Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry will hold a cross-border festival in Jayapura city, Jayapura, in 2023, and is aiming to attract at least two thousand visitors to the event.

Head of the Jayapura Tourism Office Matias Mano said that Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno expressed his intention to conduct the festival during a visit to the border post in Skouw village on Tuesday (March 21, 2023).

"Aside from the cross-border festival, other activity to rouse tourism in Jayapura city is the ten-km run competition," he added.

The ten-kilometer race will involve Indonesians and Papua New Guineans living in the city, he informed.

“So, the setup of the competition is five kilometers in Indonesia, then five more kilometers in Papua New Guinea," he said.

Mano informed that the race has been designed with such a setup so that people will become interested in coming to the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border in Skouw village.

He also disclosed that the ministry is intending to make Jayapura a creative city, just like Ambon city in Maluku, which is known for its music.

"This is also in accordance with President Joko Widodo's directive when he established Papua Youth Creative Hub in Jayapura city on Tuesday, March 21, in which he expected a Jayapura street carnival event (to be held),” Mano said.

He informed that the carnival will kick off in June as part of the Sentani Lake festival, which will take place in Jayapura.

"(This initiative) can serve as a direction for us in creating Jayapura as a city of fashion, on top of other choices from Jayapura municipal government should they wish to make Jayapura a city of dance, it is possible," he said.

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