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President Joko Widodo declares holiday on April 19 in Jakarta

VOI NEWS 15.4.2017  11:00 Local Time GMT+7

President Joko Widodo has declared April 19 as a holiday in Jakarta to encourage residents of the capital city to cast their voting rights in the second round of the gubernatorial election (Pilkada). He had also issued a presidential decree (Keppres) No. 10/2017 on the decision. This was reported in the statement of the Ministry/State Secretariat on Friday. The presidential decree pertains to the voting day for the second round of Pilkada in Jakarta in 2017. A holiday has been declared on April 19, 2017, in Jakarta to help make the second round of Pilkada a success, according to the statement. In the second-round, head-to-head Pilkada, Jakarta’s residents will have to choose between incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and his running mate, politician Djarot Saiful Hidayat or the pair of academician Anies Baswedan and successful businessman Sandaiga Uno.(Antara)


Indonesia and Lebanon to cooperate on youth and sports affairs

The governments of Indonesia and Lebanon have agreed to establish cooperation in the field of youth and sports, as stated in a press release by the Indonesian Embassy in Beirut received by ANTARA on Friday. The agreement was discussed during a meeting between Achmad Chozin Chumaidy, the Indonesian Ambassador to Lebanon and Mohammad Fneish, Youth and Sports Minister of Lebanon in Beirut more recently. During the meeting, Ambassador Achmad Chozin said that bilateral relations between Indonesia and Lebanon have been long-standing and stable. He emphasized the need for both countries to establish cooperation in the field of youth and sports. Minister Fneish welcomed the visit of the Ambassador and affirmed that Lebanon is committed to continuing the program that had been discussed with Minister Al-Hinnawi some time ago. (Antara)


Minister Susi urges protection of Indonesian seamen in Japan

Upon realizing that thousands of Indonesian seamen ply their trade aboard Japanese fishing vessels, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister, Susi Pudjiastuti urged the Japanese fisheries industry to prevent any human trafficking practices from materializing. Minister Susi is in Japan on a five-day working visit to deepen maritime and fisheries cooperation as a follow-up to the pledges that Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe made during his state visit to Indonesia earlier this year. She is also slated to meet with Japan's minister for agriculture, forestry and fisheries and defense minister. On her second night in Tokyo, Minister Susi talked shop with the president of the Japan Tuna Fisheries Cooperative Association, Jun Yamashita. During a dinner hosted by the Japanese businesspeople, Minister Susi was informed that there are around 3,000 Indonesian seamen working on board vessels owned by the association. (Jakarta Post)


Gov. promises lower port fees to boost cruise tourism

Thursday’s arrival of the Pacific Eden cruise ship in Bali’s Benoa Port was welcomed by three Indonesian ministers, namely Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya and Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi. At the welcoming event, the group discussed Indonesian port fees, which Drake said were 10-15 percent above those of neighboring countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Minister Luhut said that high port fees, expensive fuel and water pollution have been a problem for years. He promised to solve all of those issues through state-owned port operator -PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) III to attract more cruise ships to Benoa Port in the future. Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya said that the number of cruise ships in Indonesia had decreased from 400 to 350 calls in 2016. However, the number of passengers had increased from 200,000 in 2015 to 260,000 in 2016. Moreover, he explained that Indonesia only received 1 million overseas tourists. (Jakarta Post)


Banyuwangi holds culinary festival with celebrity chef

The people of Banyuwangi regency in East Java are feted with a culinary festival until the end of this week in an event that has begun since Wednesday 12th of April. Held at Taman Blambangan, the Banyuwangi Culinary Festival 2017 hosts 190 food vendors offering traditional dishes as well as a cooking competition joined by local vendors to present the best version of the iconic pecel pitik, shredded grilled chicken mixed with grated coconut. Apart from the food, the highlight of this event is the arrival of celebrity Chef Juna Rorimpandey, who has expressed his gratitude for the invitation. He said the friendliness of the people, delicious traditional cuisine and beautiful scenery would definitely increase the number of tourists interested in visiting the regency, which has been dubbed the Sunrise of Java. (Jakarta Post)


Youth organization to help promote tourism in East Java

Generasi Pesona Indonesia (Indonesian Charms Generation) or GenPI is an organization of youth volunteers, that aims to promote tourism in respective location through social media. Partnering with the Tourism Ministry, GenPI has established five local chapters across Indonesia. The sixth one to be added to the list is that of East Java, which will make an official debut at the Majapahit Travel Fair 2017 next May. T. Tahmadi, a member of the ministry's team tasked with speeding up the development of ten priority destinations, noted how seriously the internet impacts the tourism industry. He stated that everything is becoming digital nowadays, from searching for information to booking hotels. One of the things that Lombok did to win the 2016 World Halal Tourism Awards was to conduct promotions through social media; thus, he encourages everyone to post photos and videos of their tourist destinations on social media. (Jakarta Post)

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