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14
May

Mosaic of Indonesia

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Regional government of South Bengkulu, Bengkulu province will develop Rafflesia flower tourism to attract the interest of tourists to visit the region. Head of Tourism Office, South Bengkulu regency, Yulian Fauzi di Manna, explained on Saturday that Natural Resources Conservation Center has found three locations where Rafflesia flower appears, namely Padang Lebar and Kemang Manis village which is the habitat of Rafflesia Bengkuluensis, and Palau Lebar village which is the habitat of Rafflesia Arnoldi. Yulian said that there are 2 locations of Amorphophallus titanium habitat. He viewed that with the discovery of the 3 locations of Rafflesia’s habitats, the prospect of tourism development in South Bengkulu is expected to run smoothly. Rafflesia flower blooms any season. The flower can become interesting tourism destination. According to  Yulian Fauzi, his office is committed to developing tourism of Rafflesia flower in South Bengkulu, because it is the existence of not only other flora, but also history of the discovery of Rafflesia flower.

Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan was accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla to open 18th Asian Games 2018 Parade at national monument –Monas on Sunday (13/5). On the occasion, Governor Anies said that Jakarta is ready to hold Asian Games 2018. H also said that 99 percent of the Asian Games preparation is finished. He views that there are 3 components which make Jakarta administration focuses on the event, namely the implementation, facility and achievement. On the implementation aspect, Jakarta administration has conducted assignment from the central government such as providing equestrian, velodrome, BMX field, and training center for the athletes. The Governor also coordinated with association of shopping center to welcome the athletes who want to buy souvenirs of domestic products.

Rhino Kites Festival in Special Economic Zone of Tanjung Lesung tourism in Banten is concrete form to preserve Indonesian culture. Rhino Kites Festival is an evidence of cultural preservation of Indonesian nation, which must be developed to be innovative product to have economic value. This was stated by initiator of Indonesian Kite Museum, Endang Ernawati on the sidelines of the event on Sunday. She explained that Indonesian people must be proud of traditional kites because one of the products of Indonesian culture becomes primadona in the international kite festival. Meanwhile, Managing Director of PT Banten West Java & Chief of OC, Rully Lasahido said that Rhino Kites Festival is the socialization of great event of Rhino Cross Triathlon 2018. Rhino Kites Festival is part of Rhino Cross Triathlon 2018 event. The event consists of swimming competition, bicycle race and running-cross of the beauty and natural challenge of Tanjung Lesung to take place on September 29-30, 2018. As many as 24 participants participating in Rhino Kites Festival come from domestic and foreign countries such as the Netherlands, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, and Belgium. Around 100 kites are flown at Tanjung Lesung beach, marking official launching of Rhino Cross Triathlon.

14
May

Diplomatic Corner

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno LP Marsudi held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart from Brazil Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira in Bogor, West Java on last Friday (11/5). Both ministers also utilized the meeting to boost market access for Indonesian products in Latin America, such as fish, palm oil and rubber. In the meeting, the two ministers also discussed the effort to increase trade cooperation, agriculture and people-to-people contact through Visa Free Approval. In addition, the meeting also discussed issues of multilateral and regional cooperation which become mutual concern. 3 agreements signed by the two ministers are the exchanges of notes among the government of Indonesia and Republic of Brazil for ordinary passport holders, MoU of approval changes between Indonesia and Brazil on visa exemption for diplomatic and service passport, and there was also MoU of technical cooperation between the government of Indonesia and Republic of Brazil.

 

Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, Asman Abnur received the visit of South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia, Kim Chang-beom more recently. Minister Asman said that currently, South Korea has used many technology-based systems in running the wheels of the government; one of them is in public service. Minister Asman wants cooperation in public service later. He also said that the Indonesian government will keep trying to unite application of information technology which has been owned by the regional or central government. Meanwhile, South Korean Ambassador to  Indonesia, Kim Chang-beom expressed his support on Indonesia in this case the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform in applying e-government system. His office is ready to support the program which is being run by the Ministry.

Mercu Buana University signed Memorandum of Understanding with Tun Hussein Onn University of Malaysia on Thursday (10/5). The MoU emphasized cooperation with similar level which has been pioneered together, such as mentor along with PhD student and mutual international publication. This was stated by Head of International Cooperation and Innovation Center of Mercu Buana University, Prof. Darwin Sebayang. The two universities have also succeeded to have patent on product which is registered in Indonesia and Malaysia.

