At an autobiography launching ceremony held in Jakarta on October 1, 2004, Mr. Sapta Nirwandar, a Secretary to the Minister of Culture and Tourism, said the lack of large-scale international events hosted in Indonesia was delaying the growth of national tourism.
Quoted in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, Nirwandar said, "Indonesia's tourism strategy for the future must change. We can no longer rely on old frameworks and must create large-scale international events, both tourism events as well as cultural, entertainment and other types of activities."
According to Nirwandar, Indonesia has thus far failed to create a large scale international event of which the Nation can be proud. He said existing events, such as the Krakatau Festival, Borobudur Festival, Bunaken Festival and others are still operated as local affairs and unable to attract large pan-national audiences, let alone foreign tourists.
Speaking of sporting events, Nirwandar suggested that Indonesia has been left behind by its neighbor Malaysia which hosts much publicized annual Formula One Racing.
Bali Arts Festival
Shifting his focus to major art events in Indonesia, Nirwandar said neither the annual Bali Arts Festival nor the Jakarta Art Summit are managed in ways that will attract an international audience.
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