SUKABUMI REGENCY-Toward the decision of Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark as Geopark World or Unesco Global Geopark (UGG), the West Java Provincial Government together with Sukabumi Regency Government keeps improving and holding various events. One of them is the Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark Festival (CGF) 2017 held three times in different locations in the geopark region.
This September Palangpang Beach to host the festival which was held this second time. In August, Palabuhanratu has successfully held the first CGF 2017. And on December 10, 2017, Ujung Genteng Beach will be the third CGF 2017 location and the plan will be attended by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
"In the last meeting with Mr. President, I deliberately invited him to Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark.Insha Allah in December to see how the cultural festival Ciletuh-Palabuhan Ratu Geopark which will be approved later by Unesco Global Geopark, if no obstacles," said Vice Governor of West Java Deddy Mizwar (Demiz) in his speech at the opening of the second Ciletuh-Palabuhanratu Geopark Festival 2017 at Palangpang Beach, Ciwaru Village, Ciemas Subdistrict, Sukabumi Regency, Sunday afternoon (24/9/17).
"At the same time (President) to determine airport location next year will be built in Sukabumi Regency," he continued.
For the location of the airport, Demiz claims it has offered two locations, namely in Cikembar and Citarate. However, Demiz wants the airport to be built in Citarate, Sukabumi Regency, considering there are other transportation infrastructure projects such as toll roads and double track railways to other Sukabumi areas.
"If Cikembar is to serve Sukabumi Regency and Sukabumi City, but in Citarate it is typical to serve the tourists and Sukabumi regency, so let him (President) choose it. Hopefully in December he will attend if there is any obstacles to Ciletuh, "hopes Demiz.
"We expect the presence of infrastructure and connectivity that can accelerate the visit of tourists, especially in Sukabumi Regency," he added.
Furthermore, Demiz hopes that with the presence of the airport will increase the connectivity of transportation from various airports in the archipelago to be directly to Ciletuh. In addition, West Java Provincial Government and Central Government are also boosting other transportation infrastructure to Sukabumi area, such as Bogor-Ciawi-Sukabumi Toll Road and double track railway from Jakarta to Sukabumi.