Published on : Tuesday, February 28, 2017
As part of efforts in complying with targets set in tourism sector, Indonesian tourism ministry, in coordination with regional governments, has scheduled a list of traditional festivals, sport tourism and other tourism activities throughout April and May this year.
Indonesia has been engaging its utmost to bolster the tourism sector since it has been declared as the nation’s core business, replacing the previous oil and gas, coal and palm oil industry.
Indonesia saw increasing foreign visitor arrivals in the last few years with more than 12 million recorded last year. The nation has set targets to see 15 million ones this year and 20 million ones by 2019 respectively.
Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said that parts of the 22 events scheduled during the two months was a major session to commemorate the two-century anniversary of Tambora volcano’s devastating eruption scheduled in April.
The event, called Tambora Greets the World, would continue the ones held in the last two years in Indonesia’s eastern region of West Nusa Tenggara province’s Dompu regency.
It would be filled by cultural attractions and related events in the conservancy-planned site for domestic and international mountaineering.
The minister said that in the nation’s western region, sport tourism activities, comprised of 10K Marathon and cycling, have also been planned in Aceh province. Domestic and foreign athletes were expected to take part in the events scheduled in mid April.
In Aceh’s nearby province of North Sumatra, provincial government has scheduled tourism events throughout the year called 2017 Horas Samosir Fiesta, featured with various festivals and international marathon championship around the Jurassic Lake Toba.
Elsewhere in central part of the nation, the ministry also scheduled Enchanting Tomini Bay week in early April. The event is expected to spoil divers during the best period to enjoy undersea scenery in Indonesia’s award-winning Sulawesi waters.
Through the coordinated efforts carried out by related ministries and agencies, Indonesia expects to par with countries in Southeast Asia region in tapping benefits from tourism sector to propel their economies.