Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Warning about bargains as tourists pay for bogus flights to Bali

A word of advice for travellers to use a recognised travel company - so they do not get caught in dodgy dealing.

The warning follows a police investigation into a New Zealand-based company selling return tickets to Bali online - for flights that do not actually exist.

Orewa Police, who are investigating, say at least ten people have paid a thousand dollars by credit card.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bali Without Buses

The environment's been getting an unexpected boost on the Indonesian island of Bali in the last couple of weeks. Fuel shortages caused by late arrivals of tankers to Bali's main fuel depot has meant that many gas stations simply closed up shop.

And that meant some tourists had their trips well and truly disrupted. With bus drivers unable to drive their empty-tanked buses, some travelers got stranded while others were ferried around in smaller cars that still had some gas.

Bali Tourism officials were quite concerned--especially as it's supposed to be Visit Indonesia Year--but perhaps it's just a strong shove from fate to remind people about the idea of green travel. Who knows where the fuel might run out next? We'd better start learning to walk again.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Indonesia tourist arrivals rise 16 pct in February

Reuters) - The number of foreign tourists in Indonesia rose nearly 16 percent in February from a year ago, helped by a surge in visitors to the resort island of Bali, government data showed on Tuesday.

The predominantly Hindu island of Bali, which accounted for about 40 percent of total foreign arrivals, has seen tourist numbers rebound after a slow recovery from the impact of suicide bomb attacks by Islamic militants in 2002 and 2005.

The number of foreign tourists in Indonesia was 446,425 in February, up from 385,400 a year ago. Tourist arrivals in Bali rose 29.59 percent to 197,700 in February from a year ago.

"It's a positive start compared to last year when the industry, as in 2005-2006, was still affected by low arrivals caused by the Bali bombing," said Yessy Hidajat, a communication manager at Alila Hotels and Resort Bali.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bali in favour with Aussies

Last year, 204,473 Australians visited Bali, up from 137,000 in 2006. Only the Japanese outstrip us in their enthusiasm for the beautiful island.

If that kind of growth continues, then 2008 will beat the 2004 record of 267,500.

But while Australian tourists have confidence in Bali, our Government does not and this is causing angst among a group of Australians involved in the tourism industry there.

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