North Toraja backs halal tourism programs

North Toraja backs halal tourism programs

Kete' Kesu, a major tourist destination in North Toraja, South Sulawesi. ( ANTARA/ Suriani Mappong/h-fdh)

Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA) - The North Toraja tourism office has accepted the halal tourism concept for 300 tourist attractions in the district located in South Sulawesi, as part of its support to the Wonderful Indonesia tourism promotion.

North Toraja had some 300 tourist attractions, including 17 major ones, such as Kete 'Kesu, Londa, Kalimbong Bori', Saddang Barana, and Pallawa, Head of the North Toraja Culture and Tourism Office Harly Pariatno stated here on Thursday.

One of the most visited attractions by foreign and domestic tourists is Kete 'Kesu, a traditional house area of Tongkonan and the stone cemetery.

The local administration will set up places of worship for visiting Muslims.

Chairperson of the Kete 'Kesu Foundation Layuk Sarungallo, concurrently the local customary leader, confirmed about the local administration's policy.

Sarungallo noted that although most Toraja people are Christians, the bulk of visitors to Kete 'Kesu are Muslims.

Earlier, there was a small mosque, but currently, the government is building a mosque for Muslim tourists.

By supporting the central government's halal tourism programs, North Toraja is optimistic of more tourists visiting.

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