Organisers estimate over 20,000 people attended the Wonderful Indonesia Beach Festival at Melbourne’s St Kilda Beach across 21 and 22 January.
Festival-goers were able to sample street food and fusion food from locations all over Indonesia, from Bali to East Java and West Sumatra, while being entertained by traditional dancers, Gamelan, Kolintang and Angklung orchestras and popular contemporary artists.
“The objective of Beach Fest was to give festival-goers a sampling of the many aspects of Indonesia’s multicultural heritage. We want Australians to keep visiting Bali, but perhaps next time, go beyond Bali to those parts of Indonesia still relatively untouched by tourism,” said festival organiser Emil Ridwan, from the Visit Indonesia Tourism Office in Melbourne.
Indonesia remains Australia’s favourite holiday destination. Between January and November 2016, 1,150,900 Aussies visited the country – a significant increase on 2015’s 891,976 visits. The Indonesian Ministry of Tourism is hoping to increase this number even further, with a projected 1.816 million visitors expected in 2017.