Expect more crowds in Bali’s surf….plus, we get Vimeo back soon

In case you missed this news items, President Jokowi’s new administration announced tourists from five countries will no longer require visas (the start date still vague).

From Jakarta Post:

“The government will waive visa requirements for the citizens of several countries in a bid to attract 20 million tourists by 2020.

“Based on the coordination meeting result, there will be five countries; Australia, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea, which are to be granted visa-free access by the government,” Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo said in Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.”

So expect a bunch more of our frozen brethren from the north. Surf schools, rejoice!

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Tired of clicking on a surf video link and getting this pop up?

vimeo block

The popular video sharing site Vimeo (and particularly popular with Indonesia’s artist community) was blocked by the previous Minister of Anti-pornography who claimed Vimeo was hosting nude stuff (but sources said the Minister was upset at a Vimeo video accusing a political party colleague of corruption).

Anyways, the new Minister has announced that Vimeo will soon be back on line.

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