Friday, October 24, 2008

INDONESIA: Govt takes foreign bloggers to Yogyakarta, Bali

The government has invited five foreign bloggers on a round trip to Yogyakarta and Bali, in a hope that they will write about their experiences and promote Indonesia.

The bloggers were from the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia, Culture and Tourism Ministry promotions director Esthy Reko Astuty said Wednesday.

"We hope they write about lesser-known tourist spots in Yogyakarta and Bali," she said after a press conference on Pesta Blogger 2008.

Pesta Blogger is an annual event where bloggers from across Indonesia convene to exchange ideas and engage in public seminars.

This year, the event will be held on Saturday in the BPPT II building on Jl M.H. Thamrin, Central Jakarta. Honorary guests for the event will include Information and Communication Minister Mohammad Nuh and the U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, Cameron R. Hume. The foreign bloggers are also expected to attend.

According to the bloggers arrived in Denpasar, Bali on Oct. 17, and will meet with local bloggers in Bali and Yogyakarta before heading to Jakarta.

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