Jakarta. The Ministry of Tourism plans to organize 10 surfing competitions to support Indonesia's maritime tourism destinations.
Indonesia has been famous among surfers, with several places in the country recognized internationally for the best waves in the world.
"We are coordinating with the World Surf League [WSL] and the Indonesian Surfers Association [PSOI] to host 10 regional surfing competitions in different locations by 2018," the head of the ministry's maritime tourism development team, Indroyono Soesilo, said on Monday (07/08).
"To start, we will host an international surfing competition on Pacitan Beach in East Java, on Aug. 16. On Oct. 6, we will have a focus group discussion with district heads from the 10 regions that will host the competitions," he added.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said he supports the events, which he expects to target especially Australian surfers.
"The market is clear, they have visited Bali. Now, we only have to introduce them to new spots," Arief said, adding that sports tourism also has a big media value.
"The media value will create opportunities. If foreign tourists fall in love [with Indonesia], they will return with their families and friends. On average, 60 percent of those who engage in sports tourism will return," he said.