TdF 2017 Increasingly Introducing Flores into the International World
By : Aldi Firhand Alqudri | Wednesday, July 26 2017 - 14:23 IWST
Tour de Flores
INDUSTRY.co.id - Maumere - Tour de Flores (TdF) 2017 held July 14-19, 2017. Bicycle racing under the auspices of the International Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is expected to further introduce Flores to the international world.
"We hope TDF activities become a good promotion, high quality to lift the tour of Flores," said Head of Tourism Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Kensius Didimus to media crews in Maumere, Sikka, Wednesday (12/7/2017) .
TdF 2017 took the route along 721.6 km which is divided into six stages. The first stage, Larantuka-Maumere with mileage (138.8km), second stage, Maumere-Ende (141.3 km), third stage, Ende-Mbay (111 km), fourth stage, Mbay-Borong (151 km), The fifth stage of Borong-Ruteng (58 km), and the sixth stage of Ruteng-Labuan Bajo (121.5 km).
A total of 18 teams confirmed to follow TdF 2017, consisting of 14 teams abroad and four teams in the country. Hundreds of drivers come from various countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, France, Japan, Kenya, Thailand, China, South Korea, Iran, Spain and Kazakhstan.
"Guests who attend are certainly not only racers and crew, but also foreign tourists (tourists) and tourists Archipelago (wisnus). Hopefully TdF 2017 will take place well and all the guests present can feel comfortable and well served, "said Kensius.
Previously, Minister of Tourism (Menpar) Arief Yahya officially launched the event TdF 2017 at the Hall of Soesilo Soedarman, Office of the Ministry of Tourism, Jakarta, Wednesday (5/7/2017). "Tour de Flores event is a promotional event to bring tourists," Arief said at the time.
Meanwhile, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Frans Lebu Raya said TdF is the largest international event held annually in NTT. "This event is a means of lifting Flores tourism to the world and realizing Labuan Bajo (West Manggarai, NTT) as a priority tourism destination," said Frans.