The government of Central Halmahera district in North Maluku is keen to include the Salai cultural festival in its list of annual national tourism activities.
The Central Halmahera government’s spokesman, Basri Amar, said the Salai festival, which is held in January, should be included in the list of annual tourism activities.
“The festival is celebrated in January to mark the anniversary of the Central Halmahera district. We will work closely with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to ensure that the festival is included in the list of annual tourism activities,” he said.
He said various cultural attractions, including the Salai traditional dance, will be performed during the Salai festival. “Many cultural attractions in Central Halmahera are at the brink of extinction, and therefore, we should preserve them,” Basri said.