16th Anniversary of Thousand Islands Leading Up to 2018 Asian Games

Kepulauan Seribu – photo courtesy of marotravel.com

The month of November was a special time for the people of Thousand Islands. The special regency in North Jakarta celebrated its 16th anniversary on November 9, and the event coincided with the official opening of Thousand Islands Festival. The event held at the ‘capital’ of the regency, Pramuka Island ran from November 6 until 12.

The festival is supported the Tourism Ministry and features activities, such as beach clean-up, music performances, and various competitions. The region has been hard at work developing its tourism focusing on community-based tourism. The Thousand Islands have also been getting much exposure in the last year, as the region were mentioned several times in some of Jakarta’s much mentioned events, including last year’s gubernatorial race, and the announcement by the new governor and deputy governor that they will occasionally hold office there.

The Thousand Islands regent, Irmansyah said the islands aimed at capitalizing the 2018 Asian Games to boost tourism sector in the region. “As the 2018 Asian Games is approaching, we need to prioritize tourism interests in order to become a world-class destination,” Irmansyah said.

The upcoming 2018 Asian Games will be held from August until September next year in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.

The Tourism Ministry has launched several activities leading to the international event. The ministry has launched roadshows to several locations in Bali, Palembang, Banten and Bandung. The ministry also has disseminated information regarding the event to related departments, associations and industries.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said the international sports event is one of the ministry’s top three activities aside from Sail Sabang slated from November 28 to December 5, and the 2018 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank that will be held in Bali.  (WP)