More tourists attracted by Ambon`s world peace gong
Tue, September 21 2010 11:21 | 1034 Views
Ambon, Maluku (ANTARA News) - More tourists will be visiting the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon to see the world peace gong, dedicated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in November last year.
Maluku Culture and Tourism Office spokesperson Florence Sahusilawane has said the gong had attracted a lot of domestic as well as foreign tourists.
"I have been informed by Swiss-bell Hotel that more tourists from Australia and Canada will come to Ambon next month to see the world peace gong," Sahusilawane said here on Tuesday.
She said the 34th world peace gong was set up in the center of Ambon city to show that the area was absolutely safe for tourists to visit.
According to Sahusilawane, the world peace gong was set up in Maluku provincial city instead of Indonesian capital on consideration that the province has absolutely safe and peaceful after being wrecked by a three-year sectarian violence from 1999 to 2002.
"The world peace gong in Ambon will tell the world that Maluku is safe and peaceful, and therefore both domestic and foreign tourists can visit the province anytime," Sahusilawane said.
In addition, she said the increasing number of foreign tourists visiting Maluku, especially Ambon, was due to the successful international marine event of Sail Banda from July 14 to August 17, 2010.
She said 8,172 foreign tourists had visited Maluku from May to August this year and their number doubled from last year`s 4,851.
While the number of domestic tourists to Maluku during the same period this year rose sharply from around 8,000 last year to 20,936 this year.
Sahusilawane hoped that more local tourist would come to Maluku because the objective of the Maluku Culture and Tourism Office was to strengthen national unity and integrity.(*)
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