Press Kit: Celebrating the Real Wonder of the World in Sydney

September 8, 2011 No Comments »

Komodo Night in Sydney, - On September 9, 2011, Tuka, one of the fearsome residents of Taronga Zoo Sydney, along with his 5000 indigenous family members remaining in the wild at Komodo National Park, will be celebrated as the Real Wonder of the World!

The prehistoric Komodo dragon will be the center of attention at the “Komodo Night in Sydney.” This event will be held in Opera Point Marquee at Sydney Opera House, on September 9, 2011, from 6pm-9pm.

The event is part of the ongoing campaign by the government of Indonesia to encourage worldwide participation in preserving the Komodo Dragons. It will feature several exhibitions such as “The Dragon Princess of Komodo and Other Folktales” painting collections by Alex Valenzuela (a New York artist living in Bali), Komodo themes games and non-games mobile apps (for iPhone/iPad, Blackberry, and Android) from some of Asia’s best Mobile application developers who participated in Komodo Apps Challenge, as well as video screening of “Concert for Komodo” which took place in Kuta Beach Bali, July 31, 2011, and gained a worldwide Trending Topic on Twitter.

Komodo Night in Sydney will also feature testimonials from travel industry, wildlife experts from Taronga Conservation Society Australia, and diving enthusiast who will give their insights about Komodo dragon as the Real Wonder of the World and Komodo National Park as the Real Jurassic Park in this world.

Presented by The Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MOCT), Republic of Indonesia and hosted by The Consulate General of Republic of Indonesia in Sydney, Komodo Night in Sydney is organized by Marketeers Media Fleet (part of MarkPlus, Inc group) and fully supported by Friends of Komodo in Australia.

About Komodo: “The Real Wonder of the World” Campaign

Hollywood can make fiction movies like Jurassic Park, but the park with real dinosaurs only exists in Indonesia. Komodo National Park (Taman Nasional Komodo) is located in Manggarai, Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

Komodo National Park is an area consisting of several large islands such as Komodo Island, Rinca Island, Padar Island, Gili Motang, Nusa Kode, as well as several small islands. These islands are the habitat of Komodo dragons, ancient dinosaur reptiles left on Earth. The natural conditions of these islands are unique, with huge savannah and Asian Palmyra Palm trees (Borassus flabellifer).

Because of the uniqueness and rarity of Komodo, UNESCO declared Komodo National Park as A World Heritage Site and Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 1986. Since then, the Park has become a conservation area to protect the overall biodiversity, both marine and terrestrial.

Due to its status as the site protected by the world community and its remarkableness, on July 1, 2011, The Marketeers launched a campaign “Komodo: The Real World of the World.” The campaign is an initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MOCT) Republic of Indonesia  and private parties to invite the participation of stakeholders and the public on the conservation of Komodo National Park, and also  to form a community of Komodo lovers ”Friends of Komodo” at the individual and corporate level in Indonesia as well as abroad.

Furthermore, this initiative is the first step of collaboration between MOCT and the private sector in supporting the campaign “Wonderful Indonesia“, especially in the Indonesian tourism campaign to support “Beyond Bali” and to promote other wonderful sites in Indonesia.

Hermawan Kartajaya (Special Ambassador for Tourism Indonesia) said, “It is not impossible in the future that The Real Wonder of the World can serve as the theme to enhance the amazing sights in Indonesia.”

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