republic of Indonesia. As the glory days spices passed, the significance of the Moluccas waned. But it is here where the history of European explorations

The island also played an important role in World War II when Ambon was used as a headquarters for the Japanese military. Remnants from the war still remain, both in museums and the open air. Some war artifacts remain silently underwater. Today, these remnants are among the most valued historical sites in Ambon. Ambon is multicultural and home to various ethnicities including the native Alifuru tribes, the migrating Javanese, Sumatrans, Minahasans, the Butons, the Arabs who came in the 9th century, the Europeans, and the Chinese who first came in the 7th century to share in the commerce of this prosperous spice island. Between 1999-2002 the island was the scene of Christian-Muslim violence however since 2004 the island has maintained a period of ongoing peace







Plant Today for A Greener Tomorrow


op! Harris Hotel is located at Jl.Teuku Umar No. 74 Denpasar Bali held Green Opening under the theme of “Plant Today for a Greener Tomorrow" on 8th November 2010. The event is designed with the promotion of environmental awareness that attended by representatives from Tauzia Hotel Management, Denpasar Bureau of Gardening and Sanitation, and some green organizations. Pop! Harris Hotel will be associated with all initiatives related to environmental awareness both at the regional and national level. "We have established close cooperation with the Green Building Council Indonesia and registered as an active member "said Marc Steinmeyer, President Director of Tauzia Management. Pop! Harris Hotels is a network of 8 properties that will be opened within 18 months. The first opening was in September 2010 and took place on Jl.Teuku Umar , Depnasar – Bali. Two properties will be built in Bali, Jakarta, Manado, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.


Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions 2010 (CBTC) Champion J. P. Pandango - West Sumba Regent photo by Igo Kleden


est Sumba regency has the area of 4, 051.92 sq km with the population of 353,207 people (based on the census in 2000). The region is divided into fifteen districts and 192 sub-districts.

tion for both domestic and foreign tourists. The nine districts in the regency that have worth-tovisit beaches are Wanokaka, Lamboya, Kodi, Kodi

Since long time ago, West Sumba regency, which is also known as Bumi Pada Eweta Manda Elu in local language, has been recognized internationally as one of the most beautiful tourist destination in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province, and even in Indonesia, due to its stunning tourism potentials.

Bangedo, Laura, Mamboro, Tana Righu, Katikutana and Umbu Ratu Nggay. Marosi Beach in Lamboya district (± 27 km from Waikabubak) is one of the most beautiful beaches in the regency. It is a perfect place for swimming, recreation and fishing. It is pretty close, about four kilometres, from the venue of Pasola. In Loura district, there is Newa Beach facing Komodo Island (Flores) and Sumbawa Island. It is about 50 kilometres from Waikabubak or 5 kilometres from Tambolaka Airport. The beach is suitable for recreational place. Besides those two beaches, there is also Ngihi Watu Beach in Rua village, Wanakoka district, about 30 kilometres from Waikabubak. No need to worry about accommodation for hotels with various modern facilities are available there.

Ultimo (U) : Why do you choose tourism sector?

U : What about Waikabubak as the capital, does it have any special potential?

Bupati (B) : Tourism is a predictable industry and going to experience rapid grow in the globalization and free trade era. Human mobilization that is going faster has given us a picture that entering the 21st century, the need of tourism industry is increasing and becoming inseparable part of human’s life especially in Indonesia where tourism sector contributes significant contribution to national income after oil and gas.

B : Waikabubak as the capital of West Sumba regency is considered as one of unique towns in East Nusa Tenggara. It is considering that in the midst of the modern settlement of its people, the town still has several traditional villages of Loli people with their own uniqueness such as Tarung village. This small town is often called as “a town inside a village and a village inside a town”. Cultural and spiritual tourism potentials can also be found around Waikabubak. It is recorded that there are around 34 traditional villages spread in 10 districts, namely: Loli, Waikabubak, Katikutana, Lamboya, Kodi, Kodi Bangedo, Mamboro, East Wewewa and south Wewewa. Several traditional villages that quite popular are Tambera, Bondo Maroto, Tarung and Sodana (Lamboya district). Besides traditional villages, ancient megalithic buildings are spread in those traditional villages. Data reveals that there are 32 megalithic tombs, which are highly attractive to tourists.

J.P Pandango, who holds the position of West Sumba Regent for the past two months, is a figure who has vision and is able to recognize the potentials of the region he led. Therefore, friendly atmosphere was instantly emerged when L’Ultimo Paradiso interview Mr. J.P Pandango at his office. It went more like a discussion instead of an interview.

