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Sails in the Sunset

North Bali No Longer Part of Sail Indonesia Program

(9/23/2012) Pantai Lovina on Bali’s northern shore in the regency of Buleleng is no longer on the itinerary of the Sail Indonesia 2012 yachting regatta.

According to the State News Agency Antara, the contract including Lovina on the archipelagic-spanning course ended in 2011.

The chief of the Culture and Tourism Office for Buleleng, Jro Ketut Warkadea, said: “In addition to the expiration of the contract with Love Indonesia Foundation (Yayasan Cinta Indonesia) who operate the event, we have also not received an allocation to operate Sail Indonesia from the State Budget (APBN).”

For the past three consecutive years, Lovina Beach in North Bali was included among the ports-of-call for ‘Sail Indonesia’ yachting participants who commence an extended visit to Indonesia from the port of Darwin, Australia.

Although unsuccessful in hosting Sail Indonesia, Buleleng has invited Yayasan Cinta Indonesia to operate “Festival Lovina” in mid-October 2012.

Festival Lovina has received financial support from the Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy in the amount of Rp. 100 million (US$10,500) to be supplemented with an equal amount from the Buleleng Regency’s budget.

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