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Lake Sentai Festival: Jayapura, Papua

The Papua Tourism Office was slated to hold the Lake Sentani Festival on July 16-19 to support the annual Lembah Baliem Festival in Jayawijaya District in August, 2008. The Lake Sentani Festival will be held as an effort to protect the culture of the Jayapura District.

The two festivals were designed in such a way to ease tourists wishing to enjoy the fetivities, Weror said, adding that the festivals were also intended to prolong their stays in the province.

Previously, there were only three big cultural festivals, namely the cultural festival of Lembah Baliem, that of Asmat and that of Kamoro, he said.

He added the office was likewise trying to realize the Cendrawasih Bay Festival.

Besides holding the cultural events, he added, the province has been reorganizing the tourist sites in the area, including the Holtekam Beach located some 60 kms from Jayapura.