U : What are tourism potentials that exist in West Sumba? B : Many! There are at least three types of tourism potentials in this regency, namely: adventures, cultures and spiritual. Cultural potentials consist of traditional villages with their megalithic graves, traditional ceremonies, and woven cloth. Adventure tourism comprises of trekking, jungle hiking, and some water activities such as surfing and snorkelling, waterfalls and beautiful nature panorama. U : Does West Sumba have many beaches? B : There are at least thirty beaches which are all very beautiful spread in nine districts. Those beaches have become tourist destina-

U : You’ve previously mentioned about caves and waterfalls. Can you further explain? B : Natural tourism potential in the regency consists of Matayagu waterfall in Katikutana district, Waikelo Sawah weaterfall in east

World Class Tour de Visit Banda Aceh 2011: Singkarak 2011 The beginning of revitalization for Aceh Tourism


acilities and Promotion Director for Directorate General of Marketing Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Kemenbudpar) Esthy Reko Astuty, said to further improve the quality of Tour de Singkarak in West Sumatra, Kemenbudpar establish a joint cooperation with the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO). ASO Tour event is already known for its credibility, because it has successfully become tour event for Tour de France, Paris Dakar Rally, and the Paris Marathon. "Joint cooperation between Kemenbudpar and ASO is one way to make the Tour de Singkarak as important events in sport and world tourism. Our target is at least approaching the popularity of the Tour de France which has been carried out for over one hundred years old," said Esthy, recently in Jakarta. Tour de Singkarak initiated by Kemenbudpar is planned to be held in early June 2011. This is the third times Kemenbudpar establish a joint cooperation, including with the Federation of Indonesia Cycling (PB ISSI). "The two previous events of Tour de Singkarak were increasingly in demand by a number of world class cyclists such as from Iran, Australia, Japan and Korea," said Esthy. The second Tour de Singkarak in early June 2010 was followed by 22 teams from 11 countries with more than 100 world-class cyclists. The participants were able to record mileage of over 500 miles, through eight cities and regencies in West Sumatra. (*)

Miss Tourism Indonesia 2010 from Manado

Wewewa district, Pamate Lakera waterfall in south Wewewa district, and Praikalala waterfall in Mamboro district. We also have twelve natural caves spread in four districts. Those caves are Ubu Djara (Wanakoka), Kamar Tiga, Pal Tiga, Dasa Elu, Paro Mana Pungi Rota and Wai Takoma (Loli district), Liang Marapu, Liang Paniki and Matimaka Dewa (Katikutana) and Rambe Manu Benteng Wanakoka (Kodi district).

B : Of course it has certain correlation with the local culture. Cultural attractions in Sumba are strongly related to ancient religious ceremony called Marapu that consists of 22 ceremonies. Among them are pasola, pahola haulu, purung ta liang Marapu, wulla poddu, dokale, pawolung manu, matuatu titana, maruatu karekatana and tauna usu manua. Other attractions are folk games that include pajura and a horse race and traditional dance, which consists of 11 dances such as nego, kataga reja, woleka, manu wollu, dokale, kadola, gaza, elang (eagle), kijang (deer) and kuda (horse). Another cultural event that has become annual agenda for the people of West Sumba is wulla poddu (in November). Several wulla podu held are wulla podu Bondo Maroto and wulla podu Gollu in Kelembu Kuni district and Waikabubak, wulla podu Tarung in Tarung village, Sobawawi district, and Wikabubak, wulla podu Tabera in Doka Kaka and Loli district, wulla podu Sodana in Sodana village and Lamboya district, wulla podu Kadoku in Rua village and Wanukaka district, and wulla podu Umbu Koba in Umbu Koba village, Ndelo village and south Wewewa district. U : Pasola has been known widely, right? B : Pasola has become a major event that held annually and always crowded by visitors from Sumba and other regions in Indonesia, even foreign tourists. Pasola held in West Sumba is Pasola Lamboya in Hobakalla, Lamboya district and Pasola Kodi in Tossi, Kodi district (in February), Pasola Kodi Bangedo in Waingapu, Kodi Bangedo district (in March), Pasola Wanokaka in Kamaradana, Wanakaka diatrict (in March) and Pasola Gaura in Wetana, Lamboya district (in March). (Md)

"The launching of Visit Banda Aceh Year 2011 has become a strategic media to convey messages to domestic and foreign tourists that Aceh has potential as a tourist destination with many natural attractions, culture and hospitality of the people of Aceh that is based on local values and various support facilities tourism, "said Wacik. Related to the Visit Banda Aceh Year 2011, next year, the City Government of Banda Aceh is targeting to bring in 400,000 tourists, both foreign as well as domestic. "We’re ready to welcome visitors. We’re working on improving the infrastructure and is expected to be completed by December, "said Mayor of Banda Aceh, Mawardy Nurdin.


