THE development of the Benoa Maritime Tourism Hub project that will bring integrated facilities and infrastructure at the Benoa Port is expected to further strengthen the Bali tourism sector as a whole.

According to the Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster stressed that our party would hold a number of stakeholders to build the Benoa Maritime Tourism Hub. We partnered with a number of parties such as the Ministry of Tourism and Tourism, the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, Investment Coordinating Board, Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning and Indonesian harbor (Pelindo) to build the Benoa Maritime Tourism Hub.

Regarding the availability of infrastructure, the Governor of Bali explained that his party had collaborated with a number of parties to support this. Call it the availability of airport facilities, toll roads, and ports available so that economic activity, especially tourism in Bali runs better.

“Especially for infrastructure that is connected to the sea, Bali should have port facilities that allow large vessels such as yachts and cruises to lean. This will continue to be encouraged so that quickly implemented so that the pace of tourism development is faster,” he explained.

The current condition of Bali tourism faces various challenges so to minimize its negative impacts, Bali’s tourism management must continue to be improved so as to improve its quality, one of which is through infrastructure management as the main support.

“The attractiveness of Bali’s tourism is very strong. At present, the contribution of tourism to Bali’s GDP reaches 55 percent. In addition, Bali is also one of the main entry points for foreign tourists to Indonesia by 39 percent. So, we need to support it with the availability of infrastructure that is somewhat urgent,”  Wayan added.

Responding to these needs, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy together with the Ministry of

State-Owned Enterprises and Indonesian harbor (Pelindo) pushed for the immediate realization of the Benoa Maritime Tourism Hub. The first thing to do is to arrange port facilities so that tourists who come to use the sea lane feel comfortable.

“We are working with Pelindo to regulate the existing spatial layout at the port by separating the port locations as needed and dividing them into cruise ship locations, container locations, liquid bulk terminals, etc. In addition, port facilities are also continuously improved so as to improve tourist safety and comfort,” Erick Tohir said.

In carrying out the project, the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises, and Pelindo invited professionals to participate in the construction of the port in the hope that the construction will take into account the balance of nature.

“We encourage that Partnerships and Community Development Program companies operating under the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises contribute 5 percent to the environment and 30 percent to education,” Erick said.

On the same occasion, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy/Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Wishnutama Kusubandio, stated that the steps taken by the Bali Government in forming the Tourism Hub were very appropriate.

“This is the time for us to increase the attractiveness of tourism in Bali through the Benoa Maritime Tourism Hub. In addition, we also have to do a number of strategies so that tourists who come spend more time so that they can increase foreign exchange earnings through tourism. Now, we are encouraging both tourism quantity of number of visits and trips, as well as quality in the form of the amount of expenditure made by each tourist who visits,” he said.

He continued, infrastructure development must also continue to be carried out in areas that have the potential for tourist arrivals so that promotions can be carried out optimally. For example, Thailand’s tourism promotion is done through culinary. It was declared successful because culinary proven to bring Thai tourism increasingly popular in the world.

Regarding the development of the Benoa Maritime Tourism Hub, Tourism Minister hopes that its existence will also encourage the creative economy sector to develop in Bali. []