Indonesia Tourism Ministry plans to host cross-border festival to boost tourism

 Wednesday, March 29, 2023 


With the goal of attracting at least 2,000 visitors, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry of Indonesia plans to conduct a cross-border festival in Jayapura city, Jayapura, in 2023.

According to Matias Mano, the head of the Jayapura Tourism Office, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno expressed his intention to hold the festival during a visit to the border post in Skouw village on March 21.

“Aside from the cross-border festival, other activity to rouse tourism in Jayapura city is the ten-km run competition,” he added.

He informed that the carnival will kick off in June as part of the Sentani Lake festival, which will take place in Jayapura.

The ten-kilometer event will include residents of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, he said.

“So, the setup of the competition is five kilometers in Indonesia, then five more kilometers in Papua New Guinea,” he said.

Mano stated that the race was planned in such a way that people would be interested in visiting the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border at Skouw village.

He also said that the government intends to create Jayapura as a creative city, similar to Ambon, Maluku, which is famed for its music.

“This is also in accordance with President Joko Widodo’s directive when he established Papua Youth Creative Hub in Jayapura city on Tuesday, March 21, in which he expected a Jayapura street carnival event (to be held),” Mano said.

“(This initiative) can serve as a direction for us in creating Jayapura as a city of fashion, on top of other choices from Jayapura municipal government should they wish to make Jayapura a city of dance, it is possible,” he said.

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