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ISSUE 189

 

EASY LOMBOK FOR EASTER!

With the Easter holidays on the way and the worst of the monsoon weather over – the skies have cleared and beautiful weather is here again – now is a perfect time to escape to Lombok for a bit of R & R!

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TRAVEL TIPS… the Best of Lombok!

If you are visiting Lombok, these travel tips are essential reading!

Only in Lombok: Only in Lombok will you have the chance to see and hear a Gendang Beleq performance. Gendang Beleq is traditional music featuring the big drums for which Lombok is famous.

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What's Hot

Verve Restaurant at Verve Beach Club in Mangsit is now open for dining!

The popular beach club has been serving only snacks – including their fabulous tapas platters – until now. However, last week saw the launch of their new restaurant menu, with a small but delicious selection of meals available for lunch and dinner.

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EASTER SERVICES IN LOMBOK

We are often asked if there are any churches in Lombok, especially around Christmas and Easter when people are holidaying in Lombok and would like to attend services during their visit.

Although predominantly Muslim, Lombok is a melting pot of different religions including the many Hindus who live here, together with Buddhist, Catholic and Protestant communities.

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JOIN RINJANI CLEAN UP 2015

Trekking routes on Mt Rinjani are currently closed but the 2015 trekking season will commence on 1 April and a group of concerned nature lovers want to make sure the volcano is in peak condition for the start of the season.

National Park authorities close Lombok’s famous volcano to trekking at the beginning of January every year for three months, as it is considered too dangerous due to heavy rainfall and high winds. The National Park also needs time to recover from the tens of thousands of people who hike the trails each year.

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LOMBOK AT ITB BERLIN

Lombok was represented again this year at the world’s leading travel show – the five-day Internationale Tourismus Borse, popularly known as ITB Berlin – held in Germany from 4 to 8 March 2015.

The annual ITB Berlin is considered to be the leading tourism industry expo worldwide and this year broke new records with more than 175,000 visitors attending during the five day event.

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FOREIGN LAND OWNERSHIP UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

The Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/Head of the State Land Board, Ferry Mursyidan Baldan, said that his office will track down and reclaim land illegally owned by foreigners in Indonesia.

“It is absolutely forbidden for foreigners to own an inch of land in Indonesia. This is clear in the Constitution,” Ferry told reporters on 8 March 2015, according to national newspaper Kompas.com.

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