This year marks the 4th anniversary of the festival that is held in public spaces, such as Curug Batu Templek, Plaza Cikapundung River Spot and Car Free Day Dago in Jl. Ir. Juanda.
“The participants of this year’s BIAF come from 11 cities and provinces in Indonesia and eight countries,” said Tourism Ministry’s Archipelago Marketing Development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti.
The nine countries attending the event include India, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, Japan, United States, Hungary and Egypt.
Among the festival’s activities are installation, workshop, forum, people’s party and syukuran lembur (overtime gathering to express gratitude to God).
“This event serves as an interesting cultural attraction that will promote the wonder of Indonesia through nature and culture. Cultural tourism is one of the leading tourism in our country that needs to be preserved and celebrated consistently,” Esthy added.
Indonesia’s tourism portfolio consists of three main tourism, namely nature that takes up 35 percent, culture that takes up 60 percent and man-made that takes up five percent; the percentages however are different in each region.
Source : The Jakarta Post & Pikiran Rakyat Photo