State-owned power company PLN is supporting the tourism potential of North Sumatra's Lake Toba by increasing electricity supply to nearby areas.
PLN's Head of Corporate Communications I Made Suprateka said Lake Toba is an icon for Indonesian tourism. Promoting the tourism sector is expected to bring positive impacts to the lake's development. (Read: Lake Toba Development, Government to Build 2Toll Roads Next Year).
The main positive impact expected is an increase in tourist arrivals, which will improve the socio-economic conditions of the local community. "The availability of electricity is important to attract investors and tourists," Made said in an official statement, Monday, 22 August.
Today, Lake Toba gets electricity from three substations in Siantar, Porsea, and Tele. PLN is also building a transmitter and a substation in Pangururan.
The government is seeking to promote Indonesia's tourism potential. The 2016 Lake Toba Charm Independence Carnival is one way of promoting Lake Toba as an international travel destination. (Read: Government to Medan-Lake Toba Toll to Boost Tourism).
The carnival was held on Bebas Parabat Beach in Simalungun district on Saturday, 20 August. President Joko Widodo attended the celebration along with a number of ministers. The event was opened by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.
Made said PLN supplied power for the entire event. The company set up eight power generators with capacities of 1x135 KW, 1x125 KW, 2x100 KW, and 4x50 KW. "We tried to help as much as we could to make the Lake Toba Independence Carnival a success," Made said.
Lake Toba was chosen to host the carnival for its popularity as a tourist destination. The carnival is expected to bring tourists to Indonesia's largest lake and make it a prime destination for travellers. (Baca:Gov't Repairs Infrastructure in 10 Tourist Areas).
The carnival offered a number of events, including food festivals, boat parades, cooking demonstrations, as well as concerts by Indonesia's top musicians. The carnival served as the closing event of Indonesia's 71st independence celebrations held across the country.