Mon, 11 Oct 2010

Muntok, Babel (ANTARA News) - Bangka Barat district administration in Bangka-Belitung (Babel) province is currently developing three tourism objects in the area.

"With their appealing natural beauty, the three tourism objects namely Batu Rakit Beach, Menumbing rest house, and Dendang Hot Spring are expected to attract a multitude of both domestic and foreign tourists," local Transportation, Culture and Tourism Office (Dishubudpar) spokesman Choirul Amri Rani said here on Monday.

He said Batu Rakit Beach was potential enough to be developed into family sport and recreational object.

"We have prepared the entertainment supporting facility at the beach for tourists and local community to enjoy," Choirul said, adding that the local government had also renovated the Menumbing Resthouse for tourists.

He said Menumbing rest house has historic value because the house used to be the residence of Bung Karno and Bung Hatta when they were exiled to Bangka island during Dutch colonial era.

"The visitors can enjoy the original state of the house in a more comfortable atmosphere because we have renovated it," Choirul said.

According to him, the third tourism object in Bangka Barat was Dendang hot spring at Kelapa sub-district.

To introduce the three tourist objects, he said Bangka Barat district government would continue to make familiarization through photos and brochures.

"With continuous familiarization, we hope many domestic and foreign tourists will come to Bangka Barat," he added.

Therefore Choirul also expressed hope that the local people would actively improve their creativity by creating various typical crafts for souvenirs in a bid to support the tourism in their area.

"Dishubudpar has organized a souvenir creating competition but unfortunately the participants are still very few," Choirul said, hoping the local economy would improve following the promotion of the three tourism objects.