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Indonesia at Messe Berlin 2013

posted_on 1 Feb 2013 14:57

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As Official Partner Country of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin , - or more familiarly known as ITB Berlin, - Indonesia will be strongly featured not only around the venue at Messe Berlin but also around the German Capital City itself.


ITB Berlin, recognized as the world’s largest travel trade expo, will take place for five days at the Messe Berlin International Convention Center from 6 – 10 March, with three days for the trade, and the weekend open to the public.


Indonesia is the first Asian country named Official Partner of this collosal Fair. ITB Berlin 2013 is estimated to attract more than 170,000 visitors, among whom are already confirmed, some 113,000 trade visitors and 11,000 exhibitors from 180 countries.


Participating for the 45th time since 1967, Indonesia has continued to play a significant role at ITB throughout the years. Huge baliho’s, balloons and banners around Messe Berlin will call the attention of the thousands of world’s travel industry present, the media and the public, to the many attractions of the Indonesian archipelago , with velotaxis carrying the logo of Wonderful Indonesia wherever they ply.


Indonesia’s President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to be present at ITB to attend the Opening Ceremony of ITB 2013 on 5 March, which is also scheduled to be graced by German Chancellor H.E. Angela Merkel, Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, H.E.Dr. Mari Pangestu, Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, President and CEO of ITB Berlin, Raimund Hosch, and over 4,500 distinguished invitees, delegates and members of the press.


As co-host of the Opening Dinner, Indonesia’s cultural troupes from a number of provinces, musicians as well as masterchefs from Indonesia will be specially flown in to provide that exquisite Indonesian atmosphere and warm hospitality to the Opening Dinner.


Guests and Delegates to the Opening Dinner will be warmly welcomed by traditional dancers from Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and the fabled island of Bali, who will perform Indonesia’s dramatic and colorful dances and music. Dancers from the province of Aceh will perform the highly synchronized Saman Dance, a UNESCO Intangible World Cultural Heritage.


Meanwhile, Indonesian masterchefs will be preparing special Indonesian cuisine, among which the highly popular Beef Rendang, - voted most popular dish in the world by cnngo followers - beef and chicken satay skewers, Indonesian nasi goreng, and special desserts. Then topping off the unforgettable evening will be the country’s specially flown in aromatic Arabica coffee from the highlands of Toraja in South Sulawesi, the highlands of Gayo in Aceh, as well as from Bali, Flores and Lampung coffee.


Meantime, at the Humboldt Box Museum, the public will be able to enjoy a unique exhibition of Indonesia’s intricate traditional hand-woven cloths and batik from around the archipelago, the private collection of Indonesia’s First Lady, Ani Yudhoyono.