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Thursday, October 25, 2012



Photo caption: Yanty Siregar, Sydney Station Manager, Garuda Indonesia, Beverly Malzard, President ASTW and Kirk Wong, Senior Marketing & Media Executive, Garuda Indonesia pictured at the Garuda Indonesia check-in at Sydney Airport.

Sydney, AUSTRALIA, 25 October 2012: Indonesia is the focus for Australia's travel writing community this week, with around 70 members of the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) travelling to Lombok for the organisation's Annual General Meeting and Awards nights on Saturday, October 27.

Garuda Indonesia, the airline of Indonesia, Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO) and the Accor hotel group are the major sponsors of the event, which also includes pre- and post-conference familiarisation tours to all corners of Indonesia.

Bagus Y. Siregar, Vice President for Garuda Indonesia Australia and SWP said: "We're looking forward to showcasing our home of Indonesia and the beautiful island of Lombok.

"It was a natural fit for Garuda Indonesia to partner with ASTW and take its AGM to Indonesia especially as our vast domestic route network and visa-onboard services make it very easy and convenient to explore the largest archipelago in the world.

"It's also important that we showcase Indonesia as a viable stopover option for travel on our worldwide network covering Asia Pacific, Europe, The Middle East, Africa and North America," continues Mr. Siregar.

Bev Malzard, President, Australian Society of Travel Writers said: "It is very exciting for the Australian Society of Travel Writers to be heading to Lombok, which is part of the Lessa Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. Our members will stay at the stunning Novotel Lombok on the southern shore of Lombok Island - the perfect base to discover this unspoilt destination.

"We are privileged indeed to be hosted by Garuda, Indonesian Tourism and Novotel Lombok and are looking forward to a successful and rewarding annual general meeting, the travel writing awards and the fun side of the destination."

The program will end with the ASTW Gala Awards Dinner which will be attended by up to 100 ASTW members and sponsors representing Australia's top travel media outlets and PR organisations. A post AGM familiarisation will take off to Yogyakarta on the Sunday, October 28.


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