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Tabanan to organize Tanah Lot-Art and Food Festival

The 3rd Tanah Lot-Art and Food Festival will be held in the Tanah Lot tourist destination to attract travelers to come back for holidaying in Bali

Tabanan (ANTARA) – The local government of Tabanan, along with managers of tourist attractions in Tabanan District, will hold the Tanah Lot-Art and Food Festival on March 12, 2020, to reinvigorate tourism to handle dwindling numbers over the contagious COVID -19.

“The 3rd Tanah Lot-Art and Food Festival will be held in the Tanah Lot tourist destination to attract travelers to come back for holidaying in Bali,” Regional Secretary of Tabanan District, I Gede Susila, stated here on Monday.

Susila expressed hope that the festival would draw more tourists to visit Tabanan District since it is currently witnessing a decline in tourist visits.

“Hence, apart from holding the festivals, we also encourage tourism activists and travel agents to help promote some tourist attractions in Tabanan District,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Tanah Lot tourist attraction manager Toya Adnyana stated that his team had conducted some promotion through social media and billboards ahead of the 3rd Tanah Lot-Art and Food Festival.

“Before the D-day, we have posted about this event on social media and installed some billboards to notify the Balinese and tourists about the festival in Tanah Lot,” Adnyana stated.

He expressed hope that the festival would be able to restore the number of tourist visits to the district.

“This festival is expected to help revive tourism in Tabanan,” he stated.

According to data, 5,445 tourists, comprising 3,894 domestic visitors and 1,551 foreign travelers, had visited Tanah Lot on Saturday (Mar 7).

To this end, Attraction Manager Ulun Danu, Tabanan, I Wayan Mustika had also made requisite efforts. “To revive the current condition of the tourism sector in Bali, we focus on targeting travelers from various regions in the country,” he added.

Source: ANTARA News

Indonesia awaits WHO recommendation of imposing travel alert to China

Jakarta Indonesia has not imposed a travel warning to China, pending the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) issuance of travel alert to the country over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi stated here, Tuesday.

“Later, if the WHO has recommended something, we, along with the health minister and foreign minister, will discuss other possibilities,” he stated in response to a question raised by the chairman of the House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission V overseeing infrastructure and transportation at a plenary session for evaluating the handling of transportation infrastructure and facilities during the recent Christmas and New Year holiday seasons.

Despite the absence of a travel warning to China, the Indonesian government has temporarily shut down access of flights from and to Wuhan City, the epicenter of this deadly coronavirus, in an endeavor to halt the spread of the virus that has, until now, claimed 106 lives in China.

“We have coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Health Ministry in addressing the coronavirus issues. At this point in time, we have closed down to and from flights between Indonesia and Wuhan,” he revealed.

In halting the spread of this virus, precautionary measures have been taken at Indonesia’s airports and seaports. International passengers, recently arriving at the Indonesian seaports and airports, will undergo thorough examination by being subject to thermal scanning.

The Transportation Ministry had also met with representatives of the seaport and airport operators over the need to conduct public awareness campaigns and the importance of wearing masks, he noted.

Chinese authorities declared the first case of coronavirus after a person with pneumonia was hospitalized in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, according to an official statement of the WHO. Over the past weeks, people, with symptoms of pneumonia and reported travel history to Wuhan, had been identified at international airports.

This novel coronavirus has, so far, claimed at least 106 lives in China, while several other countries, including the United States and Canada, have announced their confirmed cases.

However, none of the confirmed cases were found in Indonesia. Apart from this reality, since the issuance of an official statement by the WHO on the coronavirus outbreak in China, the Indonesian government has remained on alert.

As part of its precautionary measures, thermal scanners have been installed at various airports around the archipelago for screening international passengers. The thermal scanners are aimed at detecting any foreign tourists symptomatic with this novel coronavirus.

Source: Antara News

Banda Aceh targets one million tourists by 2021

Banda Aceh, aceh The Banda Aceh municipality has set a target of attracting at least one million tourists by 2021, according to a local official. “We are upbeat that the target could be achieved given the fact that the number of tourists to Banda Aceh has continued to rise consistently,” Banda Aceh Mayor Aminullah Usman said in a statement here Tuesday.

Banda Aceh has intensified tourism promotion both locally and nationally through various media outlets in the country.

Devastated by a deadly tsunami and earthquake 15 years ago, Banda Aceh was formerly home to the Sultanate of Aceh Darussalam.

He hoped the tourists would come to the city whose nickname is the “Veranda of Mecca” and enjoy the scenery of the city and the remnants of the sultanate.

