The Tourism Ministry is set to hold sales missions that focus on Indonesian dive sites in three cities in China, namely Beijing on July 25, Chongqing on July 26 and Guangzhou on July 28.
“The Chinese market is important for Indonesia. Apart from being the ministry's main target market, China also contributes a significant amount of tourists to the country,” said the ministry's deputy minister for Overseas Promotion, I Gde Pitana.
“The Chinese tourists are currently interested in marine tourism. Our main target markets are Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, while the secondary city that we are eyeing on is Chongqing,” he added.
Among the destinations that will be promoted at the sales mission events are Bali, Lombok, Komodo Island, Alor, Derawan, Wakatobi, Togean, Ambon, Banda and Raja Ampat.
Around seven sellers from Indonesia are scheduled to meet with Chinese buyers during the event.
Last year's sales mission reportedly managed to bring together five sellers and 75 buyers in Dalian, six sellers and 73 buyers in Qingdao, and five industries and 80 buyers in Beijing. (kes)
Jakarta. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the government will consider assisting entrepreneurs and private businesses to achieve its target of establishing 20,000 homestays across the country this year.
Speaking at this year's second national meeting on tourism at the Bidakara Hotel in South Jakarta on Thursday (18/05), Arief said government agencies will work alongside Real Estate Indonesia, academics, local communities and media outlets to provide more budget-friendly accommodation in priority tourism areas.
Arief added that positive digital disruption, or the emergence of game-changing digital services, will propel the industry in the coming years to allow the ministry to achieve its ultimate target of establishing 100,000 homestays across the archipelago by 2019.
"It is real; it is inevitable. Sooner or later, it will happen, it is just a matter of time before all companies, institutions or nations will be 'disrupted.' In the digital era, it will be swift," the minister said.
"Even companies with impeccable reputations, stalwarts of the 'old way,' must adapt to the new digital landscape to survive these changes," he added.
Arief cited online-based ride-hailing services such as Grab and Go-Jek as examples of new companies that have changed the conventional business landscape. He said traditional hotel agents have been usurped in recent years by the convenient and user-friendly services offered by companies such as Airbnb and Traveloka.
"These innovations are always seen as chaotic at first. They were initially ignored, because many people did not believe they could work. Well, they do," he said.
Realizing the massive impact of digital technology, Arief, a former director of state-owned telecommunication company Telkom, has been digitizing homestay management since last year.
"Now, 2,000 homestays have been registered on the digital platform belonging to the Indonesia Tourism Exchange [ITX]," he said.
The platform assists homestay owners to manage their businesses on par with world-class hotel chains.
"It is a must; it cannot be bargained anymore. Those who are not joining will experience difficulties in their businesses," he said.
However, Arief said the effect will be positive. It will increase the size of the market and value of tourism in Indonesia. Demand will increase, as the market consists of multiple sources across the globe.
"So, our cultural village homestays can be worldwide, not only operating in Indonesia," he said.
Arief said it can often take up to five years to build a hotel, which is considered high-cost tourism, while homestays, which constitute low-cost tourism, only take six months to establish.
"Interest in home-sharing is expected to increase from 10 percent [in 2016] to 15 percent [in 2020] in most major cities around the world. In Southeast Asia, the trend is also expected to increase from 2 percent [in 2016] to 5 percent [in 2020]. Therefore, I believe Indonesia will become the best and largest homestay manager in the world. It is a dream we can achieve together," he said.
Standards help, too, as we fight to ensure the cost of sharing doesn't outweigh the benefits
A long-ago cartoon in The New Yorker put it plainly: "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog." If that cartoon had been written today, the caption might have read, "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a fraud."
Scam artists, snake oil salesmen, sock puppets, bot armies and bullies - every time we look up, it seems as though we discover another form of dishonesty, grifting grown to global scale via the magnificent yet terrifying combination of Internet and smartphone.
None of that should surprise us. People are wonderful and horrible. The network we've built for ourselves serves both the honest and the liar. But we have no infrastructure to manage a planet of thieves.
Navigating this stuff goes well beyond 'caveat emptor', into the darkest secrets of spear phishing and social engineering playing on our higher selves for the basest reasons. It's no longer an African prince offering you a hundred million dollars for your assistance; it's a customer who carefully noted all her transactions and registration numbers on a Word document she's enclosed in a very helpful email.
Security has been stretched to the breaking point. If things continue as they have, the costs of connectivity could begin to outweigh the benefits, and at that point, the post-Web civilization of sharing and knowledge, already fraying, would unwind comprehensively, as people and businesses withdraw behind defensible perimeters and call it a day.
All of this served as subtext - never spoken, yet always front of mind - at the Twenty-Sixth International Conference on the World Wide Web. In some broader sense, this is all the Web's fault - the shadow of its culture of sharing - so might it be a problem that the Web can fix?