ourism promotion campaign in Banda Aceh was officially launched through the program of "Visit Banda Aceh Year 2011" that is expected to be significant momentum for the revitalization of the tourism industry particularly in Banda Aceh and Aceh in general. It was stated by Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik in the opening of "Visit Banda Aceh Year 2011" at Gedung Sapta Pesona, Jakarta, Tuesday (19/10/10).

he Ministry of Culture and Tourism offers Indonesia as a place for the world to discuss the cultural issues. Local wisdom of Indonesia could be a solution to various problems of the world. "Indonesia can be a place for the international society to discuss the culture due to the richness of Indonesian culture," said Minister of Culture and Touruism Jero Wacik. Indonesia is directed to be the center of world culture which initiated through the plan of the World Culture Forum 2012 in Bali, said Jero Wacik. "Plan for the World Cultural Forum 2012 in Bali is based on the dream to make Indonesia as a center of world culture," said Jero Wacik.

Moreover, he said that Indonesia deserves


BTC finals this year belongs to Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) after beating Alisa Kleybanova (Russia). Ana won two straight sets 6-2 and 7-6 tie break 7-5 in the Bali International Convention Center (BICC), The Westin Nusa Dua Bali. "I’m very happy to be a champion in this Tournament, since I failed to pass the first round in 2006 tournament, "said Ana after the match. The third position was achieved by a Japanese player Kimiko Date-Krumm. The 40-year old tennis player won over Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) with a score of 7-5 and 7-5.

Putra Hermawan : QUIKSILVER OPEN 2010 Champion


ermawn has successfully won the Quiksilver Open Championship 2010 held in Keramas Beach, Gianyar Bali on November 1 – 2. He became the champion after defeated his closest competitor Dedi Santosa. Hermawan collected a total of 17.25 points. With the achieved points Hermawan was also awarded as "Coca Cola Best Wave Award 2010 ".


ynthia (24), contestant from Manado has successfully become Putri Pariwisata (Miss Tourism) 2010 after outperforming her competitors from 33 provinces. The coronation of Miss Tourism 2010 was held at JITEC Mangga Dua Square, Jakarta, recently. After going through a long period of auditions, quarantine, until the final of Miss Tourism Indonesia 2010, the coronation was finally accomplished. The winner was announced on Friday (22/10/2010) night. Twenty four years old Cynthia Sandra tirayoh who is in sixth semester of her study at Faculty of Medicine, Samratulangi University Manado said that she was proud and happy being crowned as Miss Tourism 2010.

"Now I carry more responsibilities to promote Indonesia to the international in order to create more positive image of Indonesia in the eyes of international society," said Cynthia. In addition to the title of Miss Tourism Indonesia 2010, Cynthia also received a cash prize of Rp 35 million and postgraduate scholarships worth Rp 45 million. Born in Palu on 9 May 1986, entering the top five she smoothly answered questions given by Marcelino Lefrandt. A Basketball and swimming enthusiast, Cynthia is finally able to realize her dream to promote Indonesia to international level. Grand Final of Miss Tourism 2010 was enlivened by Cristian Bautista, Yuni Shara, Petra, Tengku Asty Ananta Vishnu. Muyia Sari Wirman from Lampung was crowned as Runner Up. Second runner up went to Audrie Adriana Sanova from DKI 3, third runner up to Dayu Prastini from West Java, and fourth runner up, Natasha Sutadisastra of DKI 2. (*)

"Main tourist destinations in Banda Aceh include sites that formerly destroyed by tsunami. In addition Banda Aceh also has historical heritage of Aceh Palace, such as Putroe Phang Park, Gunongan and Rumoh Aceh Museum, "said Mawardi. Mawardy said that the people of Aceh are ready to provide convenience for tourists. Implementation of Islamic Law in Aceh, he said, is not something that restricts the development of tourism sector. "Islamic Sharia is only appli-

cable to Muslims, while non-Muslim tourists do not have to follow," he said. Wacik also added that the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is currently preparing cultural boundaries by holding cultural festivals in several border regions of Indonesia. "If the military consider it as the outer boundaries, so I interpret as cultural boundaries or cultural lines," said Wacik. Wacik said that the ministry has developed a number of festivals, which include Visit Banda Aceh in the western region,Lake Sentani Festival in eastern region Jayapura (Papua), and Sasando Festival in the southern region," he said. Miangas Festival and Miss Miangas Beauty Pageant are held in the northern region. "This is important because Miangas is an island situated just 30 minutes from Philippine, and 12 hours from Manado," he said. According to Wacik, those four cultural festivals are cultural line initiated by Menbudpar. Minister expects the existence of cultural lines will develop a deeper sense of love of the country among the people living in the outer regions of Indonesia. (*)

Indonesia Will Be World Cultural Center T

It is said in a press conference of "Wisdom 2010: World Conference on Culture, Education and Science and Colloqium in Honour of Dr. Ann Dunham Soetoro and Prof Dr Mubyarto" in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Jl Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta, Monday (18 / 10 / 2010).

