Christiane Doris Wasfy: For the Love of Tourism

Christiane Doris Wasfy, general manager of Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya, has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. NOW! Jakarta spoke to her about her passion for the tourism and hospitality industry and her thoughts on tourism in Surabaya. Christiane Doris Wasfy, general manager of Hotel Ciputra World Surabaya. Photo courtesy of

We Don’t Need No Education

Theez dayz edukashun trewly is a compleet waist of time. Don’t need lern proper english anymore cz we can abbreviate and every1 undrstds anywy. Don’t need maths cz we hv calculatirs. Don’t need histarey, jeografy or syence cuz we hv Google. So y r we still sending are kids to skool? Search Engine is the

An Enhanced Culinary Experience with Traveloka Eats

Online travel booking platform, Traveloka, recently introduced a new application which helps users explore culinary spots around a city, which it believes will make it easier for tourists and locals to plan their dining experiences. Vita Datau Mesakkh, Head of Acceleration Team for The Development of Culinary and Shopping Tourism of the Ministry of Tourism

Enjoy Jakarta

Many years ago I undertook a very serious study for Jakarta City Government : to find out what visitors to the city, and the organisations which welcome them: hotels, restaurants, airlines, travel agents, etc. thought were the main strengths and weakness of the city. We polled 2,000 hotel guests in 4 and 5 star hotels,

Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat or an Opportunity?

Whenever I hear the words “artificial intelligence” I immediately think of Donald Trump. He has all the traits you would expect to find in an intelligent person, but you can tell that he’s not. However, I’m afraid the reality of “artificial intelligence” could be even worse than having an orange charlatan in the White House.

After Surabaya, What Lies Ahead?

The response to a string of attacks across Indonesia in May is commendable but do these attacks signal a worrying new direction for the country. The directors, management and staff at PT Phoenix Communications regret the tragic incidents around Indonesia in May and extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved families. We also wish those

Ambassador of Turkey to Indonesia H.E. Sander Gurbuz Speaks About Turkish Connection in the Country

Relations between Indonesia and Turkey date back centuries. In recent years, the bond has been strengthened thanks to several bilateral agreements. Ambassador of Turkey to Indonesia H.E. Sander Gurbuz. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOW!JAKARTA NOW! Jakarta spoke to Ambassador H.E. Sander Gurbuz about the special relationship and how the cultural connections between the two Muslim-majority countries

Fatness and Fitness as Health Issue in an Era of Urbanisation

It seems to me as a casual observer that there is a health crisis here in Jakarta. I may be wrong but to my untrained eyes at least 50 per cent of the population is overweight, some very overweight! Is it true? Well, perhaps there are statistics but I haven’t found them yet. Now fatness,

Religious Geotourism Connects Religion and Science

Religious beliefs dictate that certain sites and structures have been around since the beginning of time, formed from geological formations, and written into the various holy books and considered spiritual spaces. There is also considered sacred among the pious, have increased in popularity and are classified “religious geotourism’ by the travel industry. Geoscientists Rovicky Dwi

Now, A Guide to Deciphering the Ecosystem of Startup Companies

The “Insiders’ Guide to Jakarta Startups”, which was developed as a guide for aspiring entrepreneurs who are interested in joining the burgeoning startup ecosystem, was officially released on 6 June. Dila Karinta and Bettina Herz launched the book “Insiders’ Guide to Jakarta Startups” as the guide entrepreneurs who want to develop startup in Jakarta. Photo

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