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Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, Charge d’affaires de Belarus, Mr. Coen Masselink, General Manager of Des Indes, H.E. Mr. I Gusti Wesake Puja, Ambassador of Indonesia, the Ambassador of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Amgad Abdel Ghaffar, Santa Claus, Narumi Bucheli and Ms. Irina Vassilevska.

By Tereza Neuwirthová.

On the Friday afternoon of 6th December, the magnificent Hotel Des Indes in The Hague hosted a reception on the occasion of its annual Christmas decorations lighting tradition. 

The opulent lounge of the emblematic Des Indes was decorated in elegant Christmas decorations, which perfectly suited the impressive design of this historical hotel.

Upon their arrival into the lounge, the guests were welcomed with a glass of champagne coupled with savoury refreshments, and they could enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere created by the charming decorations and music played by the DJ. 

The General Manager of Hotel Des Indes, Mr. Coen Masselink opened the lighting ceremony with his speech:

“Today, we celebrate our first anniversary with The Leading Hotels of the World. Our transition to this very prestigious collection has been very successful, and I would like to use this moment to thank my colleagues for their enormous effort that has gone into this transition in the last 12 months.”

Mr. Coen Masselink, Des Indes General Manager during his speech, behind members of YMCA gospel choir from Scheveningen.

“Just before we light up the tree, on behalf of my team, I would like to wish you all present a very merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy 2020.”

Thereafter, a countdown followed until the Christmas tree was lightened up, a grandiose and magical moment that was accompanied by a spectacular performance of the YMCA gospel choir from Scheveningen, under the lead of conductor Rob Buis.

Ms. Irina Vassilevska, Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky, Charge d’affaires de Belarus, Mr. Coen Masselink from Des Indes, Mr. Fernando Bucheli Vargas, Consul General of Ecuador and Narumi Bucheli with Santa Claus.

As the Christmas atmosphere settled in through the music, the guests chatted and indulged in small delicacies prepared by the Des Indes culinary team.

The annual lighting tradition saw the attendance of a number of diplomats, among them the Ambassador of Indonesia, H.E. I Gusti Wesaka Puja, the Ambassador of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Amgad Abdel Ghafar, the Charge d’affaires of Belaurs, Dr. Stanislav Vassilevsky and Ms. Irina Vassilevska, the Consul General of Ecuador, Mr. Fernando Bucheli and Narumi Bucheli, as well as other distinguished guests, who contributed to creating a pleasurable atmosphere at this very special Christmas event organised by Hotel Des Indes. 

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