A large number of guests were delighted to witness the Indonesian traditional melodious music display during the Cultural Show and Dinner on Wednesday the 16th December, 2009 at the premises of the Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi.
This event was a part of Indonesian Consulate efforts to promote Indonesian Tourist Destinations and Culture to further strengthen the bonds of friendship between Indonesia and Pakistan through cultural event and give Pakistanis glimpses of Indonesia’s rich and diversified cultural heritage. This Cultural Show was attended by a large number of Sindh based Business Community, Tour Operators, Artists, Government Officials and Elite of the City, who fully enjoyed with the Music, Cultural Performances and delicious Indonesian and Pakistani Cuisines.
The event opened with Puspawresti dance from fabulous Bali Island. The dance was to welcome guests, presented by Indonesian and Pakistani students in elaborate make up and burning pink, black and gold Costumes. While other dances such as Tari Piring, Bajidor Kahot, Tanjung Katung, Ronggeng Blantek, Wira Pertiwi and Sajojo highlighted the wealth of colorful Costumes and garments used in the many islands of Indonesia.
This promotional program was held in three separate parts; the first part was started with a Seminar on Exploring Indonesian Tourist Destinations with Pakistani and Indonesian Travel Experts in Jakarta followed by a visit of the Tour Operators to Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta and third part of the program was a Cultural Show on the 16th December, 2009 in the premises of the Indonesian Consulate General.
Acting Consul General Mr. Trigustono Supriyanto in his welcome remarks said that the cultural show reflects the distinct cultural diversity of Indonesia that brings together Indonesian talent and its traditions. Acting Consul General further said that the Consulate General also arranged a week’s visit of the Pakistani Tour Operators to Indonesia on 15-21 November 2009. The purpose of this visit was to promote Indonesian Tourism as a decent leisure destination as well as to boost the relationship of Pakistani Travel Experts with the Indonesian Travel Experts.
Pakistan is a potential Industry for the Indonesian Tourism Industry. The number of Pakistani tourists to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand exceed 100,000. No doubt these countries have been trying their best in promoting tourism by providing wide range of information through Print and electronic Media. On the other hand Indonesia is still struggling in this sector. The numbers of Pakistani Tourists to Indonesia are only 3,000 per annum. The purpose of this program was to give awareness to Pakistani Tour Operators on the potential tourist destinations in Indonesia. This program was also aimed to seek ways to increase number of tourists from Pakistan to visit Indonesia and vice versa.
This promotional program begins with a Seminar with the Tourism Board, Inbound and Outbound Travel Agents, The Hotel Association on the topic “Exploring Indonesian Tourist Destinations with Pakistani and Indonesian Travel Experts”, held at Aryaduta Hotel, Jakarta on November 16, 2009. Mr. Mohammad Asruchin, Director, South and Central Asia Affairs, in his opening address said that Pakistani and Indonesian Travel Experts can avail the enormous potential available between both the countries and can boost tourism. Director of Marketing Development of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Mr. Syamsul Lusa in his address explained the Indonesian Tourism opportunities and challenges. He said that by introducing tour packages and arranging tourist events and services, Indonesia and Pakistan can enhance their tourism sector bilaterally. Addressing the Seminar, Acting Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia said that the aim of holding such meeting is to take the opportunity to explore Indonesian Tourist Destinations and to introduce cheap and clear packages. Mr. Trigustono said that we hope through this direct communication between the Tour Operators of both the brotherly countries would provide a solid platform of mutual cooperation in the field of tourism Industry.
After the Seminar, a group of Pakistani Tour Operators visited the interesting tourism destinations in Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta. At the end of their visit, the Pakistani Delegation described the Indonesian Tourism Destinations as the most varied and diversified Tourist Destinations, the Indonesian Tourism Industry has the full capability to compete with any International Tourism Industry. “Impeccable Indonesia, next destination for tourists from Pakistan”, this statement was given by the Pakistani Tour Operators on the conclusion of their visit to Indonesia and in fact the Indonesian cultural show brought home the realization that strengthening bilateral relations between nations yield better results if the cultural route is taken. (Source – Indonesian Consulate – Karachi).