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Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya., Jakarta – Ubud, located in Gianyar District of Bali, will be designated as a world gastronomic tourist destination, based upon the standards of the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday (11/6/2019) , said the process to certify Ubud as a gastronomic tourist destination would be an example for other regions in Indonesia.

“The establishment and assessment of Ubud as a gastronomic destination is the first in the world. And this is an example for other regions, such as Bandung and Yogya, Solo and Semarang,” he stated.

According to Yahya, there are three important stages in the process of certifying Ubud as a world gastronomic destination.

The first is to conduct an inventory of assets and gastronomic attractions, including mapping the readiness of the industry and business, which are then compiled in a report and submitted to UNWTO.

“This stage has been done, the process takes about 1.5 years,” Yahya said.

Second is the assessment by UNWTO starting from the verification and analysis process through a fairly detailed method, including 600 interviews with all gastronomic stakeholders, food and beverages, producers, hotels, restaurants, chefs, food festival initiators, the regional government, transportation providers, academics, as well as local and foreign tourists.

“The process will last eight days in Ubud and its surroundings, while surveys will be conducted online and offline for three weeks. At this stage, planning and recommendation strategies are also being carried out,” the minister said.

Third are recommendations that need to be implemented and carried out by stakeholders for the second assessment, which is scheduled for early August 2019.

The press conference was also attended by the Chairperson of the Ministry of Tourism and Shopping Culinary Acceleration Team, Vita Datau, UNWTO Project Specialist Aditya Amaranggana and UNWTO Lead Experts Roberta Garibaldi.

Vita Datau added, if all processes were carried out correctly, then Ubud could be designated as a gastronomic tourist destination for the UNWTO prototype, which was in accordance with the gastronomy destination development guideline of UNWTO.

To be declared a prototype, there are five standard criteria for UNWTO gastronomic destinations, including lifestyle, local products, culture and history, background stories of foods, as well as nutrition and health.

The implementation of these standards are important, as it will become a benchmark for Indonesia and other targeted regions for gastronomic destinations, such as Yogyakarta, Solo, Semarang and Bandung.

“Indonesia is rich in tourism potentials, as it has a varied and wide geographical area and landscape. This gastronomic destination is most likely to provide welfare to communities from upstream to downstream, so that people feel the impact,” Yahya noted. (yas)

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The suspects procured the larvae of the pearl and sand lobsters from West Nusa Tenggara Province to be transported to Vietnam., 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)

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The suspect was caught red-handed by a patrolling police officer who has suspicion on his action., 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)

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Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir (center) spoke to the press after opening Research, Innovation and Technological Expo 2019., 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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