With its diverse natural and cultural beauty, West Sumatra has become focusing on promoting its natural and cultural attractions in order to boost tourism from the province.
The natural wonder of West Sumatra, featuring its green landscapes, attracts both foreign and domestic tourists towards the province.
Speaking at a seminar entitled “Sport Tourism Regulation and Opportunity to Optimize Regional Tourism Potential” in Jakarta on December 21, West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno said he would promote forest tourism in Anai Valley.
“We have the possibility to build up forest tourism in places like Anai Valley, which is often promoted like a natural tourism destination in West Sumatra,” he noted.
The Anai Valley Nature Reserve has a dense tropical forest, which hosts a wide varieties of flora and fauna. Therefore, it is amongst the top attractions in West Sumatra.
The valley also has three waterfalls, a river and a lake with clear blue water for your tourists to enjoy.
“Situated near the road connecting Padang and Bukitinggi cities, Anai Valley is one of the top tourist destinations in West Sumatra. Considering that the Dutch colonial era, the valley is a huge nature conservation area, spread over 221 hectares,” the governor said.
He noted the local government has improved the supporting infrastructure there to ensure that visitors to engage in sports tourism activities.
“Therefore, the tourists can swim within the river and the lake, bathe beneath the waterfalls, or go hiking,” Irwan continued.
Earlier, within the provincial town of Padang in June this year, the governor said the federal government would also give attention to promoting and developing the cultural sites of Minangkabau ethnic community, within its efforts to enhance tourism in West Sumatra.
During the time, he noted that this cultural sites of I Am Indonesia had immense potential to attract domestic and foreign tourists.
“The cultural sites of Minangkabau that might be developed range from the regions of Siguntur Kingdo in Dharmasraya district and Minangkabau village in Balai Baliki. We shall also give attention to agro-tourism,” Irwan said.
However, he pointed out that natural tourism attractions from the province would still must be developed, specially those that were preferred among the tourists.
“Popular spots such as Kembar lake in Solok district and Harau Valley in Limah-Pulu Kota district has to be designed with the required infrastructure and high-quality services,” Irwan said.
However, the Governor noted that other tourism attractions in the area had not really been fully integrated with Minangkabau, which had the possibility to draw in tourists from worldwide.
“The tourism sector has not reached its full potential. The promotion and handling of tourism in the region is yet to become optimized,” he added.
Recently, Irwan said the West Sumatra provincial government was dedicated to promoting the regional tourism industry through various efforts, including our cooperation with taxi transport services in Singapore for promotional activities.
“The West Sumatra Tourism Office will put stickers on taxis in Singapore to promote tourism inside the province,” he stated.
Based on Irwan, the principle dexjpky39 of your effort is to promote West Sumatra being an international tourism destination.
“The budget for tourism promotion was set at Rp200 million this current year. However, the coming year, your capacity to purchase may go as much as almost Rp800 million,” he revealed.
Meanwhile, the West Sumatra Cultural and Tourism office declared Bukittinggi city like a tourism development centre from the province, covering the districts of Agam, Tanah Datar, Pasaman and Pasaman Barat.
West Sumatra Cultural and Tourism office head James Hellyward said the choice was in step with the government`s master plan on regional tourism development in West Sumatra.
“Being a tourism development centre for West Sumatra, Bukittinggi will feature various attractions such as recreational centres, centres of scientific development, convention facilities, culinary centres, healthcare facilities and outbound activities,” he stated.
In accordance with Hellyward, Bukittinggi will even work as a tourism promotion centre for Agam, Lima-Puluh Kota, Tanah Datar and Pasaman, which offer many natural and cultural sightseeing attractions.
“Agam district is developing and promoting its Mutiara Tiku beaches, using the locations within the corridor linking Bukittinggi, Lake Maninjau, Pariaman and Padang cities,” he noted.
“Tanah Datar, especially Nagari Pandai Sikek, is developing its handicraft centres, using the corridor through Padang, Pandai Sikek and Bukittinggi,” Hellyward continued.