Jakarta — President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is scheduled to open the 2017 Bali Arts Festival at the Bali People’s Struggle Monument in Depasar on June 10, the province’s tourism agency said. “President Jokowi will launch the initial parade, but if he unable to, he is slated to open the Bali Arts Festival at the Ardha Candra Art Center to open stage on the same date. He will be accompanied by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya and several other officials,” Bali Tourism Agency head A.A. Yuniartha Putra said in a statement issued on Wednesday (31/05). Yuniartha thanked the Ministry of Tourism for its support of the month-long, especially for providing online publicity. “Bali Arts Festival is one of the event prompted to us, the Balinese community, to be more innovative in attracting domestic and foreign tourists,” he said. Esthy Reko Astuti, deputy for marketing development the Tourism Ministry, meanwhile said the festival is aligned with ministry’s goal of improving access to Bali’s amenities and attractions. Among the attractions that will be featured during the festival are a cultural parade, an art exhibition, competitions and photography talk shows featuring Art Fusion Bali and the Semiloka Arts Festival, among others. Tourism Minister Arief said culture has become Bali’s biggest strength, because it attracts many foreign tourists to the island. The Bali Arts Festival can also help preserve and maintain the island’s cultural assets. The festival forms part of the Tourism Ministry’s target of raising the tourism industry’s contribution to Indonesia’s gross domestic product to around 13 percent this year. “We will continue with the implementation of our three priority programs for Indonesia’s tourism sector in 2017, which are digital tourism, homestays and air connectivity,” the minister said.