11
May

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Prior to the Cultural Week event of Kediri Regency 2018, businessmen of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises –UMKM continue to increase their products. An effort is believed to add attraction for the visitors in the near future. Khoirul Badiyah, a ribbon embroidered craftsman from Kediri Regency believes, by holding the local Women Farmer Group -KWT, the variety of ribbon embroidered products offered to the community will increasingly diverse. Khoirul Badiyah, during the training of Ribbon embroidery to dozens of KWT Candra Kirana members, in Kediri, Wednesday (9/5) said that from his training with KWT member Candra Kirana Kediri, she finally found many housewives who have natural talent of embroidery. The Organizer of Ribbon Embroidery Training, Yayuk said, in the future, the trainees will be invited as partners, to develop new capability in other products.

Djarum Foundation provides assistance of 1,000 gayam trees and trembesi trees to be planted in Rawa Pening Lake area, Semarang regency, Central Java. Vice President Director of Djarum Foundation FX Supanji in Ambarawa, Semarang regency, Central Java, on Thursday said, Gayam Tree belonging to the `Fabaceae` family, is a type of water conservation plant. Through the program "Djarum Trees for Life" (DFTL), there has been completed the planting of trembesi trees in Yogyakarta, Solo and Semarang (Joglosemar) along 261 km, centered in Ambarawa. According to Supanji, the planting of gayam trees will be done gradually by 35 community environmental activists in Rawa Pening. With the cultivation of gayam tree it is expected to maintain the availability of water in the long term priode. In addition to greening on the edge of the road infrastructure, DFTL also gives attention to the conservation of natural ecosystems in the area. In Ambarawa, the conservation effort takes place around Rawa Pening Lake, which is one of the largest natural lake, reaching over 2,500 hectares. The conservation effort is important, since Rawa Pening Lake is one of 15 lakes that enter into the lakes restoration priority in Indonesia.

Semarang City Government plans to build a Bridge Fountain with colorful fountain attractions, and will be the first Bridge Fountain in Indonesia. The project, which is part of Semarang City tourism improvement program, is estimated to cost of about 17 billion rupiah. The fountain bridge will be done on the West Flood Canal Bridge of Semarang City. The Bridge Fountain in some countries has become a magnet to attract tourists. For example Banpo Bridge Fountain in South Korea with Moonlight Rainbow Fountain performances are always hunted by tourists during they visit to Seoul. Mayor of Semarang, Hendrar Prihadi, said the project will be started in May and is targeted to be completed in November 2018. In 2011, there were only 2.1 million tourists per year coming to Semarang City. The amount was increased to 5.8 million per year in 2017. With the new tourist attraction in 2018 he expected that by 2019 the number of tourists who come to Semarang every year can reach more than 7 million tourists.

11
May

Special Economic Tourism Zone of Tanjung Lesung which is part of 10 Priority Tourism Destinations in Indonesia in cooperation with Indonesian Kite Museum will hold Rhino Kites Festival featuring 100 ornamental kites. Decorative kites with various designs to be flown on the coast of Tanjung Lesung mark the official moment of the launch of Rhino Cross Triathlon. This kite festival will be held on 12 - 13 May 2018. Rhino Kites Festival is a series of great event ‘Rhino Cross Triathlon’ (or Rhino X-Tri). This is the first cross triathlon open championship event in Indonesia, which consists of swimming contest, cycling race and running across the beauty and natural challenges of Tanjung Lesung on 29 - 30 September 2018. In this festival event, about 100 ornamental kites will be flown on the coast of Tanjung Lesung, marking the official moment of the launch of Rhino Cross Triathlon. Managing Director of PT. Banten West Java (Special Economic Zone of Tanjung Lesung Tourism Management) & Chief of Organizing Committee, Rully said that all visitors who will attend can watch the kite and follow the workshop of painting kites, flying kites and watching night kites. All these activities can be enjoyed by visitors for free. Meanwhile, the initiator of Indonesian Kite Museum, Endang Ernawati stated that the museum prepares a hundred ornamental kites with a variety of unique and fascinating forms ranging from animals, superheroes, and others. To welcome the Rhino Cross Triathlon which will be held , at Rhino Kite Festival in September, the visitors will also be able to see Genki triathlon kites, Gowes bikes and Rokkaku rhino and the presence of kite players from five countries, such as  Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Myanmar.

