Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali is targeting 51 cruise ships visits before the end of 2012, a number equal to 24% of the total number of cruise ships visiting Indonesia as a whole.
Quoting a government official: “We expect that the island will be visited by at least by 51 cruise ships this year. The resort island currently has three harbors capable of receiving such visits: Benoa in Denpasar, Tanah Ampo in Karangasem and Celukan Bawang in Buleleng.”
Iwan Sabatini of PT Pelindo III, the port manager for Benoa in South Bali, said: “The country is yet to have, or construct, a harbor specifically designed and designated for cruise liners.”
Continuing, Sabatini added: “There are 20 harbors across the country that are being upgraded and prepared to be Indonesia’s cruise ship destinations,”
The government’s desire to attract cruise passengers to Indonesia is driven by data revealing visiting ship passengers spend up to US$100 per day with crew spending only slightly less, at US$90 per day.
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