Manado, North Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - The government of North Sulawesi is holding the Enchantment Bunaken Festival in the provincial capital of Manado on July 19-22,2018, to preserve the natural environment and cultural arts on the island of Bunaken.

"This festival will certainly leave a special impression and lead to lasting memories for both local and foreign tourists, who come to visit the Land of Swaying Coconuts," North Sulawesi Tourism Office Chief Daniel A. Mewengkang remarked here on Friday.

He noted that all small and medium entrepreneurs from all districts and cities in North Sulawesi are involved in this festival to showcase various products of excellence from this province.

In addition, the leading products from various regions in Indonesia, such as fashion products, batik, weaving, embroidery, various handicrafts, accessories, jewelry, processed foods and beverages, agricultural, plantation, marine, and fisheries commodities, and tourism information are also featured at this festival.

"Through the exhibition of superior products in the Bunaken Festival, there will be interaction between the seller and buyer and also between business actors to establish business communication and expand the marketing network," Mewengkang pointed out.

Primarily, this festival will be a promotional event of the archipelago`s tourism and superior products to the wider community, especially domestic and foreign tourists, as well as buyers and business actors.

He revealed that various events to be held to enliven the festival comprise the race of ornamental boats, cultural carnival competitions, Kolintang race, Maengket race, new dances, and other interesting entertainment events.

Thousands of local and foreign tourists as well as central and local government officials, businesses, and communities of North Sulawesi will attend the Bunaken Festival.

Reporter: Nancy Lynda Tigauw
Editor: Otniel Tamindael
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