Indonesia’s President Yudhoyono officiates at ITB 2013 Opening with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Monday, 4 March 2013 | 1910

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono left Jakarta Sunday 3 March for a week long State Visit to both Germany and Hungary.


The visit to Germany was on invitation of German President Joachim Gauch, the president told the press.  During his visit to the German Federal Republic, the President and attending Ministers will follow up the Jakarta Declaration that was agreed upon during the visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel to Jakarta last year, said President Yudhoyono.


On the agenda are eight focal points to boost bilateral cooperation, including economic matters, education, research and technology, health, and security. Additionally there will be disucssions on food security, energy and transportation.


During the visit to Germany, President Yudhoyono will, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, officiate the Grand Opening of ITB Berlin 2013 on 5 March, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show. Indonesia is this year’s ITB Official Partner Country.


At Halim Perdanakusumah Airport in Jakarta before his departure, President Yudhoyono said that with this opportunity he intends to strongly promote tourism to Indonesia, considering that compared to our neighbours, Singapore and Thailand and also China, Indonesia still lags behind in tourism arrivals.  


As Partner Country, Indonesia has prepared an elaborate Opening Night to welcome some 4,500 invitees that include dignitaries and decision makers of the world’s travel and tourism industry. Special cultural teams have been flown to Berlin to enthral the audience with dances and music from Aceh to Papua, both traditional and modern. While a sumptuous dinner awaits at the end of the presentation that will include Padang beef rendang, Satay, and a host of culinary dishes. Masterchefs from Indonesia have been especially flown in to prepare the evening meal.


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