Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eddy Silitonga, the Cultural Envoy

I always thought that anyone who is appointed to promote Indonesian  Culture and Tourism to the world should be very nice looking, passionate & know lots of things about Indonesia, and about other countries, at least their language.

Based on the above thoughts, I have always imagine that the Minister of Tourism & Culture would appoint a popular, intelligent, passionate, and strikingly beautiful lady to take the job.
That is why I was very surprised when I read Twitter message from BeradaDisini yesterday saying that Eddy Silitonga (59), a singer popular in 1970 and 1980 but not anymore, has been appointed as Indonesia's Tourism Envoy.
As part of his duty, Eddy will conduct an overland tour to 49 countries from16 April 2010 until 10 January 2011.

For detailed media reports, please click here and here.

Considering Eddy's old age of 59, and the long and tough overland tour to 49 countries that he should carry out, I wonder whether the promotion would reach its goals effectively.

Nevertheless, I am sure that the Minister and his staffs have carefully considered every possibilities before appointing Eddy Silitonga.


colson said...

Unfortunately the yearly "Visit Indonesia" campaigns went pretty much unnoticed over here. So I sincerely hope we will hear and see Eddy Silitonga loud and clear in our Low Countries.

Btw: is North West Europe on his list at all??

H. Nizam said...


The journey would cover 49 countries and should including many European countries.
In the past, such tours also covered the Netherlands.

umihoney said...

I know of older people who has travel the world.I'm sure he can do it if he is fit physically.As for whether he is a suitable envoy,I agree with you that popularity, intelligence, passion and looks should be the criteria.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Umi,

You are right my dear friend, there are many people who are more than 60 but able to travel very far, even climb Mt. Everest and/or go to the Antartica.

Rob Baiton said...

Eddy who?

H. Nizam said...


Eddy Silitonga, popular thirty years ago. I have never heard about him more than 10 years.