Indonesia Tourism focuses on developing cruising market

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The Indonesia Government has extended its focus on the tourism industry, concentrating on the development of niche market sectors including yacht and cruise. It is working for maintaining the Australian tourism market and increasing support for the development of niche market tourism at the same time.

The Indonesian Government and the country’s Ministry of Tourism are going to arrange for Wonderful Indonesia Cruise Sales Mission in Sydney on August 12. The government has brought many changes in the rules to make it easy for cruise and yacht operators.

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The Indonesian authority exempted the cabotage so that the cruise ships face no problems in embarking and disembarking passengers at the selected ports of Makassar, Medan’s Belawan, Bali’s Tanjung Benoa, Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok, and Surabaya’s Tanjung Perak. Plans have been taken to construct new marinas in Belitung, Tanjung Pandan, Labuan Bajo, Tarakan, Kupang, Ambon, and Saumlaki.

The authority also simplified the process of applying for sail permit and the CIQP procedures. Operators now can apply for online registration of their yachts online since the CAIT or the Clearance and Approval for Indonesian Territory has been excised.

Indonesia is a great destination for operating cruise and yacht businesses because the country’s mild weather that poses low risk of storms, cultural richness, and wonderful natural beauty. The ministry hopes an increase of cruise traffic after the modification and simplification of legislation.

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The tourism industry in Indonesia mainly targets Australia as thousands of Australian travellers visit the Asian country per year. More than 1 million Aussies visited Indonesia in the last two years.

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