Indonesian government will invite five foreign bloggers on a round trip to Yogyakarta and Bali as part of the Pesta Blogger 2008. The bloggers are from the United States, China/Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia. The blogging trip is a novel activity for the Pesta Blogger, the largest national-scale bloggers’ gathering in Indonesia. The five bloggers would start their trip in Bali on November 17 before going to Yogyakarta and Jakarta.
Chairman of Pesta Blogger 2008, Wicaksono told me that the Committee is now still seeking the foreign bloggers who will be invited to the party. Travel and culinary bloggers might be top priority, I guess.
The first Pesta Blogger last year attracted more than 500 bloggers and blogging enthusiasts from all across Indonesia. This year, according to Wicaksono, the Committee is expecting to double the number of participants to 1,000.
On last year’s Pesta Blogger, The Minister of Communications and Informatics of The Republic of Indonesia, Muhammad Nuh, also declared the day (Oct 27) as National Bloggers’ Day. Unfortunately, for one or another reason, Pesta Blogger 2008 failed to be held on the same date.
Supported by US Embassy in Indonesia as the main sponsor, the event will be held on Saturday (November 22) in the BPPT II building on Jl M.H. Thamrin, Central Jakarta.
Terms and Conditions
Supported by Indonesian Ministry of Cultural and Tourism, we would like to invite several international bloggers from any country to come and have a trip to three cities (Bali, Jogjakarta, Jakarta) in Indonesia leading to the event.
We are looking for bloggers (travel bloggers) that can post their experience, photos, people they meet, basically blogging about Indonesia and Indonesian people, and join the event.
The period for this trip is between Nov 17 – Nov 22 2009 and this is the itinerary:
The blogging trip schedule is as follows:
- Denpasar, Bali (Mon, Nov 17 – Tue, Nov 18)
- Jogjakarta (Wed, Nov 19 – Thu, Nov 20)
- Jakarta (Fri, Nov 21 – Sat, Nov 22)
All expenses for this trip (transportation, accomodation, F&B, etc.) will be covered by Pesta Blogger 2008 and The Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
If you are a travel blogger (or a blogger who habitually writes about travel/tourism) from Singapore, Malaysia, China/HongKong, Australia, and USA and is interested to participate in this program, all you need to do is to send us an email containing your:
- full name (as written on your passport),
- country of origin,
- phone number,
- email address,
- blog URL, and
- a short paragraph on why you’d like to participate in this blogging trip.
Don’t forget to put PB08-BLOGGING TRIP as the subject of your email.
We will wait for your email until October 22, 2008, and we’ll announce the 5 selected participants on October 24, 2008 through pestablogger.com. [UPDATE: the Chairman Wicaksono told me they will wait until the first week of November]
Throughout the trip, you’ll be expected to blog about Indonesia as a travel destination and the cultural heritage of the country as well as the interaction you’ll be having with local bloggers’ communities in Denpasar, Jogjakarta, and Jakarta. The trip will end up with the Pesta Blogger event in Jakarta, on Saturday, Nov 22, 2008.
For further information please contact: Enda Nasution. | Email: enda.nst at gmail.com | YM: enda_001 | +62 813 9487 1625
UPDATE (November 17, 2008). Here is the successful bloggers who invited to Indonesia and already arrived in Bali.
- Jeff Ooi (Malaysia)
- Mr. Brown (Singapore)
- Anthony Bianco (Australia)
- Michael Aquino (Philippines)
- Mark Tafoya (USA)
Congratulations! See you soon in Jakarta!