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Batam hopeful about tourist overflow from Singapore casino

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Wed, March 10 2010   /  11:27 am

Batam tour operators in Riau Islands province are optimistic that the presence of a new casino at Singapore’s Resort World Sentosa will boost the province’s tourism sector.Taman Megawisata Ocarina director Dewi Koriati said that tour operators on the island should be able to draw casino visitors’ attention to Batam, given its proximity of only one hour ferry trip.Batam, she said, could serve as an alternative place for the tourists visiting the neighboring city state.
“The newly opened casino does not have to negatively affect Batam’s tourism industry,” she told The Jakarta Post. “The potential is quite substantial and we must capitalize on this together.”Dewi said that tour industry players in Batam and the government should see that the casino in Singapore could benefit Batam’s tourism industry.“We must be on the ball. Tour operators in Riau Islands in general an...