Thursday, December 22, 2011

Indonesia Featured on World's Stage for New Year 2012

A Two-Unit Rose Parade® Float Celebrates Indonesia and Welcomes Visitors

PASADENA, Calif., Dec 21, 2011 - Indonesia, one of the trendy new travel destinations, will delight millions viewing the Tournament of Roses® New Year's Rose Parade on January 2, 2012.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is promoting the incredible diversity of the world's largest archipelago. "We want the world to know that Indonesia offers something for everyone: from the finest luxury vacation spots to the most rugged eco-adventure travel," remarked Minister Mari Elka Pangestu. "The Rose Parade is seen by millions around the world. It is the perfect way to start the new year for 'Wonderful Indonesia.'"

The two-unit float features a Sumatran princess in a gesture of a traditional welcome dance, followed by a stately Garuda, the mythical bird-like creature that is Indonesia's national symbol. Indonesian dancers accompany the float.

The Sumatran princess showcases the city of Pagar Alam in South Sumatra, an eco-adventure travel destination with ancient megaliths.

While many Rose Parade floats represent various Asian cultures of the world, Indonesia's float is the only one sponsored by the nation itself.

"Indonesia is proving to be the hot new destination for U.S. tourists," said Sapta Nirwandar, Vice-Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy. "Indonesia offers everything, from award-winning golf courses and spas to marvelous cultural attractions and natural wonders. We see the sponsorship of international events as a unique opportunity to promote our islands and introduce travelers to all we have to offer."

Indonesia, with its 17,000 islands, is strategically located south of China, north of Australia and is as wide as the United States. Because of her location and geology, Indonesia is blessed with the most diverse landscape: fertile ricelands on Java and Bali, abundant rainforests of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi and savannah grasslands of the Nusatenggara islands. The prehistoric giant Komodo lizard finds its home here as well as the Orangutan, Java Rhino and Sumatran Tiger, with a rich and unique flora and fauna.

Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world. With a national motto of Unity in Diversity, it celebrates religious tolerance and women's rights, even as it is the largest Muslim country in the world (by population). It has hundreds of distinct ethnic cultures, each with their own dance, textiles, music, visual art and ceremonial traditions.

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The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia promotes Wonderful Indonesia as a memorable tourist destination.

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