Saturday, January 1, 2011

163,000 holidaymakers flock to Ancol Beach Park

On the first day of 2011, about 163,000 people spent their new year holidays at Ancol beach park in northern Jakarta, an Ancol beach park`s worker said.

"The most favorite spot for them is the eastern beach due to its spacious area," Andhika told ANTARA News here Saturday.

Compared to last year`s number of visitors, this year`s was higher. Last year, the Ancol beach park was just visited by 110,000 new year`s holidaymakers, he said.

The increasing number of visitors during this new year holiday season might partly be triggered by the availability of more access-roads and more spacious car parks, he said.
The Ancol car parks could currently accommodate 80,000 cars, Andhika said.

In attracting more visitors, the Ancol beach park management also held various genres of music concerts at the Karnaval (carnival) beach, Indah beach and Festival beach, he said.

The visitors were entertained by pop, rock, and Dangdut musicians, including the popular ST 12 band, he said.

Millions of Indonesians and foreign tourists spent their new year holidays at popular tourist resorts, including National Monument complex in central Jakarta and Bali island.

However, a holidaymaker from Bandung district, West Java, died of drowning at Pangandaran beach, Ciamis district, on Saturday.

The accident occurred at about 09.30 AM local time when Kurnia bin Ateng, 27, was swimming near the beach but the sea`s strong currents suddenly carried him away, said Dudi, the beach`s lifeguard.

Kurnia`s corpse was found by the Pangandaran beach`s lifeguards at about 12.00 PM about 50 meters away from his swimming spot.

"Kurnia is the resident of Cileunyi Kulon village, Cileunyi subdistrict, Bandung district, West Java," he said.

Dudi warned the Pangandaran beach`s visitors of not taking unncessary risks by swimming within the red flag area because the sea`s strong currents could harm them.

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