U : Regarding spiritual tourism, does it have any correlation with the local culture?


to be a world cultural center for its richness in cultural diversity. Even Indonesia can be regarded as one of the highest cultural repository in the Asia Pacific region. "To pursue the dream Indonesia of becoming the center of the technology is too difficult and takes time. But to make Indonesia as a cultural center would be easier because we have rich diversity of culture," he said.

still going to pioneer the implementation of the World Culture Forum in Indonesia and Bali is the place most suitable to host the event," If Davos in Switzerland becomes the venue for world economic discussions forum through the World Economic Forum (WEF), Indonesia wants to be the venue for world culture discussion forum through the World Culture Forum (WCF).

According to Wacik, Indonesia is one of the warehouses of local wisdom which has become the root of the culture of other nations. Thus, the wisdom, if reviewed and discussed can be great contributions to the world to solve global problems. One of the attempts to make Indonesia as one of the world cultural center includes the plan to hold the World Culture Forum 2012 in Bali.

Meanwhile, the Rector of UGM Prof. Sudjarwadi said it is time to make Asia the center of world culture. "If Europe in the 19th century became the center of world culture, America in the 20th century, then it's time for Asia to become the center of world culture in the 21st century," said Sudjarwadi.

The minister said the plan to hold World Culture Forum has been rolled out since 2008 and even Indonesia had formed organizing team led by Ali Alatas. However, due to the global financial crisis, the implementation of the World Culture Forum had to be delayed. "We're

The ministry is ready to support and participate in the implementation of the World Culture Forum in 2012 by organizing activities that is started by the event of Wisdom 2010 which will be held in Yogyakarta on 8 to 11 November 2010. He hopes the event will become an effective stepping stone towards the implementation of the World Culture Forum 2012. (*)

Aston Paramount Serpong Hotel Officially Opened


ston International has recently opened its latest four-star hotel, Aston Paramount Serpong Hotel & Conference Center in the Central Business District (CBD) Gading Serpong. It was officially opened by Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik on Monday (1/11/2010) in Serpong, Tangerang. This hotel is expected to serve the needs of local markets in the area of conferences, business trips and vacation growing in the area of West Jakarta, Serpong , Tangerang and the surrounding area. The opening was attended by Jero Wacik, Director General of Tourism Destination Development Firmansyah Rahim, Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, President Director of Paramount Serpong Tanto Kurniawan, President Commissioner of PT Paramount Propertindo Tbk Elizabeth Sindoro and Director of Aston International Jules Brookfield. According to Wacik, the presence of the hotel supports the establishment of government programs in the field of tourism because it will bring in tourists and create jobs. "With many new hotels appeared, it proves that the Indonesian economy and tourism sector have grown and improved positively. I hope this new hotel can quickly reach the high level of occupancy so that it can improve the welfare of the hotel employees and the neighboring communities, "said Wacik. Wacik also stated that Indonesia currently needs a lot of hotels for a lot of tourist destinations spread throughout Indonesia are still lack of accommodation facilities. This is in line with the improvement of tourist arrivals in Indonesia. "Until the end of October, foreign tourists entered Indonesia is recorded as many as 5.9 million foreign tourists. I am optimistic the target

of 7 million foreign tourists visit will be achieved if there are no security constraints until the end of the year," he said. He added, though Indonesia is now in the middle of the disaster, the economy must keep running. "Indonesia's economy continues to improve, and it is indicated by tourism sites that always visited by tourists. It can also be seen from the difficulty in getting flight tickets and accommodations to the tourist attractions," he added. This first non-resort four-star hotel in the province of Banten with a total investment of Rp120 billion is operated by Aston International Indonesia and is fully owned by PT Paramount Propertindo. Aston Paramount Serpong built on an area of 4038 m2 with the concept of modern lifestyle and is part of the development plan of Gading Serpong CBD area which is the center of commercial activity from Paramount Serpong. The hotel has 173 elegant and modern rooms, spacious meeting room facilities with capacity up to 600 people and 4 other meeting rooms. With a blend of classic elegance and contemporary design, complete facilities, strategic location just 25 minutes from Soekarno-Hatta Airport, and located right beside the entertainment complex and shopping center Summare-

con Mall Serpong, making Aston Paramount Hotel & Conference Center can meet the needs of quality accommodation and professional conference facilities in Tangerang. The hotel also has easy access via Jakarta – Banten toll, so it can become the hotel of choice for partners from companies and business people in West Jakarta who wanted to visit their factories around Jakarta and Tangerang. Norbert Vas as VP Sales & Marketing Aston International said, "Aston Paramount Serpong Hotel & Conference Center is the fifth hotel that opened by Aston International in Greater Jakarta area which allows us to give to choice to the guests related to complete business hotel and conference center," he said. Supported by a variety of facilities within the hotel and also close to shopping areas, makes the Aston Paramount Serpong Hotel & Conference Center the perfect choice in a strategic location. (*)


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Jakarta Needs Regular Art and Cultural Performance T

ourism industry practitioners expect the Government of DKI Jakarta as Indonesia's main gate has routine arts and cultural performance that can be visited by tourists. Jakarta is indeed in need of regular Indonesian arts and cultural performances.

Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia, each with its own performing arts appear regularly. Moreover, China, almost in every city that called itself as a tourist destination would have a performing arts stage with a stunning display of laser lights.

According Jongki Adiyasa, manager of Inbound Tours, unfortunately Jakarta as one of major tourist destinations in the country does not have arts and cultural performances held regularly and worth a visit by tourists.

About 20 years ago, Jakarta should be proud for having Manari restaurant that featured great food and stunning art performances. However, this does not last long as the decline in domestic tourism industry as a result of a global recession and terrorism issues.

A number of talent shows broadcasted on national TVs have successfully packed arts and cultural performances and produced winners who have high talent and care about the richness of Indonesian arts and culture. This actually is a great potential that can be used by the provincial government of Jakarta to create arts and cultural performances that routinely presented for tourists. "Let us look at other cities, both within and outside the country. Bandung has traditional angklung music performance regularly performed at Saung Angklung Mang Ujo, in Yogya, there is a Ramayana ballet performance every night at Pura Wisata Restaurant, and Bali as well has its own regular arts and cultural performances, "he said.

"Thus the government's desire to develop the creative industry is not just a slogan for the richness of art and culture are part of the creative industries able to create extensive employment opportunities for the community," said Jongki.

Indonesia's National and Business Capital Located on the northern coast of Java, the province of Jakarta has rapidly expanded through the years, absorbing many villages in the process. In fact Jakarta is a conglomeration of villages known as kampungs, now crossed by main roads and super highways. It is small wonder therefore, that you may drive down one wide avenue one minute then suddenly find yourself squeezed into a small street together with scores of cars and motorbikes. The names of these former villages can be detected from their main streets, such as Tanah Abang, Kebon Kacang, Kebon Jeruk, Kampung Melayu, and many more. Together with its many suburbs Jakarta has become a megapolitan city. There-

fore, when you visit Jakarta it is best to invest in a good map, or rely on GPS. Jakarta itself is built on a wide flat delta, intersected by no less than 13 rivers. Fronting the city in the Bay of Jakarta are a large number of tiny islands, known as the Thousand Islands or Pulau Seribu, a tourist resort for snorkeling and swimming. To its south are the majestic volcanoes of Gede and Pangrango, where are cool mountain resorts like Bogor, Puncak, Sukabumi and Bandung.

Located at Jalan Taman Wijaya Kusuma in Central Jakarta, on the north eastern corner of the Merdeka Square, the Istiqlal Mosque stands out with its 45m diameter dome and tall minarets. Standing almost right across the old Catholic Church at the corner of Jalan Lapangan Banteng, the Istiqlal mosque was designed in 1954 by Frederich Silaban, a Christian

architect from North Sumatra. The idea for the need of a national mosque was inspired by Muslim leader KH Wahid Hashim and executed by Cokro Aminoto, then minister for religious affairs. Istiqlal meaning ‘Independence’, is a reminder of Indonesia’s struggle for national Independence. Its 17 years construction was personally supervised by President Soekarno.

Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made a special visit to the Istiqlal mosque. An aside note which the President heard from the leader of the mosque, and which he relayed to the press, was that during Christmas mass, the mosque’s parking lot is used by the Cathedral’s congregation across the road. And vice-versa during Ied prayers.

The mosque has a large rectangular prayer hall with a 45 meter diameter dome supported by 12 round columns, and has 4 levels of balconies. Its interior is mostly simple. In his brief 18 hours visit to Indonesia on 9th and 10th. November 2010, US President

Later President Obama praised the Istiqlal Mosque as a symbol of religious tolerance which characterizes Indonesia and Indonesians, inspiring the world.

