Ethiopian Airlines has announced it will start services to Jakarta, Indonesia, in June 2017 using the ultra-modern Boeing 787-800. Jakarta is Indonesia’s economic, cultural and political centre. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, and with this new service Ethiopian will have service to all five of the most populous countries on earth.
With over two decades of luxury hospitality experience and an enthusiasm for employee development, Magnus Olovson has been appointed to the helm of the award-winning Sanchaya. Olovson comes to the 9.6-hectare beachfront property on Bintan Island after seven years in Cambodia’s Siem Reap. As a partner of both the Heritage Suites Hotel and Café IndoChine Restaurant, his responsibilities ranged from overseeing extensive training to full refurbishments and market repositioning.
Two people have been confirmed dead following an explosion on board a pleasure boat on the Indonesian island of Bali. At least 14 others are believed to have been injured during the incident. Terrorism has been ruled out as the cause of the incident, with a short circuit near the fuel tank the likely cause according to officials.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has expressed its full support to the decision of the government of Indonesia to grant free visa to citizens from 169 countries. The measure looks for attracting international tourism to the country by simplifying travel procedures and follows research by UNWTO and WTTC that shows that visa facilitation in the ASEAN economies could create between 333,000 to 654,000 new jobs in a period of three years.
While today’s travellers are more likely to arrive in Jakarta by commercial aircraft or private jet, the city has long welcomed the world as one of history’s most storied marine ports. Now, the start of a new era in Indonesian hospitality begins with the much-anticipated opening of the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta.
The first quarter of 2016 has seen the United Kingdom emerge as the leading growth source market to Indonesia, with a staggering increase of 28 per cent on 2015 figures. The recent surge in arrivals to the largest archipelago in the world follows the recent introduction of the visa free policy for British nationals as well as an uplift in flight capacity and the introduction of Garuda Indonesia’s non-stop direct flights to Jakarta from London Heathrow.
Two planes have collided Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta, resulting in a small fire on-board one aircraft. A Batik Air passenger plane was taking off on Monday evening when its wing clipped the tail of a TransNusa aircraft being towed across the runway.
A search plane has sighted what is believed to be the wreckage from a Trigana Air flight which went missing on Sunday evening. The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 44 adults, five children and five crew members but disappeared from radar over the remote region of Papua.
The wreckage of the Indonesian plane carrying 54 people has been found in the remote western Papua region, according to reports
An Indonesian plane carrying 54 passengers has gone missing in Papua region, according to reports.
Thousands of tourists have been left stranded after a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Five airports remain closed, including those in tourism hotspot Bali, following the eruption of Mount Raung in East Java. The eruption began earlier this week, with fears the resulting ash cloud could impact on aircraft safety.
Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole chats with Indonesia pavilion director Budiman Muhammad about the country’s ambitions for Expo Milan 2015.