Saman Dance Named Best ASEAN Cultural Preservation Effort

13 January, 2012 | Source: The Jakarta Post

The ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) named on Thursday Aceh’s traditional Saman dance as the best ASEAN cultural preservation effort at the 25th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2012 in Manado, North Sulawesi.

During the event, ASEANTA announced five winners for the nine awards being contested.

A photo titled “Traditional Wedding in Minangkabau” by M. Shiddiq of Indonesia was awarded best ASEAN tourism photo, while Beverly Rodrigues of Malaysia won best ASEAN travel article for his article “Follow the Star”, which was published by Travel 3Sixty, the inflight magazine of Air Asia.

Wonder Full, a light and water show at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, launched by Laservision, was named the best ASEAN new tourist attraction.

“Post Crisis Campaign for Thailand’s Tourism Industry Recovery” by MSL Software [Thailand] Co was granted best ASEAN marketing and promotional campaign.

The winners were awarded at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Tourism Forum on Thursday evening at the Grand Kawanoa Convention Center, which was officially attended by Vice President Boediono.

 

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