The Province of Bali is examining how to provide insurance coverage for international tourists to Bali in order to provide proper care when visitors fall sick, are injured or die.
Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika, said that for insurance purposes a fee would have to be paid by every visitor passing through a Bali air or seaport. From this fee a premium would be paid to provide both insurance coverage and separate funds for the protections of Bali’s culture and environment. [Read More...]
A 10% VAT rebate for luxury goods bought in Indonesia is available for tourists at international airports on the day of departure. The VAT Tax Refund for Tourist program is now in place at five Indonesian airports: Soekarno-Hatta in Jakarta; Ngurah Rai in Bali; Adi Sutjipto in Yogyakarta; Juanda in Surabaya; and Kuala Namu in Medan.
The head of the Bali Tax Office, Arif Yanuar, told Bisnis Bali on Thursday, October 10, 2013: “The execution of the VAT refund using a web-based service at the Ngurah Rai Bali Airport is increasingly efficient. There have been 535 applicants receiving a total of Rp. 585 million in refunds.” [Read More...]
The property boom on Bali brought about by excessive tourism development has seriously disadvantaged the very people whose environment, culture, and relaxed social style tourists come to enjoy. Balinese people can no longer afford to buy land on their own island, nor can they afford the property taxes imposed on traditional owners and developers alike.
An article in the Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) underlines that among the “lessons learned” by Bali over the past decades is that tourism development has an equal propensity for bringing both benefit and calamity. [Read More...]
Garuda Indonesia now offers passengers both WiFi connectivity and live TV during flights.
The vice-president of corporate communications for Garuda, Pujobroto, said, “Garuda passengers flying on the Boeing 777-300ER can enjoy Live TV from six international channels. The channels include CNN International, BBC World, BBC Arabic, HK World Premium, Euronews and CNBC.”
The director of passenger service for Garuda, Faik Fahmi, said he hoped the in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity offered by the airline would represent an important added value to passengers, allowing them to continue to work on the Internet or enjoy live TV while they travel. [Read More...]
There is a name for those people who are retrenched or made redundant.
They are called customers with no disposable income.
The first time we went to Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770 on the Queensland coast was about thirty years ago. Agnes Waters is the last decent surf beach heading north, and consequently the first heading south. We lived at Emu Park then, and anyone from there or the rest of the Capricorn Coast who wanted to surf some good waves needed to travel the three or more hours to Agnes. The reason Agnes Waters has the first decent surfing waves heading south is because The Great Barrier Reef stops the ocean swells reaching the shore from there north.
The drive from the Bruce Highway alone was more than an hour on a gravel road to a beautiful beach with a few shacks and a shop. I wish it was still the same. [Read More...]
The following is taken from articles by Bali Discovery and The West Australian, and gives good advice for non-Indonesians wishing, or even thinking they can acquire freehold land on Bali or any other Indonesian territory.
The West Australian Newspaper has carried an article quoting the director of the Bali-based Saville Rowe Property Group describing how “freehold ownership” is increasingly popular among Australians investing in real estate on Bali, as opposed to those merely leasing land and property on the island. [Read More...]
Air Asia is planning to resume its Bali to Darwin route effective July 1, 2013. Plans are to operate four times a week between the two cities. AN A320 Airbus will fly the route on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
AirAsia Indonesia CEO, Captain Dharmadi, told the people of Darwin, “AirAsia Indonesia is back in town and we’re bigger and better than ever. Darwin Airport and the Northern Territory Government have worked hard to get us back and we’re excited to again provide Territorians with more choice and competition when it comes to their favourite holiday destination. Beautiful Bali is a very popular short break destination for Territorians because of its easy access from Darwin.”
Virgin Australia has announced a significant upgrade in their food and beverage services on all flights from Australia to Bali, Phuket and Trans-continental flights.
As of April 24, 2013, all flights to Denpasar and Phuket will serve guests, regardless of fare type, a complimentary hot meal and beverages, upgrading the service to align with current Trans-Continental flights. All full service flights will have an ambient retail cart designed to complement the meals provided for guests by offering snack options and spirits not included with meals. [Read More...]
Indowines is busily launching its Plaga range of wines made from imported Chilean and Western Australian grapes and bottled in Indonesia.
During a series of tastings conducted across Bali, Plaga is initially promoting 3 varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Rose. Later, Cabernet Sauvignon will join the brand line.
Produced to be drank now – but with a shelf life of at least a year, don’t look for vintage years on the labels of Plaga.
Targeted towards youthful drinkers looking for refreshment in Bali’s tropical climate at an affordable price – the average Plaga drinker most likely doesn’t have a wine cellar or the patience to keep a wine until it matures. [Read More...]