By Lillian Sopera Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Bundi Komba Festival has received K30,000 from the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority after being staged for two consecutive years without any outside support. On the 28th of March, more than 20 motorbike riders from the Simbu Bikers Association will depart Kundiawa town for Bundi to signal the arrival of the 2019 Bundi Komba Festival which runs from April 2nd to April 4th, 2019.
The bikers will be accompanied by a local film crew to produce a video promoting adventure and cultural tourism potential in the land of a hundred mountains.
The festival is a melting pot of unique and diverse cultures from the four land bordering provinces of Chimbu, Eastern Highlands, Jiwaka and Madang and will host more than 12 cultural dancing groups with more than 1,000 visitors over the 3 days.
Tourism Promotion Authority Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Agus, said “The festival has the potential to be a major tourist attraction for the region and TPA was proud to support the festival for the first time with a K30,000.00 sponsorship in 2019.”
Bundi Komba Festival Chairman, Vincent Ambane Kumura, stated that: “The festival is growing bigger and needs more recognition and assistance to develop the regions huge tourism potential.”
The festival is an initiative of the Kumura Foundation and is supported by key stakeholders such as the Tourism and Hospitality School of Divine Word University.