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ISSUE 152

 

PERTH – LOMBOK DIRECT!

Lombok is buzzing, with the first Jetstar flight direct from Perth to Lombok arriving at Lombok International Airport on Tuesday, 24 September.

The inaugural flight – linking Lombok to Australia – touched down to fanfare, with the first 150 passengers onboard receiving a warm Lombok welcome. Jetstar will operate four flights per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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JETSTAR FIRST DIRECT FLIGHT PERTH – LOMBOK!

The moment so many of us in the tourism industry had been waiting for finally came on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, as we waited on the tarmac at Lombok International Airport. Assembled were a welcoming committee made up of members of the Lombok Hotels Association, government representatives and media.

As Jetstar flight JQ 112, direct from Perth, West Australia, touched down on the runway a cheer went up from the crowd. At last, the first direct flight linking Lombok and Australia!

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LOMBOK LAUNCH OF “CRAZY LITTLE HEAVEN”

As we mentioned in our “What’s Hot!” column in Issue 149 (published on 2 September 2013), one of Lombok’s own – Mark Heyward – has just published his first book: “Crazy Little Heaven: An Indonesian Journey”.

After successful book launches in Australia and Jakarta, Mark will celebrate the Lombok launch of the book, and a CD of the same name, at Asmara Restaurant in Senggigi on Saturday, 19 October, from 6pm.

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• As we mentioned a couple of issues ago, a new food supplier is coming to Senggigi. Chicken Stop and Sausage King is now open in Senggigi Plaza (on the right hand side, near the Wine and Cigar Lounge).

Chicken Stop stocks a range of chicken products (similar to Lenard’s Chicken outlets in Australia) including marinated and stuffed chicken, double breast roasts, Chicken with Macadamia and Honey, Thai Grilled Chicken, etc.

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13TH CENTURY MYSTERY ERUPTION TRACED TO LOMBOK

An article published on the BBC News website reports that scientists think they have found the volcano responsible for a huge eruption that occurred in the 13th Century.

The mystery event in 1257 was so large its chemical signature is recorded in the ice of both the Arctic and the Antarctic. European medieval texts talk of a sudden cooling of the climate, and of failed harvests.

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LOMBOK’S QUNCI VILLAS WINS WTA “OSCAR”!

Qunci Villas – hailed as “one of Indonesia’s hippest hotels” by the New York Times several years ago – has now been named “Indonesia’s Leading Resort” by the World Travel Awards (WTA).

The stylish boutique resort in Lombok bested some of Bali’s top resorts, including international hospitality brands, for the coveted title of “Indonesia’s Leading Resort”, including nominees:

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QUESTION: I’ve been on holiday in Lombok for only a few days and already, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with a hunk of a man!

He’s from New Zealand and so am I. We were made for each other! He says we should go back to New Zealand where same sex marriage is now legal. Do you think I should take the plunge? Justin.

MR FIXER: Why not? I don’t see why gays shouldn’t be as miserable as the rest of us!

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LOCAL SCENE

JETSTAR FIRST FLIGHT TO LOMBOK

Jetstar representatives, together with Perth travel agents and media, received a warm welcome when they arrived on the first direct Jetstar flight from Perth to Lombok on 24 September 2013.

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THE YAK AWARDS 2013… More than just Motown!

Each year The Yak – Bali's leading life style magazine –  runs a poll on their website (www.theyakmag.com) asking their readers and the public to vote for Bali’s outstanding businesses and noteworthy individuals.

This year's nominees and winners were announced at a fabulous gala event held at Vue Beach Club, Lv 8 Resort, at Brawa Beach, Canggu on Friday, 27 September.

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FALCON DEVELOPMENTS IN LOMBOK

Falcon Developments is a new and innovative property development company and the exclusive partner installer of b-panel® in Lombok.

Formed by a team of specialists – with more than 30 years experience in property development, sales and marketing, property consultancy, management and customer service – Falcon Developments aim to change the face of construction in Lombok.

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IN GOOD TASTE

Good day all and, as always, welcome to paradise! First and foremost, I want to send out a big “Congratulations!” to my old team at Qunci Villas in Mangsit.

Qunci has just won the World Travel Awards (the “Oscars of Travel”) for “Indonesia’s Leading Resort”! That makes me extremely proud that I was a part of the team last year and I have to say they deserve it!

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