The Wonderful Tambora Festival was held on April with a month long series of events with the final event being held in Doro Ncanga in the hill of mount Tambora (2851 m) in Dompu district, West Nusa Tenggara Province. Jointly organized by the national Tourism Ministry and the province, the annual event was aimed to promote tourist destinations in the eastern part of Sumbawa island and to boost visitors.
Various cultural and sporting events were held during this festival. The most challenging sports was Tambora Challenge 320 km marathon, the hardest running challenge in South East Asia to date. There was also a bike camp with 150 participants from all over the world.
During the culmination of the event on April 16, various dances were presented to thousands of audience flocking the Doro Ncanga plain. At the end of the event, dozens of parachuters from the Indonesian Navy were performing sky attraction by flying above the sky. Meanwhile on the sea, a navy warship was making maneuver to greet the visitors and a small airplane was flying low above the festival location receiving applause and praise from the audience.
Governor of West Nusa Tenggara, Dr Zainul Majdi, believed that this event will help boost tourist arrival in West Nusa Tenggara. “We want to introduce Tambora as another tourist attraction in West Nusa Tenggara and the famous mount Tambora is a perfect promotional icon for this,” said Dr Zainul Majdi.
Indonesia Ministry for Environment and Forestry Affairs, Dr Siti Nurbaya Bakar, M.Sc who inaugurated the event said that the ministry has designated forest areas for tourism in Tambora area including trekking route to mount Tambora summit.
Mount Tambora is located on the northern tip of Sumbawa island. The mountain’s gigantic eruption in 1815 was so phenomenal and had tremendous impacts worldwide. This important eruption event was then commemorated to promote tourism. (LI/KM)