The Jakarta Post
Oyo River, seen by the road between Dlingo and Playen, Mount Sewu, Gunungkidul, Central Java. (JP/Stefanus Ajie)
The Gunungkidul regency administration in Yogyakarta held a motor trail expedition on Sunday in a bid to lure tourists to destinations in the region other than its beaches.
Thousands of motor trail enthusiasts could be seen flocking to the Mount Sewu Trail Trabas Expedition event that day, reported kompas.com.
The expedition kicked off from Sri Gethuk tourist attraction in Bleberan village, Playen district. The participants were then taken to stroll the track leading to the Watu Payung tourist attraction in Girisuko village, Panggang district.
Other than tourist trails, the event also hosted a skill competition where participants took part in a challenging climb dubbed Tanjakan Mareta, which is quite legendary among the locals.
Gunungkidul Tourism Agency head Asti Wijayanti said the event aims to introduce less-popular destinations in the regency, "with the hope that people will notice other tourist attractions in Gunungkidul, not only the locals but also foreigners". She added that participants from outside the region and abroad joined the event.
Following the event, the agency also expects to lure tourists to stay longer while visiting Gunungkidul as it seeks to increase accommodation options in the area.
One of the locals who attended the event, Slamet, said he was happy to find his hometown crowded with thousands of visitors. "Hopefully this region will be more developed," he said. (kes)