Discover Wonderful Indonesia by Silk Thai Airways

By: Zahid Hussain Karani
Thai Airlines
The Republic of Indonesia is rich with natural resources. Indonesia is world’s largest Palm oil and second largest coal exporter, with a strong economy of around $188b exports, making it
world’s 25 th  largest exporting country. Recently Indonesian President Joko Widodo emphasized that the tourism industry should become the biggest industry in Indonesia in terms of foreign exchange earnings. Indonesia – a huge archipelago that consists of more than 17,000 islands –has so much to offer to (foreign) tourists, such as beautiful beaches and countryside, flora &fauna,divingspots,wildlife, culture, culinary, historic relics as well as vibrant city life.Thecountry with largest Muslim population is rich of halal tourism and friendly citizens, making it a safe destination for tourists. In many international rankings – such as the Most Beautiful countries in the World Index or the Global Muslim Travel Index – Indonesia is ranked highly. It means that the international community acknowledges Indonesia's beauty. However, despite all Indonesia continues to lag behind its regional counterparts in terms of foreign tourist arrivals
(specifically trailing behind Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore).Taking it into account, Indonesia is taking several steps to enhance tourism in the country,
recently the Government of Indonesia, invited a number of Journalists from Pakistan, in an effort to show it's country's real image to the people of Pakistan especially. A seven member Pakistani media team undertook an eight days tour of Indonesia in an annual Familiarization Trip
Programme 2019 hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia specially Consul General, Mr. Toto Prianamato and Tourism Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia. The
programme is meant to apprise journalists, travel writers, tour operators and opinion builder of
Indonesia most popular tourist destination.The Pakistani delegation was flown to Indonesia by Thai Airways International whose marketing
manager for Pakistan, Rashid Siddiqui, went the extra mile to provide comfort to the Pakistani journalists. The service of the Thai Airways was also world class and deserves praise,the hospitality and services is excellent. During the eight days trip the delegation visited Bali,
Lombok, Jakarta and Bangkok. The delegation landed on Bali Island which is the perfect holidays.Travel to Bali in Business Class and enjoyed World class awarded business lounge at Bangkok airport, Business Class seats and enjoyed, Thai warm and renowned 

