Jakarta - As much as 425 participant from 20 Countries follow the sport tourism event Sungailiat Tiathlon 2016. A number of countries including Algeria, Australia, Austria, America, Netherland, Brazil, Filipina, Germany, Japan, Italy, England, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Romania and France. As the host, Indonesia want to use this event to introduce the potencial of tourism in Bangka Belitung.
Arief Yahya Minister of Tourism of Indonesia apreciate the organizing of the sport tourism event. This event assessed can give direct impact to the tourist's visit to Bangka. Estimated there are about 1200 local tourist and foreign tourist come to Bangka to look the event. The arrival of the tourists can be excited the economy's people and increased the tourism in Bangka District and especially in Bangka Belitung.
"Next the tourism in Babel so bright. This is related defined the region of Tanjung Kelayang, Belitung as Special Economic Zones of tourism that prepared as one of ten new Bali, said Arief Yahya at Lounching Sungailiat Triathlon 2016 in Balairung Soesilo Soedarman, Gedung Sapta Pesona, The Tourism Ministry, Jakarta, on Tuesday (04/19/2016).
The route of triathlon this time through of number the popular tourism objects such as, Teluk Uber Beach, Tanjung Pesona Beach, Tikus Beach, Puri Tri Agung, Agro Wisata Rebo, Rebo Beach, Mang Kalok Beach, Air Anyir Beach and Temberan Beach. There are several category of event likes long distance, standard and standart relay, and sprint category.
Formally District Bangka, the Province of Bangka Belitung as one of two area in Indonesia who organized the long distance category with the distance 1,9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21,1 km run. To the standart category and standart relay the participants take 1,5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run. While the sprint category take 750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run.
The sport tourism event that combine swim, bike and run is an attempt to promoting the potencial of tourism in District Bangka. And to supporting the national tourism program Pesona Indonesia and Wonderful Indonesia. So that reach the target visit 12 million foreign tourist and 260 million local tourist this year.
The tourist visiting to Bangka to look on the Sungailiat Triathlon Event to be increase every year. In 2014 there are 400 local tourist and 75 foreign tourist, in 2015 increase 700 local tourist and 180 foreign tourist, in this year the targets are 1200 local tourist and 400 foreign tourist.
There are several activities to supporting this event such as, local arts performing, Sepintu Sedulang or Nganggung ( eat together with Bangka's people), bazaar handicraft, and typical culinary festival of Bangka. Since opening on 2 February till 23 March 2016, the promoting on website sungailiattriathlon.comhave seen 12.730 visitors from 34 countrys.
Rustam Effendi the Governor of Bangka Belitung explain Sungailiat Triathlon started since 2013. The fourth event in this year coincide with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Sungailiat City. Morethan that to keep the momentum increase the visiting of domestic tourist and foreign tourist to Indonesia, especially Bangka Belitung after GMT on last 9 March 2016.
"We organizing big events, neither in a national scale nor international in Province of Bangka Belitung. We also will introduce and promoting the tourism and culture that people know our culture, " he said.