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SBY: Indonesia Successfully Organized Two Int'l Events

JAKARTA, - Indonesia successfully organized two international events this year, namely the 26th South East Asia (SEA) Games and the 19th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said.

"It’s not easy for a country to hold two international events simultaneously. It could be very risky that both could have failed. We should take a note, we successfully organized the two events," Yudhoyono said here on Monday in a gathering with medal-winning athletes, members of the organizing committees of the 26th SEA Games and the 19th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.

The head of state expressed his gratitude to all parties contributing to the success of the two events. Thanks to good coordination and hard work for the county’s success, he said.

"Failure is not an option," he said, adding that one must not think of being failed.

Other countries would have seen Indonesia as incapable if the implementation of the two events had failed. Yudhoyono asked all parties to continue working hard and learn from past experiences because Indonesia would host an APEC Summit in 2013.

The President received reports respectively from Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Andi Malarangeng representing the organizing committee of the 26th SEA Games, and Minister/State Secretary Sudi Silalahi representing the organizing committee of the 19th Summit and Related Summits.

The 26th SEA Games was organized in Palembang (South Sumatra Province) and Jakarta From November 11 t 22, 2011, and participated in by athletes from 11 countries.

Overall, the Indonesian contingent has achieved its target of grabbing at least 150 gold medals and secured first position as the overall champion for the first time since 1997.

The 19th ASEAN Summit, the Sixth East Asia Summit (EAS) and other related summits were organized in Nusa Dua, Bali, from November 13 to 19, 2011.


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Indonesian Govt to Involve Street Vendors in Developing Tourism

JAKARTA, - The government is planning to involve street vendors in its efforts to develop the tourism sector, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said here on Monday.

"There are always street vendors at tourism sites. Rather than letting them operate in usually haphazard ways, the government will take the initiative in helping them do business in more orderly and sustained ways by giving them adequate space to sell their products near tourism sites," Mari said at the 1st National Tourism Conference at the Sahid Hotel, Jakarta.

Citing an example, she said the government had built kiosks near the entrance gate of Prambanan Temple in Central Java where street vendors were now selling their goods.

In the future, she said, more such facilities would be built for street vendors. However, Mari said to implement the plan, the central government still needed to hold discussions with local governments and other stakeholders about the management of the kiosk after they had been built.

Earlier, the ministry’s director of market development, Sadar Pakarti Budi, had said Indonesia had set itself the target of attracting 8 million foreign tourists in 2012 and earning a total of US$8.98 billion in foreign exhange.

He said the figure represented a 7.35 percent increase compared to this year`s target which was 7.7 million foreign tourists. "The tourism sector is projected to grow 6.42 percent this year."

He expressed optimism the tourism industry would grow positively according to the target thanks to the improving competitive edge of Indonesian tourism. Indonesian tourism was expected to expand in 2012 in terms of budget, tourist arrivals, foreign exchange earnings, representative offices and direct flight seats which currently stood at 15 million.

"So far we have provided visa-free facilities to 12 countries and visa-on-arrival (VOA) facilities to 64 countries."

Looking ahead, he said tourism development would be focused on ecotourism, meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE), sports events, heritage, shopping, honeymoon, cruise, culture and arts show, spa and health-care.


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Benoa clean Welcomes Cruise Ship

DENPASAR, - General Manager III Branch Benoa Port Indonesia, Iwan Sabatini, argued that it has the desire to make a special marina zone to accommodate cruise ships small to large sizes. "We have vacant land around the port and that we will use for the program. In 2013 was built, in line with the road toll. The estimated cost of about Rp 4 trillion, could be more," he said at the Port of Benoa, Denpasar, on Wednesday (30/11 / 2011), when accompanying the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu.
In other countries, sightseeing cruises are very advanced. Indonesia should catch it.
- Iwan Sabatini

Iwan admitted until now there is no investor in the country who are interested, but there are private parties from China and South Korea are showing interest. Benoa Harbour will be built along 975 meters and 750 meters wide or on an area of ​​37 hectares. "Bali is very promising prop cruises. In other countries, sightseeing cruises are very advanced. Indonesia should catch it," he said.

