The Jakarta Post
Fallen trees lie on a tropical beach in Maluku. (Shutterstock/-)
The Maluku administration aims to make the most of the annual Ambon Bay Party to draw more tourists to the province.
Set to be opened by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, the three-day festival is slated to run from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10 this year.
“With this activity we want tourism in Maluku to become more widely known,” Maluku Governor Said Assagaff said in Ambon on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.
“I invite all the people of Maluku to welcome this event so we can create a climate of good tourism together and make tourists, especially foreigners, feel at home while visiting Maluku,” he added.
Meanwhile, Maluku Tourism Agency head Rosmin Tutupoho said this year's festival would be different from previous years. In addition to being launched by the tourism minister, the event would feature various activities, such as an ethnic carnival, a decorative boat parade, a fishing race and other events. At least 45 participants have reportedly registered for various boat contests. (tif/kes)