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Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires

Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Wednesday that emergency alerts in Riau and South Sumatra provinces on the island of Sumatra and West and Central Kalimantan on Borneo will make it easier to mobilize fire-fighting operations and support from the central government. The agency said satellites have detected 90 “hotspots” or fires across Indonesia, with the biggest numbers in West and Central Kalimantan. Pontianak, the capital of…

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News: Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali opens to guests in Indonesia

A second Wyndham Hotels & Resorts flag has risen in Bali with the opening of Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali. The upscale 177-room resort is located near Dreamland Beach, one of Bali’s most idyllic hidden coves. Living up to its name, Dreamland Beach is framed by dramatic limestone cliffs that hug the rugged coastline of the southern Bukit Peninsula. Characterised by glorious stretches of white sand, breath-taking sunsets and some of Bali’s most iconic surf breaks, it is little wonder that this slice of heaven is now home to Wyndham Hotel…

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Diphtheria deaths in Indonesia spark immunization campaign

Indonesia is immunizing millions of children and teenagers against diphtheria after the disease killed 38 people, mostly children, since January. Children in school uniforms and toddlers clinging to their parents received shots at a high school in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, on the first day of the campaign Monday. Diphtheria is a bacterial disease that can cause breathing difficulties, heart failure and paralysis. It was more or less eradicated in Indonesia in the 1990s but health officials say it has re-emerged in the past four years because immunization rates have dropped,…

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News: Wyndham unveils plans for Lombok Sundancer Resort, Indonesia

Wyndham Hotel Group’s growth continues with the strategic expansion of its upscale Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brand into Indonesia’s spectacular Lombok Island, scheduled for opening in mid-2018. The all-suite Wyndham Lombok Sundancer Resort is being developed by PT Wisata Bahagia Indonesia under a management agreement with PT Wyndham Hotel Management, an Indonesian subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group. The signing follows Wyndham’s recent announcement of five newly acquired managed hotels under the upscale Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brand and upper-upscale Wyndham Grand brands in Bali and Palembang in Indonesia. The company…

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News: Vietnam Airlines expands codeshare deal with Garuda Indonesia

Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen cooperation between the two airlines. The deal focuses on a codeshare partnership, services, maintenance, repair, and overhaul, and cargo. The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of general secretary of Vietnam Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Indonesia. With the deal signed today by Duong Tri Thanh, president, Vietnam Airlines, and Pahala Mansury, president, Garuda Indonesia, the two airlines seek to expand their current codeshare partnership. The new arrangement will cover the following routes: Hanoi-Ho…

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News: InterContinental Hotels Group signs on for dual-brand property in Bintan, Indonesia

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a dual-brand management agreement with PT. Graha Agung Indahsentosa to debut two hotels in Bintan, Indonesia. Set to open in 2019, the new-build Holiday Inn Resort Bintan Lagoi Beach and Hotel Indigo Bintan Lagoi Beach will be situated in the prime Lagoi Bay area. Each hotel will feature unique offerings that appeal to a diverse pool of travellers. Designed to reflect the local culture, character, and history of the surrounding neighbourhood, the Hotel Indigo brand offers a stylish and inspiring boutique experience with the quality…

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