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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs    9 October 2012

TIME 2012 will be held during colorful Krakatau Festival
By Reinhard Hohler, Chiang Mai

The date of the annual Tourism Indonesia Mart & Expo (TIME) 2012 was auspiciously chosen to be held during October 9-12 in Bandar Lampung/Sumatra. During the same period there is the colorful Krakatau Festival – actually on October 6-13 – which the invited international buyers and media delegates can enjoy.
The Krakatau Festival is named after the famous volcano which erupted in 1883, spewing ashes that spread halfway across the world. Originally, there were altogether three islands located within the Sunda-Street between Java and Sumatra. After the enormous eruption, a new island appeared which the locals respectfully call Anak Krakatau or Child of the Krakatau. Today this lonely island is a very important landmark within the Ring of Fire, a seismic zone stretching from the Indian Ocean across Indonesia into the Pacific World.
Activities during the Krakatau Festival include visits to the remnants of the ancient Krakatau volcano, traditional art and cultural displays, as well as a culinary bazaar.
Furthermore, the Governor of Lampung will preside over the opening ceremony of TIME 2012 in the evening of October 9, while the Minister of Tourism & and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia will give a press conference the following day. On the last day of the mart, Garuda Indonesia will give a special media briefing.
For the post-mart tour program during October 12-15, an inspection trip to the western part of Sumatra will be organized. Visited will be the town of Padang, which is world- famous for its outstanding food, as well as Bukit Tinggi located in the centre of the matrilineal Minangkabau culture, where rice fields and houses belong to the women.
Interesting to note is that the annual travel mart will be held at another location in 2013 and 2014 and it will be announced accordingly, where this will be. So far, the mart was already held in Yogyakarta (Central Java), Makassar (South Sulawesi), and Lombok. Thus, somewhere in Kalimantan would be a good guess for the next two events.   

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