Riau Islands eager to emerge as a sports tourism destination

Published on : Monday, August 28, 2017

Riau IslandsThe sports event Nongsa Challenge 2017 that was hosted on 27th August in Batam, Riau Islands demonstrated a partnership between the Tourism Ministry and the provincial administration.


Sumantri Endang who is the general manager of one of the most popular resorts said that this event was held for the third time and was supported by the Tourism Ministry. He added that for the third time, they would be aiming to make the participants stay longer and also bring their families to explore Batam.


Boeralimar who is the Riau Islands Tourism Agency said that the agency seeks to reach the ministry’s target of 15 million foreign tourists in the year 2017 and 20 million foreign tourists in the year 2019.


Out of the reports held in Riau Islands are Bintan Triathlon and Tour de Bintan, and even Tour de Beleirang.


Esthy Reko Astuti who is the ministry’s Archipelago Tourism Marketing Development deputy feels that Indonesia has a fantastic opportunity to work on its sports tourism.


This country is ready to host 2018 Asian Games in the month of August.


Esthy went on to add that there are several studies discussing about the various short and long-term relationship between a sports event and the economic development growth of a particular country. Actually, sports tourism has quite a significant impact on the economy of a place.


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