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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Jakarta left with 'no time' to prepare for tourism drive

Jakarta was left with "very little time" to prepare for Visit Indonesia Year 2008, resulting in few events being organized in the capital to support the national tourism drive, a city official said.

"The central government informed us quite late about the campaign," city tourism agency head Yusuf Effendi Pohan said Thursday at City Hall.

However, he refused to admit the city was unprepared for the campaign, which was launched on Dec. 26, 2007.

Yusuf said events in Jakarta that were expected to support the national campaign included the annual Jakarta Great Sale in June and international events such as the Java Jazz Festival in March and the JakJazz jazz festival in November.

He said several new events would also be launched in the city in 2008, including a kite festival and Jakarta Fashion Week.

The city's official tourism website, www.jakarta-tourism.go.id, fails to mention in any detail Visit Indonesia Year 2008.

Only four events to be held this year can be found on the website: Trend Furniture 2008, the International Education Expo, Trend Property 2008 and the International Renewable Energy Conference.

Remarkably, the upcoming Java Jazz Festival, to be held from March 7-9, is not mentioned. Since its inaugural year in 2005, the event has attracted an average of 100,000 domestic and international visitors each year.

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