Papua will host a crossborder festival in Skouw, Jayapura, on Tuesday (31/10), to attract tourists from neighboring Papua New Guinea. (Antara Photo/Agung Rajasa)

Papua to Host Crossborder Festival

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

OCTOBER 31, 2017

Jakarta. Papua will host a crossborder festival in Skouw, Jayapura, on Tuesday (31/10), to attract tourists from neighboring Papua New Guinea.

West Papua reggae band Dave Solution and reggae singer Dhyo Haw will be guest stars of the event.

Thousands of people arrived for the first edition of the festival on Oct. 5.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said music is very effective in attracting people.

"Music is universal ... To attract crowds we need a universal language and music is one of them," he said in a statement.

The ministry seeks to turn crossborder towns such as Skouw into attractive tourist destinations, following President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's instruction to boost tourism in Indonesia's outer islands and border areas.

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