More tourists expected to visit Papua for Lake Sentani festival

More foreign and domestic tourists are expected to visit Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua for the Lake Sentani Festival.

Jayapura Regent Habel Melkias Suwae said in Jayapura on Thursday the festival, the third of its kind since 2008, would be hed from June 19 to June 23, 2010, under the theme "Loving Culture for our Future."

"The first festival in 2008 attracted around 2,000 foreign and domestic tourists. The number rose to around 5,000 in the second event. This year in the third festival, we hope to see more than 10,000 tourists," Habel said as quoted by the Antara news agency.

Habel explained that various preparations were being made to ensure the annual event's success.

According to him, this year's event would serve as a year-long gateway for the tourism industry in the province of Papua.

Organized by the Papua Tourism Office, the first festival was held in 2008 to support the annual Baliem Valley Festival in Jayawijaya regency.

Since then, the festival was held as an effort to help protect the culture of Jayapura, especially at the areas around Lake Sentani.

Located some 75 meters above sea level and surrounded by beautiful hills, the 3.63-hectare Lake Sentani is a perfect place for fishing, swimming, canoing, skiing, and other kinds of water sports.

"No wonder, Lake Sentani Festival will serve as a year-long gateway for the tourism industry in Jayapura specifically and in the whole Papua province," Habel added.

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