The East Java Government launched 482 cultural and tourism events that will be held throughout 2018.
“A total of 482 cultural and tourism activities consist of 108 festivals and 374 nonfestival which spread in 38 districts / cities, contained in East Java Tourism Calendar 2018,” said Head of Culture and Tourism East Java Provincial Government Jarianto in a press conference in Surabaya.
He said that of hundreds of cultural activities and tourism in East Java 2018 Tour Calendar, 10 of them curated by a team from the Ministry of Tourism of the Central Government, namely Jember Fashion Carnival, Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival, Yadnya Kasada and Exotica Bromo, Malang Flower Carnival, Kemilau Madura, Pasar Seni Lukis Indonesia, Gandrung Sewu, International Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen, Festival of Keraton Nusantara, and Festival Malang Kota Tua.
“A total of 10 activities directly curated by the Ministry of Tourism team are included in the ‘Top 100 Wonderful Event 2018’,” he said.
In addition, he added, in addition to the 10 cultural and tourism activities that nationally have entered the “Top 100 Wonderful Event 2018”, the East Java Province has also summarized hundreds of cultural and tourism activities into the “Top 50 East Java Event”.
“The entry of ’50 Top East Java Event ‘is certainly unique, in addition to national and international scale in terms of participants and audience, has been routinely implemented or has the potential to develop because of its uniqueness, and not a memorial anniversary,” he said, explaining.
Jarianto believes, all 482 cultural activities and tourism in East Java 2018 Tourism Calendar can increase tourist visits, especially from abroad to East Java.
“Throughout the year 2017, we recorded the number of foreign tourist arrivals to East Java amounted to about 58 million people. The visits foreign tourists in 2018 this could be more increased again,” he said.