The Jakarta Post
The Heart of Borneo rainforest conservation area in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan, is seen from an airplane window in this undated photograph. (thejakartapost.com/Severianus Endi)
The fourth edition of the Lake Sentarum Festival is to return on Oct. 25-28 at Lake Sentarum National Park in Kapuas Hulu regency, West Kalimantan.
Kompas.com reports that the festival will feature a series of activities, including the Sentarum Lake Cruise, Sentarum Ethnic Music Festival, Arwana Super Red Contest, a traditional boat parade, a cultural carnival and even a honey-drinking competition.
While the Lake Sentarum Festival will be centered in the national park, some activities will be held at four other locations in Putussibau, Lanjak, Badau and Sriaman.
Tourism Ministry multicultural expert staffer Esthy Reko Astuti said the Lake Sentarum Festival was among the calendar events of the "100 Wonderful Indonesia" national tourism program, as it had both cultural and commercial values.
Esthy said that Kapuas Hulu's cross-border event also served to promote the country’s tourist destinations beyond the Riau Islands and East Nusa Tenggara.
The ministry's data showed that 7,865 people visited Lake Sentarum during last year's festival, of which 7,000 were Malaysian tourists.
Kapuas Hulu Regent A.M. Nasir said that the festival was among the regency's efforts to introduce its tourist attractions and increase the number of tourists to the regency. (jes/kes)