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ISSUE 227

 

THE SENGGIGI FESTIVAL 2016

The annual Senggigi Festival is one of Lombok’s most colourful and spectacular events of the year and is scheduled to take place from Friday, 16 September.

This year, the NTB Tourism Department says it will change the format from that of previous years and will centre the Festival on the Senggigi beachfront.

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LOMBOK SETS TARGET OF 4 MILLION TOURISTS IN 2017

Although the end of the year is still several months away, the NTB (Nusa Tenggara Barat) government has set a target of 4 million tourist arrivals in 2017.

The Head of the NTB Tourism Department, Lalu Muhammad Fauzan, announced the target for next year this month, saying that he was confident that the projected target for 2016 would be reached by the end of this year.

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Lovers of fine dining – get ready for another unique “Chefs in the Wild” event at Qunci Villas in Mangsit!

Guest chefs Christian Ryan and Glenn Byrnes – formerly from Melbourne’s Taxi Dining Room and now running Aløft Restaurant in Hobart, Australia – are flying into Lombok to give diners a taste of the magic from their top Tasmanian restaurant.

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LEARNING TO SURF AT SELONG BELANAK!

Sylvie and Scott from ditchthemap.com are a young American couple who left their jobs to travel the world for over one year, visiting South America, Europe, India and SE Asia. Here they share their impressions of South Lombok and learning to surf at Selong Belanak.

Surrounded by mountains, the beaches of South Lombok are really a scene to behold. Though we stayed in Kuta, we spent a fair amount of time at neighbouring beaches to the east and west. We wanted to absorb as much of the beauty as possible.

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PERTH BALI DIVAS LUNCH FOR LOMBOK CHARITY

The Perth Bali Diva Community Lunch was held on Friday, 19 August –with generous Divas from Western Australia and Bali raising funds for a small but important charity organisation on Lombok.

The annual Perth Bali Diva Community lunches raise much-needed funds for Indonesia's poorest kids and young adults.

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WEST LOMBOK GOVERNMENT SERIOUS ABOUT REVAMPING SENGGIGI?

The Senggigi tourism area must be revamped, because the development of the area was not done well from the beginning. This was the judgment of the West Lombok Regent (Bupati Lombok Barat), H Fauzan Khalid, when he visited Senggigi last month.

Fauzan said that the number of tourists visiting Senggigi has been dropping quite dramatically for some time and that it was time for the local government to intervene actively and deal with this situation.

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PLANS FOR ‘HALAL FRIENDLY BEACH’ IN LOMBOK

The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism has demonstrated the seriousness of its intention of making Lombok a world-renown halal tourism destination by preparing its first ‘halal friendly beach’.

Due to the numerous Muslim-friendly facilities in Lombok, and its Islamic heritage, the island is in fact at the centre of Indonesia’s Islamic tourism drive. 

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