JAKARTA, NNC - The Indofood "IRONMAN 70.3" will take place in Bintan Island, Riau, on Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19 2018. The implementation of IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan by MetaSport collaborates with Bintan Resort, District Goverment of Bintan, and Indfooed's main sponsor (PT Indofood Sukses Mfsxcakmur Tbk), which its participants increase each year.
The 2016 event was participated by 1,200 athletes from 50 countries. It now aims 1,300 participants this year (1,000 IRONMAN 70.3 and 300 Ironkids funrun participants) with 59% of the participants originating from Singapore, Australia (11%), Hongkong (4%), Malaysia, USA, Japan 2%, respectively. 10% from other countries 10% and 10% from Indonesia.
The athletes will start with a 1.2 mile (1.9 km) swim in clear waters with beautiful underwater view, followed by cycling on Bintan's smooth and wide 56-mile (90 km) road, and finishing it with a 3-lap (21 km) race.
Head of Bintan Tourism Office Luki Prawira say there are plenty of events held in Bintan to boost foreign tourist visits to Bintan projected to reach 500,000 this year, thus strengthening Great Batam / Bintan as the main destination other than Great Bali and Great Jakarta. The government established three flagship destinations including Great Bali, Great Jakarta and Great Batam / Bintan as it contributes up to 95% of the total foreign tourists visiting Indonesia. Last year, the number of foreign tourists reached 14.2 million, 45% via Great Bali, 30% via Great Jakarta, and 20% via Great Batam / Bintan.
Arief Yahya, who was accompanied by Head of Bintan Tourism Office Luki Prawira, MetaSport CEO Nathalie Marquet, Group General Manager of PT Bintan Resort Cakrawala (BRC) Abdul Wahab, PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk. Director Axton Salim and Andy Wibowo (Indonesian professional athlete who had participated several IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan events).