Kalimantan Island tourism is slated to be promoted in Yogyakarta in a three-day event called Borneo Extravaganza 2017 that will be held from July 14 until 16 at the atrium of Jogja City Mall.

“Yogyakarta is chosen because it is one of local and international tourists’ main destinations. We see an increase in tourist numbers every year. The high quantity of flights that serve the Yogyakarta – Kalimantan route also makes it easier for tourists to visit Borneo,” explained tourism ministry's archipelago tourism development deputy, Esthy Reko Astuti.

Themed 'Funtastic Borneo', the event has appointed East Kalimantan province as the host and will showcase cultural attractions from Dayak and Chinese ethnic groups, Malay dance, also local handicrafts such as anyaman (woven crafts) and gemstones from Martapura, South Kalimantan. Local food and tour packages will also be offered.

“In the next three years, the number of foreign tourists will reach 20 million and local tourists will reach 275. Indonesia’s tourism competitiveness index will take the 30th place in the world, an increase from its current position in the 42nd place among 141 countries,” Astuti added.

Wawan Gunawan also mentioned Kalimantan's focus on tourism objects which encompass nature, culture and man-made resorts such as Tanjung Puting National Park that is famous for its orangutan conservation, Derawan Islands for diving, Rungan and Kahayan rivers for river cruises. The Dayak, Malay and Chinese cultural tourism in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, also serve as tourist attractions in Kalimantan.

East Kalimantan province's head of tourism department, Timur Syafruddin Pernyata said the promotion will highlight the five provinces in Kalimantan encompassing South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and North Kalimantan.

"There will be an exhibition of tourism potential information, creative economy, and culinary arts. We will also hold a tabletop discussion with the tourism industry by inviting [tourism package] sellers from each province to be introduced to national and international buyers so they can have tourism package transactions in each province," he explained. (asw)

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