North Sulawesia - Manado
Manado is the provincial capital of North Sulawesi, the second largest city on the island of Sulawesi after Makassar and with its approximately 450,000 citizens.
Most of the population is Christian. In the city you will find a huge amount of churches, more than 250 churches. North Sulawesi has on one side the Celebes Sea where the breathtaking underwater landscape is located (the Marine national park of Bunaken, Manado Tua) and on the other hand the Minahasa where you can see the beautiful, wonderful nature and mountain panorama. The Minahasa district is the hinterland of Manado.
The local population is known for their warm hospitality, kindness, cheerfulness but also the delicious cuisine and the unique authentic culture. In the last two decades tourism activities have grown significantly. but Manado also utilizes its natural splendors as a backdrop for meetings and conventions that come complete with improved access roads and expanded Airport.
In 2008, Manado hosted the World Ocean Conference, a prestigious international event that confirmed Manado not only as a world class diving destination but also as the center for marine science research. The event also marks Manado as one of Indonesia’s MICE destinations.