Ministry of Tourism have supported the held of Borobudur Marathon 2016 event which will take place in Magelang Regency, Central Java at 20 November 2016. This event is hoped to become the event to develop national athletes beside promote the Central Java tourism especially Borobudur Temple destination as the priority destination.
In the press conference, the representative from Ministry of Tourism which represent by Public Communication and Law Bureau have said that Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya appreciate the event which hoped can give positive impact in people economy because it would drive a lot of visitor starting from athletes and tourists.
“Borobudur should be promoted routinely which can be used the sport tourism event like Borobudur Marathon 2016 of increase the tourist visit to this destination which targeted reach 2 millions tourists at 2019. For the comparison, the Angkor Wat in Cambodia have been visited by 2,5 million tourist when Borobudur Temple, Prambanan and Ratu Boko is only attact 471 thousand foreign tourist and 5 million local tourist,” said Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya when attending Borobudur Marathon 2016 press conference together with Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo.
Miniter of Tourism Arief Yahya explained that for pursuit the Angkor Wat, government should reform the management system from single destination-multi management into single destination-single management like create Borobudur Authority Agency which will Include Sangiran, Java Karimun, Dieng and Joglo Semar.
The form of the Authority Agency is one of regulation breakthrough in fasten the increase of foreign tourist visit to the target 2 million foreign tourist at 2019,” said the former President Director of Telkom Indonesia.
Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo said that the held of Borobudur Marathon 2016 is the realization from cooperation between Government of Central Java Province with Central Government which is Jakarta. Ganjar is also appreciate all the stakeholders like Government of Magelang Regency, Central Java Bank, PB PASI, Pengprov PASI Central Java and Pengda PASI Magelang Regency.
Borobudur Marathon have been started since 1989 after that is only have 10 kilometers category starting from 2014 then 2015 there is a half marathon which take about 21 kilometers. “At this year beside the popular 10 kilometers category, there are half marathon, full marathon and also ultra marathon with ambassador and celebrity run which only take 3 kilometers. For Ambassador and celebrity run it will participated by all ambassador from friend country for Indonesia and actress. Overall the participants of Borobudur Marathon 2016 is predicted would reach about 20 thousand people. For the Prize, we have prepare about Rp 4 billions,” said Ganjar.
For 10 kilometer marathon, half marathon, full marathon and ambassador and celebrity run would start at Lumbini Garden and finish line is also Lumbini Garden which located in Borobudur Temple area. For ultra marathon it would start from Ambarawa Railway Station and finish line at Lumbini Garden.