The Jakarta Post
The Rafflesia flower is an endemic flora species of Bengkulu. (Shutterstock/Mazur Travel)
The 2019 Bumi Rafflesia Festival returned to the Panjang Beach Sports Center in Bengkulu from July 18 to 22.
According to a statement received by The Jakarta Post, the festival was aimed at attracting international tourists by exposing them to Bengkulu’s nature and cultural attractions.
This year's event featured several activities, including a tourism exhibition, an investment discussion, an ethnic carnival and a coffee and culinary festival. It also featured the International Folk Art Festival, which involved participants from Singapore, Thailand, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
Bengkulu Governor Rohidin Mersyah said on opening day that the festival was among the Top 100 Wonderful Indonesia events and was supported by the Tourism Ministry, Antara news agency reported.
He added that the festival was also aimed at promoting the preservation of the Rafflesia flower as an endemic flora species of Bengkulu. (jes/kes)
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