MARANG: The Terengganu government plans to turn the Pulau Kekabu surfing competition into an annual event during monsoon season, starting next year.
State tourism, culture and information technology committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said that the event had the potential to attract tourists and popularise extreme sports among locals.
“The beach at Pulau Kekabu here is one of the best places (for surfing) in Malaysia. Hence, we plan to organise this sports championship.
“Once the Covid-19 situation improves, we will hold a bigger programme next year, ” he said when visiting the Terengganu Monsoon Surfing Competition 2020 in Pulau Kekabu in Marang.
In the meantime, Ariffin said that the arrival of tourists to the state was expected to continue to increase following the reinstatement of inter-district and inter-state travel recently.
“As of Dec 18, I was informed that hotels in Kuala Terengganu are all fully booked, including the boat house in Tasik Kenyir, until March next year.
“This shows that, despite the monsoon season in Terengganu, tourists are still visiting the state, ” he said.
Meanwhile, the surfing competition, which ended on Saturday, managed to attract 65 local participants from Kedah, Johor and Pahang. — Bernama