The Indonesian Pavilion
Posted on 1 Feb 2013 15:01
While at the Messe Berlin Hall Exhibition Hall itself, situated in Hall 26A, the Indonesian Pavilion has taken 542 square meters of space.
In the morning of 6 March, Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, HE Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu will officially declare the Indonesian Pavilion open.
Highlighting the Indonesian pavilion at its entrance will be a huge traditional Bugis Sulawesi Phinisi schooner, proof of Indonesia’s centuries’ old love for sailing the wide oceans, skillful seamanship as well as the long culture of caring for a sustained marine environment.
Until this very day, building of these sturdy and majestic phinisi boats can still be seen along the Bulukumba and Bira beaches in South Sulawesi. Here mastercraftsmen construct these wooden boats following the tried and true unwritten tradition and knowledge that have been handed down through the generations.
Today phinisi boats are still used for inter-island transportation of cargo to small and remote islands, or are converted into liveaboards for divers to sail to the fabulous Raja Ampat, Bunaken, Derawan, and the Komodo and Wakatobi National Parks in Eastern Indonesia.
Dancers from Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi will also perform the Pakarena dance that is normally danced only for royal guests.
In the Indonesian Pavilion, officials from Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, officials from the provinces of Bali, West Sumatra, East Kalimantan, Bangka-Belitung, North Sulawesi, Papua and Jakarta will all be on hand to provide information on the provinces’ many attractions, tourism developments and investment opportunities, as well as answer any questions from the trade and the public.
At the same time, 91 companies, (see complete list below) hailing from many parts of the Indonesian archipelago and offering all tourism services, will be ready to make Business to Business contacts with German and other international tour operators, airlines, and worldwide travel industry.
They will also be only too pleased to answer questions from the public on family holidays in Indonesia, from Luxurious Resorts to diving with turtles and manta rays, surf the large wave-barrels of Nias or Bali, to adventure tours meeting Orangutans at Tanjung Puting in Central Kalimantan, get close to the Komodo dragons, or climb the rugged volcanos of Mt.Rinjani on Lombok to scaling the heights of Mt. Bromo in East Java.
Indonesia’s own Garuda Indonesia has also taken a special booth next to the main Indonesian Pavilion to serve the travel industry and the public with international flights to and from Indonesia, or for domestic flights to multiple destinations.
And, after a busy day of business and searching for best holiday destinations, visitors to the Indonesian Pavilion are invited to experience a soothing massage. The Sari Ayu Spa will present Indonesia’s famous Spa treatment using traditional aromatic spices that have for centuries beautified the ladies of the courts of Bali,Yogyakarta and Solo.
In Hall 4.1 Indonesian companies will offer Adventure Tours, carrying the theme “Mangrove and Responsible Tourism and Waterland”
The Accor hotels chain will also host a coctail party at the Global Booth in Hall 9, presenting the rapid development of Accor hotels throughout the Indonesian islands.
While, at the Indonesian Press Conference on 7 March, Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, H.E.Dr. Mari Pangestu together with CEO Accor world wide and CEO Garuda Indonesia Airlines will present Wonderful Indonesia as the World’s Heart of Wonders.
With such a large diversity to offer for you, your family and loved ones, fabulous and unforgettable holiday, we invite you to visit us at ITB Berlin this March 2013 to plan now for a fabulous and unforgettable holiday in Wonder Indonesia.
Check out www.indonesia.travel for the latest updates on News, events and attractions during Indonesia’s presence at ITB Berlin 2013.