The Jakarta Post
The country's second-largest sea gateway, Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java, recorded 300 percent growth in the number of cruise ship passengers arriving at the port in 2014.
State-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III) spokesman Edi Priyanto said the number of cruise ship tourists throughout 2014 totaled 7,218 people, up from 1,762 tourists in 2013.
'We recorded a significant increase in the number of cruise ship tourists last year as 11 liners made stops at Tanjung Perak, while in 2013 the number of [cruise] ships [at the port] was only three,' Edi said on Thursday.
He said improvements in infrastructure and services encouraged more liners to call at the port in 2014.
The company is committed to further upgrading the port in order to lure more cruise ships to Surabaya, and in turn help the central government develop local tourism.
Pelindo III recently launched a new cruise terminal, Gapura Surya Nusantara terminal, to cater to the needs of liners.
In addition, Edi said two cruise ships would make stops at Tanjung Perak in January.
Today, the Crystal Symphony liner arrived from the Bahamas, bringing 700 passengers and 300 crew.
The passengers enjoyed a one-day city tour, visiting a number of places of interest across Surabaya. (***)