International Festival Lovely December 2014 in Toraja
Peak Lovely December 2013 previous held on December 28, 2013 took place in the field of Consecrated town Rantepao. The atmosphere is very busy with thousands of people packed the tents provided by the committee.
In addition to crowded population that is representative of each village every region in Tana Toraja, also attended by important figures such as Mother Mary Elka Pangestu, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (Kemenparaf) and deputy minister Kemenparaf, South Sulawesi South Sulawesi Governor and Deputy Governor, members of Parliament and the Council as well as representatives of Regent Pan South. There are also communities that took part as a collection fotograher incorporated in XL tour Sunday Class, art lovers and observers of South Sulawesi Indonesia travel. Unexpectedly, one of the artists, Natalie Srah also presenat to enliven the event.
Previously, Toraja tourism had experienced heyday in 1996 with the number of visits reached 385,000 tourists. However, the number of domestic and foreign tourist arrivals continued to decline since the economic crisis of 1998. In addition, the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005 made the tourists from abroad declined to Toraja to about 30,000 people per year.
The annual series of movements to return home to immigrants who are outside Toraja in South Sulawesi Province through the motions 'Toraja Mamali' (homesickness Toraja) are held every year since the majority of residents are Christian home Toraja going home to spend Christmas with his family in Toraja. Its main activity is the spiritual activity combined with local traditional cultural performances.
Indonesia since the first is known as an important region in the world civilization. Toraja is one representing traces of megalithic civilization amazing archipelago. To see the culture, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in cooperation with the Government of Tana Toraja and North Toraja Regency, held Toraja International Festival 2014 (TIF 2014) on August 11 to 13 in the village of Kete Kesu who has lived more than 900 years.
TIF 2014 will be characterized by a variety of performing arts, including opera Toraja (madandan and manembong) and international art performances from several countries (UK, USA, Zimbabwe and Korea). According to Franky Raden TIF as music director in 2014, the arts are an effective means of tourism promotion so that it will be packed with the best possible.
One thing that is new in the TIF 2014 is the presence of coffee corner serving Toraja coffee. There are also seminars TIF 2014 raised the issue of the role of young people in the development of local culture and tourism. Toraja traditional fabric that is woven Sa'dan were also exhibited.
This is the second year TIF held after receiving overwhelming response from the public, domestic tourists and international tourists in the event last year. Vice Regent of North Toraja, Frederik staring Rombelayuk say, an increase in visits since the convening of TIF 2013.
Now the number of tourists who come to Toraja reached 199 thousand. At the beginning of 2014 to June, the number of tourists to touch the figure of 50 thousand while the number of foreign tourists in 4500.