Sat, 27 Sep 2003

Jogja Great Sale to kick off Oct. 4

YOGYAKARTA: In commemorating the 247th anniversary of Yogyakarta, the mayoralty administration will stage the Jogja Great Sale from Oct. 4 through Oct. 19.

Some 4,150 stores, hotels and restaurants -- particularly those located on famous Jl. Malioboro -- will offer discounts of up to 70 percent.

Yogyakarta mayor Herry Zudianto told The Jakarta Post recently that the program was aimed to make Yogyakarta, dubbed the city of students and culture, a new mecca for trade and shopping activities in the country.

"We hope that the program will attract more tourists to visit Yogyakarta and shop or trade here," he said.

The Yogyakarta anniversary will be on Oct. 7 and will be the first-ever anniversary celebration. The city's birth date was determined after comprehensive study involving researchers from Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University. -- JP