TEMPO Interactive, Makassar:Approaching the end of 2010, Makassar will receive hundreds of foreign tourists once again. The Sea Born Spirit cruise ship from the US will dock at the Soekarno-Hatta Harbor today.
“About 193 foreign tourist will visit Makassar. This is a good opportunity to promote the area,” said Managing Director of Destination Asia, Sediya Yasa, after meeting Senior Adjunct Commisioner Sri Rejeki Budianti, chief of the Soekarno-Hatta Harbor police, yesterday.
Unfortunately, Sea Born Spirit will only stay for about five hours in Makassar. Other places she will visit are traditional harbor sPaotere and Fort Rotterdam
Sediya said that the cruise ship will be bringing tourists from Europe, Australia, US and the UK. In addition to Makassar, the ship will visit several areas in Indonesia.
In addition to cruise ship, several foreign tourists are seen attending Lovely December celebration in Makale, Tana Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi. The cultural parade was filled with dances and music from 16 regencies in Tana Toraja.
Unfortunately, the celebration, which has been held for the third time, has failed to attract many tourists. There were only about a 1,000 people. Meanwhile, a similar event held last year, attracted about 8000 people. “The government should promote Lovely December continuously,” said Bertus, a Makalele resident, yesterday.
ABDUL RAHMAN | SUKMAWATI