ON August 8 the Relationship of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) came to a historical turning point as it marked its golden anniversary. Culminating in a gala dinner in Hotel Borobodur’s Flores Ballroom in Jakarta, Indonesia, the event was celebrated in association with the 30th Asean Tourism Association (Aseanta) Awards for Excellence, a yearly celebration that recognizes exceptional artworks and programs that promote tourism development in
Southeast Asia, both by public and private organizations
Spearheaded by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Aseanta–a nonprofit tourism corporation consisting of public and private tourism organizations–the wedding ceremony gathered over 100 travel practitioners, media professionals, government officials and Aseanta people from various airlines, travel agencies and hotel chains for a night of festive Indonesian dances and sumptuous fare. Award-winning singers Naura and BE3 also performed during the gala dinner.
The awards brought to the forefront 6 winning initiatives, with Indonesia winning in three categories. Garuda Indonesia was awarded Best Asean Airlines Program for its Wonderful Indonesia Travel Pass and Best Asean Cultural Preservation Effort for “Hand Woven Materials: Preserving a Living Tradition”. The very best Asean Tourism Picture visited Agung Prameswara’s “Tenganan Woman”, which was set in Mount Bromo in Indonesia.
Other winners include Singapore Airlines SPH Magazine for Best Asean Journey Article (The South Eastern Asia Diaries: Singapore); AirAsia (Malaysia) for Best Asean Marketing and Promotional Campaign (assume Asean, Think Air Asia); and Myanmar’s Shan Yoma Travel and Tours for Best Asean New Tourism Attraction (Puta O, Far eastern Himalayan, Myanmar).
One of the many intiativies of Aseanta is to recognize the effort of the individuals and corporation in promoting Asean as a vacation spot, preservation, connectivity in the region, sustainable development, plus more through the Aseanta Quality Awards, said Aseanta Deputy President Sam Cheah.
Prior to the ceremoney, an Aseanta meeting and a city administration-hosted meal were held in Key Jakarta from August 6th and 7, all attended by media, airline specialists, and Aseanta board people.
Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya shared that the ceremony plays an natural part in encouraging business groupings in Asean to help enhance the tourism industry among nations in the region.
Discovering Jakarta and Borobodur
Collaborating with six Aseanta member-airlines (Garuda Indonesia, Thailänder Airways, Singapore Airlines, Filipino Airlines, Royal Brunei and AirAsia), the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism offered participants a taste of Indonesian hospitality through a familiarization journey, called “Asean @50 Atmosphere Caravan tour”. The post ceremony trip afforded attendees a glimpse into the culture and attractions of Jakarta, Belitung, Bandung, Yogyakarta–Solo, Malang, and Bali over three days.
With the support of other member-airlines in Asean region, we were able to launch the inaugural Asean Atmosphere Caravan, an initiative of Aseanta to promote the connectivity of at least two cities in two Asean nations. This initial program starts with the innovation of top-producing travel agents and media lovers from the United Declares, China, Japan, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Of india, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, and Malaysia, Cheah extra.
Our group of media from the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia were given to Jakarta and Bandung, both among Indonesia’s top-grossing tourist destinations.
Being a money city, Jakarta comes with an uncanny likeness to Manila, both in infrastrcucture and the people, that I never felt like I left home. The warmth of Indonesians is an experience by itself. This is specially true if you stay in five-star hotels, like Hotel Borobodur in Jakarta and Crown Plaza Bandung, where the service is really as top-notch as its facilities.
Kota Tua is a reflection of Indonesia’s colonial history. This massive complex contains houses and outlets of Dutch architecture, as well as the Jakarta History Museum (also known as Fatahillah Museum), which is dedicated solely to well-preserved colonial artifacts. Inside the block also is Museum Wayang, which features different kind of traditional dolls, from minute to lifesize. Don’t miss the famous 132-meter high Monas (National Monument) when you visit, too.
An antidote to busy Jakarta, Bandung in West Java is known for its creative, slow paced life and 12 volcanic craters. Graffiti-lined streets are a common sight here, as are young artists who flock to Spasial, a reused warehouse that contains progressive art and clothing shops. On some saturdays and sundays, Spasial transforms into a platform for artmakers to convene and expose their talents. In Bandung you can also find the Street Gourmet bus, which takes diners around the town while they enjoy a luxurious set menu that is cooked onboard. Also worth visiting are Kampiun Dining area, woodmaking shop Brotherwood, Floating Market Lembang, and Tangkuban Parahu, the only crater in Java that is accessible by car.
Yahya said, “Through this post trip program, I hope you can feel the diversity and uniqueness of Indonesia travel and leisure destinations and promote the experience to the world. inch In my days in Indonesia, I felt more than that. Having put in time with various nationalities, I saw the tourism gems that make Southeast Asia are not only minimal to its destinations. Between its gems are the people. There is much talent and kindness found in the region. We hope that the Aseanta Awards for Excellence proceeds for many decades to keep citing them.