BANDUNG - West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil stated, Jabar International Marathon (JIM) 2019, which will be held on December 1, 2019, is a sport tourism that can increase tourism in Pangandaran Regency.
According to Emil - as Ridwan Kamil is called, sport tourism and other tourism events can be a media for promoting tourism in an area, including JIM 2019. Moreover, he said, his office is trying to make Pangandaran a world-class tourist destination.
"This is a promotion of tourism in an innovative way so run combined with tourism promotion. And why is it in Pangandaran? Because this is the belle of West Java in the development of tourism," Emil said at the JIM 2019 press conference at Gedung Sate, Bandung, Wednesday (10/30) / 19).
JIM 2019 itself will be followed by 2,500 runners from various parts of the world. At present, there are already 1,015 runners, including those from Kenya, the United States, and Australia, who have registered. There are several categories in JIM 2019, namely 42K, 21K, 10K, 5K. The 2019 JIM route will cross tourist areas in Pangandaran.
"Running is the right way to explore the area that became a tourist point, basically the route is suitable for selfies," Emil said.
Emil is also optimistic that tourist visits to Pangandaran will continue to increase if JIM is regularly held every year. According to him, tourist visits to Pangandaran continue to increase. In addition, the total JIM 2019 prize touches JIM 2019.
"Whoever can hold the event for 5 times without stopping will have a long life, so I'm sure this can double the number of tourist visits," he said. "Participants will definitely bring their families because of this while traveling," he added.
On the same occasion, Emil also said that his party would continue to improve access to Pangandaran. Starting from the construction of Nusawiru Airport to reactivate the railroad track.
"This year is the first flight process to Pangandaran from Husein Sastranegara Airport," he said. "Everything is being prepared to make Pangandaran excellent tourism in Indonesia and the world," he added.
Pangandaran Regent Jeje Wiradinata said, JIM 2019 will have a big influence on Pangandaran tourism.
"I am sure that a concept like this will make Pangandaran go global. Thanks to the Governor, this is a wonderful gift for Pangandaran's 7th Anniversary," he said.
Therefore, the Pangandaran Regency Government will continue to support the event by presenting a number of traditional arts and culinary specialties of Pangandaran.
"We will fully support so after the event is finished there will be mountain renggeng and they will taste authentic Pangandaran coffee, other special food," he said.