09
May

Diplomatic Corner

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Various kinds of Indonesian arts and cultures were introduced to thousands of Hiroshima people on Hiroshima Flower Festival (HFF) on May 3-5, 2018. Ponorogo regency and South Sumatera Provincial government sent Reog Ponorogo and Kemaro island dance troups to the event. Besides, Nawang Sekar dance from Central Java, Gemufamire from East Nusa Tenggara and Enggan dance from East Kalimantan and Angklung music from West Java were performed by groups of Indonesian Student Association in Hiroshima. Indonesia’s art and culture delegation led by deputy of Indonesian representative in Tokyo, Indonesian consulate general in Osaka and Ponorogo regency, was introduced to Hiroshima people through a parade on May 3rd. The uniqueness and typical form of Indonesian traditional cultures, especially Reog Ponorogo and dances from South Sumatera gained great attention, both during the parade or on the stage. During the event, Indonesia also promoted Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang and tourist destination in Palembang, the host of the big sport event in Asia, through exhibition As one of the contingents which will compete in the games, Japan is hoped to be one of the source of foreign tourist during Asian Games 2018 especially in Palembang. Indonesia’s participation in the event is to enliven the commemoration 60th year of Indonesia-Japan (1958-2018) Diplomatic relation.

Indonesian embassy in Tashkent keeps utilizing every chance to promote Indonesia to Uzbekistan people and other foreigners. Currently, the Indonesian embassy participated in the 16th Food Festival which was held by Department of Diplomatic Facility of Uzbekistan Foreign Affairs Ministry. Supported by warm and sunny weather, the festival which is meant to collect charity and took place at UzExpoCenter Tashkent  (5/5) flocked by many visitors. In the event, various kinds of Indonesian typical foods were also introduced to the visitors. The Indonesian ambassador to Uzbekistan, A. A. G. Alit Santhika hoped through culinary and culture promotion, Indonesia was able to attract Uzbekistan people to visit Indonesia, and can socialize the name of Indonesia to local people.

The existence of Indonesian delegation on the 24th International Maritime Pilot's Association (IMPA) has attracted the attention of Dakar port authority to cooperate in maritime sector. Held in Dakar starting from April 23-27 April, the conference attended by 600 participants, maritime professionals as well as experts from various countries in the world, among others Indonesia, Senegal, the Netherlands, Norway, Morocco, Poland and Mexico. Indonesian delegation was led by Capt. Pasoroan Herman Harianja, Chairman of Indonesian Maritime Pilots Association (INAMPA). Indonesian delegation also opened stand to promote MarineM products of PT. Innovez One which attracted the attention of the visitors. MarineM is a mobile application to arrange process and traffic of ships at the port in real time and integrated, beginning from the arrival of the ship until invoiceis issued.The Indonesian embassy in Dakar utilized the visit to reconcile Indonesian delegation with director general of Dakar port authority, Aboubacar S. Beye, to promote MaritimeM product of PT. Innovez One and explainin more detail the potetial of Indonesian maritime, and also to explore the possibility of cooperation in maritime sector. The Indonesian ambassador in Dakar, Mansyur Pangeran, who led the Indonesian delegation with directorate general of authority of Dakar port said that after knowing potential and the improvement of the system of regulation of the entry of vesselsat bigports such as Tanjung Periuk Jakarta and the improvement of maritime pilot education systemin Indonesia, Senegal is interested in the presentation which was delivered by Indonesian delegation in the conference and wanted to explore cooperation in maritime sector and port with Indonesia.

08
May

BUNDENGAN

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Rhythm of the Indonesian Archipelago today will invite you to visit a small town in Central Java province, namely Wonosobo. People in the world usually visit Wonosobo to enjoy beautiful scenery from the peak of Dieng slope. The place, which becomes one of the main destinations of Wonosobo, has been well known by domestic and foreign tourists. Various kinds of arts and cultures become evidences that Indonesia is rich of not only beautiful nature or friendly people, but also diverse culture which becomes background of Indonesian people’s life. Culture also becomes way to see civilization in the world. Music is also part of the culture.

