Ministry of Tourism hosted a cultural night in the tourism promotion entitled “Wonderful Indonesia Night 2016” in Hefei City, Anhui Province, China. The Indonesian cultural performance took place in The Grand Theater of Anhui, Saturday (Apr. 16). This information was obtained from the Ministry of Tourism in Jakarta, Sunday (Apr. 17). With the capacity of
Ministry of Tourism hosted a cultural night in the tourism promotion entitled “Wonderful Indonesia Night 2016” in Hefei City, Anhui Province, China. The Indonesian cultural performance took place in The Grand Theater of Anhui, Saturday (Apr. 16). This information was obtained from the Ministry of Tourism in Jakarta, Sunday (Apr. 17).
With the capacity of 1,631 seats, the modern building established in 1986 was fully occupied by visitors. The Indonesian cultural night in Anhui was filled with performances of five dancers from the Bunaken Dance Studio, Manado. Besides, the dancers of the Indonesian children born and living in China were also quite entertaining.
Their dance seemed to strengthen the promotional video of the Wonderful Indonesia in many regions. Bunaken and Straight Valley, Minangkabau presented typical plate dance. Batavian dance, Papuan dance and Javanese dance came with strong medley. Besides, it was featured some folk songs and angklung gamelan music played along with the entire audience. Multimedia illustration also drew special attention of the visitors.
Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, at the event said that Indonesia-China bilateral diplomacy established in April 13, 1950 is still well maintained. Back to 611 years ago, Admiral Cheng Ho led a goodwill cruise named “Maritime Silk Road” becoming the forerunner of good relations between the two countries. In addition, in 2013, Chinese government implemented the one belt one road policy in the international relations denoting the maritime silk route of the 21st century.
“I have met the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Talib Rivai. This UN agency has agreed to popularize the Chinese business initiatives with the concept of one belt one road. It ends up to Indonesia,” said the minister. Hefei city, said Arief, is one of the most important cities in China’s international relations policy with the term Silk Road. The strip becomes a cultural center to have discussion, share and build principle, strengthen international exchanges and increase diplomacy in a higher and deeper level of regional cooperation.
Deputy Governor of Anhui, Chen Shulong, has also agreed to the policy in the last meeting with the entourage of the Ministry of Tourism. The Indonesia-China art collaboration seems to have become a revived old tradition. The target of foreign tourists to Indonesia in 2016 amounts to 12 million people where 5.4 million people of them are estimated to come and enjoy the culinary treasures.
Chinese tourist visit is targeted to reach 2.1 million people. In 2015, their number reached 1,121,066 people, an increase of 16.87 percent from 2014. Until February, the visit of Chinese travelers was recorded to reach 267,934 people. In 2016, the government has exempted from the obligation of having visit visa for tourism need to Indonesia for 169 countries, including China. (BTN/ant)