WASHINGTON (March 4, 2009)—A new edition of National Geographic Traveler magazine has launched in Indonesia, broadening the international reach of the world’s most widely read travel magazine to 13 local-language editions. The Bahasa Indonesia edition, which debuted in January, is published by Kompas Gramedia Group, a Jakarta-based publishing group that publishes both National Geographic magazine in Indonesia and the country’s largest newspaper, Kompas.
Editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler Indonesia is Tantyo Bangun, a documentary filmmaker and photographer, who also edits National Geographic magazine. Published under license from the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., each issue of National Geographic Traveler Indonesia will adhere to the core principles of the U.S. edition — culture, authenticity and sustainability — while also exhibiting a unique local editorial flavor. The Bahasa Indonesia edition features about 40 percent of the English-language-edition content and 60 percent new editorial material.
Local-language editions of National Geographic Traveler are also available in China, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland, Slovenia, Latin America, Armenia, Czech Republic, Croatia and Romania.
“National Geographic Traveler tells incomparable stories about the peoples and places of the world. Leading with an insider’s perspective, we emphasize the intrinsic flavor of each place we cover,” said Keith Bellows, editor of National Geographic Traveler.
In addition to the Bahasa Indonesia editions of National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Traveler magazine, the National Geographic Channel also is available in Indonesia, on four pay-TV platforms: Indovision, First Media, Telkomvision and Indosat. Additionally, the Nat Geo Adventure channel is available on First Media, Telkomvision and Indosat.
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