Tourism in Karo exhibits its strength amid volcanic eruptions

Published on : Friday, December 29, 2017

Tourism in KaroThe frequent eruptions of Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have not deterred its residents from optimizing its tourism potential. The region recently organized an international jazz festival, dubbed Sinabung Karo Jazz 2017, at the Taman Simalem Resort on Dec. 27.


Head of the Karo Tourism Office, Mulia Barus, said that the festival was proof of the safety of the region regarding tourist arrivals as well as international shows. Mulia also said that the local government also planned to open a new tourist destination called the Volcano Park, which will make Sinabung’s volcanic activity part of Karo’s tourism.


Mulia said, “This volcano tourist spot is already in the master plan and will shortly be opened to draw tourists wishing to witness Sinabung’s eruptions as part of nature tourism.”


There are also plans to build a museum dedicated to Mt. Sinabung. The museum will later be a tourist attraction and home to various objects and accounts related to the eruptions.


The 2,460-meter-high mountain first erupted on Aug. 29, 2010. The highest volcano in North Sumatra had been dormant since 1600. After claiming the lives of over 20 people, Sinabung still shows no signs of inactivity.


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