hospitality’s and during fights its very comfortable and served fabulous foods etc.Destination as offers everything for all age group be it youth Honey Mooners, families or senior citizens. The tour began with a trip to Ulu Watu Temple as more than 80 percents of Bali Island population practises a.unique brand of Hindu culture. Throughout Bali a tourist gets to see beautiful and Magnificent Temple. The island offers a tantalising blend of rich heritage tastefully weaved into modern Tourist Facilities. There are many water sports "Toya Devasya Water
Sports" like Banana Boat, Donut Slider, Fly Board, Jet Ski, Flying Fish, Natural Hot Spring and Waterpark in Bali. We next visited Lombok Island which is Bali’s neighbour, and very
environment conscious. It is a tropical paradise whose main attraction are three islands known locally as Gili.
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The largest of these island is Gili Trawangan which only allows green transport likes animal horse cart or bicycles which are only mode of transports. Another popular attraction is water sport and snorkeling between the three Gilis which opens a vast and wondrous underwater world. Another must visit site in Lombok is Sukarara village famous for its weaving craft.These textile are much appreciated by women who visited from all over world. Lombok is also the home of a colourful and vibrant Sasak culture, Lush Forests, Scientific waterfalls and
an active volcano, Mount Rinjani. The last two day of the tour were spends in Jakarta,we explored old Batavia, its harbour once was abuzz with ships from the East and the West Batavia
was then known as “The Queen of the East” and as “The Jewel of Asia”. The harbour acted as the meeting points of East and West. The merchants who traded here become the master of
fabulous wealth. The harbour front still reflects those glorious days in the beautiful ancient buildings of the past which have been preserved. During they stay throughout Indonesia our
delegation had authentic Indonesian meals specially Sea Food.On the last day in Indonesia, Pakistan Ambassador Mr. Abdul Salik Khan, his wife invited
journalist delegation for dinner at his official residence. Same night .a Pakistan high Laval Navy delegation headed by Rear Admiral invited by the Ambassador and his wife, some high ranking Indonesian Army officials also invited, we had talk on mutual interest, on the occasion Mr.Sajjad Haider Khan, Minister/ Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Jamal Nasir, Second Secretary of
the Pakistan Embassy were also present. Our return journey began the next day our journey is not ended and we travel from Indonesia to Thailand ” Land of Smile” with the courtesy of the Thai Airways and will write and share our experience in my next article.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT BALI:
Bali is a small island and is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Asia. It is the most wealthy and mostly predominantly tourist island. Bali is one of 17.000 islands of the Indonesian archipelago and
is located just south below the equator between the Bali Sea and the Indian Ocean, and east of Java and west of Lombok. With an area of 5.780 km 2 , the island is the most westerly located island of the Small Sunda Islands, and currently, has more than 4.225 million people who are predominantly
Hindu. The capital of Bali is Denpasar and the most famous places are Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud,Sanur, Nusa Dua, and Canggu.The official language on Bali is Bahasa Indonesia however, the island also has its own language
Balinese (Basa Bali). The distance from Amsterdam is 12.140km and the average travel time by
plane from Amsterdam is 16 hours. The time difference between the Netherlands is 6 hours by the
clock to summer time and 7 hours with the clock to winter and the sun in Bali, at around 6:00 am and
sets around 18:00.Because Hinduism is seen everywhere along the road or in the countryside and at each house
features a temple where many times a day an offering is placed. These offerings are made from natural materials and filled with food, flowers and burning incense, the offerings are used to appease the gods and to keep the evil spirits away. The main and most important temple of Bali is Bali's
mother temple, Pura Besakih, located on the slopes of the sacred volcano Gunung Agung, which,
with its 3031m, is also the highest mountain in Bali and hosts daily ceremonies.The palm-fringed beaches of Bali are predominantly obsidian black or brilliant white and there are
many beautiful coral reefs with colorful fish in the clear blue water all around the island. These places are ideal for snorkeling or diving, these spots over beautiful caves or shipwrecks. The south sea is very suitable for surfing and offers world-class waves. The slopes of the volcanic mountainous
landscape are very famous and offer the characteristic terraced green rice fields (sawah), which are
part of the World Heritage list and make Bali a feast for the eyes for any tourist.

Money
The currency on Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (Rp abbreviation). Bali is an island where most is paid
in cash. The tourist places have many good exchange offices; it is better to avoid the ones in the
small backwater alleys. Good exchange offices keeping the pricing very good and mostly mention
the rate clearly on digital signs. Everywhere on the island, at gas stations, banks, mini markets,
shopping centers or just along the road, are ATM's where you can withdraw safely. Always stow your
bank cards safely in the safe of your villa or apartment.

Weather
Bali is located just south of the equator and has a dry and wet season (monsoon). The monsoon is
from November to May and The dry season is from May to November. During the day, temperatures are constant around 30 degrees Celsius regardless of the season. There are exceptions in the mountains where it can be considerably cooler and 21 degrees Celsius in the evening.The dry season during the dry (Kite) season it is often cloudy and there is a slight sea breeze from the southeast and the humidity is lower than in the wet season. The days have an average of 9
hours of sunshine and most of the rain that falls is short and in the night. The average water temperature is a lovely 29 degrees.Monsoon season different from areas such as Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Bali is not bothered by cyclones or hurricanes, and the chance of a tropical storm is small. During the months of December and January, prolonged heavy tropical showers can occur during the day or in the evening. Around the months of December and January during the monsoon, there is risk of violent
short rain showers, however, the rain is most experience as very refreshing and welcome.The climate is ideal to enjoy a wonderful holiday. The average temperature on land during the day is
30 degrees with seawater temperature of 29 degrees and the cool sea breeze together with lots of suns forms the ideal weather for a holiday!Many beautiful beaches, great diving sites, restaurants, nature, activities and wide nightlife or just resting further components are why Bali is the ideal holiday destination for young and old, whole year round.

