Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has slashed the budget for hosting festivals and events to promote Jakarta next year by nearly 60 percent, alleging markups and inefficient spending, and had instructed the tourism agency to spend more on renovating museums instead, the Jakarta Globe reports. The Jakarta Tourism and Culture Agency spent more than Rp 1.2 trillion ($87.7 million) to host a series of festivals in 2014, the bulk of which went toward renting venues and hiring event organizers.
Planning your vacation? Emirates announced its plans for a second gateway in Istanbul with the launch of a daily service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport, beginning 15th December, 2015. The new service complements Emirates’ existing 11 weekly flights to Ataturk Airport, offering even more convenience for both inbound and outbound travelers. Located on the rapidly-developing Asian side of Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen doesn’t only offer a fresher travel experience with shorter processing times, but also easier access to the city’s new financial centre as well as to popular outlet malls and thermal spas in the vicinity. Passengers heading to the European side can also take advantage of regular coaches that operate between Sabiha Gokcen and Taksim Square every half hour, taking approximately 45 minutes.
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