Vice Governor in her remarks stated that this cultural carnival is a momentum to show the beauty of West Nusa Tenggara Province. That this is the most beautiful and comfortable place to visit. “Hopefully the whole world can see that West Nusa Tenggara Province, especially Lombok is ready to receive all its visitors after the earthquake last year,” said the Vice Governor, who is familiarly called Umi Rohmi.

The Carnival also featured a demo to make Cerorot (a typical Lombok snack). How to make traditional snacks directly carried out by Vice Governor and followed by APGN participants from various countries. Umi Rohmi also teach the APGN participants how to properly eat the snacks.

Prof. Dr. He Qiencheng who was present with dozens of delegates from APGN Advisory Committee, expressed his admiration for the Carnival. At the beginning of the event, he and the Vice Governor took part in a demonstration on how to make Sasak traditional snacks “Cerorot”, made from yellow coconut leaf. Although he tried to wrap it several times following the instructor’s direction, he did not succeed in making it.

When tasting Cerorot snacks, Prof. He Qiencheng seemed to enjoy it very much, saying “so delicius!”. He also expressed his gratefulness and felt satisfied with the way he was welcomed in the event filled with a variety of West Nusa Tenggara Province cultural arts.

 

Besides Prof. He Qiencheng, another symposium participant from Thailand was really amazed by Lombok. “Lombok is nice, very beautiful and have good food,” he said through a microphone when asked by the host Bimo, then followed by applause from the audience.

The sense of pride as the host for APGN Symposium also raised the West Nusa Tenggara community’s optimism about the recovery of tourism after the severe earthquake disaster some time ago.

“I feel proud of this event. Our extraordinary culture can be shown as a regional and state asset. I hope we work together to restore tourism. This is not only the duty of the government, but also our duty as a community, “said Lalu Irfan, a citizen from Mataram.

A similar statement was also conveyed by Labulie Village Head, Mahjat, S.Pd. who participated in the carnival with his citizens. Mahjat hoped that the APGN Symposium and its series of events could be an opening for other international events in NTB.

“Through this series of events we hope to make our region trusted by the world for other major events and village tourism may also become global,” he said.

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