Diplomatic Reception 2014

Last Updated on 12 October 2014

Indonesian Embassy hosts Diplomatic Reception to celebrate

69th Anniversary of Indonesia Independence

Diplomatic Reception 2014 1(Vientiane, 22 August 2014) - The Indonesian Embassy celebrated the 69th anniversary of the Declaration of Indonesian Independence on 17 August 2014 with a diplomatic reception at the Lao Plaza Hotel, Vientiane. The celebration was honoured by the attendance of Mr. HiemPhommachanh, Minister for Post, Telecom and Communication and Mr. AlunkeoKittikhoun, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. The reception also attended by around 250 distinguished guests, officials from the different Lao government offices, Lao businessmen, Ambassadors and representatives from the various diplomatic missions in Vientiane.Mr. NoulinhSinbandhith, Minister for Natural Resources and Environment is present among the distinguished guest.

In his remarks, Indonesia Ambassador to Lao PDR, H.E. Irmawan Emir Wisnandar, express his satisfaction on the strengthening of the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Indonesia and Lao PDR. During the last 57 years, both countries have travelled through many events that had made the bilateral ties more strong and solid. Both countries had agreed to enhance relations to focus on exploring the potential of both nations to cooperate on trade and investment. The two nations expressed a desire to reach further agreements relating to security, tourism, sport, air transport and education. They will create a sister cooperation by sector especially in terms of education, agriculture and aviation in the near future.

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The 69th Commemoration of INDONESIA’s Independence Day

Last Updated on 12 October 2014

The 69th Commemoration of INDONESIA’s Independence Day

IMG 2637Vientiane - August 17is celebrated among Indonesian as Independence Day of Indonesia. It is a day that marks when Indonesia was declared Independent from the Netherlands. This day is filled with festivities and celebrations.

Preparations for the Independence Day begin way in advance before festivities begin. Back home in Indonesia, on this special occasion, the people are required to hoist flags on their residence for a certain period of time. A unique thing about the celebration of this day in Indonesia is that all ceremonies are conducted simultaneously in all regions, from schools to official government offices, including the ceremony presided over by the president and attended by different groups, officials, Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force), veterans, and members of the public.

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Indonesia-Laos Travel Agent Meeting

Last Updated on 02 December 2015

Indonesia-Laos Travel Agent Meeting

 

   On September 3rd, 2014 Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia held an Indonesian-Laos travel agent2 meeting at the Mercure Hotel. The theme was “Indonesia-Lao Tourism Potential: Challenges and Opportunities.” The event was attended by approximately 50 participants, including Lao travel agents, the representatives of Garuda Indonesia in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia, the staffs of the Laos Ministry of Information, Travel, and Culture, the local journalist et cetera.

   In his speech, the Ambassador of Indonesia stated that through this meeting, the tourism sectors of both countries will be widely recognized. A more reasonable tourism package would be realized was the expectation. This was due to the challenges that visitors have to deal with in order to reach the tourism destinations. The tourism sectors have several obstacles, in term of the transportation; there is no direct flight from Laos to Indonesia and vice versa, lack of the tourism information such as flyers and brochures, language barrier, fewer facilities compared to the other ASEAN countries. Besides the obstacles, tourists may also get an advantage from the Laos geographical position in which its borders are five other Asian countries, this position will make them easier in exploring other countries and extending their travel journey. Laos, along with its picturesque nature is rich with ethnic diversities; more than 40 ethnic groups are very attractive to be visited. Not only as a tourist destination, but this country also opens the opportunities for investors to make an investment in its tourism sector.

  Indonesia also took this opportunity as a way to promote its nation. Five presenters from Indonesia were in participation to present the good things of their country. The topics were the tourist destinations and products of every travel agent, informing the basic knowledge that Indonesia is the biggest archipelago state with over 17.500 widely-spread islands, and the well-known tourism objects including Bali, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Lombok and a lot more. The question was how we can increase the number of visitors coming to Indonesia, learning from Laos which the tourism sector is on the second position after the mining sector in giving its contribution to the Laos National Income, with approximately 3 million tourists visiting this country every year. Based on the question and answer session, a conclusion was taken that the best way to increase the tourism sector for both Laos and Indonesia is to widen and giving more information associated with tourism.

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