The number of tourists visiting Banda Aceh in 2018 reached 393,700 and that increased to 503,992, or 28 percent in 2019.

“In 2017, 288,388 tourists visited Banda Aceh, and the figure rose to more than 500 thousand in 2019,” he said.

Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is still a magnet and a religious tourism icon of Banda Aceh, in addition to other interesting tourist attractions.

“From cultural preservation, arts and culture, culinary, and of course Aceh’s most famous coffee. Banda Aceh has also been nicknamed ‘the City of 1,001 coffee shops’, a cup of coffee with a million flavors – a million stories,” he explained.

Banda Aceh also shares a border with Aceh Besar and Sabang so the area is known for its marine tourism, beaches, and beautiful natural panorama.

“In the past, Banda Aceh used to be synonymous with tsunamis and prolonged conflict, but now it has turned into a beautiful, safe and comfortable city to visit. Come to our city and see for yourselves,” Mayor Aminullah said.

President Director of Sindo Media Sururi Al Faruq, who signed an agreement to promote the city of Banda Aceh, concurred that the capital of Aceh Province is very attractive to people of Indonesia and international visitors.

“We are keen to report positive things about Aceh, especially Banda Aceh to be better known. That is one of our functions as a media so that tourists do not only visit Solo, Yogyakarta or Banyuwangi, but also Banda Aceh,” he said.

Source: Antara News

Netflix invests US$1 million in Indonesia’s movie industry

Jakarta (ANTARA) – An American media-services provider and production company, Netflix, invested US$1 million (equivalent to Rp14 billion) in Indonesia’s movie industry following a partnership agreed for the first time ever by the U.S. company with the country’s Ministry of Education and Culture here, today. “Netflix will provide training to 15 selected Indonesian scriptwriters in Hollywood,” Minister of Culture and Education, Nadiem Makarim, remarked in Jakarta, stating that the “Script to Screen” project aims to better improve the creativity of people working in the film industry.

Apart of the project, the U.S. movie production company will also organize a workshop targeting 100 Indonesian scriptwriters, following which there will be a movie-making contest with a prize worth US$600,000.

Another project that will soon be launched by Netflix in Indonesia is the “Online Safety Training Program”, a set of courses provided by a Washington-based non-profit organization, Family Online Safety Institute, which aims to support the development of Indonesia’s creative economy.

Meanwhile, Netflix’s managing director for the Asia Pacific region, Kuek Yu-Chuang, expected that the collaboration with the ministry would produce Indonesian movies highlighting the country’s rich culture and ensuring it becomes world-renowned.

“This is the first step. Indonesia has a large number of creative and talented people. We hope the collaboration with the ministry can make a larger impact on Indonesia’s creative industry,” Kuek Yu-Chuang added.

Nadiem’s move may be in answer to a question thrown by Communications and Information Minister, Johnny G. Plate, to Netflix this week. He prompted Netflix to feature more Indonesian movies for subscribers in the country.

Source: Antara News

Netflix invests US$1 million in Indonesia’s movie industry

Jakarta (ANTARA) – An American media-services provider and production company, Netflix, invested US$1 million (equivalent to Rp14 billion) in Indonesia’s movie industry following a partnership agreed for the first time ever by the U.S. company with the country’s Ministry of Education and Culture here, today. “Netflix will provide training to 15 selected Indonesian scriptwriters in Hollywood,” Minister of Culture and Education, Nadiem Makarim, remarked in Jakarta, stating that the “Script to Screen” project aims to better improve the creativity of people working in the film industry.

Apart of the project, the U.S. movie production company will also organize a workshop targeting 100 Indonesian scriptwriters, following which there will be a movie-making contest with a prize worth US$600,000.

Another project that will soon be launched by Netflix in Indonesia is the “Online Safety Training Program”, a set of courses provided by a Washington-based non-profit organization, Family Online Safety Institute, which aims to support the development of Indonesia’s creative economy.

Meanwhile, Netflix’s managing director for the Asia Pacific region, Kuek Yu-Chuang, expected that the collaboration with the ministry would produce Indonesian movies highlighting the country’s rich culture and ensuring it becomes world-renowned.

“This is the first step. Indonesia has a large number of creative and talented people. We hope the collaboration with the ministry can make a larger impact on Indonesia’s creative industry,” Kuek Yu-Chuang added.

Nadiem’s move may be in answer to a question thrown by Communications and Information Minister, Johnny G. Plate, to Netflix this week. He prompted Netflix to feature more Indonesian movies for subscribers in the country.

Source: Antara News