Wonosobo becomes the center of the oldest Islamic civilization in Java Island. Although many things have to appear, Wonosobo become a symbol of the city. There is one thing which is not realized by tourists when they come to this small town, namely a unique traditional instrument so-called ‘Bundengan’. The instrument has been played as entertainment of duck breeders since the glory of Majapahit kingdom. Bundengan is the origin of traditional musical instrument from Wonosobo. The instrument is rare because there are not many makers and players of the instrument.

According to Agus Wuryanto a Bundengan player in Wonosobo that Bundengan’ is Javanese traditional instrument. In addition, it is also called ‘Kowangan’ and called ‘Betet’ in East Wonosobo. The Javanese traditional instrument has developed, especially in Kedu region in Wonosobo and surrounding areas. The instrument is made from bamboos which are coated with Selumpring or bamboo stem and  tied with fibers. The instrument is popular among the communities because in the past, it became media of entertainment. According to its function, Kowangan is also used as  tools for shelter for farmers and herdsmen.

The shape of Bundengan which looks like shell poses some questions; one of them is why people call the instrument Bundengan. 

"...It is called Bundengan, because from Kowangan name, it contains of instrument and its sound is buzzing. So, it’s called Bundengan. If Javanese people mention that buzzing is called ‘Bundeng’. The instrument has high pitch voice and quite complete. So, it can be mentioned to represent a set of Gamelan, and there is Gendang  sounding like Kempul and Gong.", Agus said. 

The simplicity of the form of the instrument does not reflect the melodious rhythm. The genius farmers and breeders are able to present unique music, namely Bundengan. After exploring, the instrument entertained not only the farmers but also the breeders when they were taking a rest at that time.

"...In the past, it was usually used to accompany performances; one of them was Bali Lenggeran, kids’ songs and even for wayang Kedu performance. Because from one of books which was read by me. With its name Kritosanjoyo book, there is one sentence which mentions “Tudung” referring to  Javanese musical instrument as Wayang Kedu accompaniment.", He added. 

Bundengan itself has shape like hood which is made from bamboo. The uniqueness of the instrument is its string tucked in between the woven bambooto produce melodious sound and high-pitch. A man with the name Munir who is very proficientto play it, explained how to make Bundengan.

"It is made from dried bamboo, then it cut thin or split and refined, when it has been thin and refined, it is installed on Kowangan. To install racket strings pairs on the sidelines of Kowangan is given the distance among several boxes and should be tight. Then, it is given Gondeni or bamboo’s twig. The twig is split, and fitted to strings and inserted a stick, then it can be tested in the stem", He said. 

It is not easy to make the instrument. Understanding the maker of Gamelan music is also a benchmark of the beauty of the sound coming out of the Bundengan.Bundengan is in category of stringed instrument which uses guitar and rubber strings. Furthermore, a Lecturer of Ethnomusicology, Surakarta, Dr. Zukarnain Mistortoify explained about Bundengan.

"...Bundengan instrument consists of some elements, one bowl or Koangan which is plaited by bamboo’s frame to form it like bowl. Then, there are strings which produce sound; there are 4 strings which function as gong, kempul and bende and produce kempul and getuk sound. Because it is different, then the principle of its strainis also varied and there is also a facility to ascend down the strain. Another side is a piece of bamboo which is plugged in its different size and thickness, if it is pluckedto produce different sound.", He explained. 

Being simple is the main key which is played by Bundengan physicallybut the simplicity can give the pleasure of a sad heart.

That was a glimpse of information about a traditional music instrument from Wonosobo, Central Java.

 

 

08
May

DIPLOMATIC CORNER

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The first information is from Jakarta.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied on the existence of tourist visa for Israeli people. Previously, Haaretz, media of Israel claimed that Israeli people can propose visa to Indonesia as of May 1st. Spokesperson of the Ministry, Arrmanatha Nasir, when being connected by Republika on Friday (4/5) said that news about visa granting for Israel is not true. He emphasized that this has been communicated by Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Retno Marsudi, Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya and Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Laoli. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the truth of the news, which was published by Haaretz, has also been denied by Directorate General of Immigration. Head of Public Relations and Public Section of the Directorate General of Immigration, Agung Sampurno said that there is no tourist visa for Israel. Indonesia does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Thus, Indonesia does not have policy of visa granting for Israeli people.

