THE Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy will collaborate with relevant ministries/agencies and stakeholders to develop international marine tourism in Indonesia.

According to the Minister of Tourism & Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno while visiting the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), said marine tourism is very intersecting with the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and the Regional Government. Later we will simplify the mechanism, because the government has to collaborate with related ministries/agencies.

Sandiaga during a discussion with Kadin members, in the Mochtar Riady Meeting Room, Menara Kadin Indonesia, Jakarta, Tuesday (29/12) accompanied by Deputy Minister of Tourism, Angela Tanoesoedibjo, Deputy for Industry and Investment, Fadjar Hutomo, Director of Access Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Financing, Hanifah Makarim, and Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Rosan P. Roeslani.

Furthermore, Sandiaga Uno explained that the development of marine tourism is in accordance with the direction of President Joko Widodo who wants to develop 5 super priority destinations. So it must be ensured that all aspects of the destination are packaged properly, like Labuan Bajo. In addition, there are also several other potential areas such as Bintan, Belitung, or Jakarta.

“This is also an effort to improve the quality of marine tourism and also create jobs. We will build this marine tourism because it has high value, especially in order to open up wide employment opportunities,” Sandiaga said.

Meanwhile, regarding marine tourism, the Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rosan Perkasa Roeslani, explained the lack of international standard boat docks in Indonesia. This has made the minimum number of foreign tourists who use luxury boats or yachts to spend a lot of time in Indonesia. Therefore, port infrastructure development also needs attention.

“Usually foreign tourists park their ships or rent boats in Thailand because the infrastructure is better. For this reason, Labuan Bajo, Bali and Bintan must be worked on, because they are all shipping routes for ships,” Rosan noted.

Rosan hopes that with a good and quality dock, tourists will stop by, then shop or spend money at tourist destinations in Indonesia. []