Padang Aro: The South Solok regency administration in West Sumatra Province has readied 150 miniatures of the gadang traditional house to be presented as souvenirs to participants of this year's Tour de Singkarak (TdS).
"The souvenirs, in the form of gadang traditional house miniatures, are made of wood and their roofs of palm fiber. They are produced by the small- and medium-scale (SME) industry in South Solok," South Solok Tourism and Culture Agency head Harry Trisna stated here on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
The 2019 TdS, scheduled on November 2-10, 2019, comprises nine stages. The sixth stage will be held in South Solok, with the start line in Singkarak Pier in Solok District and finish line in Padang Aro Town in South Solok District, with the distance reaching 214.2 kilometers (km).
This year, the TdS route will be expanded for the first time to also cover Jambi Province, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya noted in a statement released last August.
The race will have nine stages and cover 16 regencies and municipalities in West Sumatra and two regencies in Jambi.
Offering prizes to the tune of Rp2.3 billion, TdS is an event that has, until now, promoted tourist destinations in West Sumatra.
TdS is the biggest international cycling race in the country, and its participants are entertained with local traditional dances and cuisine.
"TdS has a high media value, so its implementation will have an impact on the promotion and image of tourist destinations in West Sumatra and Jambi," the official stated.
West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno affirmed that his province is promoting 49 major tourist attractions this year, including Pasa Harau Art And Cultural Festival, Tour de Singkarak (TdS), and Minangkabau Cultural Festival.
According to him, the province is optimistic of attracting 58,447 foreign tourists and 8.4 million domestic tourists. (Antara)