Daily Archives: June 2, 2018

Azan should be heard only up to 500 meters in Azerbaijan

Baku (ANTARA News) – Azerbaijan has a rule that the call to prayer (azan) should not be heard beyond a radius of 500 metres, Azerbaijans Assistant to the President for Public and Political Affairs, Ali Hasanov, said here recently.

“The prayer call for Muslims should not disturb people of other faiths,” Ali Hasanov told several Indonesian journalists who were visiting Azerbaijan on the invitation of its government.

He said the rule showed that Azerbaijan had high religious tolerance with Muslims and people of other religions not interfering with each other. Azerbaijan, known as the Land of Fire, is home to Islam, as well as Christianity, Judaism and Zoroaster.

Although Islam was the majority religion, the government did not require its followers to pray or observe Ramadhan fasting. Some mosques seemed deserted and even empty, very different from the situation in Indonesia.

According to Hasanov, in Azerbaijan worship was a private matter. “We do not know or should not know whether or not someone is following a religious practice such as fasting. In the office, I do not know whether my employees are fasting or not, and they do not need to know whether or not I am fasting,” he said.

Source: ANTARA News

Us visitors dominate tourist arrivals at komodo national park

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) – The Komodo National Park Office recorded that the United States was the main contributor of foreign tourists to Komodo Park from January to April 2018, reaching a total of 3,078 people.

“Foreign tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2018 were dominated by the United States, with 3,078 visitors, from the total figure of 27,550,” Head of Sub-Division of Administration of the Komodo National Park Dwi Sugiarto stated here on Saturday.

Sugiarto pointed out that countries that dominated tourist arrivals to Komodo during the January-April 2018 period were the United Kingdom, with 2,952 visitors, and Australia, with 2,831 travelers, in addition to 2,364 German tourists, 1,386 Dutch, and one thousand tourists from Italy.

Sugiarto noted that the flow of tourists to Komodo Park, one of the 10 national flagship tourist destinations, was dominated by foreign visitors.

The total number of tourists visiting during the time was recorded at 45,630 people comprising 27,550 foreign tourists and 17,640 domestic tourists.

According to Sugiarto, the flow of tourists increased sharply as compared to the first quarter in 2017, in which only 38,147 people were recorded.

This increase is supported by various intensive promotion efforts by relevant government agencies in the region along with the central government and tourism business players.

He noted that the number of tourist arrivals in 2017 was recorded at 125,069 people dominated by 76,612 foreign tourists, while domestic travelers reached 48,457 people.

“The flow of foreign tourists in 2017 was mostly from Australia, with a total of 7,412 people, followed by Germany, 7,330 people; Italy, 6,405 visitors; and others from France, the United States, and Spain,” he stated.

Source: ANTARA News

Us visitors dominate tourist arrivals at komodo national park

Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara (ANTARA News) – The Komodo National Park Office recorded that the United States was the main contributor of foreign tourists to Komodo Park from January to April 2018, reaching a total of 3,078 people.

“Foreign tourist arrivals in the first quarter of 2018 were dominated by the United States, with 3,078 visitors, from the total figure of 27,550,” Head of Sub-Division of Administration of the Komodo National Park Dwi Sugiarto stated here on Saturday.

Sugiarto pointed out that countries that dominated tourist arrivals to Komodo during the January-April 2018 period were the United Kingdom, with 2,952 visitors, and Australia, with 2,831 travelers, in addition to 2,364 German tourists, 1,386 Dutch, and one thousand tourists from Italy.

Sugiarto noted that the flow of tourists to Komodo Park, one of the 10 national flagship tourist destinations, was dominated by foreign visitors.

The total number of tourists visiting during the time was recorded at 45,630 people comprising 27,550 foreign tourists and 17,640 domestic tourists.

According to Sugiarto, the flow of tourists increased sharply as compared to the first quarter in 2017, in which only 38,147 people were recorded.

This increase is supported by various intensive promotion efforts by relevant government agencies in the region along with the central government and tourism business players.

He noted that the number of tourist arrivals in 2017 was recorded at 125,069 people dominated by 76,612 foreign tourists, while domestic travelers reached 48,457 people.

“The flow of foreign tourists in 2017 was mostly from Australia, with a total of 7,412 people, followed by Germany, 7,330 people; Italy, 6,405 visitors; and others from France, the United States, and Spain,” he stated.

Source: ANTARA News