Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tourism minister invites visitors to attend Mentawai Festival

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has invited the public to visit Mentawai Enchantment Festival 2016 on April 19 to 21.

"The visitors can enjoy traditional food and marine tourism on Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra," Arief Yahya said here on Sunday.

Mentawai was known for its best surfing point. Many international surfing competitions are held in Mentawai each year.

There are two spots of wave namely Lances Right and Macaronies. The two points are recorded as the 10th best in the world for surfers.

Mentawai Islands have pristine beaches with sunbaked sands and has consistently been a popular surfing destination.

There are about 73 surf spots in Mentawai with 49 of them offering exclusive locations.

In addition to surfing spots, there are also 33 diving locations and 38 fishing areas.

"Please look for wonderful Indonesia in Mentawai," the minister said.

Various entertainments are being prepared by the local government to attract the tourists.

The festival will display art and cultural exhibitions, nautical activities, traditional dances, food, and many others.

The festival activities will be centered on Mapaddegat Beach, District of North Sipora, West Sumatra.

The government of Mentawai Island will establish 10 tourism villages as an effort to improve rural welfare.

"We have set a target of establishing 10 tourism villages throughout Mentawai Islands during 2016 and 2017," said Head of the Mentawai Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports Office Desti Seminora in Tuapejat Tuesday.

She explained, the establishment of a tourist village in the area is a government effort to involve the community and to support the growth and the number of tourists to Mentawai.

In addition, the tourist village will have a positive impact on the economic improvement of the local community by utilizing the potential and natural resources of each village. (Antara)

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