New Building of Taman Ismail Marzuki Jakarta J

akarta Governor Fauzi Bowo is optimistic to be able to restore the glory of Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) as a symbol of Indonesian culture in the international arena. The inauguration of the Jakarta Theatre is one step from the Jakarta Provincial Government’s commitment to rebuild the historical sites in the capital. “I hope that this facility could be the beginning of our efforts to restore the glory of TIM,” said Fauzi Bowo in his speech for the opening of the main building of Jakarta Theatre on Saturday night, October 30,

I Wayan Candra menjelaskan, Perairan Nusa Penida merupakan satu-satunya kecamatan kepulauan di provinsi Bali yang memiliki keanekaragaman hayati laut, khususnya terumbu karang cukup tinggi.

ristal Hotel Jakarta held a Halloween party, the tradition that comes from the United States, which displays a variety of unique costumes. By carrying the tagline “Exotic Halloween Night”, the event started at 7:00 p.m. up to 11:00 pm, (10/29/2010). Guests can enjoy Acoustic Band “Countentless” which has experienced more than 5 years of a career. The event which was hosted by Kristal Hotel team was continued with exciting entertainment such as the appearance of sexy dancers, magic show, and a face painter as well as door prize from the sponsors. The night atmosphere becomes more attractive with pumpkin decorations and lights attraction by Satu Lagi Bar. “We continue to develop the concept of the existing facilities, in order to continue to provide comfort to guests. Of course this will be one place to hang out with friends or business colleagues, “said Damita Almira, Public Relations Manager Kristal Hotel Jakarta.

Angklung exhibition being held in Jakarta

Berdasarkan Kajian Ekologi Laut yang dilakukan beberapa ahli kelautan dunia seperti Dr. Emre Turak dan Gerry Allen pada tahuan 2009, di perairan Nusa Penida dijumpai sekitar 296 jenis karang dan 576 jenis ikan dimana lima diantaranya merupakan spesies ikan baru.

2010. Jakarta Theatre is new as well as the first arts and cultural facilities in Indonesia which has an international capacity. With the presence of this theater, Fauzi is optimistic to attract more foreign tourists to visit Jakarta. “This will be the pride of world culture, which is located in Jakarta. Hopefully, it can inspire stakeholders to gradually complete the construction of TIM,” he said. Jakarta government has prepared a master plan for TIM development. “We’ll build it in stages, including the Jakarta Arts Institute,” he said. (*)


ndonesia AirAsia (IAA) akan membuka rute penerbangan langsung Denpasar-Darwin, Australia, mulai Desember mendatang. Penerbangan itu akan dilayani satu kali dalam sehari dengan menggunakan Airbus A320-200 berkapasitas 180 kursi. Menurut Corporate Communications Manager IAA, Audrey Petriny mengatakan kami akan terbang ke Darwin dari Denpasar bulan Desember. Dengan frekuensi penerbangan satu hari sekali. Untuk detail lainnya, tunggu info selanjutnya. Sementara itu, Presiden Direktur IAA Dharmadi mengakui, pihaknya sudah mengantongi slot time dari Darwin Northern Territory untuk melayani rute tersebut. IAA, menurut dia, juga telah mendapat ijin untuk melayani penerbangan setiap hari ke negara tersebut. "Mereka juga meminta kami menerbangi CannesDenpasar, karena permintaannya juga tinggi. Cannes letaknya di Darwin Timur. Tetapi kami bilang masih harus pikirkan lagi karena harus menyesuaikan dengan kemampuan pesawat," ungkapnya. Meskipun sudah mengantongi ijin dari pihak otoritas penerbangan Australia, Dharmadi menyatakan, pihaknya hingga kini masih menunggu alokasi kursi untuk penerbangan Denpasar-Darwin dari Kementerian Perhubungan (Kemenhub). (*)

Capital city of a country with 240 million population, Jakarta is not only the seat of the national government and the provincial government, this city is also Indonesia’s political center. Moreover, Jakarta is also the center and hub of Indonesia’s national finance and trade. It is no wonder, therefore that you will find Jakarta an ever dynamic city, a city that never sleeps.

Jakarta's Inspiring Istiqlal Mosque F irst opened to the public by Indonesia’s first President, Soekarno, on 22 February 1978, the grand Istiqlal Mosque of Jakarta is the largest mosque in South East Asia both in structure and capacity, as it can accommodate congregations of up to 120,000 people.

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He hopes TV station are not only competing to host a talent search, but also willing to sponsor the regular show that can be alternative entertainment for tourists visiting the capital city.


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"Terlebih lagi, di perairan Nusa Penida dijumpai ikan Mola mola (sunfish) yang cukup unik dan langka dengan ukuran rata-rata dua meter dan muncul setiap bulan Juli - September," ujar Candra. Kemunculan ikan Mola mola ini menjadi daya tarik wisata, khususnya bagi para penyelam.

"As the tour operators that bring tourists to Jakarta, we expect the presence of at least one stage performing arts held every day and is always crowded by foreign as well as domestic tourists," said Jongki.

apital of the Republic of Indonesia , Jakarta is a huge, sprawling metropolis, home to 9 million people. During the day the number increases with another 2 million as commuters make their way to work in the city, and flock out again in the evenings.

