Prince Albert II of Monaco appreciated Wonderful Indonesia, Indonesia's tourism promotion branding initiative, during an Indonesia-Monaco Friendship Night in Monte Carlo on April 20.
The Tourism Ministry Secretary, Ukus Kuswara, said in Monaco on Saturday that Monaco's head of state expressed his appreciation for the campaign when he attended the friendship night, where cultural and arts performances were the highlight.
Apart from Prince Albert II, the friendship night, an initiative of the Indonesian tourism ministry and the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, was also attended by government officials, the head of state palace, the head of Monaco Economic Agency, industrialists and tourism business players of the kingdom state.
The tourism ministry presented the Paulus Surya Orchestra & Vocalia from Semarang, Central Java, featuring 10 musicians and five dancers. Dressed in Bali's exotic costumes, they danced to traditional music as audiences joined the revelries, shaking their heads, their bodies jiving to keep up with the tempo.
A medley of European songs, including the O Bambino Caro, a favorite of the mother of Prince Albert II, mesmerized the audience. Besides the orchestra, Indonesian textiles were also displayed by noted designer Oscar Lawalata.
Oscar Lawalata displayed 60 personal classic textile collections from various regions in Indonesia.
After the Wonderful Indonesia program, the event continued with a business meeting between the two countries.
The Indonesian delegation was led by Kuswara, accompanied by Hirmansyah Sambudhy Thaib, the chairman of the working group for development acceleration of 10 national tourism destinations.
On the Monaco side, the event was attended by the country's businessmen and industrialists who were offered investment cooperation and a chance to visit Indonesia. They were offered investment opportunities in Indonesia's Tourism Special Economic Zone, now being developed in 10 touris(m destinations. (Antara)