TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The provincial government of North Sulawesi, home to 2.5 million people, expects to attract tourists through sports tourism.
"North Sulawesi continues to develop its tourism sector and attracts many people, including local and foreign tourists," North Sulawesi Deputy Governor Steven Kandouw in Manado on Sunday, November 27, 2016, as quoted by Antara.
Kandouw said that North Sulawesi's "beautiful scenery has been utilized by foreign tourists to engage in sports tourism, including Chinese tourists." Kandouw added that tourists from other countries have also started to show interest in sports tourism.
Deputy Governor of North Sulawesi Steven said that 16 international cyclists from various countries, such as the Netherlands, Singapore, France and Indonesia had participated in a bicycle touring on November 26 to November 27, 2016.
"They ride around Manado City, North Minahasa District, Bitung City and Minahasa District," Steven said.
"We are grateful that participants chose North Sulawesi as their touring venue. The opportunity has helped promote [North Sulawesi] to participants from various countries," Steven added.