As many as 432 international tourists from Europe and America set foot on the charming capital of Central Java, Semarang, on Monday, 7th January 2013 when Panama’s cruise ship MV Minerva made port at the Tanjung Emas harbor at the start of the Visit Central Java Year 2013.
Upon arrival at the Samudera (Ocean) Pier, the tourists were given a warm welcome by officials from the office of Culture and Tourism of the city of Semarang, and of the province of Central Java, and were also presented with a captivating traditional Javanese dance performance. Head of the office of Culture and Tourism of Central Java Province, Prasetyo Aribowo stated that the arrival of the international tourists from MV Minerva forms the start of the Visit Central Java 2013 program. “There are nine other cruise ships scheduled to make port in Tanjung Emas Harbor this year” he added as reported in www.kompas.com.
A number of tourists took the time to explore the beauty of Semarang which is rich with heritage sites such as the old city complex, the Sam Poo Kong Temple, the Ronggowarsito temple, and Vihara Mahavira. Others took the trip to the magnificent Borobudur Temple, the Tlogo Plantation, and the Railroad Museum of Ambarawa.
Prasetyo commented that although Borobudur remains the main reason why tourists visit Central Java, there are still plenty of other attractive destinations that can be offered to international tourists within the Central Java province itself. One of these being carefully prepared is the cultural city of Solo, rich in cultural and natural attractions such as the royal Palace of Surakarta, the Pura Mangkunegaran palace, and the Pre-historic Museum of Sangiran. Central Java is the heartland of the highly sophisticated ancient Javanese culture.
The Visit Central Java Year 2013 and the beauty and culture of Central Java were also prominently promoted in the “Wonderful Indonesia” float that won the President’s Trophy at the world renowned Pasadena Rose Parade in California, USA on 1 January 2013.
The Minerva, weighing 12,449 GT (Gross Tonnage) and measuring at 437 feet or approximately 133 meters in length previously called on the town of Cirebon in West Java, and is scheduled to continue her journey to the fabled island of Bali.
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