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UK-Papua New Guinea Trade & Investment Forum 2018

On 24th April, HE Peter O’Neill, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, led a delegation of his senior ministers to visit the UK for the second UK-Papua New Guinea Trade Investment Forum.

Following on from the inaugural forum in 2015, UK-PNG Trade & Investment Forum 2015 – Highlights this event demonstrated significant developments that the country has made in the intervening years as well showcasing key opportunities in business and investment in; Finance, the Extractives, Energy and Infrastructure.

Opening remarks were made by Hon Rimbink Pato, Papua New Guinea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs alongside the Rt Hon Mark Fields, Minister of State for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office, both talked about the existing relationship between the UK and Papua New Guinea, something that had been cemented just the week before at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

The day included spotlights on agriculture and tourism with an address made by Bob Bates MD of Trans Niugini Tours, as well as a plenary session on several key sectors; Petroleum, Energy, Mining and Infrastructure.

Bob Bates, MD of Trans Nuigini Tours, HE Peter O’Neill CMG, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and HRH The Duke Of York KG.

Also in attendance was His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who delivered the closing remarks of the forum where he expressed a sincere hope that the UK and Papua New Guinea would continue to build on the strong business ties that connect the two countries.

A Practical Perspective on a Second Airport for Bali

RP Marketing would like to share this editorial article regarding the need or suitability of a second airport for Bali. We do not have a specific opinion ourselves on the plans, but would like to share the opinions of Bali Update’

The desire to build a second airport for Bali at Kubutambahan in northeast Bali has become a polarizing and emotional issue, with many local Balinese insisting there is a absolute need for a second airport in North Bali in order to achieve a more equitable distribution of tourism development. Some also contend that the building of a second international airport in Bali is a matter of cultural pride and self-determination for the Balinese.

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Pusuk Bike Park, New Mountain Bike Trail in Lombok

TEMPO.COMataram – Mountain biker enthusiasts opened Pusuk Bike Park for cycling adventure arena in Pusuk forest, Batu Layar, West Lombok, NTB. The length trail was 1,5 kilometers in the midst of natural environment.

Pusuk Bike Park was initiated by Eko Anugraha from Groos MTB. He explained the trails will give bikers adrenaline rush as it has many obstacles. The park was built from a joint fund by mountain bikers which cost about Rp100 million. Eko said BUMDes will be the management.

According to him, Pusuk Bike Park was constructed without damaging the environment of the protected forest. The bikers had to shred along the forest, two wooden bridges and bamboo bridge to cross the river, four drop-offs (jumping track), and dozens of full berms.

NTB Regional Secretary Rosiady Sayuti inaugurated the arena on the 35th Foresters’ Day (Hari Bakti Rimbawan) and released four athletes of Down Hill in Pusuk on Sunday morning, March 18.

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Trip Advisor: Bali is the Best Bali Named Best Destination in 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards


Trip Advisor has announced its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards listing the top destinations, villas, restaurants, attractions and airlines based on the online habits of the millions of Trip Advisor users world-wide.

Bali made a strong showing in the 2018 listings across a number of caterogies, including:

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Plataran Private Cruises Team Prepares To Welcome You For Another Adventurous And Promising Sailing Season.

In order to deliver our commitment to present an unforgettable cruise experience with unprecedented standard, service, and safety, the team conducts a full maintenance program for our Phinisis and Yachts every year before the sailing season.

This annual maintenance program compliments our regular daily inspections to ensure an authentic luxury cruise experience throughout the most exotic and iconic seas of Indonesia with the highest standards.

Plataran Private Cruises offer incredible journeys through some of the most extraordinarily beautiful and exotic destinations in all of Indonesia, sailing the seas around Flores and the Komodo Islands, greater Nusa Tenggara Timur, Menjangan Island and the Bali Straits, and Thousand Islands in Jakarta Bay. Imagine exploring emerald forested islands and secluded beaches, seeing the fearsome Komodo dragon up close, and discovering spectacular diving and snorkeling sites that boast pristine reefs and unparalleled marine life.

Ideally placed to explore these amazing destinations, our fleet of eight luxury yachts and phinisi ships are based in several locations – in Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo National Park, as well as at Plataran Menjangan in West Bali National Park, and Plataran Mutiara Deck at Pantai Mutiara Jakarta – each equipped with its own private jetty to provide utmost privacy and convenience for our guests.

Experience a private, intimate and unforgettable day trip or luxury liveaboard experience aboard Plataran Private Cruises, equipped to make your journey exceptional with luxury cabins, full kitchen facilities, and the warm pampering of our able and experienced crews.

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Plataran Phinisi Felicia Scheduled Liveaboard 2018

Make your onboard dream come true with Plataran Private Cruises Liveaboard Experience – the most authentic way to explore the surrounding islands of Flores.

Day 1 Waecicu – Rinca – Kalong Island

Day 2 Komodo – Pink Beach – Waecicu
Day 3 Kanawa – Sabolon Island – Labuan Bajo