Lombok Indonesia
Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of
the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas
Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a "tail" ( Sekotong Peninsula ) to the southwest, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) across and a total area of about 4,514 square
kilometres (1,743 square miles). The provincial capital and largest city on the island is  Mataram.Lombok is somewhat similar in size and density, and shares some cultural heritage with the
neighboring island of Bali to the west. However, it is administratively part of West Nusa Tenggara,along with the larger and more sparsely populated island of Sumbawa to the east. Lombok is surrounded by a number of smaller islands locally called Gili.The island is home to some 3.35 million Indonesians as recorded in the decennial 2014 census Lombok island is the most popular holiday destination in Indonesia’s among world wide travellers and holiday makers. Lombok located East of Bali, it’s take 25 minutes by flight and taking 1 hour by
fast boat. The fabled Gili Islands drawing visitors for action both in and out of the water, mighty Mount Rinjani luring climbers, and the big breaks on the south coast a magnet for surfers.
About Lombok Island
Lombok Often touted as the ‘next Bali’, Lombok offers its own unique version of Indonesian culture and society at a much slower pace than its more popular neighbor to the west. In Lombok, there are certainly similarities to Indonesia’s other islands, such as volcanoes, beautiful beaches, clear warm waters, jungle terrain and plenty of traditional villages which have yet to be grossly modernised.However, the low-key character of Lombok’s tourism means that visitors need to do more of the legwork to find the really special sights on this island. The island’s major highlights, like the 12,000foot Mount Rinjani and beach resorts at Senggigi and Kuta, are already well into the tourism development phase, making them popular destinations. Yet conditions rarely reach what could be
considered overcrowded and even at the peak of Lombok’s high season, you’ll find far fewer tourists than on neighboring Bali. Most visitors come to Lombok to enjoy the warm weather and lovely beaches. Swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing are all big activities here, and the sublime Gili Islands just offshore provide even more tropical splendor without the hustle and bustle of other Asian beach resorts. Balancing the natural beauty of Lombok is an interesting cultural scene defined in
part by the traditional Sasak animists which dominated the island before the arrival of Islam in the 18th century. Traditional crafts such as pottery, textile weaving and basket making are practiced with skill and finesse, and a visit to a traditional Sasak village is well worth the effort. Accommodation in
Lombok comes in all classes, from five-star luxury spa resorts, to chain hotels and rustic beach bungalows.Modern and convenient hotel facilities ensure visitor needs are well-catered for.
Lombok makes an ideal destination for travellers who have seen Bali or are tired of Java’s congestion, but aren’t ready to explore the hinterlands of Sulawesi or Flores. If you want to visit
Lombok, don’t wait too long; it is on the fast track to becoming one of Asia’s next great travel
destinations.
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Short History

Lombok’s history began with a group of animist farmers called the Sasak, who created a small
kingdom sometime before the 17th century. The Sasak made their way to Lombok long before most
of Indonesia’s other ethnic groups settled among the 13,000 odd islands of the archipelago. It is
believed that the Sasak migrated from either Burma or northwest India, but few archaeological
remains exist to verify this theory. In the early years, Lombok was made up of dozens of tiny clans,
each ruled by a Sasak prince. There was constant fighting among the clans, which the neighbouring
Balinese princes used to their advantage when they conquered the island. The Balinese ruled
Lombok from the middle of the 1700s until the 1890s, when the Dutch arrived on the scene and
backed the indigenous Sasaks. The Balinese were driven out after a series of bloody fights and
Lombok became part of the group of islands known as the Lesser Sunda Islands.Hefty taxes imposed by the Dutch pushed most of Lombok’s peasants into poverty and opened the
door for Chinese businessmen to exploit the economic vacuum. Things continued in this rather
repressive manner until Indonesia declared its independence in 1945. Sukarno, the first president of
Indonesia, tried to regroup Lombok into a larger cluster of islands known as Nusa Tenggara, but the
island group proved hard to govern.
When Sukarno was ousted in 1965, Lombok was thrust into a dark period of murder and oppression,
along with many other parts of Indonesia. Anyone considered subversive by the new government,
such as communists and ethnic Chinese, was killed or displaced. Initially the new president.Suharto’s rather harsh New Order plan brought growth and stability to the island, until prolonged
famine reached a crippling peak in 1973. Most of the locals moved away from Lombok as part of the
transmigration programme implemented by the government.
With little agricultural work and few resources, Lombok fell into a quiet lull until 1980 when tourism
development began to catch on. Touting itself as a quieter, more natural alternative to Bali, the
tourism industry has slowly but steadily grown. Unfortunately, during the wave of development along
Lombok’s coastline, many traditional landowners were displaced as outside businesses took over
the land.Indonesia was thrust into political turmoil during the late 1990s, in response to widespread
corruption. Lombok was caught up in the civil unrest, and students in Mataram and Praya held
protests resulting in a major drop in the tourism industry.
Since the riots in 2000, tourists have continued to arrive in Lombok. Now considered a safe and
stable travel destination, Lombok is a popular alternative to its more developed neighbour, Bali.