This question obsessed the hundreds of research postgraduates presenting papers and posters at the conference. Insofar as papers presented by the Web's core research community are a reliable indicator of the future direction for the Web, that future centers on learning how to detect lies.
Detecting false advertisements, bullies, and bots - all of these can be done with machine learning. It can even be applied to a politician's tweets - to find out if they've been fibbing about where they've been, and when.
This flurry of research hearkens back to one of the oldest problems in Computer Science - the Turing Test. Can you detect whether someone at the other end of a text-based connection is a person or a computer? What questions do you ask? How do you analyse their responses? Take those same ideas and apply them to a vendor on Alibaba or an account on Twitter - ask the questions, analyse and probe - then decide: truth or lies.
As Sir Tim Berners-Lee won the ACM A.M. Turing Award last week, the timing of this next evolution of his Web could not be more appropriate. The Web needs to grow a meta-layer of error-checking and truth-telling. Those will likely slow things down a bit, even as it helps us feel more assured that the fake can be suppressed.
This will never be as true as we might want it to be. As soon as any system to detect lies goes into widespread deployment, the least honest and most clever will go to work undermining that algorithmic determination of truth, finding its weaknesses, and exploiting them. It was ever thus; over the long term, the search for truth will has always been an act of persistence and dedication.
Machines can help us in this battle - but machines will be used on both sides, deceiving and revealing deceit. Yet there is hope: there's too much money on the table to allow the forces of darkness to gain ascendancy. Chaos is bad for business.
Any alignment of commerce with the greater good is a rare and potent combination, meaning the resources to fight this battle will be available into the foreseeable future. Those graduate students with their fraud and bot detection algorithms will be snapped up by those giant firms whose profits depend on a Web that is truthful enough for commerce. When it comes to truth, what's good for Google and Facebook is good for the rest of us.
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3727 Avenue P: Built in 1922, this 1,292-square-foot Craftsman bungalow has been fully updated but maintains some of the original structure's features. Exposed brick walls in the kitchen and distressed wood floors lend this cozy home character.
3406 Avenue P: This 1,144-square-foot home, built in 1914, has two bedrooms and one full bath. Inside, coffered ceilings and dark-wood molding in the living spaces contrast with the kitchen's light, airy motif. It's true to its original condition, down to the paint colors: a specialist was able to track down the home's original hues.
1202 Church: Close to the Historic Strand District and the beach, this 2,540-square-foot house also has good leasing potential. Built in 1890, the historic structure has five bedrooms and three baths and is set on a 3,605-square-foot lot.
17615 Termini San Luis Pass: This townhome is being sold mostly furnished. The two-bedroom, three-bath house has 1,314 square feet of livable space, as well as a spacious deck. The newest home in this roundup, it was built in 1983.
4241 Pointe West: The highlight of this home is its ocean and bay views. Surrounded by green spaces and water panoramas just beyond, this 1,427-square-foot condominium is filled with windows to let in natural light. A deck offers a space to relax at this three-bedroom, two-bath home.
Jakarta, with its traffic-plagued streets, high-rise buildings and persistent blanket of smog, may at first seem like a not-so interesting destination that can easily confuse and confound Pinoy travelers. But beneath its unappealing façade and rough surface, you will find a diverse and multicultural megalopolis filled with unexpectedly delightful corners, colorful attractions as well as remarkably positive and good-natured citizens.
Jakarta isn't normally the first place that pops into mind, when Pinoys imagine of travel destinations in Indonesia. Hardly a relaxing and scenic vacation spot, the economic dynamo of Indonesia boasts no palm-lined avenues and gorgeous beaches, in spite of its coastal and sub-equatorial profile. Not to mention, it is a humid, populous and immense urban sprawl known for its maddening traffic.
But, the “Big Durian” has a plethora of rewarding experiences and spellbinding diversions that compensate for its flaws, should the more adventurous Pinoy travelers accept its challenges, sensations and sights. While it's no oil painting, the city has tons of hipster markets and a fascinating colonial history that's totally worth exploring. What's more, it has a flourishing culinary scene, and an electric world-class nightlife circuit, making Jakarta one of the most dynamic cities in Southeast Asia.
A colorful mixture of customs, dialects and cultures, Jakarta is also praised for its ultra accommodating and hospitable locals. As a matter of fact, the citizens here are so friendly that you are bound to create lasting friendships.
Documents needed to travel to Jakarta
You don't need to go through the hassles of securing a visa, to set foot on this buzzing and colorful Indonesian hub. After all, any Juan with a Philippine passport that's valid for 6 months following the departure date will be granted visa on arrival in Indonesia.
Keep in mind, though, this kind of visa is valid only for 30 days and is applicable to social visits, leisure, government visits as well as for people who are attending conferences, seminars and convention. Furthermore, it's nonconvertible, non-extendable and can't be used for employment purposes.