 

The next information is from Slovakia.

Acquiescence film directed by Fierrany Halita from Indonesia won the main prize for F-Kids category in International Festival of Sustainable Development Film in Bratislava, Solvakia over the weekend. The award was handed over by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of Republic of Slovakia to Indonesian Ambassador to Slovakia,  Adiyatwidi Adiwoso represented by Fierrany Halita. This was stated by Counselor of Socio-Cultural Information of the Indonesian Embassy to Bratislava, Lely Meiliani to Antara News Agency in London on Monday (7/5). The acquiescence film is a short animation one with the theme ‘Environment”. The festival has been held for 44 years and it becomes the biggest film festival in Slovakia. This year, the committee of the festival received 1,300 films from various countries and only 86 films became nomination. The award is the first time for Indonesia to win in the film festival.

 

We end Diplomatic Corner with the news from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Speech and story-telling competition in Indonesian language were held in Kedah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There were 10 finalists; each 5 participants showed their skills in the final speech and story-telling competition in Indonesian language for foreign speakers at Campus of Universiti Malaysia Utara Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia on Sunday (6/5). A student of the university, Nurfarhana binti Mazlan was decided by the judges as the first winner of the speech competition. The second and third place was Addina binti Zamil and Aubaidillah Doloh who are the students of Universiti Islam Antarbangsa Malaysia. Meanwhile, for story-telling in Indonesian language, the first winner was Shakif bin Suhaimi from Universiti Islam Antarbangsa Malaysia, the second place, Nuramelynn Izati binti Hisham from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and the third place was Syed Muh Azmel bin Syed Mahmud from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris. The finale was opened by Education and Cultural Attaché of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Prof. Ari Purbayanto. In his speech, Ari Purbayanto disclosed that the speech and story-telling competition in Indonesian language is program of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture which is held by all Indonesian Education and Cultural and Cultural House Attaché in 18 accredited countries. The event was also enlivened by dances and songs which were accompanied by Angklung students and teachers of Indonesian school in Kuala Lumpur as well as Indonesian student association of Universiti Utara Malaysia.

08
May

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Welcome back to Today in History, a daily segment which brings back people and events from this date in the past as recorded in history.

We’ll start with May 8, 1945 Winston Churchill announced the end of the War in Europe.

In a radio-broadcast speech from Downing Street, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged the British people to rejoice, but not to forget the hard work and the efforts to be made for the future. King George VI also gave a speech, broadcast from Buckingham Palace which was damaged by bombs. In his speech the King thanked his people. Both speakers reminded listeners that Japan had not been beaten yet.

 

Next event is that  May 8, 1948 is establsihment of the first World Red Cross Day.

 

Every year since 1948, May 8 has been celebrated as World Red Cross Day to appreciate the services of the founder of the World Red Cross Movement, Henry Dunant, who was also born on the same date. The World Red Cross Day commemoration aims to inspire, facilitate and promote all humanitarian activities undertaken by the International Committee of the Red Cross and members of the participating National Community. In addition, it is also used as an opportunity to appreciate the services of volunteers and staff who are struggling to save the lives of many people.

Last event of Today in History is that on May 8, 1993 was the death of Marsinah, an Indonesian labor activist.

Before her body was found on May 9, 1993 in Jegong Village, Wilangan Nganjuk District, East Java, Marsinah was one of the employees of PT. Catur Putera Surya, who was very active in demanding a more decent wage. Marsinah along with other workers, went on strike to call their demands. Until May 5, 1993, Marsinah was still active with her colleagues in demonstrations and talks. However, on the following days, Marsinah's whereabout was not known by her colleagues until her body was found on May 9, 1993. Marsinah was declared dead on May 8, 1993. Autopsy results conducted by doctors at Nganjuk Regional General Hospital concluded that Marsinah died as a result of persecution. As an activist Marsinah earned the Yap Thiam Hien Award in 1993, for her sevice in upholding human rights.