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aung Angklung Udjo is organizing an exhibition of Angklung (Indonesian bamboo musical instruments) in Jakarta from November 18 to 27, 2010, following the inscription of Angklung in the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage list. The exhibition called "Awi-Awi Mandiri" was supported by PT Bank Mandiri, Satria Yanwar Akbar, operational director of Saung Angklung Udjo, said here Thursday. The expo is being held at Bentara Budaya Jakarta cultural center and displaying various kinds of Angklung, including traditional and modern Angklung. Angklung is an Indonesian musical instrument consisting of two to four bamboo tubes suspended in a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords. The tubes are carefully whittled and cut by a master craftsperson to produce certain notes when the bamboo frame is shaken or tapped. Each Angklung produces a single note or chord, so several players must collaborate in order to play melodies. Traditional Angklungs use the pentatonic scale, but in 1938 musician Daeng Soetigna introduced Angklungs using the diatonic scale; these are known as angklung padaeng. The Fifth Session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is being held for the first time in SubSaharan Africa from 15 to 19 November 2010. The Committee is expected to evaluate 51 elements, including Angklung from Indonesia, of intangible cultural heritage for their urgent safeguarding needs or for their representative status as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


awasan di perairan Nusa Penida, Bali, ditetapkan sebagai daerah konservasi. Pencanangan Kawasan Konservasi Perairan (KKP) Nusa Penida ini dilakukan oleh Menteri Kelautan dan Perikan Fadel Muhammad dan Bupati Klungkung I Wayan Candra, di Nusa Penida, Bali, Minggu (21/11/2010). KKP Nusa Penida memiliki luas 20.057 hektare yang dibentuk untuk melindungi kekayaan kehidupan laut dan pesisir, mendorong keberlanjutan pariwisata bahari dan perikanan guna menjamin sumber matapencaharian masyarakat Nusa Penida. Inisiasi pembentukan KKP Nusa Penida merupakan kerjasama antara Pemerintah Kabupaten Klungkung berserta masyarakat Nusa Penida, Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan, dan The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Indonesia Marine Program, dengan dukungan USAID Coral Triangle Support Partnership.


"Kami mulai masuk infrastruktur pariwisata di Bali," kata Direktur Business Banking BNI Krishna Suparto di Kantor Kementerian BUMN, Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta, Senin (22/11). Menurut Krishna, kredit investasi itu merupakan kredit tahap pertama yang akan dikucurkan kepada pengembang hotel di Bali itu. Proyek tersebut sendiri dilakukan multiyears sehingga penarikan seluruh plafon kredit dilakukan bertahap. "Dana tahap pertama baru mau ditarik," kata Krishna. Pada bagian lain, Krishna mengungkapkan, BNI selama ini juga terus mendorong pengembangan untuk sektor energi, minyak dan gas. Alasannya, BNI menilai proyek tersebut masih terbuka lebar untuk investasi dan memiliki prospek cerah. Hingga saat ini, BNI mencatat kredit sektor energi yang sudah tersalurkan mencapai Rp10 triliun. Kredit itu termasuk di dalamnnya kredit pembangunan proyek pembangkit listrik 10 ribu megawatt. (*)

Fadel Muhamad mengatakan, KKP Nusa Penida ini akan mendukung dan menyumbang target nasional pemerintah Indonesia untuk melindungi ekosistem pesisir dan lautnya seluas 20 juta hektar pada tahun 2020. Pembentukan KKP di beberapa daerah, termasuk di Nusa Penida ini, merupakan langkah konkrit pemerintah Indonesia guna mengimplementasikan Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI), yang dicanangkan Indonesia bersama negara-negara di kawan Coral Triangle seperti Filipina, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Papua Nugini dan Kepulaian Solomon.

Saat ini KKP Nusa Penida dalam tahapan pembuatan zonasi, perencanaan pengelolaan jangka panjang, pembentukan badan pengelola dan mekanisme pendanaan jangka panjang untuk kemudian di tetapkan oleh Menteri Kelautan dan Perikanan melalui Peraturan atau Surat Keputusan Menteri. Direktur TNC Indonesia Arwandrija Rukma menyambut baik inisiatif pembentukan KKP ini. TNC Indonesia, kata Rukma, akan melanjutkan kerjasama yang baik dengan sejumlah lembaga dalam soal ini hingga KKP di Nusa Penida memberi manfaat ekonomi jangka panjang kepada masyarakat. (*)

Jero Wacik Ajak Masyarakat Lestarikan Angklung A

ngklung, salah satu alat musik tradisional khas Sunda, hari ini resmi ditetapkan menjadi salah satu mata budaya Indonesia yang menjadi warisan budaya dunia. Pengukuhan angklung tersebut secara simbolis dilaksanakan Unesco di Balairung lantai 1 Kemenbudpar, Jalan Medan Merdeka, Jakarta. Senin (22/11/2010). Menteri Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata RI, Jero Wacik berharap dengan dikukuhkannya angklung sebagai warisan budaya oleh UNESCO masyarakat Indonesia bisa lebih mencintai dan melestarikan alat musik angklung. "Untuk lebih memasyarakatkan dan melestarikan musik angklung, mulai tahun depan akan kita hidupkan lagi perlombaan

T Bank Negara Indonesia Tbk milai merambah infrastruktur pariwisata. Bank plat merah itu akan mengucurkan kredit hingga Rp500 miliar untuk membiayai pembangunan hotel di Bali.

