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20 September 2019

5 Interesting Facts about the Implementation of 13TH APA Sports Meet in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta, 20 September 2019 - PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) / IPC together with PT Pelabuhan Indonesia / Pelindo I, III, and IV (Persero) hosted a sports competition between the port managers of nine Southeast Asian countries that are members of the ASEAN Ports Association (APA).

The competition that won 42 gold medals from seven sports, namely Badminton, Tennis, Table Tennis, Golf, Bowling, Mini Marathon, and Futsal was held on 18 to 20 September 2019. Six sports were held in Yogyakarta, while Bowling was held in Semarang.

"Our involvement in APA is a form of IPC's commitment to maintaining bilateral relations with ports throughout ASEAN, and we are proud to have the confidence to host this year's APA Sports Meet," said IPC President Director, Elvyn G. Masassya in Jakarta.

APA, which was formed in 1974, has an agenda of routine activities taking place in member countries in turn such as the Annual Meeting, HR Meeting, and others. Especially for the APA Sports Meet which is a sports week which is held every three years and is participated by all APA member countries, where the 13th organizing takes place in Indonesia.

The involvement of many parties in this international event not only brings benefits and advantages to the cooperative relations between APA members, but also for the city of Yogyakarta which was chosen as the venue and the country of Indonesia itself, both in the economic, cultural, and regional tourism sectors. Here are some interesting facts related to organizing the 13th APA Sports Meet 2019.

1. Followed by 1,000 contingents from 9 ASEAN countries

APA Sports Meet 2019 was joined by 1,000 contingents of athletes and supporters from nine countries in Southeast Asia who are members of the ASEAN Port Association (APA). The nine countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Brunei Darussalam. High enthusiasm from the contingents was seen when welcomed at the arrival procession at the airport until the welcoming dinner which was held on Monday night, September 17, 2019. 

2. Push Yogyakarta's Tourism and Culture Sector

Attended by a thousand contingents from nine Southeast Asian countries, 13th APA Sports Meet contributed to increasing Yogyakarta's tourism visit which is in line with the Ministry of Tourism's target to reach 20 million foreign tourists by 2019.

The contingent's visit to a number of tourist destinations in Yogyakarta became a momentum to introduce more broadly the culture of Indonesia, Java in particular. The Closing Ceremony, which is planned to be held at Prambanan Temple, is a special attraction for contingents from Southeast Asia who really like religious tourism combined with the history of legendary temples.

3. Behind the Reasons for Using the Sports Venues UNY and UGM

As the organizer of IPC, it has its own reasons behind choosing the main location for the 13th APA Sports Meet competition. The Sports Center (GOR) at Yogyakarta State University (UNY) and Gajah Mada University (UGM) compared to other larger stadiums is one form of concern and tangible contribution of Pelindo I, II, III & IV in encouraging the advancement of the education sector. 

4. Encouraging the Economy of Yogyakarta

The arrival of a thousand contingents, including athletes and supporters from nine countries in Southeast Asia for one week will certainly drive the economic stretch in Yogyakarta and Semarang. Call it a hotel occupancy, vehicle rental business, culinary business to souvenirs, economic activity increases, not only on weekends but also weekdays.

5. Strengthens Indonesia's Positive Image

As the host of the 13th APA Sports Meet, IPC together with Pelindo I, III, and IV (Persero) also tried to show the face of Indonesia that is always ready to hold an international event. The involvement of young people in this event also strengthens the image of Indonesia which is full of sportsmanship, especially after the successful holding of the 2018 Asian Games.

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