Yogyakarta's Becici Peak expects tourism boost from Obama visit

Yogyakarta's Becici Peak expects tourism boost from Obama visit
Former US president Barack Obama visits Tirtha Empul temple at Tampaksiring Village in Gianyar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on June 27, 2017.
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Management of the Becici Peak (Puncak Becici) tourism destination in Muntuk, Yogyakarta, expects to receive more foreign tourists following Thursday's visit of former United States president Barack Obama.

"We hope this destination will go global after his visit," Becici Peak operations head Sugandi said, as quoted by kontan.co.id.

Sugandi said no unusual preparations were carried out to welcome the 44th US President, aside from cleaning the area and increasing the number of flower pots.

The Becici management also expanded the presence of internal officials from 40 people during regular holidays to 50 people on the day of Obama's visit.

During his visit, Obama and his family enjoyed the view from Becici Peak at 380 meters above sea level for around 15 minutes, and did not interact with local officials or Becici Peak management .

Becici Peak is located in a pine forest and is under the management of 40 local residents, who were originally pine sap tappers.

After the forest became a tourist attraction in 2015, tapping activities ceased and the tappers turned to tourism management of the 4.4-hectare forest.

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