Jakarta. The Tomohon International Flower Festival is currently being held on Aug. 7-12 with full support from Indonesia's Tourism Ministry. The festival takes place in the mountainous city of Tomohon in North Sulawesi, long famous for its wide variety of flowers, which has earned it the nickname of "city of flowers."
The event will include many interesting activities, including live performances by artists from Jakarta.
"Local artists will also perform at the event as well," Tomohon Mayor Jimmy Feidie Eman said on Saturday (05/08).
The flower festival is now part of the Tourism Ministry's annual agenda and fully organized by the Tomohon regional administration. This year's festival is set to be the most spectacular ever since it is being held during the right season.
"Last year we started too early. The flowers failed to bloom in time for the parade. This year we will add more flowers as well," Jimmy said.
The Tourism Ministry’s tourism development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti said the main flower parade will take place along the main streets of Tomohon, featuring flower floats with various themes.
"We will have exotic flowers on the floats, combined with outfits by local and national fashion designers," Esthy said.
The event will also include a Tourism, Trade, Investment and Floriculture Expo, showcasing flower gardens, tourist destinations and other attractions in Tomohon and North Sulawesi.
"We expect this international festival to attract both local and international visitors. It will have a great impact on the economy in Tomohon," Esthy said.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya meanwhile said the annual festival has empowered many local communities.
"The economic impact is felt not only locally, but also throughout North Sulawesi. They need to hire a lot of workers to decorate the floats," Arief said.
Arief hoped the international event will attract more visitors to the city and other parts of North Sulawesi. In 2016, more than 26,000 international visitors and 240,000 local visitors came to the city of flowers.