IndonesiaAccessibility is improving to the popular West Java destination, which will host festivals and events such as Color Run.

Bandung targeted for tourism uplift

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West Java’s Cikubang Bridge is the longest active train bridge in Indonesia.
West Java’s Cikubang Bridge is the longest active train bridge in Indonesia. Photo Credit: Akhmad Dody Firmansyah/Getty Images

Under the plan, Bandung will host a number of events, including a five-kilometre Color Run and Independence Festival ahead of the country’s Independence Day.

Indonesia’s tourism minister Arief Yahya has announced a plan to develop the popular tourist destination of Bandung into a ‘Special Economic Zone (KEK)’ that will focus on improving accessibility. 

Under the plan, Bandung will host a number of events, including a five-kilometre Color Run and Independence Festival ahead of the country’s Independence Day. 

The West Java capital of Bandung is a well-known shopping destination among tourists from the neighbouring region such as Jakarta, Malaysia and Singapore. 

The minister stressed the importance of improving access to the destination in the southern part of the city that offered natural beauty to travellers.

“One of the weakness of the area is access [and] it should be improved”, the minister was quoted saying in Kontan News. He added that Kertajati International Airport could be a main access point to Ciwidey in the long term.

Accessibility will also be given a boost with the construction of the 142.3km high-speed railway connecting Bandung to Jakarta, expected to complete by June 2021 after a two-year delay. 

The high speed train is designed to travel at a speed of 350 km per hour, with the journey from Jakarta to Bandung estimated at about 45 minutes. 

“[With the infrastructure], investors will automatically come to invest,” he added.

Bandung comprises of three autonomous administrations – Bandung city, Bandung regency and West Bandung regency.


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