Weather
Lying just south of the equator, Lombok consistently enjoys 12 hours of sunlight a day and warm
temperatures throughout the year. There are two distinct seasons on the island: the rainy season
from October to March and the dry season from May to September. Throughout the year, daytime
temperatures normally remain in the 27°C to 32°C range.
Lombok’s rainy season is also when the island experiences its highest levels of humidity. Rain
showers come in the form of brief but powerful afternoon thunderstorms. If you can bear the hot and
humid conditions, you’ll have the island to yourself as this is Lombok’s low season. As the wet
season tapers off in April, temperatures begin to drop and the countryside becomes lush with green
vegetation. May through June is considered the most pleasant period for a visit, as the days are
reliably sunny and not too hot.
The west coast of Lombok generally experiences the coolest weather on the island, and the inland
regions the hottest. The island’s high season for tourism spans July and August, with equally busy conditions around Christmas and New Year. Hotel rates are higher during these peak months, andpopular destinations like the Gilis and Rinjani can become uncomfortably crowded.

International hospitality investment group invest $118 million on Pakistan tourism industry

 

IHIG English Picture CaptionIslamabad(Cliff News)As the International Hospitality Investment Group (IHIG) is investing 118 Million Dollars in the tourism industry of Pakistan, the CEO of this resourceful multinational enterprise – Noor ul Asif, along with its Chairman – Mr. Alun Richards, held a meeting with the Chairman Board of Tourism – Mr. Zulfi Bukhari, Special Advisor on Political Affairs to the Prime Minister – Mr. Naeem ul Haq and the Chairmain Board of Investment (BOI) – Mr. Haroon Sharif. The meeting took place at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat in Ibad, to discuss the prospects of investment in Pakistan. Mr. Zulfi Bukhari assured the Chairman of IHIG about the Pakistan Government’s commitment to extend all possible support to foreign investors.Mr. Richards, expressed his company’s commitment to invest 118 million US Dollars in the tourism and hospitality sector of Pakistan that will create 4000 job opportunities in the country. IHIG has already acquired 2 hotels in Shogran and Bhurban, to elevate the standards of this developing industry. Being the first company that has aligned itself with the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s vision, IHIG will be promoting tourism by facilitating the international tourists coming to Pakistan.On the occasion, Mr. Richards stated that; “I have spent half of my childhood in Pakistan. Over the recent years, the perception of this beautiful country has changed positively, among the global community. Therefore, an increasingly large number of tourists from all over the world are already expressing the desire to visit Pakistan, where they can explore the diversity of its pristine landscapes, ranging from the world’s highest mountains to scenic beaches on a long coastline, along with lush green fields, vast deserts and much more. The historic traditions of hospitality and the variety of sumptuous cuisines also provides many unforgettable experiences. The Government’s new policy of granting E-Visas for 175 countries, is a brilliant initiative that promises great convenience for international tourists”.He further stated that; “Pakistan is the only country in the world which attracts all segments of tourism, to see the mesmerizing beauty of Northern areas, especially the Kaghan valley that offers a multitude of exciting attractions and scenery for the domestic and international tourists, with its beautiful weather conditions throughout the year. A soft image of Pakistan is being recognized by the whole world now, so we are ready to invest on building its potential by capitalizing on the tourist-friendly gestures and strong goodwill of the new government.

