The Jakarta Post
The picturesque Jatigede Dam in Sumedang, West Java. (Kompas/Lucky Pransiska)
Sumedang regency in West Java is set to hold a festival at Jatigede Dam on April 15-16 in a bid to attract more visitors.
Among the activities to be staged during the Festival Pesona Jatigede (Jatigede Charms Festival) are a trailbike adventure event, Sundanese cultural art performances, a creative economy exhibition, a photography competition, the planting of 10,000 trees and the scattering of fish fry.
"In addition to introducing Sumedang's natural and cultural attractions and creative economy, the event also aims to entertain visitors and develop tourism in the region," said the Tourism Ministry's archipelago tourism marketing development deputy, Esthy Reko Astuti.
Up to 7,000 people from inside and outside the country are expected to attend the festival. Meanwhile, the number of participants in the trailbike adventure event, that will involve trailbike communities from across Indonesia, is expected to reach 2,000 people.
Jatigede Dam is the second-biggest dam in the Indonesia after Jatiluhur in Purwakarta, also in West Java. Situated around 19 kilometers from the city of Sumedang, it was established in 2015 for irrigation and electricity-generation purposes and is currently being developed as a tourist destination.
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya reportedly said that among the attractions set to be developed in Jatigede were a golf course, off-road trails, hotels, seafood restaurants, a fishing zone, a water park and a museum.
In 2015, the number of foreign tourists visiting the region reached more than 2,860 people. (vod/kes)