The Jakarta Post
Lampung, a province on the eastern tip of Sumatra Island, will organize the 27th Lampung Krakatau Festival from Aug. 25 to 27, with the hope that the event will become a major tourist attraction.
“We hope the festival will be one of the national tourism icons,” said Lampung Governor Muhammad Ridho Ficardo in Jakarta on Monday.
Ridho and Tourism Minister Arief Yahya on Monday announced the event, which will be held in the provincial capital of Bandar Lampung and South Lampung regency. The festival is expected to attract some 30,000 people.Read also: Annual Krakatau Lampung Festival to return in August
Among the highlights of the festival is the Krakatau Tour, which will invite festivalgoers to several islands that were formed after the massive eruption of Mount Krakatau in August 1883.
It was one of the most deadly volcanic eruptions in the world, killing more than 36,000 people.
During the event, the organizers will also stage a tourism expo, art and cultural performances, a cultural parade and a photo exhibition.
Meanwhile, Arief expressed appreciation to the Lampung administration for organizing the festival, saying it would showcase the province's beautiful natural resources and cultural performances.
Ridho said tourism could boost the province’s economy.
He expressed hope that several infrastructure projects – the trans-Sumatra toll road, the VIP dock at Bakauheni Port and the upgrading of Radin Inten II into an international airport –would help advance tourism in the province. (mrc/bbn)