BANDA ACEH – The Aceh Culture and Tourism Office will hold the 2019 Aceh International Diving Festival and Championship in Sabang. This sport tourism attraction will take place for 2 days, 6-7 October 2019 in tourism area Gapang beach, Sabang.
The Head of the Aceh Culture and Tourism Office, Jamaluddin, SE, M.Si.Ak, said the purpose of the festival was to assist the Aceh Government in developing the marine tourism in Sabang City.
“Through this festival, we can promote the potential of underwater tourism and realize Sabang as a national flagship marine tourism,” Jamaluddin said, Friday 20 September 2019.
Jamaluddin explained, in 2017, Indonesia was awarded an award from the British Dive Magazinedi at the World Travel Market event London as the Best Dive Destination.
Therefore, said Jamaluddin as an effort to rebranding tourism, the Government of Aceh seeks to make Sabang as a dive spot or a leading dive destination in Aceh in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism.
“As one of the tourist events that made it into the 2019 Wonderful Indonesia Calendar of Events, the 2019 Aceh International Diving Festival and Championship is expected to be a success and become an effective medium of introducing Sabang as Indonesia’s flagship marine tourism destination,” concluded Jamal.
The Head of Marketing Division of the Aceh Disbudpar, Rahmadhani, the 2019 Aceh International Diving Festival and Championship will be held through a combination of cultural and natural tourism attractions, especially diving. Specifically for culture there will be performances of traditional dances and other interesting entertainment as well as lunch together with the “Kuah Blangong” menu, one of Aceh’s signature dishes.
“On the first day, we will do acompetition finswimming 6,000 meter for boys and girls. The committee also competes bouyancy for all ages, “said Rahmadhani.
Every race, said Rahmadhani, will be given a cash prize and a medal plaque. In addition, on the second day, the committee also held an Open Intro Dive for the general public and Beach Clean up.
” Open Intro Dive activities are our efforts to introduce and bring diving activities closer to the community, and hope in the future diving becomes one of the favorite marine activities for the community”, Rahmadhani said.
Furthermore, in the context of enlivening the 2019 Aceh International Diving Festival and Championship, an Underwater Photographic Contest will also be held. Participants were asked to send their best underwater photo works to the committee. The committee will select several photos in accordance with predetermined categories.
“The committee will select several winning candidates to be invited to Sabang in order to take the best underwater pictures under the Sabang sea. Participants and the best photos will get prizes and trophies, prizes will be given to the first to third winners, “concluded Rahmadhani.
In addition, these two activities will also be attended by 24 Administrators of the Indonesian All-Indonesia Diving Sports Association (POSSI) Aceh and general participants, both local, national and foreign.