Amid the growing popularity of Aceh as the go-to place for halal tourism, the province now wants to promote its central region for adventure travel involving outdoor activities such as rafting, hiking and paragliding.
Aceh Tourism Agency head Reza Fahlevi says the development of the central region as a tourist destination is now possible since the road access connecting Bener Meriah to Lhokseumawe has been improved and more mid-size planes are flying to Rembele airport.
“The central region of Aceh has the perfect environment to support adventure travel. By promoting the area as a tourist destination it also improves its economy,” explains Fahlevi.
According to Fahlevi, there are five areas that can be developed as adventure travel destinations. They are Gayo, Southeast Aceh, Gayo Lues, Bener Meriah and Central Aceh.
Currently, the Tourism Ministry is developing 12 destinations for adventure travel across Indonesia: Krakatau, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and Rinjani for hiking, Bali, Ijen Crater and Komodo Island for trekking, Citarik Sukabumi, the Alas River in Aceh and the Elo River in Central Java for rafting and Gunungkidul, Pacitan and Maros for spelunking.