(Balitrips.net) / 02 May 2008
The Director General of Marketing for the Department of Culture and Tourism, Sapta Niwandar, told Bisnis Indonesia that he is confident that Indonesia will play host to 100 cruise ship visits during the current 2008-2009 season.
credited the increase in cruise ship visits to Indonesia's improving
security and the traveling public's improved view of Indonesia as a
whole. As explained by the man in charge of Indonesian tourism
marketing: "Although Indonesia is not yet a main destination, the
desire to undertake cruise visits to Indonesia is large. Cruise
operators from Puerto Rico, for example, will soon deploy their ships
towards Bali. Puerto Rico earns 1.4 million tourist visitors each year
from the cruise sector."
on discussions with Puerto Rican cruise operators, Niwandar said that
even wider opportunities for cooperation between the two countries
remained to be explored. Puerto Rican tourism operators are interested
not only in cruise shipping, but also in cooperating on spa projects
and creating employment opportunities.
Niwandar said that the recent increase in cruise ships is also attributable to allowing companies other than PT Pelni to act as local agents for visiting ships.
to Niwandar: "The benefits from ship visits can bring between 200-2,000
people to Bali. The MV Rhapsody came to Indonesia last year with 2,000
passengers visiting Bali, Lombok and Komodo along the way."
Bali as a Yacht Cruise Center
The tourism official also reminded of efforts now underway to establish Bali as a yacht tourism center.