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European Royalty, avid art collector and curator, visits Tonga National Cultural Center.

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04th August, 2017 The Ministry of Tourism’s Acting CEO, Mr. Sione Moala-Mafi on behalf of the Hon. Minister of Tourism and the Ministry, warmly welcomed Her Imperial Royal Highness Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduchess of Austria, Royal Princess of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, to the Tonga National Cultural Center at Tofoa, yesterday afternoon.

Accompanying Her Imperial Royal Highness (HIRH) was Academy Director of TBA21, Mr. Markus Reymann who is in Tonga with HIRH, to initiate dialogue over developing a partnership between the Cultural Division of the Ministry of Tourism and their Arts Academy in Vienna.

TBA21 is a contemporary Arts Academy whose interests in the Pacific islands including Tonga, is with its underwater world especially in the Tonga Trench and its vast potential as a subject for creative contemporary art via science and technology. HRIH also expressed her interest in the Ministry’s plan to revive and reopen the Tonga National Museum and invited the Ministry’s Cultural Division for continuous dialogue and action over this project.

The Royal party, which includes her children will be in Tonga in the next few days, visiting the sights and the outer islands before returning abroad. Their next visit to the Kingdom is scheduled for July 2018.

The Ministry of Tourism wishes HIRH Francesca von Habsburg and her entourage an enjoyable time in the Kingdom and is looking forward for collaboratively working with her and TBA21 in future towards our shared interests in culture and arts.


Issued by the: Ministry of Tourism.


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