25 Aug 2016
Indonesia became one of 200 participating countries of Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB) Berlin. Wednesday, March 11th on 10.00 a.m. local time, Director General of Marketing of the Ministry for Culture and Tourism, Sapta Nirwandar, officially inaugurated Indonesian pavilion at ITB Berlin.
Attending the event were Deputy of Indonesian Ambassador in Berlin Wajiz Fauzi, Director of International Marketing of the Ministry for Culture and Tourism Prof. Gde Pitana, Chairman of Bali Tourism Board (BTB) I.B. Ngurah Wijaya, house member Yusuf Supendi, and a number of involved stakeholders of Indonesian hotel industry and travel agents.
Sapta Nirwandar said that Indonesian involvement in ITB Berlin was intended to introduce Indonesia in international tourism map. ITB Berlin was cosidered the worl’d largest tourism event. Relevant to the theme of Visit Indonesia Year 2009, Indonesia inroduced MICE and marine tourism potentials. “We will continuously develop new tourism products based on natural resource and cultural heritage we have”, said Sapta.
BaliPost reporter Gregorious Rusmanda who was appointed to cover the event informed that Indonesian involvement in ITB Berlin this year was the 29th time. What made the event special was that at the same time with the event, Indonesia received awards from two international institutions, The Best Destination in Asia from Go Asia magazine, and The Best Spa Destination in The World 2009 for Bali from Senses International magazine. “These expresses international appreciation for us and motivate us to continuously improve services and quality of our tourism products”, Sapta continued.
During the inauguration ceremony, delagation from Bali got an opportunity to present its dancers. Two dancers from Bali, IGA Sri Widianingsih and IA Cahya Sugiantari performed Sekar Jagat dance which received significant admiration from ITB visitors. A number of traditional performances such as the one from Sumatra were also performed. Occupying a plot of 540 square meters, Indonesian pavilion was among the most representative ones.
Deputy of Indonesian Ambassador for Germany, Wajiz Fauzi, said that in 2008 there were 130,000 German tourist visiting Indonesia, a significant increase from only 118,000 in the previous year. Both Sapta and Wajiz hoped that global financial crisis would not make significant impact to tourism industry.
Tourism practitioners from hotel industry and travel agents expecially those associated in Bali Village were doing their best to get the maximum benefit from the event in marketing their products.