KKP Nusa Penida memiliki luas 20.057 hektare yang dibentuk dengan tujuan untuk melindungi kekayaan kehidupan laut dan pesisir, mendorong keberlanjutan pariwisata bahari dan perikanan guna menjamin sumber matapencaharian masyarakat Nusa Penida.

Berdasarkan survei dan monitoring TNC Indonesia Marine Program, di perairan Nusa Penida terdapat 1.419 hektar terumbu karang, 230 hektar hutan mangrove dengan 13 jenis mangrove, dan 108 padang lamun dengan 8 jenis lamun.

musik angklung tingkat SD sampai SMU. Kita juga berharap agar sekolah-sekolah mengajarkan secara wajib pelajaran musik angklung,"ujarnya.

UNESCO, salah satu badan Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB) untuk Pendidikan, Ilmu Pengetahuan, dan Budaya tersebut telah secara resmi mengukuhkan Angklung, sebagai warisan budaya dunia berdasarkan penetapan sidang yang dihadiri 147 negara di Nairobi, Kenya pada 16 November 2010 lalu. Pengukuhan tersebut semakin memperbanyak jumlah warisan budaya tanah air yang telah diakui dunia. Sebelumnya, beberapa produk seperti batik, wayang, dan keris telah lebih dahulu dikukuhkan sebagai warisan

budaya dunia yang berasal dari Indonesia. Secara keseluruhan, dunia telah mengakui 11 warisan budaya Indonesia. Empat di antaranya merupakan khazanah kecantikan alam, seperti Taman Nasional Ujung Kulon, Taman Nasional Komodo, Taman Nasional Lorentz, dan hutan tropis di Sumatera, yang terdiri atas Taman Nasional Gunung Leuser, Kerinci Seblat, dan Bukit Barisan. Sementara tiga lainnya adalah cagar alam berupa kompleks Candi Borobudur, kompleks Candi Prambanan, dan situs prasejarah Sangiran. Sedangkan empat budaya lainnya yang juga diakui dunia adalah wayang, keris, batik, dan terakhir angklung.(*)

Warga China Pilih Berbulan Madu Ke Bali


etua Parlemen Republik Rakyat China, Wu Bangguo menilai, Bali adalah sebuah destinasi wisata yang amat terkenal di China, maka banyak warga China memilih berbulan madu ke Pulau Dewata. Pemerintah China pasti mendorong peningkatan jumlah kunjungan turis China ke Bali, kata Wu saat bertemu Gubernur Bali Mangku Pastika beberapa waktu lalu. Wu yang mengaku baru kali pertama menginjakkan kakinya di Bali, kemudian datang ke perkampungan seniman lukis di Ubud, mengaku kagum akan perkembangan dunia pariwisata Pulau Dewata. Ia mengatakan, masyarakat China, mengenal Bali sebagai Pulau Surga. Kedekatan hubungan emosi dan kebudayaan antara China dan Bali diakuinya memiliki andil membuka hubungan yang lebih luas dengan China. Ketua Parlemen China di depan Gubernur Pastika berjanji akan mendorong peningkatan kunjungan turis China ke Bali dari saat ini sekitar 200 ribu orang menjadi dua kali lipat di tahun-tahun mendatang.

Gubernur Bali Mangku Pastika mengakui hubungan Bali dan China makin meningkat seiring harmonisnya hubungan IndonesiaChina. Peningkatan hubungan itu antara lain ditandai dengan melajunya perdagangan Bali-China. Adanya investor besar yang akan menanamkan modal di Bali dalam sektor perlistrikan dan adanya sebuah perusahaan dari Chen Zhen yang membantu daerah ini mewujudkan Bali Green Province, tutur Gubernur Pastika. Begitu pula kedatangan wisatawan China yang berlibur sambil menikmati keindahan alam, seni budaya jumlahnya bertambah terus. Wisatawan China yang datang langsung ke Bali memang bertambah banyak hampir setiap bulan, China termasuk diantara sepuluh negara terbesar mensuplai turis luar negeri ke Bali. Turis asing ke Bali Januari-September 2010 sebanyak 1.919.126 orang, 157.009 orang di antaranya warga China, yang ada diperingkat tiga dari negara pemasok turis ke Bali setelah Australia 463.189 orang dan Jepang 195.288 orang. (*)

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