 

06
May

Indonesia encourages the revitalization of the World's Wasatiyyat (moderate)Islam Axis. The statement was made by President Joko Widodo in his speech at the opening ceremony of High Level Consultation of World Muslim Scholars on Wasatiyyat(moderate) Islam held at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Tuesday (1/5). As adherents of a religion that is a blessing to the whole universe, the President said Muslims should be role models in developing peace and unity, and the driving force of world progress. According to the President, now there has been a lot of progress in Muslim countries. Economic, political as well as science and technology developments in Muslim countries, are growing rapidly and no less than in other parts of the world. On the other hand, there is also a disturbing development in various parts of the world. The rapidly expanding communication technology, the widespread use of social media, have brought significant social implications. Therefore, Indonesia welcomes the strengthening spirit of moderation in the great movement in the Islamic world. According to the President, this high-level consultation forum can be a place to share experiences in tasamuh or developing tolerance. In addition to sharing experiences, the President added, the Islamic Wasatiyyat movement should become a worldwide joint movement that can inspire leaders, ulama, youth and Muslims in general to stay firm on the path of moderation of Islam. The President also said the involvement of the ulama became very important because the scholars are the heirs of the Prophets and the exemplary torch for the ummah. If the clerics unite to immerse moderation of Islam then the President is optimistic that the World's Wasatiyyat (moderate) Islam Axis will become the mainstream that will give hope for the birth of a world that is peaceful, safe, prosperous and just. And it will become an Islamic movement to bring about social justice. At the beginning of his speech, the President introduced Indonesia as a diverse country but still lives in harmony. He said, the diversity is a gift from Allah SWT tht must be maintained. It is the source of power that makes Indonesia a strong nation. The opening ceremony was attended by Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Prof. Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Ath-Thayeb, 100 prominent scholars and Muslim scholars from Indonesia and the world and ambassadors of Islamic countries in Indonesia.Meanwhile, Iranian Vice President for Women and Household Affairs Massoumeh Ebtekar said that her meeting with President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Tuesday morning discussed the steps of developing cooperation between Iran and Indonesia. During the meeting, they discussed the development of economic cooperation between the two countries in recent years. Currently, Massoumeh Ebtekar explained, Iran has many opportunities that can be utilized by investors from Indonesia to invest in Iran. Related cooperation in the field of women's development, Massoumeh Ebtekar explained, that Indonesia and Iran have different experiences in that regard. Both countries can share the experience, so that women's development will be directed to socio-economic development.

06
May

Asian Games 2018 will be held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2, 2018. The 18th Asian regional multi sport event will be held in two regions: Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra. This is the second time for Indonesia to host the event after the 4th Asian Games held in Jakarta in 1962. At this sporting event, Indonesia will be visited by many visitors from various countries. This provides its own advantages for Indonesia, from the economy and tourism sides. Chairman of the Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee (Inasgoc), Erick Thohir said that the event will boost Indonesian tourism sector. To take advantage of the moment, Inasgoc together with the Ministry of Tourism has created a package of tour promotion for foreign tourists during the 2018 Asian Games. The package is in the form of regular promotions for the public and special promotion through the athletes and participating country team officials who will arrive a month earlier than the opening day. According to Erick Thohir, the tour package is aimed at foreign tourists who are interested in sports. After watching the matches they can visit tourist destinations in Indonesia, such as Bali or other places of interest. According to Erick, it is difficult to invite tourists who are already in favorite holiday places like Bali to come to the 2018 Asian Games. At the time of the Asian Games 2018 is taking place, the number of foreign tourists is estimated to reach around 250 thousand people. In addition, Erick is of the opinion that the organizing of the 2018 Asian Games will not be disturbed by the moment of the political year in Indonesia. The announcement of the presidential and vice presidential candidates scheduled in August 2018, is expected not to affect the 2018 Asian Games. Meanwhile, Palembang as one of the cities where the implementation of Asian Games 2018, also continues to clean up and prepare its leading tourist destinations, such as Musi River and several other tributaries in the city of Palembang. Currently normalization of Sekanak river is being done. Acting Palembang Mayor Akhmad Najib explained that the Palembang City Government has prepared a budget of 7.5 billion rupiah for Sekanak river restoration which will be one of the tourist destinations in Palembang. In the near future the program, which has been planned since 2016 by Mayor Harnojoyo, has entered the preparation stage of the work. This river will be much prettier and become one of the new tourism destinations in Palembang City.

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