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Tour de Bintan 2019 boosts sport tourism in Riau Islands

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The Jakarta Post

-  /  Sat, April 13, 2019  /  02:12 pm
Tour de Bintan 2019 boosts sport tourism in Riau Islands

Cycling competition Tour de Bintan in March 2018. (Shutterstock/heru sukma cahyanto)

Cycling competition Tour de Bintan 2019 was held from March 29 to 31 in Riau Islands, with the three-day annual event attracting 1,100 riders from 48 countries.

Starting at Bintan Lagoi, the route covered several areas in the Bintan Lagoon Resort. The race results are available to peruse here.

Activities included the 108-kilometer Grand Fondo Century and the 55-km Gran Fondo Discovery Class races, with cyclists following courses that wound through Bintan’s wild forests, rubber plantations, rivers and mangroves.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya described the Tour de Bintan as a prestigious event, highlighting that it was part of the qualification process for the world cycling championship UCI Grand Fondo. Thanks to its positive impact on tourism in Tanjung Pinang, the ministry will provide further support.

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“Sport tourism is a concept that has managed to attract tourists, both local and international,” Arief said.

After the competition, participants were invited to visit other destinations within the region. Rizki Handayani, deputy for marketing development I of the Tourism Ministry, recommended Trikora Beach for marine tourism enthusiasts.

Located 45 km from the city center of Tanjung Pinang, the beach stretches for 25 km and consists of four parts.

“In Trikora 3 and Trikora 4, visitors can find large granite boulders. This type of stone can also be found in the middle of the sea. Tourists can take as many pictures as they want. Children can also safely swim at the beach as there are almost no waves here,” Rizki said. (sop/wng)

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