November 19, 2017

Authentic Georgia Welcomes You

On the picture Dutch entrepreneur, Martijn Kanters, the Ambassador of Georgia H.E. Konstantine Surguladze, Jesper Zwart and Tornike Zirakishvili from Georgia National Tourism Organization. By Roy Lie A Tjam. On November 9, the Embassy of Georgia in the Netherlands organized the  “Authentic Georgia Welcomes You” event. According to a Georgian saying guests are a gift from God. The objective of organizing the event was to raise awareness of Georgia in the Netherlands and making the it a more popular tourist destination. The event was attended by representatives of Dutch tourism agencies and representatives of the media. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures,…

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ASEAN Committee in Berlin

ASEAN in Berlin – Picture by Embassy of Singapore in Germany. On the pict Berlin: Singapore holds the rotating standing Chair of the Berlin ASEAN Committee (BAC) from July 2017 to January 2018. During a BAC meeting, chaired by H.E.Ambassador Laurence Bay led a discussion at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on promoting closer ASEAN-Germany relations. The BAC likewise took the opportunity to thank Dr. Thomas Gambke, the outgoing Chairman of the Germany-ASEAN Parliamentary Friendship Group in the German Parliament (Bundestag) for his invaluable support and friendship throughout his tenure. On the picture the ASEAN ambassadors F.l.t.r. Sithong Chitnhothinh (Laos), Dr. Dhiravat Bhumichitr (Thailand), Datin Paduka Hajah Rakiah binti Haji Abdul Lamit (Brunei…

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Kiel partners up with San Francisco 

Aerial photograph of Kiel – Picture by Klaas Ole Kurtz. Friday, 22 September 2017, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: A San Franciscan delegation led by the Californian Mayor Edwin M. Lee, was in Kiel, capital of Germany’s northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, in order to finalise the agreement of partnership between the two cities. A first for any German city indeed as highlighted to the media by Kiel’s Mayor Ulf Kämpfer. According to German media Kiel beat in this regards larger cities such as Frankfurt am Main, or Heidelberg in establishing the partnership. A central role in this development was played by the growing communities of Schleswig-Holsteiners,…

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Guerlain Pre-Launches Oud Essentiel at Gallery 21, Kingdom of Bahrain

  Oud Essentiel: A Quintessentially Oriental Fragrance   On Monday May 8th 2017, Guerlain previewed their latest oriental fragrance known as ‘Oud Essentiel’ at Gallery 21 located in Adliya, Kingdom of Bahrain.   The launch drew in a number of VIPs and dignitaries to Gallery 21, and was held in the presence of H.E. Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Founder of Royal Bridges, Guerlain’s Brand Ambassador, H.R.H. Princess Esther Kamatari of Burundi and Royal Bridges Managing Director Baron Henri Estramant. Guests were invited to explore the creations of Guerlain’s Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser, including Santal Royal and Ambre Éternel, both…

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Kulinarya, a guide to Philippine food

Mixed with culture and ethnicity, food is a powerful ingredient in human and foreign relations. Through a country’s cuisine, food could serve as a tool of soft power and communication. The Philippine Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg is organizing a culinary tour titled “Kulinarya: A Guide to Filipino Food”, A Culinary Tour with Chef Myrna Segismundo, who is known for her passion for traditional Filipino cooking. This culinary tour aims to contribute to the myriad of efforts to introduce Filipino food traditions in the international market and to mainstream Philippine flavours in world cities of diverse gastronomic landscape. The culinary…

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Rhinos Return to Rwanda

The endangered Eastern black rhino is being translocated to Akagera National Park in Rwanda from South Africa to restore the species to the country Kigali, Rwanda: Eastern black rhinos are coming back to Rwanda after the last individual was documented in the country 10 years ago – a historic move for the nation and the species.  African Parks, a conservation non-profit that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across the continent, in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board and with funding provided by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, is translocating a founder population of up to 20 Eastern…

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Georgia on the Spot

Georgia was expecting its 6 million tourist to arrive in 2016, and the lucky one was Jesper Black  a visitor coming from the Netherlands who flew into Tbilisi to visit friends living there. The Georgian Government organised an outstanding welcome reception inviting him for a private dinner with Prime Minister, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili.  He was declared “Special Guest of the Republic of Georgia”  during his sojourn in the country. “I will never forget this incredible surprise, this is the most amazing experience I’ve ever had…”, declared him to the press. Georgia’s touristic potential has been recently praised by many prominent International…

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Alain St.Ange top candidate for the UNWTO Secretary General

Alain St.Ange – Picture by worldtourism. Seychellois former Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, The Honourable Alain St.Ange, resigned in December 2016 to run for the top post of the UN World Tourism Organisation. St. Ange joined the Government of Seychelles in early 2009 as Director of Marketing at the Seychelles Tourism Board and a year later, in June 2010, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Tourism Board falling under the Office of the President. On the 14 March 2012, Mr St. Ange was appointed as Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, a position he held…

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Catalan Maria Badia enters Committee of Regions

Maria Badia i Cutchet. Catolonia’s Secretary for Foreign Affairs and for the European Union, Maria Badia i Cutchet (b. 1947), has been appointed a member of the Committee of Regions with seat in Brussels at the behest of the Royal Spanish Government. Maria Badia takes over Jordi Solé in the Committee of Regions, and is due to remain in the post until the end of the ongoing mandate on 25 January 2020. She is a politician, formerly a member of the Socialist Party, and EU MP between 2004 and 2014. For further information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Badia_i_Cutchet http://www.agenciaincat.la/?p=26291 Catalonian Council on Public Diplomacy: http://www.diplocat.cat/es/quienes-somos/organizacion/17-organos-de-gobierno-del-consejo-de-diplomacia-publica-de-cataluna…

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Spring in the Hof Van Wouw

In the middle of the busy city of The Hague, the 17th century ‘hof’ is a haven of peace. The almshouses are arranged around a courtyard garden with citrus and pear trees. Rarely open to the public you can come to enjoy the blossoming fruit treas. In our new greenhouse the citrus fruit trees are starting to blossom. It smells delicious! Our volunteers will explain the new produce that is coming up in the vegetable garden. During this afternoon you can have coffee, tea or other refreshments on our covered terrace. All the proceeds will go to the maintenance of…

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