Biak: Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is scheduled to officially open the Biak Munawa Wampasi (BMW) Festival to be held in Biak Numfor on July 1-6, 2019.
"The Biak Numfor district government has sent an invitation letter to the tourism minister in Jakarta. Yes, this festival showcasing the Biak indigenous culture has been included in the Tourism Ministry's annual Calendar of Tourism Events," Turbey Onisimus Dangeubun, head of the Biak Tourism Office, stated here on Thursday.
The festival will showcase distinctive traditions of Biak, such as "Snapmor" shallow water fishing and "Apen Beyeren" walk on hot rocks.
Other event activities comprise an underwater photo contest, fishing contest, Wor dance parade, traditional Mansusui and Wairon boat competition, local creative economic expo, a music show, culinary bazaar, and Padaido isle tour.
The annual BMW Festival this year is themed "Strengthening culture, framing enchantment."
Some 15.81 million tourists had visited Indonesia in 2018, up 12.58 percent, from 14.04 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).
Nearly 10.08 million tourists traveled to Indonesia by air, 3.22 million by sea, and 2.51 million by land.
As many as 6.02 million tourists arrived in Indonesia via the Ngurah Rai Airport and 2.8 million tourists via the Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
In 2018, the number of foreign tourists coming from the ASEAN region had increased, which was 20.60 percent as compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile, the number of foreign tourists coming from the Middle East region had decreased as many as 6.13 percent.
In terms of nationality, Malaysia took the lead as the country contributing the highest number of foreign tourists to Indonesia in 2018, with 2.50 million travelers; followed by China, with 2.14 million travelers, and Singapore, with 1.77 million tourists. (Antara)