About IHIG:
International Hospitality Investment Group is Pakistan’s first ever vacation ownership company head quartered in London. IHIG was founded by team of hospitality experts, primarily involved development and marketing of highly desired vacation destinations of Pakistan.

 

Karachi Chamber delegation gives smooth trade suggestions to Mauritian President

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Karachi (Cliff News)A high level delegation from the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which is currently on a visit to Mauritius, met President of Mauritius Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim during their visit to the State House situated in Moka District of Mauritius where they briefed the President and gave suggestions on how to deal with some major hurdles hindering smooth trade between the two countries.Exchanging views with President Mauritius, KCCI’s delegation, which was being led by Vice President KCCI Rehan Hanif, expressed deep concerns over the ban imposed by the Mauritian government on the imports of meat from Pakistan. They said that in this regard, officers of Mauritian Health Department are scheduled to visit Pakistan since last two years to inspect the health and hygiene conditions of Pakistani meat prior to lifting ban on meat imports but they have not visited the country so far and their visit is postponed every time they intend to visit Pakistan because of minor issues.
They requested the Mauritian President to send the Mauritian Health Officers to Pakistan urgently so that the ban imposed on meat imports could immediately be lifted which would certainly help in improving the meager trade volume between the two countries.Referring to the last visit of Mauritian President to Pakistan, KCCI’s delegation recalled that the Mauritian President during the said visit to Pakistan assured to provide space for organizing Pakistan’s Single Country Exhibition in Mauritius. In this regard, they requested the President to instruct the concerned officials to make arrangements so that the Karachi Chamber could hold Single Country Exhibition which would certainly improve trade volume and bring the business communities of both countries more close to each other.
They further expressed concerns over limited period visas being issued to visitors from Pakistan for up to seven days only which has to be increased to at least one month in order to encourage business-to-business and people-to-people interaction between the two countries which would certainly yield positive results.
After being briefed about the potential of Mauritius, KCCI’s delegation was fairly convinced that the island was a gateway to Africa and it has the potential to become Dubai of Africa in the days to come. Mauritius can be used by the Pakistani business community to effectively penetrate into the African region where Pakistan’s trade was almost non-existent.

Turkey keen to explore investment opportunities in Energy and Infrastructure Project says CG Tolga Ucak

Karachi (Cliff News)Newly appointed Turkish Consul General in Karachi Tolga Ucak has speak about the importance of the people-to-people contact at Turkish Airlines Agency Award Ceremony 2017 in Karachi.He also underlined the progress that the Turkish Airlines achieved in the timeline and contribution of the Turkish Airlines to the image and tourism sector in Turkey.He said that Pakistan and Turkey can also benefit from each other experiences and expertise in the aviation sector and PIA and Turkish Airlines already enjoy working relationship.Tolga Ucak while praising the recent decision by government of Pakistan to introduce visa on arrival policy said that it’s a good step to promote inbound tourism in Pakistan. Since security environment is improving in Karachi, we would like to introduce Karachi to Turkish people as a safe and interesting tourism destination and hopefully more Turkish tourists would come to Pakistan in 2018. He praised the role of travel agencies in promoting Turkey as a preferred tourism destination for Pakistani tourists and informed that, according to the figures of Turkish Statistical Institute, in 2017 approximately 77,000 Pakistanis travelled to Turkey. Tolga Ucak informed that in year 2000 the number of visitors to Turkey from Pakistan was just 7,908 which reached to almost 21,000 travelers in 2007, 50,000 in 2014 and ultimately 77,000 travelers in year 2017.He hoped that with several attractive packages by Turkish Airlines, year 2018 would set a new record of Pakistani travelers travelling to Turkey. Consul General said that UN World Tourism Organization figures for global tourism for 2017 is 1.3 billion people with an annual rise of 6.7%. The number of foreigners visited Turkey in 2017 was 32.5 million with an annual increase of 27.8 percent compare to 2016.Mr. Fatih Atacan Temel GM Karachi Turkish Airlines informed that his airline has recorded 352% Increase in its corporate sales from Karachi station, achieved 34.5% revenue Increase, 5% passenger load factor Increase and 13% business class cabin load factor increase in 2017.Turkish Airlines has achieved an increase of 9.3 percent in the number of passengers in 2017 compared to the previous year, carrying 68 million 616 thousand passengers. Passenger occupancy rate increased by 4.7 percentage points to 79.1 percent. In the last month of 2017, the flag carrier reached its occupancy rate of 79.5%, the highest of its history.Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance-member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 330 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 301 destinations worldwide with 252 international and 49 domestic. According to the 2017 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines already has a six consecutive years of “Best Airline in Europe”award between 2011-2016, now chosen as the“Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the ninth consecutive times.

