The Jakarta Post
View from a pier in Sabang, Aceh (Shutterstock/File)
Aceh Deputy Governor Nova Iriansyah has invited Jakartans to join Sail Sabang 2017 during Sunday's “Road to Sail Sabang 2017” 5K Fun Run in Central Jakarta.
Nova stated in a press release that Sail Sabang 2017 was aimed to change domestic and foreign tourists’ negative perception of Aceh.
“With a major event in Aceh, people will come and see Aceh as a safe and peaceful area,” he said.
The “Road to Sail Sabang 2017” Fun Run was among the activities the Aceh administration has held to promote the event.
Sail Sabang 2017 will run from Nov. 28 until Dec. 5 in Sabang on Aceh's Weh Island, located on the 0 kilometer mark of the archipelago's westernmost point. The event is the ninth installment of Sail Indonesia, an annual yacht rally that was first launched in 2009 on Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi.
Themed “Sabang Towards the Gate of World Marine Tourism Destination”, the sailing event will feature a series of activities and attractions, including a free-diving competition, an underwater photography contest and marine expo.
In addition to showcasing Aceh as a safe and peaceful tourist destination, Sail Sabang 2017 also aims to improve public welfare, particularly for the residents of Sabang. (asw)