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Anchors Aweigh!

Indonesia Eager to Welcome Yachts and Cruise Ships

(5/26/2013) Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports the Indonesian government is busily promoting yacht and cruise tourism at major events across the year in an effort to lure more yachts and cruise ships to Bali and beyond.

Among the event used to promote in this new sector is the Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Yacht Race and Rally and Sail Komodo that will take place in July.

The Tourism Ministry’s head of public communications, Noviendi Makalam, said cruise and yacht tourism represented “special interest” tourism designated for special promotion. Other areas of “special interest” include culture, history, shopping, cuisine, spa and MICE (meetings, incentive, conference and exhibitions).

In support of the marine sector the government is investing in marinas and cruise ports in areas beyond Bali. 

“Developing these facilities is part of the MP3EI, a national program for economic development acceleration, with Bali and Nusa Tenggara becoming the tourism hubs,” explained Noviendi.

While private investors are expected to develop ports and marinas, the government will assist by streamlining customs and immigration services.

The just completed Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Yacht Race and Rally (logo shown) attracted hundreds of tourists from Australia, including yacht owners and crews