 

World Tourism Day,Jovago.pk wellcomes Pearl Continental and Marriot Hotel onboard

Karachi(Cliff News)Jovago.pk, Pakistan’s first and no.1 online hotel booking website on the occasion of “World Tourism Day” that is celebrated every year on September 27 globally, brings exciting announcement for its travelers. Jovago.pk welcomesPearl-Continental & Marriott PakistanHotels onboard. Building on an existing relationship with Hashoo Group’s Hotel One brand, the new partnership with the country’s largest hotel chain is another milestone achieved by Jovago.pk with an aim to pave ways for travelers across Pakistan including corporate executives, business travelers and tourists. With this venture, Jovago.pk continues to successfully capture majority of hotel partners in Pakistan to facilitate travelers with maximum choices of hotels at affordable rates and luxurious accommodations all over the country when making travelling plans.Under this partnership, travelers of Jovago can access the entire portfolio of Pearl-Continental and Marriott hotels – a total of nine destinations across the country. Travelers are now provided with options in seven different destinations that include Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad, Bhurban, and Gwadar for Pearl-Continental Hotels and Marriott hotels in Karachi and Islamabad.Customers can now book their desired accommodations across these nine destinations immediately through Jovago.pk’s website. It is an opportunityfor business executives and corporate partners to make their traveling hassle free through Jovago on the best guaranteed prices.Commenting on this great news for the travelers, Nadine Malik, CEO Jovago Asia said, “”Jovago.pk continuously thrives to increase its portfolio of hotel partners to offer more choice to our customers. We are pleased to join hands with PC hotels, one of the most prestigious hotel chains in Pakistan and together hope to make travel easier for all Pakistanis. We guarantee best choices at affordable rates to strengthen domestic tourism.”Sharing her thoughts on this partnership, Ms. Lashley Pulsipher, Chief Marketing, Sales, and Revenue Management OfficerHashoo Group – Hospitality Division said, “We’re seeing a lot of growth in online bookings so partnering with Jovago was an easy decision to make. Our portfolio of hotels covers Pakistan from the mountains in the North to beach in theSouth and featuring our hotels on Pakistan’s top online booking website gives us even more opportunities to reach our customers.”

About Jovago.pk
Jovago, Pakistan’s No.1 hotel booking website, allowing its customers to get the best prices for more than 2,000 hotels across Pakistan and 225,000 hotels around the world. Owned by German Group Rocket Internet, with its headquarters in Berlin. Jovago aims to bring the most convenient accommodation facilities online to create the easiest and cheapest way for its customers to book and enjoy hassle free travel. Its offices are located in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad (Pakistan), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Yangong (Myanmar), Porto (Portugal) and Paris (France). Reachat:https://www.jovago.net/en-gb/about-us

About Hashoo Group- Hospitality division:

Established in 1960 by Mr. SadruddinHashwani, Hashoo Group has emerged as Pakistan’s premium conglomerate with a diversified international business portfolio encompassing hospitality, travel and tourism, real estate, oil and gas, IT, investments, minerals, ceramics, pharmaceuticals and commodity trading businesses. Hashoo Group’s hospitality division includes Hotel One, Pearl-Continental and Marriott Hotels with a presence in all major cities.

