TASIKMALAYA CITY- Plh. West Java Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum officially opened the 2019 Tasikmalaya October Festival (TOF) on Jl. KH Zaenal Mustofa, Tasikmalaya City, Sunday (10/13/19). The festival with the theme of Gebyar Payung Geulis involved 1,440 people with 177 types of fashion shows from 48 contingents.
"Appreciation for the government and the citizens of Tasikmalaya because the umbrella carnival geulis is always successfully held," Uu said.
According to Uu, TOF 2019 was not only successful in introducing regional cultural potential, but also emphasized that West Java is a tourism province. He also said, the West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov) is currently working to improve the quality of tourism.
"We focus on realizing the tourism province because it has to be a lot of tourist events such as the carnival of the charm of this geulis umbrella," he said.
Uu added, tourism is not always related to natural beauty, but also creativity. One example is TOF 2019. In addition, he is also looking for villages in West Java that have tourism potential.
"I was told by Kang Emil (Governor Ridwan Kamil) to look for 10 villages that have great potential, if in Tasikmalaya City we will check and develop them," he said.
TOF 2019 itself was attended by thousands of people from various regions. The festival displays a variety of arts that must be combined with a geulis umbrella. Persons with disabilities also participated in demonstrating their work in front of PLH. The Governor of West Java and the head of the local area.
TOF 2019 is one of a series of activities to commemorate the 18th anniversary of Tasikmalaya City on October 17th. Uu also hopes that the City of Tasikmalaya can maintain its existence as a city of students and creative.
"Our hope in this age is to protect the existence of the santri city, to protect the environment, the unity of the unity, hopefully the people will be more prosperous and increase their piety," hoped Uu.
Tasikmalaya Mayor Budi Budiman said, TOF 2019 is a national-scale strategic event held every year as one of the promotional media to introduce the cultural potential, tourism, trade and investment opportunities in Tasikmalaya.
"The TOF with the theme of the amazing geulis umbrella charm is part of enlivening the 18th anniversary of Tasikmalaya City. This theme was chosen because of the diversity of creative industries in Tasikmalaya City which is so riveting so that the superior potential is born from the creativity of the community and ready to be developed," said Budiman in his remarks.
The diverse and unique tourism potentials in the region such as nature tourism, shopping, culinary, and supported by adequate infrastructure, make the City of Tasikmalaya an investment and tourism destination in the eastern priangan region.
"Thank God, Tasikmalaya City economic growth was maintained at 6 percent or above the national average and West Java. Our inflation was also the lowest in West Java at 2.30 percent in 2018," he said. (Even)