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    Surabaya Line, Alternative Export Delivery from Bali

    Denpasar (Bisnis Bali) – Shipping / logistics of export goods from Bali, so far more through the Port of Benoa. Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Logistics and Forwarders (ALFI) / ILFA Bali AA Bayu Joni said on Friday (1/12) that the Surabaya route became one of the alternatives to export goods from Bali when container or container containers at Benoa Harbor were delayed arrival.

    He revealed, the number of export products from Bali, among others, due to the problem of high shipping costs (logistics) and the delay of delivery.

    Delay in the delivery of exported goods is sought alternative path.

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    The Propagation of Paradise


    The Indonesian Government is preparing ten “New Bali’s” to accommodate ambitious plans to expand the size of the national tourism industry while welcoming 20 million foreign tourist arrivals.

    As reported by Kompas.com, the 10 “New Bali’s” are Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, The Thousand Islands outside Jakarta, Wakatobi, Morotai, Tanjung Lesung, Borobudur, the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru volcano complex, Mandalika in Lombok, and Labuan Bajo at the entrance to the Komodo National Park.

    The head of development and infrastructure planning at the Ministry of Public Works, Rido Matari Ichwan, said the government is seeking the means to fund the estimated Rp. 1.95 trillion needed to improve and enhance the carrying capacity of the new tourism destinations.

    Rido said every financing option was being explored, including government financing and bi-lateral loan agreements.

    The money to develop the new destinations varies depending on the requirements of each locale. In Labuan Bajo, for instance, road improvements and city zoning and public infrastructure are needed that includes drainage, trash disposal, and public water supply.

    A recent meeting on how to develop the “10 new Bali Destinations” the cost of making each destination tourism-ready was put at Rp. 300-400 billion each.

    Among the 10 “New Bali” destinations, the government has declared the intention to initially focus on four: Lake Toba, Mandalika in Lombok, Borobudur, and Labuan Bajo.

    It is estimated that Lake Toba requires tourism development funding totaling Rp. 327.3 billion for road construction, Rp. 166.5 billion for infrastructure and residential development, and Rp. 111.7 billion for water resources.

    Borobudur, the home to the world’s largest Buddhist monument in Central Java, requires funds of Rp. 220.9 billion. This is comprised of Rp. 142.1 billion for residential development, Rp. 78.8 billion for roadwork, and Rp. 2 billion for water resources.

    Mandalika in South Lombok is estimated to require Rp. 271.37 billion. Roadwork is put at Rp. 186.3 billion and residential development at Rp. 85.07 billion.

    Meanwhile, Labuan Bajo in Western Flores needs Rp. 187.4 billion for roadwork and residential development.

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    Mount Agung burns wedding dreams, threatens economy

    General view of Mount Agung during an eruption seen from Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency, on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. AFP PHOTO / Sonny Tumbelaka

    Australian Tiarna Thompson had her dream Bali wedding all set, but there was one thing she did not count on: a volcano threatening its first major eruption in half a century.

    The 24-year-old and her fiance Justin saw their plans go up in smoke when Mount Agung rumbled to life, spewing ash and fumes that forced hundreds of flights to and from the island to be cancelled.

    “It’s funny how a volcano can just turn our plans and our whole lives sort of upside down, just like that,” said Thompson from her home near Brisbane.

    The couple, who had planned to get hitched in the picturesque tropical paradise this week have hurriedly switched their nuptials to Thailand.

    “It had the last 50 years to do its thing and it waits until our wedding day,” she joked, referring to Agung’s last major eruption in 1963, which killed about 1,600 people.

    The volcano’s rumblings in the past week have pounded Bali’s lucrative tourism industry and its wider economy, squeezing everyone from wedding planners and dive shops to hotels and even some farmers duped into selling livestock at cut-rate prices.

    Indonesia’s tourism minister Arief Yahya warned this week that Bali could lose up to nine trillion rupiah ($665 million) in visitor-related revenue if Agung’s activity doesn’t die down before the end of the year.

    Millions visit the Hindu-dominated tropical hotspot annually, with couples there to tie the knot at beach and cliffside retreats that offer sweeping views of the ocean.

    Others want to get even closer to waters teeming with colourful fish and coral.

    “There has definitely been a huge effect because of the volcano,” said Ni Komang Astiti, who works at dive operator Dune Atlantis in the southeast of the island.

    “We’ve had many cancelations because the guests can’t fly to Bali.”

    ‘What should we do?’
    Bali’s main international airport was shut for almost three days from Monday as towering columns of volcanic ash and smoke made flying dangerous, sparking travel chaos and leaving around 120,000 tourists stranded.

    It re-opened late Wednesday, but mostly for tourists departing the island, not arriving.

    “If we usually have 20 guests a day, this time around it’s only two people,” Astiti said.

    “We’re worried. If there are no guests, what should we do? We depend on the tourism industry.”

    Thompson’s wedding planner Ni Made Rismawati said Agung has also taken a bite out of her business, with another couple also cancelling their wedding.

    “I feel bad for the clients,” Rismawati said.

    “They have to cancel their wedding even though they have prepared everything.”

    Volcano experts warn that the mountain, which has had a series of mini eruptions, could still produce a major blast, even as much of the smoke and ash appeared to dissipate.

    Another volcano, Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island, has been active and at the highest alert level since 2013.

    “There’s nothing we can do — we can only wait for the mountain to stop erupting,” said I Ketut Ardana, the head of a Bali tourism association, who estimated that just three days of airport closures had cost the island some one trillion rupiah.

    “It’s a natural disaster so we can’t ask it to stop.”

    But it’s not just the tourism sector suffering.

    Tens of thousands of Balinese villagers living in small communities that ring Agung have fled to evacuation centers.

    Many complain about lost work and some are sneaking back into the danger zone to take care of precious livestock that, for many, are their only source of income.

    Local media said some unscrupulous buyers have supplied mis-information about Agung’s activity so unsuspecting farmers will sell off livestock at cut-rate prices.

    Disaster tourism
    Officials have been trying to convince villagers not to return to their homes, as they also push back foreign thrill-seekers keen for a close-up look at the volcano.

    But Indonesia’s disaster agency said desperate times are forcing a re-think, suggesting the possibility of turning Agung into a disaster tour venue.

    It cited Iceland’s Mount Eyjafjallajokull as an example, though it acknowledged there were pros and cons.

    “Disaster tours need to be managed well,” said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

    “Tourists would need to be fully informed before they arrive, and signs showing the danger zones would need to be properly in place.”

    Sources: https://coconuts.co/bali/news/mount-agung-burns-wedding-dreams-threatens-economy/
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