The Papua Tourism Office (PTO) is going 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, mainly in the Sentani Lake area,” Head of the PTO Elly Weror said in a statement on 2 February 2008. It means there will be two festivals which not only design to ease tourists wishing to enjoy the festivities but 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. PTO was likewise trying to realize the Cendrawasih Bay Festival.Besides holding the cultural events, the province has been reorganizing the tourist sites in the area, including the Holtekam Beach located some 60 kms from Jayapura.