Visa On Arrival - Feb 20, 2005
Total Revenues Collected in 2004 from Visa on Arrival Fees Falls Short of Projected US$50 Million.
The Department of Immigration reports that during all of 2004 only US$35.6 million in fees were generated by the visa-on-arrival system, a figure substantially less than the US$50 million originally projected to accrue from the payment of US$25 (30 days) and US$10 (3 days) made by the nationals of 21 countries eligable to purchase visas upon arrival in Indonesia.
According to the Immigration Department, some 1.3 million tourists purchased a 30-day US$25 visa on arrival between February 1, when the policy was introduced, and the end of the year. Another 280,932 visitors purchased a 3-day $10 visa during the same period.
The Head of the Immigration Department's Public Relation Division, Soepriatna Anwar, said the long-awaited automated information management system to improve control and service from the immigration department remains unrealized, awaiting the final approval from the Minister of Finance to use some of the funds collected from the visa system to finance the purchase of the sophisticated monitoring system.
Anwar, quoted in the Indonesian-language Bisnis Indonesia, also explained that service by the immigration department continues to be upgraded, pointing out that the 10 immigration service counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport were increased to 30 counters in January 2005.
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BALI HOTELS ASSOCIATION SEES GROWTN IN ROOM SALES - Jan 20, 2005
Bali Hotels Association (BHA) noted a 42 percent overall increase in room nights sold among its 63 members during 2004 over 2003. This is in line with the international arrivals for 2004, which represented a 46 percent increase over 2003. The association announced preliminary key growth?or in this case recovery?indicators at its January monthly meeting.
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BHA SUPPORTS CHILDREN, PROMOTES ISLAND TOURISM - Jan 13, 2005
BALI, INDONESIA, January 13, 2005?As part of its ongoing commitment to community service, Bali Hotel Association (BHA) committed support to the Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi (YKIP) foundation ?Back to School? program for 2005. BHA sponsored printing 40,000 informational brochures for distribution to guests within member hotels from year-end peak tourist season and through 2005.
UK Foreign Office amend advise for Bali - Jan 06, 2005
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office revised its travel advice for Indonesia on 31 December and is no longer advising against all but essential travel.
The FCO changed their level of advise in early December following further information released with regarsd to a potential threat during the Chrsitmas and New Year Period in Indonesia to foreigners.
Following a peaceful Christmas and New Year period the FCO have now revised their advise to take away their "all but essential travel" phrase allowing wholesalers to once agin promote and sell Bali in the UK
BALI HOTELS ASSOCIATION SENDS RELIEF TO ACEH - Jan 02, 2005
Bali Hotel Association (BHA) on New Year?s Eve sent its first wave of relief to survivors of the December 26, 2004, tsunami in Aceh, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Seven cubic meters of medical supplies and ready-to-consume food were sent by air to Jakarta, in cooperation with Continental Airlines, Garuda Indonesia and Aerowisata Catering Services. These goods will enter the Red Cross supply chain
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