The Jakarta Post
White sand and smooth stones line the shores of Tanjung Kelayang Beach in Belitung regency, Bangka Belitung Islands. (Shutterstock/Rudi Golden)
The island regency of Belitung in Bangka Belitung Islands province is to host the Tanjung Kelayang Festival (FTK) 2018 on Nov. 15-19 at its white sand Tanjung Kelayang Beach, reports kompas.com.
The tourism festival features a series of activities in Tanjung Kelayang, a newly appointed special economic zone, and is part of the Top 100 Calendar of Events of the Wonderful Indonesia 2018 national tourism campaign.
Visitors can expect to enjoy a variety of programs during the festival, like the Rainbow of Culture parade, a regional batik fashion show and a collaborative traditional-contemporary music performance. They can also take part in a beach clean-up, a travel vlog contest, a geopark seminar and a culinary festival.
The Tourism Ministry's secretary Ukus Kuswara, multicultural expert staff Esthy Reko Astuty and Belitung Regent H. Sahani Saleh officially launched the Tanjung Kelayang Festival on Monday in Jakarta.
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Esthy said the festival could strengthen the "three A’s of tourism" – attraction, amenity and accessibility – in Tanjung Kelayang.
She said that connectivity was a crucial point, adding that national carrier Garuda Indonesia’s new route, connecting Singapore and Tanjung Pandan in Belitung, was expected to accelerate local tourism toward developing Belitung as a world-class destination.
Regent Sahani noted that the Belitung’s tourism industry had contributed 34.59 percent, or Rp 16.4 billion (US$1.1 million), to regional development in 2017.
“With Tanjung Kelayang officially designated as a priority destination, Belitung tourism will grow fast and the residents will prosper,” Sahani said. (iru/wng)