From left, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, East Nusa Tenggara Legislative Council Chairman Anwar Pua Geno and Tour de Flores chairman Primus Dorimulu attending the launch of the 2017 Tour de Flores in Jakarta on Wednesday (05/07). (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

Tour de Flores 2017 Launched in Jakarta


JULY 06, 2017

Jakarta. The Ministry of Tourism hosted the launch of Tour de Flores 2017 in Jakarta on Wednesday (05/07).

The cycle race, slated to take place in East Nusa Tenggara between July 14 and 19, will start from Larantuka in East Flores and finish in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai.

"This year's event will be different from last year. There will be a larger combination of content for this event. If last year it only consisted of sports, this year, there will be a cultural festival and an Instagram photo competition for the 'Wonderful Flores' [campaign]," Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said during the launch event.

He added that this year's event will help promote Labuan Bajo to the world, as well as prepare the location ahead of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank annual meeting in 2018.

"Sports tourism has a high media value. […] If we want to sell the event, we must provide high value. Secondly, there will be the IMF-World Bank annual meeting in 2018, where I will be more focused in preparing Labuan Bajo's infrastructure to receive the IMF delegation," he said.

This year's Tour de Flores will take place over a 721.6-kilometer route, divided into six stages. The 138.5-km first stage will take place between Larantuka and Maumere, followed by the 141.3-km second stage between Maumere and Ende. The 111-km third stage will take place between Ende and Mbay, while stages fourth and five continue from Borong to Ruteng, before the 121.5-km final stage.

The world cycling governing body, Union Cycliste Internationale, will supervise all the stages, with 20 teams – 17 from abroad, such as from the United Kingdom, the European Union, Africa, Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, Thailand and Malaysia, competing in the race.

The event is also expected to attract more foreign and domestic tourists, according to East Nusa Tenggara Tourism Agency head Marius Jelamu.

"With this event, hopefully the number of tourist visits will increase significantly," he said.

Benny Alexander Litelnoni, the deputy governor of East Nusa Tenggara, Gorries Mere, a member of the presidential staff, Anwar Puageno, a lawmaker from East Nusa Tenggara, and other high-ranking officials attended the launch of Tour de Flores 2017.