Iwan said that the visit of cruise ships in the port of Benoa in 2011 there was an increase of about 25 percent compared to 2010, including the number of passengers. "In 2010 there are 28 units of cruise ships. While until the end of 2011 there were 35 cruise ships docked at the Port of Benoa. For 2012, there will be 38 cruise ships will dock in Benoa. Passengers most of China, Singapore, and Australia," added Iwan.


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Fort Rotterdam and the I La Galigo Museum within: History of South Sulawesi

Standing majestically at the western coast of Makassar, Fort Rotterdam is recognized as the city’s most iconic landmark. With historical traces dating back to the Kingom of Gowa from the 16thth century to colonization by the Dutch, this Fort has silently witnessed many episodes in Makassar’s history, playing a most essential role in its development.

Its magnificence and authenticity has always captivated those who set eyes on it. A journalist from New York Times, Barbara Crossette even described it as “the best preserved Dutch Fort in Asia”.

Originally called Benteng or Fort Jumpandang or Ujung Pandang, the huge complex was first built in 1545 in the era of Imanrigau Daeng Bonto Karaeng Lakiung or Karaeng Tunipalangga Ulaweng, the tenth King of Gowa. Initially, the fort was made from a mixture of Stone and burnt clay, and took the shape of a typical square Portuguese architectural style.

During the reign of Sultan Alauddin, the 14th king of Gowa, the fort’s construction material was replaced with black Karst, rocks from the mountain sides of the district of Maros. The fort was also expanded and took on a new shape resembling a sea turtle, thus the fort gained a new name, namely : Benteng Pannyua (Penyu) or Fort Sea turtle. The shape is not only unique, but also contains deep meaning.  For just as a sea turtle lives both on land and at sea, the glory of the Gowa Kingdom also stretched on land as well as over the seas.

Indeed, the Bugis were then a recognized and respected power all across the Indonesian seas even to the Straits of Malacca

Between 1655 to 1669, Dutch forces attacked the Gowa Sultanate, which at the time was under the rule of Sultan Hasanuddin. The city’s strategic location made it an ideal place to fully control the spice trade passage, and to become the starting point that would eventually open up the route to the seas of Banda and Maluku, the original Spice Islands.

Led by Dutch Governor General Admiral Cornelis Janszoon Speelman, Dutch forces launched a massive attack on Makassar for a full year. At this time, major parts of the Fort were devastated as the Dutch began to occupy the land. As a result of the defeat, the Sultan of Gowa was forced to sign the Bongaya treaty that gave the Dutch authorities full control over Makassar’s trade.

Governor General Speelman subsequently rebuilt parts of the fort that were destroyed.  Not only applying Dutch distinct style to the structure, but Speelman added another bastion at its west side. The fort was later renamed after Speelman’s hometown: Rotterdam. The fort grew to be the center for stockpiling of spices and an important Entrepot.  Eventually this led to Makassar becoming the center of the Dutch Colonial government in Eastern Indonesia.

In 1938 Dutch authorities established the first ever Museum in South Sulawesi, namely the Celebes Museum, located within the complex of Fort Rotterdam itself. Initially the museum occupied building no. 2 only, which was once the residence of Admiral Speelman. Its collection came from various excavations that included ceramics, currencies, gold and jewelries, and others.

By the time of the Japanese occupied Makassar during World War II, the Celebes Museum already occupied three buildings of the complex. To its collection were added wooden tools, several types of ships, farming equipment, house ware, musical instruments, weaponry, and many others.

After the War, the museum was officially re-established in 1970, bearing the name by which it is known today, namely: Museum La Galigo. La Galigo was the Pajung Lolo or Prince of the Luwu Kingdom in the 14th century who was also the son of Sawerigading Opunna Ware, a legendary Bugis hero. The name also refers to the famous I La Galigo, the world’s longest epic poem. Exhibiting various collections from the early Celebes Museum as well as other additions including the collection of the kingdom of Sawito, Wajo, Mandar, Luwu, Bone and others, the present Museum  occupies building no.2 and no.10 within the Fort Rotterdam complex.


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