SUMEDANG-Vice Governor of West Java Deddy Mizwar (Demiz) continues to encourage the development of Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu in order to become a world-wide tourist destination. It is said at the Biodiversity Management Workshop of the National Geopark Area of Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu, at Bale Rucita Rectorate Building Campus UNPAD Jatinangor Sumedang, Friday (05/05/2017).
"Therefore our target in this year, in December 2017, God willing Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu received recognition from UNESCO as UNESCO Global Geopark," said Deddy Mizwar.
Demiz said tourism is now the mainstay commodity, and the fourth largest in Indonesia after oil and gas, coal and palm oil. Tourism tends to increase its competitiveness, while the other three tend to decline, even 'collapse.'
"So West Java must have a world-wide destination, Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu as 'terrace of heaven' is so beautiful, it's amazing," he said.
"This potential is like a sleeping giant, I believe this (Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu) can be developed into something different," continued Demiz.
For that, of course, says Demiz, many efforts have been, are, and will be done to realize these ideals. Provincial Government of West Java, Regency / City, to the center, along with elements of academia, community and people together continue to boost the development of facilities and infrastructure there.
Demiz said, with a land area of 176 thousand hectares, Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu has a variety of beauty ranging from geodiversity, biodiversity, and culturediversity are stunning, live accessibility that should still be driven optimally.
"If it is supported by good accessibility, then the populist economic growth will quickly grow and develop," he explained. Thus, Demiz said, no less funds amounting to Rp 211 billion ready disbursed for infrastructure development Geopark Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu.
Not only be a tourist destination, some spots in Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu Sukabumi also has the potential to be used as a sports venue. Among them are Cimaja Beach and Ombak Tujuh Beach which became the favorite spot of the professional surfers.
Cimaja Beach and Ombak Tujuh Beach have big waves, this beach is also often the location of some international surfing competition. Welcoming ASIAN Games 2018, Deddy claimed to have proposed the area to the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, to become one of the venue in the event, especially on the sports surf. This also became one of the efforts to support Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu increasingly known to local and international community