Ancient Wisdom Inspires Modern Success

Written By Shumaila Aslam

When emperors of old would climb Taishan Mountain, China’s holiest mountain, they’d reach the 1,532-meter peak and kneel before heaven to pray for a more fertile land. Thousands of years later, I cross into the East China province of Shandong at over 300 kilometers per hour aboard a state-of-the-art bullet train with my own mountain to climb. Sadly, not Taishan Mountain. Instead, I want to understand the modern identity of Shandong itself, an area shaped by its spectacular geography and rich cultural heritage and history.

As the train begins its approach, the provincial capital Jinan, factories and oil wells pop up out of the rugged landscape like intricate industrial trinkets of progress across a land that has learned not just to rely on its history, but move with the times too. Today, Shandong is the third-richest province in China, after Guangdong and Jiangsu, and is an industrial leader in oil, minerals and energy.

From the Peak of Taishan Mountain, stretching across expansive plains to the Yellow and Bohai seas, Shandong is a place of contradictions and vast differences which somehow exist in harmony. It is a place where Confucian proverbs stand side by side with high-tech industry and innovation. It is a place of deep natural beauty and fierce industrial competition. And yet, seemingly, a balance is struck between the two sides, like the husky tones of the Yellow River blending with blue water as it empties into the ocean.

Perhaps this see-saw act can best be embodied by Shandong’s two most famous sons, Confucius and Sun Zi. Born in Shandong in the fifth century BC, Confucius was a teacher and philosopher who taught people how to live according to moral virtues and unselfishness — themes which recur in the province’s many temples and historic sites. Sun Ziwas a general and military strategist born 10 years after Confucius and who is famous for writing the widely influential book The Art of War — which today has a deep impact on businesses in the province.

Both men have had a profound influence on Shandong — Confucius’ teachings extolling the benefits of altruistic wisdom and learning, and Sun Zi inspiring businesses in the region to get an edge, push forward, be creative and achieve success in the battlefield of business. After visiting enterprise after enterprise across Shandong, I realize just how important the history and culture of the province have been in the success of many — from heavy vehicle manufacturer Sinotruk’s headquarters in Jinan, where the production line works as efficiently as an army of highly-trained soldiers, to a solar farm in Dongying, where the panels play a symbiotic role with nature, aiding the growth of sea cucumbers.

When those emperors prayed for fertile lands all those centuries ago atop Taishan Mountain, little would they have known just how fertile that land would become.

 

COTHM Karachi Witnessed it 3rd Annual Convocation with the Theme “Take Flight”

 

 

Karachi (Cliff News)The 3rd Convocation ceremony of COTHM (College of Tourism and Hotel Management) was held on Sunday 17thof September 2017 at FTC auditorium, Karachi.COTHM Karachi came up with a brilliant idea to make the Convocation theme based. The theme was “Take Flight”, golden plane was used as a metaphor to symbolize soaring to newer heights.The Convocation started off with welcome address, Director of COTHM, Mr.Sabir Ahmed praised the efforts of the students and faculty while emphasizing the role of education in the development of Pakistan. He thanked the Chief Guest for his gracious presence Mr.Ahsan Ullah Khan, who is Chairman Skills Development Karachi , was the Chief Guest of the Convocation whileMr.Ahmed Shafiq ( CEO COTHM Pakistan and Dubai), Dr.Masroor Ahmed Shaikh ( Chairman Sindh Board of Technical Education ), Dr.Shahana Uooj Kazmi(Rector at Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education ),Mr.Kaukab Iqbal (Chairman Consumer Association of Pakistan ) & Mr.Asif Javed (Executive Director COTHM Islamabad) were also present on the occasion.The ceremony was marked with deep appreciation from teachers, parents, and friends, high motivation by the Director of COTHM Karachi, catching eye of the corporate sector, patronage by the Chair Person and best wishes for the future.A total of 100 graduates were conferred certificates regarding the discipline related to hospitality.The ceremony was marked with deep appreciation from teachers, parents, and friends, high motivation by the Director of COTHM Karachi, catching eye of the corporate sector, patronage by the Chair Person and best wishes for the future.The convocation ended with a twist where graduand threw paper planes which wrapped up the theme of the convocation- “Take Flight”, where graduand continue to soar high in the industry like the paper planes do.