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Published on : Monday, October 24, 2016
Indonesia’s aim to to promote tourism in North Sumatra, especially Lake Toba, as the Monaco of Asia receives support from EU delegation who have showed their readiness to aid the developmental project.
EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, Vincent Guérend, said Lake Toba, the world’s largest volcanic lake, had huge potential to be further developed to boost the local economy. He was speaking during a sustainable tourism development seminar held at the University of North Sumatra in Medan.
The seminar was one of a number of activities held during the EU delegation’s three-day visit, which ended on Friday.
Five ambassadors of EU member countries spoke at the seminar — Italian Ambassador Vittorio Sandalli, Hungarian Ambassador Judit Nemeth-Pach, Greek Ambassador Georgios Dogoritis, Austrian Ambassador Helena Steinhaus and Irish Ambassador Kyle O’Sullivan.
Other projects include the development of locally made (handwoven textiles) tenun in remote areas, forest conservation programs in Mount Leuser National Park and the establishment of an elephant training center in Tangkahan, Langkat regency, North Sumatra.
More than 1 million tourists from the EU visit Indonesia every year.