The town of Tomohon in North Sulawesi will spring into full bloom with flowers of every color, shape, and size from 8th to 12th August 2014 as the hill town stages the Tomohon International Flower Festival 2014.
Fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Tomohon International Flower Festival (TIFF) 2014 will carry the theme “Colorful Tomohon”. As in previous years, the festival will be participated by representatives of foreign countries, the Association of City Authorities in Indonesia (APEKSI), representatives from all cities and regents in South Sulawesi Province, State owned Enterprises, the private sector and more.
At the launching ceremony that was held at the Balairung Soesilo Sudirman in the Ministry of Tourism and Creative
Economy building on Thursday, 17 July 2014, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sapta Nirwandar stated that “aside from promoting Tomohon and its beautiful flowers as its icon, the Tomohon International Flower Festival 2014 will also provide significant impact on improving the local economy through tourism and the creative economy. This will also boostcreativity in the flower art and industry which is largely developed by the local communities”
He also added that TIFF needs to be aggressively promoted as part of the Wonderful Indonesia brand so that it is known all over the globe just as is the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, USA. Therefore, the aim of this Festival to introduce and further promote the town of Tomohon, and North Sulawesi Province and all its tourism and creative economy wonders can be achieved.
This year, the fascinating flower festival will feature a series of exciting attractions including:
1. Tournament of Flowers (8th August 2014) : Parade of decorated floats from representatives of foreign countries , and other participants.
2. Flower Queen Beauty Pageant (7th-10th August 2014): A beauty pageant featuring a number of contestants who share an enthusiasm for flowers.
3. The Archipelago Art and Cultural Performance (9th-11th August 2014) : Various art and cultural performances from all over the Indonesian archipelago on a stunning stage.
4. Tourism, Trade, Investment, and Floriculture Expo (7th -11th August 2014): An exhibition and trade fair on tourism, trade and investment, and also diverse collections of floriculture.
The festival will also be highlighted with a number of side events such as the national kite flying exhibition, East Indonesia’s marching bands competitions, Culinary Festival, Choirs Competitions, National Fine Arts Exhibition, Photography Competition, and more.
The festival has also invited 11 Ambassador from countries who will take part in the Diplomatic Tour of the Tomohon International Flower Festival 2014.
The Tomohon International Flower Festival is a Biannual event which has its beginnings in 2008. In its inaugural year, the festival successfully attracted participants from 46 cities in Indonesia and was attended by over 20,000 people. In 2010, some 82 floats took part including those from Malaysia, Vietnam, North Korea, India, and Russia. In this second Event the Festival was seen by 25,000 spectators.
Because of its constant cool climate and fertile soil, Tomohon has grown into North Sulawesi’s main producer of vegetables and flowers. When flowers are in bloom, the town of Tomohon displays her pretty face where almost every house presents colorful fresh flowers. The city is also known for a number of seminaries, religious schools, and other Christian icons. Most famous among its landmarks is the “Bukit Inpirasi” or “Inspiration Hill”, where communities congregate to seek inspiration for solutions amidst life’s personal and global problems.
More Information available at: http://tomohonflowerfestival.com/
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