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.

The Obamas' holiday in Indonesia

  • Former US president Barack Obama (center) shakes hands with Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika upon arriving at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on June 23.
  • A Land Cruiser carrying former US president Barack Obama leaves I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on June 23.
  • Former United States president Barack Obama and his family have reportedly visited several tourist attractions during their Bali holiday so far, including the Agung Rai Museum of Art, the Jatiluwih rice terraces and Ayung River. Obama and his family reportedly walked through the 500-meter hiking route circling the paddy fields. They then visited Pura Subak, meeting local farmers.
  • Obama, his wife Michelle and their two daughters arrived in Bali on Friday evening for a five-day vacation on the Island of the Gods.
  • On Saturday, the family visited Agung Rai Art Museum (ARMA). Located on Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, the museum exhibits collections of both traditional and modern paintings from foreign and local artists, including Ida Bagus Made and Anak Agung Gede Sobrat.
  • During their museum visit, the Obamas were also welcomed by Pendet and Tumbuk Padi dance performances. According to tempo.co, the former president expressed an interest in a 1930s painting by I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. The next day, the Obamas reportedly went to Jatiluwih village in Tabanan. Known for its breathtaking views of rice terraces, the area is located around 54 kilometers from Denpasar and is included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
  • Former US president Barack Obama (second left), his wife Michelle (third left) and his daughters Sasha (front center) and Malia (second right) go rafting at Bongkasa Village in Badung on Bali island on June 26. Barack Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take place in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood.
  • On Monday, Obama and his family members made their way to Ayung River in Bongkasa Village, Badung, which is located a stone’s throw away from their hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Ubud. Kompas.com reported that Obama and his entourage spent two hours cruising the river, using six boats accompanied by five professional guides.
  • Obama is scheduled to leave Bali on June 28. The former first family will also visit Yogyakarta and Jakarta.
  • Former US president Barack Obama (C) and his family arrive at Borobudur in Magelang on June 28, 2017.
  • Obama kicked off a 10-day family holiday in Indonesia that will take in Bali and Jakarta, the city where he spent part of his childhood, officials said.
  • Former US President Barack Obama visits the 9th-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia June 28, 2017.
  • Obama (C) waves while walking with his daughter Malia during a visit to the 9th-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia June 28, 2017.

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