Though you can enter Jakarta without a visa, you still need to present a few supporting travel documents, and go through an interview at the immigration counter. For those who are traveling overseas for the first time, it may take a while for you to get through the immigration officer, meaning you should prepare your documents beforehand and check-in early. For the most part, these are the documents that the immigration officer from a Philippine airport will ask from you.
PRC ID (if you have one)Proof of employment/business certificateA Philippine passport (valid at least 6 months following your departure date)Credit card (if you have one)A confirmed travel itineraryBack-and-forth ticketsProof of accommodationsShow money (at least 13,000 PHP for a 4-day trip) How to get to Jakarta
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific offer daily flights from Manila to Soekarno Hatta International Airport – Jakarta's main international gateway. Travel duration from Manila to Jakarta is about 4 hours. Likewise, Singapore Airlines has connecting flights to Jakarta with a layover in Singapore. Travel time for this route is around 6 hours and 40 minutes.
Upon your arrival at the airport, you may get to the city center via DAMRI shuttle buses, which connect international passengers to numerous destinations in Jakarta. Depending on the type of seat and location of your drop off, a ticket person for this bus ride will cost you 25,000 to 35,000 IDR (91 to 250 PHP). The bus service is air-conditioned, comfortable, reliable, and operates until midnight.
To get tickets for this bus ride, head to the left after going out of the Terminal 2 building, until you see DAMRI bus stops and ticket booths.
When to go and visit Jakarta
Jakarta, with its tropical climate, is a good year-round destination, though floods can affect the city during the wet season. The dry season, which starts from May and ends in September, is arguably the best time to visit Jakarta. With a friendly low average temperature of 30°C (86°F), you can easily tour the city without having to worry about getting wet on the dry months. But, make no mistake about it – visiting Jakarta during the wet season can be quite a pleasant experience as well, once you get used to the frequent rains.
Important Bahasa words and phrases
Since English is not widely spoken in the archipelago, it's essential for you to learn a bit of Bahasa Indonesia, when visiting Jakarta. Here are a few words and phrases in Bahasa that may come in handy in your trip!
Selamat dating – welcomeApa kabar – how are you?Di mana? – where?Ya – yesTidak – noMakasi/ Terima kasih – Thank youMaaf – sorryMasuk – enter/entranceBerapa?- how many/how much?Anda – youSaya – we/me/IDisini – hereBoleh – possible/can Getting around
Walking or biking – Sidewalks are not well-maintained and well-connected in Jakarta, so cycling and walking on its busy streets are not recommended.Car rental – With its perpetual gridlocked traffic jams, hiring a car, and driving through the city may not be such a good idea, especially if you're on a rush, and short on time.Taxi – Taxis are, in general, reliable and affordable, as long as you use a reputable taxi company, like the Blue Bird group.Bajaj – It's Jakarta's version of Thailand's famous tuk-tuk. They are a fairly popular option in Jakarta, as they can weave through the city's interminable traffic jams, just like motorbikes do.Tour Bus – Nicknamed as “City Tour Jakarta”, these buses are double deckers that will take you to some of the city's places of interest for free. Other things to keep in mind
Don't drink tap water wherever you are in Jakarta.The local currency is Indonesian rupiah (IDR or Rp). For an updated IDR to PHP conversion, check out themoneyconverter.com/IDR/PHP.Jakarta is credit card friendly, with hotels, restaurants and shops mostly accepting Mastercard and Visa.Indonesians are generally laid-back, but there are customs and etiquette that you should be aware of, so that you won't offend them. For instance, shoes should always be removed when entering mosques, temples and even some shops. Also, make sure your skirts and shoes cover the knees when in town, and avoid smooching in public with your partner.Electrical: 240 Volts, 50 HertzJakarta isn't a dangerous place to roam around, but just like any modern city, there's always an array of scammers out to prey on unsuspecting and naïve foreign tourists. Just be vigilant, use your common sense and you'll get to dodge the city's scams. Things to do in Jakarta
Explore the Ancol Dream Park.Get an up close look of the charming animals at the Ragunan Zoo.Discover the fascinating maritime history of Indonesia with a visit to Museum Bahari.Unwind at Taman Mini Indonesia.Visit the city's other top museums, including the Wayang, Museum National, and National History Museum.Snap pictures of the city's beautiful landmarks, such as the Gegung Pancasila, Toka Merah, Mahkama Agung, and the towering Monas monuments.Be wowed by the intricate designs of Jakarta's Islamic mosques, Buddhist temples and the Cathedral.Experience the city's renowned nightlife scene by visiting cool spots like the Blowfish, Stadium, Jalan Jaksa and Blok M.Sample Jakarta's mouthwatering street food.