Apriadi Gunawan (The Jakarta Post)
Sat, January 14, 2023
North Sumatra will host a Formula 1 Powerboat race event on Lake Toba from Feb. 24 to 26 with 10 teams competing.
Governor Edy Ramayadi expects at least 3,000 foreign visitors to attend the event and hoped that it would boost the province’s tourist industry and economy.
“This is a big event. As host, we are ready to organize this international event successfully,” Edy said on Wednesday.
The F1 Powerboat World Championship is an international motorboat racing competition for powerboats organized by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM).
The governor predicted that the race would bring around Rp 212 billion (US$13.8 million) in profit from jobs, accommodation, transportation and micro, small and medium enterprises as well as other tourist sectors.
North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Panca Putra Simanjuntak said the police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) had prepared security measures for the event.
“We have long prepared for the event, including security for transports and race equipment,” Panca said. (dre)