The Jakarta Post
Tambora Charms Festival is set to return in April. (Shutterstock/ everigenia)
The Pesona Tambora (Tambora Charms) festival is set to return in April to Dompu regency, West Nusa Tenggara. Held for the fourth time since 2015, the event will mostly take place on the Ndoro Ncanga savanna field.
The Tourism Ministry and the West Nusa Tenggara provincial government officially announced the event on Feb. 22 in Mataram.
“This year, the festival was listed on the 2018 calendar of events by the ministry. This shows that the event is considered an attraction,” said West Nusa Tenggara Tourism Agency head Lalu Mohammad Faozal.
The first Tambora festival was launched to commemorate the massive eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815.
Faozal stated that a number of events would take place between April 1 and 11 in several locations across five regencies on Sumbawa Island. Among the events are the Extreme Marathon Tambora Challenge 320K, a surfing festival at Lakey Beach in Dompu regency and a buffalo race in West Sumbawa.
Faozal also said that the number of visitors would likely increase this year due to improved access to the island.
"The road has been paved with hot mix, and there are three daily flights from Lombok International Airport to Bima," he said.
The Tourism Ministry's division I deputy of marketing development, I Gede Pitana, stated that after three years of festivals, Sumbawa Island and Mount Tambora had garnered interest as exceptional tourist destinations. (wen)
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