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ISSUE 211

 

CHINESE NEW YEAR ON LOMBOK

Chinese New Year is on Monday, 8 February this year and the Chinese community in Lombok will be celebrating as we bid goodbye to the Year of the Sheep.

According to the Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey and has the element of fire; therefore we can say 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey.

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What's Hot

• The Bau Nyale Festival is a major tourism event in Lombok and attracts countless visitors to Kuta in South Lombok every year.

Many people have contacted us requesting the date so they can plan their visit to Lombok at the same time as Bau Nyale.

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TWO MAJOR HOTELS CONFIRMED FOR SOUTH LOMBOK

Two major investors have confirmed that they will build five-star hotels in South Lombok over the next two years.

French hotel group AccorHotels held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Pullman hotel in Mandalika last month during the visit of Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

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WEST LOMBOK BUPATI GETS 7 YEARS ON APPEAL

West Lombok Regent (Bupati) Zaini Arony has failed in his appeal against his 4 year jail sentence for aggravated extortion.

Judges at the High Court in Denpasar heard the Bupati’s appeal at the end of 2015 and on 8 January 2016 ruled that, rather than reducing his sentence, the punishment would increase from 4 years to 7 years in prison.

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PROPOSED POWER PLANT INVESTMENT IN LOMBOK

Two investors have applied to build steam power plants (PLTU) with a capacity of 150 megawatts in Lombok.

The Head of the provincial office of Capital Investment Agency (BPMPT), Ridwansyah said that one of the prospective investors was a domestic company and the other a foreign investor.

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GARUDA STARTS FLIGHTS BETWEEN BALI AND SHANGAI

Garuda Indonesia has commenced direct flights between Bali and Shanghai, China. The first direct flight between Bali and Shanghai took place on 12 January 2016.

The non-stop service will operate twice-weekly using Airbus A330 aircraft.

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GULA GILA – IT’S A SUGAR HIGH!

Gula Gila – it translates as either ‘Crazy Sugar’ or ‘Sugar Crazy’ – is the latest venture of Kebun Villas and Resort in Senggigi.

Located on Senggigi Main Street (opposite the Sheraton), Gula Gila is a purpose-built coffee shop and café at the front of the resort selling freshly brewed coffees and teas and tasty little bites produced daily in the resort’s kitchen.

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MAURIZIO’S BIRTHDAY @ LOTUS RESTAURANT

Local and expat friends gathered at the lovely Lotus Bayview Restaurant on Senggigi Beach to celebrate the birthday of popular restaurateur Maurizio Cammarota this month!

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IT’S A MONTH YOU WILL LOVE @ QUNCI VILLAS!

This month Qunci Villas start their annual ‘Month of Love programme of exciting events featuring visiting chefs and artists from S.E. Asia and Australia.

This is the third year in a row that Qunci Villas has hosted its highly-successful Month of Love, which is a series of events celebrating romance and love of food and the arts.

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