Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bay fiesta to enliven Sail Banda to be attended by President

TheAmbon city administration is holding a bay fiesta to highlight Sail Banda whichwill be held in July and August 2010.

"We will hold a bay fiesta in Teluk Dalam, Ambon, to encourage theparticipants of Sail Banda, Indonesian 1,500 youngsters as well as foreigntourists in the international marine activity with its highlight to be attendedby President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on August 3, 2010," Ambon Mayor JopiPapilaja ssaid here Monday.

The bay feast will include a swimming competition, fishing competition,traditional boat competition, and sea cleaning.

"We will persuade Sail Banda participants hoping after they have returnedto their respective countries they will promote the undersea park of Ambon, andhistorical and cultural tourist potentials there, as well as the stablesecurity situation in the area so that their tourists would not hesitate invisiting the Maluku provincial capital city," Papilaja said.

"We will also support the development of Teluk Dalam of Ambon with theWater Front City (WFC) program, the funding of which had the approval of theMinistry of Marine and Fishery Affairs," Papilaja said.

Sail Banda is aimed at promoting Maluku`s marine potentials by which the numberof tourists to Ambom is expected to increase with its strategic impacts onseveral other sectors.

"So the people of Ambon should not only free proud by holding Sail Bandahere, but also need to use the event to raise their welfare," Papilajasaid.

The Ambon city administration will also encourage and support the people forpromoting their houses as home stay because normally foreign tourists prefer tomix with the local population.

The presence of President SBY in Ambon scheduled on August 3 has also beenprogrammed to promote Maluku as a national fish feed center.

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