Jayapura, Jubi – The Department of Tourism and Creative Economics of Papua Province is planning to hold the Festival of Melanesian Archipelago in an effort to open up to neighboring countries.
“The Papua festival is one of our big programs,” the head of Tourism and Creative Economics, David Pagawak, said in Jayapura this week.
“We call it Melanesian because Papua New Guinea people are Melanesian and it is a neighboring country,” he said.
When asked about the use of the term archipelago, David said Papua also wanted to open up to other provinces in Indonesia. In the festival, there would be a display of handicrafts, art, cultural and dance performances, etc.
Through this program, it hoped that would attract more tourists to come and would bring tremendous revenue to the Native people.The festival would be coincided with the National Games (PON) in 2020. (*)