The Head of the Tourism Office of the Riau islands, Guntur Sakti, informed the press recently that for 2015 the province has set itself the target to welcome2.5 million international visitors. While, the island of Batam alone, the main entry gate to the Riau Islands, is expected to receive 1.7 million foreign tourists,up from this year's 1.2 million. Which means that the other Riau islands comprising Bintan, Anambas, the Karimun Islands and other smaller islands are expected to receive another 800,000 tourists, up from around 500,000 in 2014. .
To attract more tourists, Batam has put together an exciting Calendar of Events that include activities highlighting the area's Malay culture, music and dance. There will be popular Sports events like the Yacht Regatta, the Tour de Barelang cycling race, golf tournaments, traditional boat races and more. The opening of the vast Batam ecopark this year is also expected to boost arrivals to Batam.
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