Greatindonesia.co.id, Denpasar – The average length of tourists’ stay in Bali’s star hotels in November 2017 rose slightly 0.2 day to 3.13 days from 3.11 days a month earlier.
Foreign tourists stayed in Bali’s star hotels in November 2017 longer than domestic tourists, Chief of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Office in Bali Province, Adi Nugroho said here on Sunday.
“A total of 361,066 foreign tourists visited Bali in November 2017”
Nugroho said foreign tourists stayed at star hotels for an average of 3.30 days in November 2017, up 0.10 day from 3.20 days in the previous month.
Meanwhile, domestic tourists stayed at star hotels for an average of 2.65 days, down 0.18 day from 2.83 days, he said.
He said the average length of stay of foreign tourists in Bali’s one star hotels reached 4.74 days in November 2017, up from 3.63 days a month earlier. Domestic tourists stayed for an average of 1.80 days, down 0.26 day from 1.54 days.
The average length of stay of foreign tourists in five star hotels reached 3.42 days, down 0.46 day from 2.96 days, while the average length of stay of domestic tourists also fell 0.18 day to 2.68 days from 2.83 days.
He said foreign tourists stayed for an average of 3.27 days in three star hotels, 3.24 days in four star hotels and 2.50 days in two- star hotels in November 2017.
A total of 361,066 foreign tourists visited Bali in November 2017. (iks)
POLICE FOIL SMUGGLING ATTEMPT OF LARVAE OF LOBSTERS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Bali – The Bali provincial police thwarted an attempt to smuggle some 60,000 larvae of pearl and sand lobsters to Vietnam, and apprehended two suspects early Monday (9/9/2019).
The suspects nabbed by the police personnel at a motel in Sidakarya Village, Denpasar, were identified by their initials ERA, 26, and ATH, 35, Chief of the Bali Marine Police Force Sen. Coms. Hadi Purnomo said here Monday. ERA functioned as a courier while ATH was the financier who was involved in a transaction of Rp95 billion through a bank’s automated teller machine, Purnomo said.
The suspects procured the larvae of the pearl and sand lobsters from West Nusa Tenggara Province to be transported to Vietnam. However, the larvae package was not declared at the Customs in Ngurah Rai International Airport to Vietnam via Singapore.
The total financial losses that Indonesia could have suffered had the 36,000 larvae of sand lobsters been smuggled was estimated at Rp9 billion while the smuggling of 24,000 larvae of pearl lobsters could cause financial losses of up to Rp7.2 billion.
The police investigators also confiscated a vehicle, 150 plastic bags containing some 60,000 larvae of pearl and sand lobsters as evidence, he said.
Due to the huge profits from trading lobsters, irresponsible people have frequently attempted to smuggle the larvae of the sand and pearl lobsters.
In May, Indonesian police investigators grilled Kong Huping, a Chinese citizen after he was arrested for attempting to smuggle several hundred thousand baby lobsters from Jambi Province’s waters to Batam Island and Singapore.
National Police investigators questioned the suspect for two days, Director of Marine Police of the Jambi Provincial Police Senior Commissioner Fauzi Bakti said.
The smuggling attempt was thwarted by the Jambi marine police, he said, adding that police investigators also attempted to apprehend the suspect’s business partner, identified by his initials, LN.
Bakti said the baby lobsters were to be smuggled by Kong Huping through the Jambi-Batam waters on May 13 and 14 and were estimated to be worth Rp40 billion. (akp)
BALI POLICE ARREST A BULGARIAN FOR ALLEGED SKIMMING
Greatindonesia.co.id, Denpasar – Bali Police have arrested a Bulgarian man, Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov (43), for alleged skimming in an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Ubud, Gianyar, on Saturday (Aug 31).
“Suspect Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov has illegally accessed the ATM located in a restaurant in Ubud. He was trying to install a hidden camera in the ATM machine,” Spokesman of the Bali Police Senior Commissioner Hengky Widjaja said here on Sunday.
The suspect was caught red-handed by a patrolling police officer who has suspicion on his action, he said.
Following the arrest, the police conducted a search in his house at Kresna Ulun Tanjung Street, Kuta, Badung, and seized a cellular phone, a passport, four cameras, and a router.
Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov is charged with articles on illegal access of the Criminal Code and Law No 19/2016 on Electronic Transaction and Information.
“The suspect is still under the Bali Police custody, and the police will conduct further investigation,” he said. (akp)
MINISTER OPENS RITECH EXPO 2019 IN BALI
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir opened Research, Innovation and Technology (Ritech) Expo 2019 as part of the commemoration of the 24th National Technology Awakening Day in Puputan Renon Square in Denpasar, Bali, on Sunday (25/8/2019).
“Through this expo we hope more innovations in regions will emerge,” he said.
The expo has some 200 stands which display the results of research and innovation. Nearly 100 participants including the directorate general of research and innovation, and the directorate of science, technology and high learning institutions at the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry.
The other institutions taking part in the expo are the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI),, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), the Nuclear Control Agency, the National Standardization Agency, the Center for Scientific and Technological Research and state-owned companies PT Dahana and PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka).
Institutes of higher learning also took part in the expo, including Airlangga University,the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Sepuluh November Institute of Technology in Surabaya., the Arts Institute of Denpasar and the state Electronic Polytechnic in Surabaya.
Ritech Expo is an annual expo held by the Ministry of Research., Technology and Higher Education.
The expo displays a variety of key innovation products from higher learning institutes , research institutions and industries. (mhs)
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