Imagine adventurous travel to Indonesia, which consists of more than 17,000 islands, spread 5000 km along the equator, the home more than 300 ethnic groups who are Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and Confucians. The geographical features make the country highlight the beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, craters and national parks as interests for natural tourism such as surfing, mount-climbing and trekking. They are the habitat of exotic wildlife such as the tropical rainforest in Sumatra and Kalimantan islands and the underwater coral reef region of Raja Ampat near Papua island. There are abundant selections for adventurous tourists. It is the country where local traditions and heritages are important part of current life. Traditional songs, chants, dances, clothes, carvings and decorations in houses are more than artistic expressions. Even the foods are sometimes more than humble, daily meals on local tables.
It keeps great places of civilization like the old Masjid Baturrahman in Banda Aceh, Masjid Istiqlal and the “Church of Our Lady of Assumption” Cathedral in Jakarta, and–of course- the UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Borobudur Temple in Central Java Province, and the Taman Ayun Temple in Bali Province.
If shopping is the purpose, then tourists can also hunt for branded merchandise in high end mega-malls and other quality national products in local malls such as in Batam, Medan, Pekanbaru, Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Surabaya.
All of these excitements can be easily to access because in Indonesia there are 12 international airports that you can use to connect you to other 230 domestic airports. From Colombo, you can fly directly to the Capital City Jakarta or to any of the 12 international airports from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. The international airports in Indonesia have also daily flights to other countries such as Australia. Moreover, Indonesian visas applications for Sri Lankans can be processed in the Embassy through online application with simple and clear procedures and requirements. The Embassy provides online information in its website for online application, as well as direct consultation with desk officers.
The Workshop on Tourism and Visa Arrangement for Visiting Tourism Destination is intended to bring Sri Lankans closer to Indonesians through real people-to-people contacts, and strengthen the existing friendship of the two peoples.
The Workshop is held in Colombo and Kandy on 17 and 19 July 2012. The workshop is opened with remarks from Mr. Albert Abdi, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy, and a gong-hitting. Keynote speakers are Mr. Irwan Raman, a travel consultant from a notable travel agent in Indonesia and Mr. Abdullah Zulkifli, an officer of the Embassy. It is expected representatives from 20 leading travel agents in Colombo and Kandy can attend the respective Workshop.