Banten province`s tourism office staged an Anyer Festival at Patra Sambolo beach in Anyer, Banten Province, to promote the region`s tourism potentials.
The event which ran July 1-3, 2011, involved hundreds of students and promoted the tourism potentials of the province, ial, those of Anyer district in particular.
"The Anyer Festival at Patra Sambolo beach was conducted to promote the tourism potentials of Banten province," Banten`s Culture and Tourism Office spokesman Rukman Teddy said in Anyer on Sunday.
Rukman said the this year`s event was also intended to introduce Anyer`s tourist attractions to students.
He said the first festival in 2010 was conducted in the run-up to Banten province`s anniversary, but the second one this year was held in conjunction with the long school vacation to attract as many students as possible.
According to him the event was intended to promote Bante`s tourism and to provide education to the students who visited the festival.
"The most important thing is that the festival is held at Patra Sambolo beach to make it known for tourists besides Anyer and Carita beaches," Rukman said, adding that thousands of people from Banten visited the festival.
Banten offers tourists an assortment of beaches, coastal resorts, and interesting towns, all of which are spread around its four districts and within its subsequent main municipalities of Cilegon, Serang, and Tangerang.
During the 5th century, Banten province was actually a part of the ancient Tarumanegara kingdom and traces of this period are still visible in the area of Lebak where a well-preserved stone inscription stands alongside the Cidanghiang River.
No wonder tourism in Banten has become a thriving element with so much to explore.
The white sandy beaches including Anyer, Karang Bolong, Labuan, and Carita with the distant views of the world famous Mount Krakatau are the most popular tourist attractions in Banten province.
Various water sport opportunities are provided around the beaches, ranging from windsurfing, water skiing and jet skiing, to scuba diving, snorkeling and fun rides on inflatable banana boats, as well as glass-bottom boat cruises.
Besides, the Ujung Kulon National Park is also known for its beaches and coral reefs, as well as its wildlife and jungle treks.
For some serious bird watching, the Pulau Dua Bird Sanctuary, on the island of Pulau Dua, is one of the best that Indonesia has to offer.
Families will likely prefer the water slides at the Tangerang Ocean Park.
Therefore, Banten provincial administration has finally turned the just concluded Anyer Festival into its annual agenda in an effort to increase the number of tourist visits.
"The Anyer Festival which has been held for the second time will be an annual agenda of the Banten provincial administration," Banten Vice Governor HM Masduki said here on Sunday.