SUMEDANG REGENCY - West Java (West Java) Governor Ridwan Kamil officially closed the 2019 West Java Paragliding World Championship and Culture Festival at the Sumedang Regency State Building on Sunday (10/27/19) evening hrs.
The first international paragliding tournament that was held successfully drew the enthusiasm of 160 paragliding pilots from approximately 20 countries. Emil - familiar greeting Ridwan Kamil - also appreciated the Regional Government of Kab. Sumedang for the event on October 22-27.
"Tonight I close the pride of West Java, the West Java Paragliding World Championship and Culture Festival 2019. An international event is participated by more than 20 countries in the world fighting for the world championship for paragliding," Emil said.
Next, the West Java Provincial Government (Pemdaprov) decided to make this prestigious event an annual and flagship tournament from West Java. Emil also promised, it will continue to work to increase the level of competition to the status of the World Cup.
"So I appreciate, thank you, Mr. Regent (Sumedang). We will continue to sponsor and support the Regional Government of West Java Province, "Emil said.
"There is a World Championship level, there is a World Cup. The higher the point, the more we pursue. Until one day finally remember Sumedang remembered world class paragliding, "he stressed.
Aside from being a sports tournament, West Java Paragliding World Championship also aims to promote Sumedang tourism. For this reason, Emil asked the District Government. Sumedang to continue to encourage all the potential of Sumedang so that it can support the efforts of West Java Provincial Government to make West Java as a tourism province.
"We have decided this (West Java Paragliding World Championship and Culture Festival) is a superior activity, because of the extraordinary exposure abroad, promoting culinary, tourism, hospitality, and others. (That) is part of the West Java strategy (which) will focus on the next five years as a tourism province, "Emil said.
After the West Java Paragliding World Championship and Culture Festival 2019 was successfully held, Kab. Sumedang is now more confident to become a world-class tourist destination. According to the Regent of Sumedang Dony Ahmad Munir, the event became a bridge so that the Sumedang tourism world would be at the forefront.
"Now Sumedang is becoming more confident to become a charming tourism district to become a world class tourist destination. God willing, "said Dony.
Dony added, that would be realized through 3A efforts, namely Accessibility, Amenity (tourism support facilities such as hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities), as well as Attractions (natural potential, cultural arts, festivals, etc.).
"Of course, with good accessibility, and support for amenities, as well as some elements of world-class tourist attractions such as the Paragliding World Championship, Sumedang is increasingly optimistic about welcoming a bright future," said Dony.
West Java Paragliding World Championship and Culture Festival 2019 itself competes with the Accuracy class that takes place in Toga Village and the Cross Country class in Batu Dua. In addition, there is also a Fun Fly that takes place at Jatigede Reservoir and Cultural Festival which is enlivened by various cultural and culinary performances.
One pilot from Turkey, Viras, praised the holding of the 2019 West Java Paragliding World Championship and Culture Festival. According to him, the implementation of the activities went well with the support of the friendly committee.
"When interacting with the committee, everywhere everyone here is very friendly. This really reflects the character of the people here (Sumedang), "Viras said.
He joked that he would not wait for next year to come to Sumedang again to witness its beauty. "And the second thing, we will not wait for next year to return to Sumedang but we will visit Sumedang as often as possible," he concluded.